How to Troubleshoot Your iPad mini

Part of the iPad mini For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Troubleshooting your iPad mini might be necessary at some point. If your iPad mini locks up, or just isn't working quite right, try these steps. Start with the first tip and then try the other troubleshooting ideas.

Restart your iPad mini

  1. Press and hold the sleep/wake button

  2. Slide the red slider to turn it off.

  3. Wait a few seconds, and then press the sleep/wake button to turn the iPad mini back on.

Reset and restart your iPad mini

Resetting your iPad mini erases all your data and media and resets all your settings! To reset your iPad mini, press and hold the sleep/wake button and the Home buttons. Don't release them until you see the Apple logo.

Reset the iPad mini settings

Resetting iPad settings won't erase your data, but you'll probably have to change some settings afterwards.

  1. Tap the Settings icon on your Home screen.

  2. Tap General, then Reset, and then Reset All Settings.

Restore your iPad mini

This suggestion erases all your data and media and resets all your settings!

  1. Connect your iPad mini to your computer with your USB cord, as though you were about to sync.

  2. Select the iPad in the iTunes source list.

  3. Click the Restore button on the Summary tab.

    Because your data and media (except photos you've taken as well as contacts, calendar events, and playlists you've created or modified since your last sync) still exist on your computer, you shouldn't lose anything. Your next sync will take longer, and you'll have to reset any settings you've changed since you bought your iPad mini. But your media and data files shouldn't be affected.

    One last thing: If you're using iCloud, photos you've taken, calendar events, and new contacts you've added since your last sync should be in the cloud — they should reappear after you restore. The only items in danger, at least in theory, are playlists you've created on your iPad since your last sync. That said, it wouldn't hurt to let iTunes back up the contents of your iPad mini before you click the Restore button.

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