Do you find yourself struggling with an unresponsive iPad? No need to worry, as there is a simple solution — you just need to learn how to restart iPad. In this guide, we’ll explain how rebooting and resetting your tablet can help you to fix frequent problems such as the unresponsive screen. So, read on, follow our simple guides, and your iPad will be up and running in a few minutes.
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So, your iPad is acting up and absolutely unresponsive? A reboot is one of the most effective and quick fixes for minor tablet software issues. The process is slightly different for iPad models featuring a Home button and those without one. So, depending on what iPad you have, read one of the instructions below to learn how to reboot iPad.
To reboot an iPad model that comes with a Home button, you need to do the next:
This method is suitable to restart iPad (1-9th Gen), the first several models of iPad Air (1-3rd Gen), iPad mini (1-5th Gen), and a few models of iPad Pro. All other models don’t have a Home button and you can restart them with the method provided below.
To restart an iPad Pro and other models like iPad Air 4/ 5, the last model of iPad mini, and iPad 10, adhere to these instructions:
That’s it! Your iPad should now be rebooted and ready to use. But, if nothing changed, try the methods described further in this article.
If the issue persists and our recommendations above don’t work, you can attempt to force restart iPad. Again, two slightly different ways to do it: for Apple tablets with a Home button and without one. Take a look down below to find the detailed instructions for both device types.
To perform an iPad force restart on the tablet that has a Home button, you need to do the steps from the guide below:
After these steps, your Apple tablet should start working normally. If not and you still see a black unresponsive screen, read further and follow the instructions provided in the next section to fix your iPad through the computer.
To force restart iPad Air 4 and other models that lack a Home button, you should adhere to the instruction below:
If nothing changed, there are some iPad software issues that require more extreme methods than a hard restart. Try one of the methods below.
Did you restart your iPad, but it stuck on the system startup and all you see is a blue frozen screen or the Apple logo? It is an issue that can be fixed through your computer. You need to enable a recovery mode. Here is how to do it:
Note, that if you choose to restore, all your data will be erased from iPad, so ensure you have a saved copy of your files on another device.
In extreme scenarios, where the previous methods have failed to help, you can try to fix your device with a factory reset. It’s one of the best ways, but also the extreme one. After the factory reset, all your data will be erased from your iPad. Further, we’ll explain how to reset your Apple iPad. But first, you should know how to back up your personal files.
To duplicate your personal files from your iPad and therefore save them before a hard reset, you have the option to use iTunes, Finder, or iCloud. Here is how you can do it.
By using iTunes (on Windows, or macOS Mojave or older) or Finder (on macOS version Catalina or newer) you can back up your files even with an unresponsive screen:
Another option is to use iCloud. It works only with a responsive screen. Here’s how to do it:
Once it’s done, you can proceed to factory reset. Take a look down below to learn how to reset an Apple iPad.
So, how to reset your Apple tablet to its original configuration? You can do it in two ways. The first one is suitable if you don’t have a black or stuck screen issue:
The process will take a few minutes and finish with the iPad restart.
But, if your screen is unresponsive, you have to use another method to reset your device to its original defaults. Follow the instructions to activate the recovery mode on your iPad from a PC provided earlier in this article. But, in the end, instead of Update, choose the Restore option.
If after the iPad restart, the device’s screen is still locked up, try the hard reboot of the device. Keep the Power and Home buttons pressed at the same time. Release when there is a logo displayed on the screen.
To restart iPad Air, keep the Power button and one of the buttons on the side (either Volume Up or Volume Down) pressed until the Power Off prompt shows up. Drag the slider to initiate device restart.
Yes, after factory reset Apple iPad all your data will be erased. So, ensure you have a backup before proceeding.
Restarting your iPad can help with many technical issues like frozen or unresponsive screens. In this guide, we have told you about 4 ways to restart or reboot iPad with a few clicks. Use our tutorials to deal with the frozen screen issue next time your iPad starts acting up. And if you have more questions about restarting iPad, feel free to contact Howly specialists! We would love to answer all your questions and help to resolve your iPad issue.
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