Rebooting an iPad is almost like magic: can solve lots of problems you may run into with Apple’s tablet. And while it can’t repair whatever, a restart ought to be your first step when you’re having problem with your iPad, especially if your iPad is stuck and won’t react to button clicks or taps on the screen.
A restart is sometimes likewise called a reset. This can be a little confusing since there are two kinds of resets and each accomplishes slightly different things. This post covers what both types are, how to use them, and likewise suggests some additional alternatives to solve more complex issues. The solutions in this short article can be applied to all of the following iPad models:
- iPad Pro
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- Fourth Generation iPad
- 3rd Generation iPad
- iPad 2
- Original iPad
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPad mini
How to Restart an iPad
The basic type of reboot– in which you turn the iPad off and after that turn it back on– is the most convenient to do and the first thing you must attempt when having issues. It will not delete your information or settings. Here’s how to proceed:
- Begin by pushing the on/off button. The on/off button is located on the top right corner of the iPad
- Continue to hold it till a slider appears at the top of the screen.
- Let go of the on/off button.
- Move the slider left to right to shut off the iPad (or tap Cancel if you alter your mind). This closes down the iPad.
- When the iPad’s screen goes dark, the iPad is off.
- Restart the iPad by holding down the on/off button up until the Apple icon appears. Release the button and the iPad will launch once again.
Note: These instructions apply to recent variations of the iOS, the operating system that works on the iPad. If you have an older version of the iOS, you might want to hold down the on/off button and Home button at the same time to get the slider to appear.
How to Hard Reset iPad
The basic restart does not constantly work. Sometimes an iPad can be secured so much that the slider doesn’t appear on the screen and the iPad doesn’t respond to taps. In that case, try a difficult reset. This strategy clears out the memory that apps and the os run in (but not your information; it will still be safe) and offers your iPad a fresh start. To perform a hard reset:
- Hold down the home and on/off buttons at the same time.
- Continue holding the buttons even after the slider appears on the screen. The screen will ultimately go black.
- When the Apple logo design appears, release the buttons and let the iPad start up like normal.
There’s another type of reset that’s commonly used: restoring to factory settings. This isn’t generally used to fix problems (though it can be if the issues are bad enough). Rather, it’s usually used before offering an iPad or sending it in for repair work.
Restoring to factory settings deletes all your apps, data, customizations, and settings and returns the iPad to the state it was in when you first took it out of the box. Needless to state, it’s a pretty huge modification, however sometimes you need it.
To find out more about bring back a device to factory settings, checked out How to Erase All iPhone Settings and Data (although iPhone remains in the title, it applies to the iPad, too).