How to force your iPad to restart

This 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

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Rafael August 16, 2010, 12:31 pm

    comprei paguei em prestação, e ele simplesmente travou, reiniciei e travou de novo, entao levei na assistencia tecnica, o problema foi no mainframe do ipad
    resultado o conserto ficaria mais caro que um novo, resultando a perca de uma grana violenta
    lamentavel a apple

  • justin November 24, 2010, 12:20 am

    thx guys, helped alot

  • Mojo January 25, 2011, 8:01 pm

    IS it bad for the iPad

  • sam August 14, 2011, 5:56 pm

    thanks Man

  • Evan September 3, 2011, 6:03 pm

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

  • Maudie January 16, 2012, 12:05 pm


  • craig haltiwanger February 24, 2012, 11:28 pm

    “ipad is disabled”
    “connect to itunes”
    is the only thing that any of the reset suggestions brings up and then when you connect to itunesyou get itunes message
    “Itunes unable to connect to ipad because this ipad is disabled”

  • Bee March 26, 2012, 3:57 am

    Thanks alot. I got very worried when my iPad suddenly went off.

  • Cella December 30, 2012, 11:01 am

    Recently I bought a ipad 4,but having problem during start up app games encountered repeat sounds, no matter how I restart the ipad,please advice. Thank you.

  • Lana Carroll November 11, 2013, 8:43 pm

    How do you reset a passcode when you don’t remember the old passcode?

  • Framerman November 20, 2013, 9:41 am

    I put the ipad through a update and it is locked. It will not re-boot using the normal steps above. I tried a restore, but that fails. Any other tricks before I head to the Apple store?

  • robmak3 August 4, 2014, 10:42 am

    Do it When Your iPad 3 Gets A Cydia Crash. WORKS

  • Doris December 10, 2014, 7:50 pm

    How do u make a small g , as in an e mail address.

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