Guide: Cannot Activate iPad After iOS 9.3 Update? Here’s A Potential Fix

There’s no updated version of iOS device without any issues and with iOS 9.3 appears to be anything different in that regard. Having hit iPad and iPhones, iOS 9.3 firmware installs has its own update-related issues. Specifically heard about are related to Apple’s iPad 2.

Primarily, the problems admittedly, is getting a little long in the tooth, as the the 5-year-old iPad 2 listed by Apple as an iOS 9.3-supported device, which means it should at least install without causing too many problems. Unfortunately, that doesn’t carry forward in this case.

Reprts are cropping up of iPads that are begenning the installation process for iOS 9.3, but actually failing with an error. With iPad 2 devices complaining about they “cannot activate,” owners of the ageing tablet are left with a device that is effectively bricked.

Technically this issue was intially caused by Apple’s authentication servers simply being overloaded, but that should subsided by now and we are still hearing of iPad 2 tablets refusing to update the latest iOS 9.3 version. If you find yourself in the same position, or know someone who is, then you might want to try a fresh installation of iOS using the method provided below before booking a Genuine Bar appointment.

Shot of a post from the Apple Support forum,
The steps outlined below may completely wipe your iPad, make sure you’re backed up!

With that said, let’s force your iPad into DFU mode and then try to restore to iOS 9.3 afresh. Something like a Factory reset.

Step 1: Get iOS 9.3 IPSW file for your compatible iPad from here: Download iOS 9.3 Final Version For iPhone And iPad [Direct Links].

Step 2: Next, connect the iPad to your Windows or Mac computer and launch iTunes.

Step 3: Now hold down both the Power button and the Home button for 10 seconds.

Step 4: After holding it for ten seconds, let go of the Power button but continue to hold down the Home button until iTunes confirms iPad is in recovery mode. Great!

Step 5: Press and hold Shift key on the keyboard if you are on Windows or Option/Alt key if on Mac, then click the Restore button in iTunes, followed by selecting the IPSW file you downloaded in step 1. Now wait for iTunes to complete the restore process.

After completing the whole process, you’ll have a fully working iPad running iOS 9.3 by the end.


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