How to restart and reset your iPad


How to restart and reset your iPad

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In the world of technology, loopholes and issues are inevitable. Your iPad, like any other electronic device, can sometimes experience problems. It may freeze, not respond as fast as it should be, or you may experience strange software issues. One of the simplest and most effective solutions to resolve these minor issues is to soft reset or restart the device. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps on how to soft reset and restart your iPad.

Before proceeding, it is important to understand the difference between a factory reset and a reboot:

  • a Restart, also known as a soft reset, is similar to restarting your computer. It turns your device off and then back on, which often clears any problematic code.
  • a hard to re, also known as a force restart, is a more drastic step. It not only restarts the iPad, but also clears its memory (not your data), which can solve more complex problems.

NBNone of these methods will erase your data or restore your iPad to factory settings.

Part 1: Restart your iPad

Step 1: Press and hold the Power button

On most iPads, the power button is on the top edge when you’re holding the device in portrait orientation. Hold it until a scroll bar appears on your iPad screen.

Step 2: Scroll to turn off

Drag the slide to turn off the slider to the right. The iPad screen will turn black when it is turned off.

Step 3: Restart your iPad

After the iPad screen turns black, you can turn it back on by pressing and holding the power button until you see the Apple logo.

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Part 2: Soft reset (force restart) your iPad

The process for resetting your iPad is slightly different depending on the model, and there are differences on how to do it between models that have a home button and models that don’t.

Soft reset the iPad with the Home button (iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air)

Step 1: Press and hold the Power button and the Home button

Press and hold the Power button and the Home button at the same time.

Step 2: Hold both buttons

Hold both buttons until you see the Apple logo on your iPad screen. The Apple logo indicates that the system is restarting. After a few seconds, your iPad should be working again.

Factory reset your iPad with Face ID (iPad Pro 2018 and later)

Step 1: Press and release the Volume Up button

Quickly press and release the Volume Up button located on the right side of the device.

Step 2: Press and release the Volume Down button

Quickly press and release the Volume Down button, which is located just below the Volume Up button.

Step 3: Press and hold the Power button

Press and hold the Power button, located on the top edge when you’re holding the iPad in portrait orientation. Hold this button until you see the Apple logo on the screen, which indicates that the iPad has restarted.


In most cases, a simple restart can clear up minor software bugs or glitches. However, if your iPad is constantly experiencing problems, a hard reset may be a more effective tool. If problems persist even after a hard reset, it might be worth reaching out to Apple Support or visiting an Apple Store for further assistance.

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Remember, while resetting or restarting your device is a useful troubleshooting step, regular software updates also play an important role in keeping your device running smoothly. So always make sure that your iPad is updated to the latest version of iOS.

Finally, if you’re selling or giving away your iPad and want to remove all of your data, you’ll need to perform a factory reset, which is a completely different process. However, this article focuses on soft and hard resets, which do not involve data loss. We hope you find this guide useful, if you have any comments, questions, or any suggestions, please leave a comment below and let us know. You can find more information about how to reset your iPad on the Apple website.

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