How to Fix iPad Attempting Data Recovery Issue: 100% Useful

What should you do when iPad stuck in attempting data recovery? All things are listed here and you can also use the professional tool to help you easily get your iPad data back.

Kathy by Kathy Updated June 6, 2024
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Some users encounter the "attempting data recovery" message when updating to iPadOS 17 or iOS 17 using iTunes. In most cases, this process completes automatically, restoring the backup to the device. However, sometimes the iPad gets stuck on the "attempting data recovery" screen or fails to complete the data recovery. So, how can you fix an iPad stuck in the attempting data recovery loop and recover data if this process fails? This article will provide the answers.

What does iPad attempting data recovery mean?

The "attempting data recovery" screen appears on your iPhone or iPad if there's an update error when using iTunes. If everything works correctly, your device will restart. If not, it might get stuck on the recovery screen or display a "data recovery failed" message. Regardless of the situation, this article offers comprehensive solutions to address these problems.

How to fix iPad stuck in attempting data recovery after iOS update

If your iPad gets stuck on the "attempting data recovery" screen, you can try force restarting it.

Here are the steps to force restart an iPad:

For iPads with Face ID (such as iPad 2018, iPad Pro):Press and quickly release the Volume Up button > Press and quickly release the Volume Down button > Press and hold the Top button until your iPad restarts.

For iPads with a Home button (such as iPad Air): Press and hold both the Home and Side (or Top) buttons for at least 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo.

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How to recover iPad data when iPad attempting data recovery failed

When your iPad fails to recover data, you can choose the professional iPad/iPhone data recovery software - FoneTool to get your iPad data back. With its powerful features, you can easily recover more than 10 types of data on your iOS devices.

yes You can easily retrieve photos, contacts, messages, videos, call history, etc. on your iPhone/iPad.
yes Various file types can be recognized, including mp3, m4a, flac, wav, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, gif, heic, raw, mp4, mov, m4v, csv, vcf, etc.
yes Fast recovery process helps you easily get your iPad/iPhone data back.
yes You can preview and choose the recovered data you like to save to your computer.
yes Wide compatibility lets various iPad/iPhone models can be supported, even the latest ones.

Now you can download FoneTool on your Windows PC and learn from the detailed steps to get how to do when your iPad attempting data recovery failed. 

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Step 1. Connect your iPad to the computer via a USB cable > Launch FoneTool on your computer > Go to Toolbox > Choose iOS Data Recovery.


Step 2. Check the icon you need to get back and here we take photos as an example > Tap on Start Scan to continue.


Step 3. Preview and choose the pictures you need > Click the Recover to PC button > Change the storage path from the pop-up windows > Tap on Export to finish the process.

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Step 4. Once the process is finished, you can go to Phone Transfer > Choose PC to iPhone to transfer your recovered data to your iPad.

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When the photo transfer is completed, you can go to the Photos app on your device to view them.

If you need to access iPhone files on your PC, you can also go to iPhone to PC to get your iPhone files on the computer.


When the iPad attempting data recovery process stuck, you can follow the guidance above to restart the data recovery. If you can't fix the issue, you can also use the professional iPhone/iPad data recovery software - FoneTool to get your important data back.

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