3 Different Ways to Reboot iPad

When you face issues like your iPad being frozen or getting stuck due to the use of some ill advised software, iPad reboot comes to rescue. The process involved in rebooting an iPad is very complicated and laborious and unless you have a knack for it you will need to dedicate a few minutes to do it. There might be many cases that even after spending a lot of time and trying all the possible methods, you still haven’t been able to fix the technical issue of your iPad. This article will tell you how to reboot iPad Pro/Air/mini in a simple and non-complicated way.

How to Reboot iPad

The normal way to reboot iPad or the soft reset of iPad is the simplest method of rebooting and should be the first thing to try when you face any functionality issues in your iPad. To know how do I reboot my iPad, refer to the steps below.

Step 1: There will be a button on either the side or top of the iPad, which is Sleep/Wake button, press and hold that button till a slider appears on the screen, slide it to the right and your iPad will be switched off.

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Step 2: Now, press and hold the same Sleep/Wake button till the apple logo appears on the screen.

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Enter your security passcode and start accessing your iPad normally.

How To Hard Reboot iPad

Hard reboot iPad works when your iPad screen is stuck, blacked out or unresponsive to touch. Follow the steps below to know how to hard reboot iPad.

Step 1: Press and hold the two buttons simultaneously: Power & Home, till the common Apple logo appears on the screen.

Step 2: Once the iPad is rebooted, enter your security passcode and start accessing your iPad normally.

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In case the screen is still unresponsive, you may need to try the next method.

How to Reboot iPad to Factory Settings

If none of the above methods work only then you should opt for completely resetting iPad to factory settings. You can perform this by three different ways based on the problem which your iPad has.

Tip : All your data, passcode, files, cache, settings etc will be erased and your iPad will be restored to original factory settings. It is advisable that you first create a backup of all your files before performing the reset. You can start using Tenorshare iCareFone to make a free backup. Compared to iTunes & iCloud, iCareFone stands out for more backup choices and flexible files backup.

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1. In Settings

When your iPad screen is functioning fairly well and you have some other technical issue, you can use this simple way of rebooting iPad to factory settings. To know how to reboot iPad Mini, follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Go to the main menu of iPad and select “Settings” from there, after this go to “General” option.

Step 2: Proceed further by navigating to the “Reset” option and then tapping on “Erase All Contents & Settings”.

Step 3: You may be prompted to enter your security passcode for proceeding further, enter that.

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2. iTunes Restore

If in case your iPad is frozen and your screen has become unresponsive, then the above method won’t work. For this, you will need to use iTunes to restore iPad to factory settings. Follow the below steps to know how to reboot ipad to factory settings using iTunes.

Step 1: Take out your PC/laptop/Mac and launch iTunes in it and connect your faulty iPad to it.

Step 2: On the top left corner of the screen, you can see “Device” option, click on that.

Step 3: From the options available on the left side, click on “Summary”, you will see “Restore iPad” option appear on the right side, click on that and lastly click on “Restore”.

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This is a slightly laborious process and takes more amount of time.

3. 4uKey Restore if You Forgot iPad Passcode

When all the above methods fail you can try using Tenorshare 4uKey< software which effectively performs the restore function in simple steps. It is basically an unlocker tool that wipes out all the data and installs new software so that you can use your device like before. Follow the steps below to know how.

Step 1: Download, install and launch Tenorshare 4uKey on your PC/Mac and connect your iPad to it.

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Step 2: Download the latest firmware package after defining its storage location in PC/Mac.

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Step 3: Once the latest firmware is downloaded, click on “Unlock Now”.

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The above-mentioned ways of rebooting and resetting your iPad prove very useful whenever you face any kind of technical issues with your iPad. You can easily get to know how to restart iPad by the methods mentioned above. The soft and hard reset of iPad must be tried first before you decide to factory reset your iPad, as these two methods don’t lead to all your iPad data getting wiped off. If those two methods don’t work, you can opt for Tenorshare 4uKey software method to completely reset your iPad to factory settings. This is a highly recommended software which is specially designed for this purpose.

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