It doesn’t happen a lot, but on occasion, your iPad will freeze. Either an app will lock up, or your iPad will stop responding and just leave you stuck on a black screen. Don’t get alarmed just yet. Chances are your iPad just needs a restart.
When your iPad freezes, here’s how to reset it:
01) Press & Hold Both the Home and Power Buttons for 10 Seconds
Press and hold both the Home button and the Power/Standby button at the same time for 10-15 seconds or until you see your iPad’s screen turn off.
02) Release Both Buttons
After you see your iPad’s screen turn off, then release both Home and Power/Standby buttons.
03) Turn Your iPad On
Turn on the iPad by pressing and holding the Power/Standby button until the gray Apple logo appears. That’s it. Your iPad should boot up normally and be as good as new.
If this procedure fails to reboot your iPad, then your iPad’s battery may be dead. Try connecting your iPad to an AC outlet or an external charging device like the ZAGGsparq to charge for 20-30 minutes. Don’t plug your iPad into your computer to charge using a USB cable. Plugging you iPad into your computer will not provide the same amount of power as an electrical wall outlet.
For directions on how to restart other Apple devices, please see this page: How To Restart Your iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle [tutorial]
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.