How to Restart the Apple iPad

By Roger Smith

Slick though it may be, even Apple's iPad needs to be restarted every once in a while. There are two means to reset and iPad: one for normal use and one if you're finding your applications or files are frozen. This latter type of reset is the first diagnostic step before attempting more serious means of recovery, and while there's no guarantee this method will preserve your work if you're in the middle of drafting an email or writing a document, it in no way jeopardizes the rest of the files on your iPad.

Restarting the Apple iPad Normally

Step 1

Find the "Sleep/Wake" button located on the top of the iPad and depress it for several seconds.

Step 2

Locate the "Power Off" slider that will display on the iPad screen.

Step 3

Use your finger to swipe the "Power Off" slider completely across. This will power down your iPad.

Step 4

To restart, depress the "Sleep/Wake" button on top of the iPad again. This will restore power to the iPad.

Restarting the iPad in the Event of a Freeze

Step 1

Locate both the "Sleep/Wake" button at the top of the iPad and the "Home" button, located underneath the screen when the iPad is held in vertical orientation.

Step 2

Hold both buttons down until you see the iPad screen flash and turn black.

Step 3

Depress the "Sleep/Wake" button on top to restore power to the device.

Tips & Warnings

  • It may take several seconds of holding the iPad's buttons before you see a response on the iPad screen.
  • Never restart the iPad during a firmware update, as this may corrupt the device, resulting in the loss of your files.
  • If your iPad continues to be frozen or has performance issues after a manual restart, more serious means of recovery may be necessary. Consult your iPad user manual or Apple support for suggestions of what to try next.
  • Always try the normal means of restarting the device before doing a hard reset.