Error 9 iPad Air 2

When updating or recovering an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, one of the following messages may appear on your computer.

Try updating the device again.

If the device was disconnected from the computer during the update or recovery process or the computer was unable to start its recovery, one of the following messages may appear on the screen.

  • Failed to restore iPhone [device name]. An unknown error has occurred (9).
  • Failed to restore iPhone [device name]. An unknown error occurred (4005).
  • Failed to restore iPhone [device name]. An unknown error has occurred (4013).
  • Failed to restore iPhone [device name]. An unknown error has occurred (4014).
Error 9 iPad Air 2

Try the following steps.

  1. Make sure you have the latest macOS or iTunes installed on your Mac.
  2. Force restart the device:
    • On iPad models with Face ID: press and quickly release the volume up button. Press and quickly release the volume down button. Press the top button and hold until the device restarts.
    • On iPhone 8 or later: press and quickly release the volume up button. Press and quickly release the volume down button. Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.
    • On iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPod touch (7th generation): Press and hold the top (or side) button and volume down button until the Apple logo appears.
    • On an iPad with a Home button, iPhone 6s or earlier and iPod touch (6th generation) or earlier: Press and hold the side (or top) button and Home button until the Apple logo appears.
    • Connect the device to the computer with a USB cable. Find your device on the computer.
    • When you are prompted to perform a restore or upgrade, click “Update” (not “Restore”) to reinstall the software while maintaining personal data.

    Video: Error 9 iPad Air 2

    Additional recommendations

    If the device update was successful, but it started in recovery mode, perform the above steps again. In step 4, now select "Restore" rather than "Update." When recovery is complete, you will need to configure the device based on the backup.

    If the update continues to fail, do the following:

    1. Check for updates for your Mac or Windows computer. If the update required restarting the computer, check again for updates after the restart.
    2. Try restoring the device using a different USB cable.
    3. Try to restore the device using another computer.
    Error 9 iPad Air 2

    If you continue to receive error 9, 4005, 4013 or 4014 while trying to restore your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, contact us.

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