How to Force Your iPad to Restart

This very brief tutorial will explain how to force your iPad to restart if it gets stuck or freezes up.

Just to ease your mind – forcing your iPad to restart will not cause any loss of data – with the possible exception of any work you were doing at the time the iPad and/or App froze, forcing you to reboot it.

  1. It’s actually very easy, once you know how to do it. Click and hold down the Sleep/Wake button (located on the upper-right corner of your iPad). While you’re holding down the Sleep/Wake button, hold down the Home button as well (located on the front of your iPad at the bottom).
  2. the sleep/wake and home buttons on an iPad

  3. Hold down both buttons until your iPad powers off. It will reboot and start again with a small silver Apple image on the screen. It takes about 30 seconds for the iPad completely start up.
  4. ipad being forced to restart


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6 thoughts on “How to Force Your iPad to Restart”

  1. Thanks for posting this. It worked perfectly. I didn’t think the ipad would restart but it did after about a minute.

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