If your iPad suddenly freezes and stops responding to swipes and touches, you should try powering it off. If you’re unable to power it off normally, you’ll need to force a restart.
Force restarting or hard resetting an iPad is a simple process that only takes a few seconds to complete. It won’t wipe any of your iPad’s data.
If you upgraded a newer iPad model that doesn’t have a home button, you may not know how to force restart your device because you need to use a new button combination.
Here’s what you need to do to fix your frozen iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, or iPad Pro.
How to Hard Reset iPad
If you own an iPad model with a home button, here’s the button combination you need to use in order to force your tablet to restart itself:
- Press and hold the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons until you see the Apple logo appear.
- Your iPad will then reboot and you’ll need to input your passcode if you have one.
If you own a newer iPad without a home button, the button combination is different and a little bit harder to initiate. Here’s how to hard reset an iPad that doesn’t have a physical home button:
- Press on the Volume Up button located on the left side of the tablet and let go.
- Press on the Volume Down button and let go.
- Press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
Keep in mind you need to press the volume up and volume down buttons very quickly, but not at the same time.
If your iPad freezes up frequently, you might need to update your applications via the App Store or investigate other potential solutions.
We recommend reseting all of your device’s settings in the Settings app. If that doesn’t help, you might need to speak with Apple customer service and see if they have a solution.
If your iPad is still covered by a warranty, there’s a chance you’ll need to send it in for repairs or a replacement.
Install iPadOS 14.4 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14.4 right now.
iPadOS 14.4 has important security updates on board and these patches will help protect your device from harm. For more information about these patches head to Apple's website.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.3, you'll get its patches with your upgrade. iPadOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.2, you'll get its 24 security patches with your upgrade to iPadOS 14.4. You can learn more about those patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iPadOS 13, iPadOS 14.4 will also include iPadOS 14.0's security updates.
iPadOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to iPad models. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.
In addition to those patches, iPadOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iPadOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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