If your iPad 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 the device to 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 iOS 16.1.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.1.1 update right away.
iOS 16.1.1 doesn't have a whole lot on board, but it does bring a couple of important security patches with it. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board. It fixed a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.
If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.
iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others."
The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.
Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks.
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