Some users of Apple‘s products initially do not pay any attention to which version of the operating system they have installed. The idea of the need for firmware / update usually occurs when the previous functionality begins to bother and you want some changes. For others, on the contrary, it is vital to upgrade to the latest versions or test beta versions (if necessary, you can restore the device to a stable version). In this article, we will tell you how to flash iPad (mini) without causing any harm to it.
Preparing iPad for firmware
Before proceeding with the firmware process, you need to make a copy of all the files stored on your iPad. This does not mean that all data will be destroyed, but reinsuring yourself will not be superfluous. The fact is that sometimes, although rarely, part of the files, or all at once, can be erased. Well, to lose a collection of your favorite music or important correspondence for you is not the most pleasant. To prevent this, you need to connect your iPad (mini) to the computer through the cord, open iTunes (iTunes) and create a backup copy of the data in the corresponding section of the menu.
Now consider the option of a simple wi-fi update using the iTunes program. In the program, we are interested in the second line, which is called “Software Update”. Actually, if an updated version of the operating system is available for download, then there will be a checkmark that allows you to go to this menu item. Next, a new screen will open, where you will be shown the number of the proposed version and a link that will start the initialization. Before you start, make sure that the Internet connection is reliable, then simply follow the instructions until all the necessary steps are completed.
Data synchronization and backup
Although wi-fi will not surprise anyone right now, this connection can be found far from everywhere, so you should know how to flash iPad (mini) using iTunes (iTunes) via a cord. Open the program, connect your iPad using a standard USB cable, only place the device so that it lies on a flat surface so that there is no failure during data transfer. Next, go to the main section of iTunes, find the current version of iOS that is already on your iPad (mini), the next line will indicate which version is available for download and is the most preferable. If no problems arise, feel free to click “Update” and wait for the download process to complete.
IPad Software Update
If the version of the operating system does not suit you, you can do it yourself to download the version you need. To determine it, you need to look at the back cover of the iPad (mini), find the specific name of the model, and download iOS for the iPad, but only from trusted sites or file hosting sites. The firmware may have a ZIP extension, but this will not suit us, so we rename it to the “.Ipsw” format. Go back to iTunes (iTunes), hold down the “Shift” key if you are using Windows and “Alt” if using MAC; after a window appears in which you will be asked to indicate the path to the location of the firmware file, and then it will also reveal its version and ask for consent to install. This option is also suitable for installing beta firmware.
Flash iPad (mini) through recovery mode
Sometimes there are times when all of the above recommendations simply will not work. An error may pop up, after which the installation will be interrupted. Here, a more advanced iOS firmware method is required, which requires restoring the iPad (mini) using the factory settings. Let’s see how to enable this mode.
We deactivate our iPad (mini), place it next to the computer, and then hold down the “Home” button. After about 5-10 seconds, we connect the USB cable, which will lead to the appearance of the Apple logo on the iPad (mini) screen, and the plug and arrow will be located below. If everything is so, then you have correctly entered recovery mode and now you can take a look at the screen of your computer.
After starting iTunes (iTunes), a warning window will appear where there will be a link to put the iPad (mini) into recovery mode. Clicking on “OK”, you will see the “Restore” button, after clicking on which the latest firmware version will be installed. If you want to choose which version to install on the iPad (mini) yourself, press the “Shift” button in Windows or the “Alt” button in MAC.
To restore them, you must take the opportunity to take them from a backup (see the beginning of the article). You will also have the opportunity to choose which particular version of the copy to use. But, if, for example, you sell your iPad (mini), then we skip the data recovery step and sell the tablet with the settings reset to zero.
The most difficult method of flashing the iPad (mini)
The developers of the iPad (mini) have provided the ability to completely disable the tablet software for the subsequent installation of iOS. This method is called DFU and is used when an error occurs during installation in recovery mode; when Jailbreak was installed on the iPad (mini) (its presence often leads to a hang during the update); when the Internet connection was interrupted during the installation of the firmware or the USB cable was disconnected, which made it impossible to start the tablet.
The firmware process through the DFU mode is somewhat more complicated than we described earlier. Connect the iPad (mini) to the computer, open iTunes (iTunes), hold down the tablet’s start button for a while and select “turn off” in the menu that appears. Next, hold the power button on the iPad (mini) and “Home”; after 10 seconds, release the power button, but still press the Home button for about 15-20 seconds (a message about connecting a new device should appear on the screen). The screen will be completely black, which is normal for DFU mode.
Input / output DFU mode
Further, all other actions will be similar to the standard mode.
Apple has created really good protection for their tablets from crashes and intentional damage. The main threat is data loss, so you first need to create backups for their subsequent recovery. If you disconnect the cables or wi-fi routers during the firmware, due to which the iOS version will change, then problems will appear, but they can not be called critical. Worse, if you manage to drop the tablet directly during recovery or break the socket, the process cannot be completed, at least until the iPad (mini) is fully functional.
User data recovery
The overwhelming majority of users use the simplest recovery methods that do not require any special knowledge, and this suggests minimizing the likelihood of errors. DFU mode is used in cases where it is necessary to circumvent some errors and prohibitions, which are the “stumbling block” for iTunes (aityuns).
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