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Troubleshoot iPad Error 4005

Error 4005 is one of the most devastating and irritating issues of Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod. This error typically occurs when a user tries to update or restore their device. iPad error 4005 is almost similar to the iDevice issues like error 4013, 4014.

This issue can occur for various reasons such as software glitches. Error 4005 is a common issue for almost all iPhone and iPad users. When this error notification occurs, the users are not able to restore or boot up the gadget.

Even though this error notification is known for creating lots of trouble for many users but this problem can be easily fixed. So, if you are also facing error 4005 issue on your iPad and want to fix it quickly, then this guide is for you.

Here, we have put forward some effective fixes to deal with this issue and fix it as quickly as possible. So, let’s check them out.

What Causes iPad Error 4005?

As we have mentioned above, iPad restores error 4005 can occur for several reasons. That’s why if you don’t know what is causing this message to pop-up, the fixing method can become a little bit difficult for the users. 

So, to get an idea about what can trigger this notification in your iOS device, check out the most common causes of error 4005:

  • Virus or Malware infection
  • Outdated iTunes
  • Broken links
  • iOS and iTunes documents are corrupt
  • iTunes is not updated or properly installed
  • The USB cable is not connected properly
  • iCloud wasn’t turned off thoroughly
  • iOS not updated
  • Device iCloud sync is not disabled

Prominent Methods to Resolve iPad Error 4005:

Now that we have learned the main reason for triggering this error notification, it’s time to fix all the root causes with the effective methods. 

If you are able to find out what is causing the error notification in your iPad, then choose the proper method from the list below. 

Otherwise, you can go through all the below-mentioned methods one-by-one. 

Solution #1: Install the Latest Version of iTunes

When you face the iPad error 4005 notification, the first thing that you have to do is check the iTunes version. 

If you are running an outdated version of iTunes in the latest iPad Operating System, then it is quite possible that your OS is not able to properly sync with your old iTunes function which ultimately results in this error. 

So in order to make sure that you are not facing the same issue in your device, you have to follow a few simple steps:

  • At first, turn on your device and click on the Apple icon.
  • Now, launch the iTunes from your device and then select the Help tab to open the drop-down menu. 
  • Next, select the Check for Updates option from the given list to check if there is an update available for your device or not. 
  • If you get an update for your device, then follow the on-screen information to install it in your device. If there is no update available for your device, then check out other methods to fix the problem. 

Solution #2: Update Operating System

Keeping the device’s Operating System up-to-date is the best way to eliminate the bugs and minor application’s function error such as error 4005

In general, Operating System updates are downloaded and applied automatically but sometimes this may not take place. In that case, you have to check and download it automatically to fix the problem. 

So, to update the OS to the latest version, go through the below steps:

  • At first, go to the Settings option of your device. 
  • Then, click on the General option. 
  • In the General window, you will get the Software Update button, simply click on it.
  • Now, let the device automatically search and install the latest Operating System. The process can take up to 1hr depending on the size of the update file. So make sure that you have enough charge left to perform the update.

Solution #3: Use DFU Mode

Using DFU mode is the most potent way to fix this error. Default Firmware Update rebuilds the structure of the software running on your phone. But keep in mind that using the DFU restore will erase everything from your iPad. 

So before starting this method, we will strongly advise you to back up your data to avoid losing any important data. In order to use DFU mode, you have to follow few simple steps cited underneath:

  • At first, connect your iPad with a PC and then install iTunes on your computer. 
  • After that, launch iTunes from your computer and Switch off your iPad.
  • Next, press and hold the On/off switch and Home buttons at the same time for 10 to 20 seconds. 
  • Now, take your finger off the Wake/Sleep button but continue holding the Home button. 
  • If you perform the task successfully, you will receive a message from iTunes which says: iTunes has detected an iPad in recovery mode. 
  • Once you see the notification, take your finger off the Home button. When you do that, your iPad screen will turn completely black. No need to panic because it is an indication that your iPad enters DFU mode. But if you don’t see a blank screen, then you have to redo the whole process from the beginning. 

After completing the above steps, your iPad will automatically restore its functions and return to the same condition as it was when you purchased it brand new.

Solution #4: Check and Modify the Hosts File

Modifying the host file is also a good way to resolve this iPad error. According to the user reviews, there are some malware or software available which can modify the host file without your knowledge. 

So, it will not be a surprise if the same thing happens to your device which is blocking the iTunes software from communicating with Apple’s servers. In that case, you have to locate your host’s file and modify them by removing the entries which contain the terms Apple or iTunes. 

Modifying the host file is a very delicate task. A small mistake made by you can corrupt all the host files. That’s why for precaution, you can back up the host file before start editing it.

To modify the host files, you need a computer. You can use either Windows device or Mac device. We provide a guide for both types of device. Choose any one of them to proceed with the methods:

For Mac Users:

  • If you are using a Mac OS Computer, then at first, open the Terminal.app by going into Applications, then Utilities and after that Terminal.
  • Now, type the following line: sudo nano /private/etc/hosts and open it by pressing the Go button. Type your username and password when asked.
  • Next, remove the entries associated with Apple, or iTunes. Then, hold Control + O to save the changes and press Control + X to exit the window
  • Now, remove the DNS cache by inputting the following line depending on your device OS version.
  • sudo discoveryutil mdnsflushcache [For Mac OS X Yosemite and later (v10.10 through v10.10.3)]
  • dscacheutil -flushcache [ For Mac OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6 through v10.6.8)]
  • sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder [For Mac OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion (v10.9.5 and earlier)]
  • sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder [For Mac OS X Yosemite and later (v10.10.4 or later)]

For Window Users:

  • At first, turn on your computer and open the File Explorer.
  • Next, Go to the My Computer/This PC and select the Local Disk (C:) from the Hard Disk Drive section.
  • Now, select the Windows folder from the given list and click on the System32 folder.
  • After that, locate and open the driver’s folder to select the Etc folder.
  • From the open list, you will find a file named hosts. Right-click on it to open the file with Notepad.
  • Now, make the appropriate changes and save the file to fix the issue.

Solution #5: Some Additional Steps

Sometimes, iPad restores error 4005 can easily be fixed by simple tricks. These are as follows:

  • Forced restart your iPad device by pressing and holding both Sleep/Wake and Volume Down (-) buttons for 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo appears. But if you are using an old iPad, then you need to press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for 10 seconds for the same result.
  • If the error 4005 occurs when you trying to connect with another device with USB cables, then it means that there is no proper connection between both devices or both devices are not able to communicate with each other. So, check the USB port at once as it will also be a good idea to fix this issue.
  • Sometimes, third-party software or antivirus can also trigger an error on the iPad. You can re-adjust the Security Settings which you think is conflicting with the iPad system.  
  • If you are using a shared network, then contact the Network Administrator to check if there are any issues.
  • Set the correct date and time
  • Scan your device to remove malware/viruses

Wrapping Up

Hopefully, you are able to solve the iPad error 4005 with these basic hacks. But somehow, if you are still getting the same problem again and again; then it is possible that your device is facing some major problems. 

In that case, we will advise you to get in touch with an expert for better result.