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This is a rarity but if your iPhone/iPad is stuck somewhere in the Apple logo or at the recovery mode (shows the iTunes icon with the connector) after an iOS 7 upgrade, there's no need to panic. Turns out that the problem is easily fixed with a hard reset. Or at best, a simple kick-out-of-DFU. Let me explain.

We found some users calling attention to a problem: after upgrading to iOS 7, the iPhone/iPad is stuck at the recovery screen or at the Apple logo. The restart never kicks in and instead, the iDevice is completely stuck.

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Apparently, the cause of the problem is not very clear. May be this has something to do with the restart loops that the iDevice falls into. May be being in the DFU mode causes certain issues or may be iTunes isn't kicking the iDevice out of DFU mode after the firmware upgrade.

iPhone-iPad Stuck After Updating to iOS 7

No matter what the problem is, the first thing you try is a hard reset.

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Hard Reset

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A hard reset is simple. Here's what you need to do:

  • Press and hold the power and home button till the screen goes blank.
  • After the screen goes blank, let go of the buttons. After a while, press the power button till Apple logo shows up.
  • If things went well, your iPhone/iPad should boot up succesfully.

A hard reset usually kicks the iPhone/iPad out of the DFU mode – which might have initiated a restart-loop or gotten the device stuck on logo.

Tip: Sometimes, when you do the hard reset, your iPhone/iPad falls back into recovery. Do a hard reset again and if the recovery/restore mode keeps popping up, you have no choice but to connect the iPhone/iPad to the computer/iTunes and go through the restore again.

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It's always safer to have your device backed up to iCloud or iTunes. Also, one important tip even at a time when Apple is actively pushing OTA: go for a wired upgrade through iTunes on your computer instead of an OTA. Much safer.

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  • Sunday2313

    Here’s a great solution its the last one on the page

  • shawna

    Ive tried everything, and my ipad has been stuck in an endless bootloop for months now. and i cant get it out. it happened when i tried to update my ipad to iOS7 and the update was interupted…… i managed to download the new version released recently. and it still is stuck in a boot loop.
    I know that there is a way to fx it because apple wants 250$ for me to send this back to them to send me a refurbished one that had the same problem. the question is HOW…..redsn0 has no blurbs for the ipad 2 to recover. this ipad has never been jailbroken, but if thats what needs to be done, i will do so. so i can have my ipad back
    this just seems like the biggest waste of money ive ever had. $800 for an ipad that doesnt even work! HELP

    • Unfortunately, looks like you’re in a tough luck spot. You’ll need to
      get it fixed from someone who is an expert here.. All our articles can
      point you to something but you definitely need to get the iPad to
      someplace where an expert can fix it for you. Mostly, it’s about trying
      to put your iPad into recovery/DFU mode and trying to restore as a fresh
      device via iTunes – and sometimes trying TinyUmbrella’s TSS Servers
      etc. It’s a lot of trial and error.

  • conservativeblkman

    I have tried all of the above on my iPad yet it is still in recovery mode and will not update. I am also receiving error message 4013. Please help