Troubleshoot Your iPad: Restart

If you recharge your iPad and it still misbehaves, freezes up, or won't work right, the next thing to try in troubleshooting is restarting it. Just as restarting a computer often fixes problems, restarting your iPad sometimes works wonders.

Usually, all Apple’s iOS devices — namely the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch — are fairly reliable. But every so often, a good iPad might just go bad. It won’t be a common occurrence, but it does happen occasionally.

What kind of bad things could happen? Well, they may be problems involving

  • Frozen or dead iPads

  • Wireless networks

  • Synchronization of computers (both Mac and PC) or iTunes

Follow these simple steps to restart your iPad:

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button.

  2. When the red slider appears, slide it to turn off the iPad and then wait a few seconds.

  3. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

  4. If your iPad is still frozen, misbehaves, or doesn’t start, press and hold the Home button for 6 to 10 seconds to force any frozen applications to quit.

  5. Repeat Steps 1 to 3 again.

If these steps don’t get your iPad back up and running, move on to the third R, resetting your iPad. The seven steps for troubleshooting your iPad are: Recharge, Restart, Reset your iPad, Remove your content, Reset settings and content, Restore, and Recovery mode.

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