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

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  • Rafael

    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

    thx guys, helped alot

  • Mojo

    IS it bad for the iPad

  • sam

    thanks Man

  • Evan

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

  • Maudie


  • “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

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

  • Cella

    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

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

  • Framerman

    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

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

  • Doris

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