How to Reboot or Reset An iPad

By Techwalla Contributor

Despite being an amazing computing device, the Apple iPad can still freeze up or act sluggish at times. If the touch screen features are not working just right, or an app locks up, perform a reset on the iPad to address the problem.

Step 1

Restart the iPad before attempting a reset. Push the "Sleep/Wake" button located on the top-right edge of the iPad when viewed in portrait mode. Hold it until a red slider appears at the top of the screen. Slide your finger over the slider to turn the device off. Wait 10 seconds. Turn it back on by pushing the "Sleep/Wake" button again.

Step 2

Press and hold the "Sleep/Wake" button and the "Home" button, which is centered under the screen, simultaneously to reset the iPad. Hold the buttons for at least 10 seconds. An Apple logo appears on the screen, and the reset is complete.

Step 3

Tap "Settings" on the home screen of the iPad. Tap "General" in the left column and "Reset" at the bottom of the right column to reset all the settings on the iPad. Your files and data are not deleted.

Tips & Warnings

  • To turn on the Apple iPad, just hold the sleep/power button for 3 seconds and it will power up.