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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15 thoughts on “How to force your iPad to restart”

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. “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”

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

  5. 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

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