If your iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, or iPad Pro stops responding, a force restart or hard reset should fix the issue.
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’s safe and 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.
With all of that in mind, 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:
- 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 trickier 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 for you.
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 17.3.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and you missed older versions of iOS 17, think about installing Apple's iOS 17.3.1 update right away.
iOS 17.3.1 doesn't have any security updates of its own, but if you missed iOS 17.3 or older, you'll get security patches when you upgrade.
The iOS 17.3 update brought 15 new security patches to iPhone. These will help keep your device and its data protected from harm.
The software also added Stolen Device Protection to iPhone. It increases the security of your iPhone and Apple ID by requiring Face ID or Touch ID to gain access to passwords, make purchases in Safari, and more.
This is useful if someone gets access to your iPhone and its passcode.
iOS 17.2 delivered 10 new security patches to iPhone. If you wish to find out more, you can head on over to Apple's security site for the details.
iOS 17.1.2 had two security patches on board. Both were related to WebKit. If you want to learn more, you can do so right here.
iOS 17.1 brought 18 security fixes to iPhone. It addressed issues within Weather, Status Bar, WebKit, and more.
iOS 17.0.3 brought two patches for two security issues Apple identified within the software. If you want to read about the patches, head here.
iOS 17.0.1 delivered three important patches to iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
As for iOS 17 itself, it brought 40+ new security patches with it. A staggering number to say the least. If you want to learn more about them, head over to Apple.
In addition to those patches, iOS 17 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including improvements to Communication Safety beyond Messages.
It now includes content sent by AirDrop, Contact Posters in the Phone app, FaceTime, and the systemwide photo picker. You now have an option to blur out sensitive photos and videos before you choose to view them.
There's also an expanded Lockdown Mode which will help protect you against cyber attacks.
Apple's also improved sharing permissions and you now have more control over what you share with the apps on your device.
The company also notes that starting in iOS 17, Voice Memos encrypts the titles of recordings stored in iCloud, in addition to the recordings themselves.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 17.3.1 update as well.
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