How to fix a frozen iPad? A quick solution

The iPad works well for a large amount of time, but it happens that there are moments when it starts to malfunction. It can stop. Apple devices may hang up and continue to work in slow mode. Applications may hang or updates may be a reason for a frozen iPad.

And fortunately, you can solve such problems yourself. Problems with a frozen iPad screen can be solved independently, rather than by seeking help from specialists. And to do this so that your iPad keeps its continuous work, follow our further instructions.

In this article, you may learn something new, and discover any new features of your iPad or other Apple device.

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Fix an iPad (iPad Mini and all iOS versions)

Most often, Apple’s just enough to free up some storage space or upgrade to the latest iOS or iPad OS version. In such easy ways, you can fix the situation so that your device does not hang.

But if nothing has changed after the actions are done and your iPad remains in an unusable state, then follow the instructions below.

The following tips for fixing the iPad hang issue can be applied to all iPad models, no matter which operating system.

Force restart iPad

First, turn the Apple device off, and then turn it on. Turning on the device again is always a win-win option.

After such manipulations, your iPad will work quickly and without any danger.

The most familiar and already quite common way is one force restart. And if your iPad frozen very much and almost does not respond to your actions, then there is another method: a forced reboot. And here’s how you can perform a full reboot:

iPad with a Home button

At the same time, press the Home and On/Off buttons and still hold.

When the Apple logo appears, you can let them go.

Then the Apple device will work easily and simply.

iPad models with Face ID

Hold down the Volume up button, then release and hold down the Volume down button, and release again.

Hold the on/off button clamped. When the Apple logo appears, you can release the button.

The battery charge should be enough

The reasons why the iPad freezes may be of a different nature: a discharged battery (especially when the screen starts to darken or even turns black, and then remains locked). In order to be sure and make sure this is the reason, just follow the steps below to charge the iPad.

You will need the supplied cable, it must be certified by Apple.

Next, establish a connection between the iPad and the power adapter, computer, or outlet.

And then leave Apple to charge for at least an hour or more.

Remove all firmware errors

Now an operating system has a position to manage iPad resources: memory, computing power, and running applications. It can often be at the highest risk of failure, and thereafter, the screen will not respond to requests or feel any touching of widgets.

Although fixing these problems at the firmware level looks like a difficult task, restoring the iOS system gives you the most acceptable solution.

It can easily pass any issues, such as hanging or stopping turning on the iPad, at this time bypassing all problem areas and installing a new and serviceable iOS or iPadOS firmware on the device without reminders, while absolutely not touching existing content.

Next, we will describe to you a plan for handling an iPad that constantly freezes just like that.

Get your iPad connected to the computer

Switch on the software and allow the iPad to connect to the computer using a USB cable. A USB cable is usually included in the delivery package.

Go to the Additional Functions option, which is located in the program window in the lower-right corner.

And then the iOS System Recovery tab.

“Standard Mode” to repair

Already at this stage, you have the opportunity to view the functions to eliminate more than 50 issues with the iOS and iPad OS systems. There is already a “Start” button under them. Click on it to go to the next screen.

Next, you have to click Fix to continue.

In the next window, feel free to select the Standard Mode option (provided that you want to keep all the data safe). Now hold down the confirmation button.

Well, in that case, if you are tired of the standard mode and don’t really need it, you can fix the iPad frozen using the advanced mode.

But! Note that this will delete all the content.

Download the firmware package for iPad

After that, the tool allows you to select the iOS or iPad OS firmware package to download. Use the cursor to select the one you want, and now click Next.

Fix the unresponsive iPad screen

After you complete the software download process, you will have a fix button in sight. Click on it to start the repair.

Application interference handling

You easily cannot see that apps are also responsible for the fact that the iPad freezes and does not respond to touching the screen.

There is a possibility that the device freezes and opens or closes several already-approved applications.

Or you could have a fairly large number of background applications running, which used up plenty of resources and froze the screen. In any case, follow these steps sequentially to disconnect the iPad:

  • Close the applications using the application switch.
  • Delete the applications, and then reinstall.

If everything fails, then delete all applications completely.

Return the default settings

Resetting the settings is a way that you can use if the iPad continues to hang after the update. It can remove everything that messed up the settings due to incompatibility with the new updated version, leaving all your data lost.

  • Settings app> General > Reset all settings.
  • Enter your password when prompted.
  • Click Reset to confirm the reset of all settings.
  • Then wait a few minutes for the reset and reboot process to complete.

Restore iPad as new

Your iPad is delivered with different recovery variations, to reset the whole system to factory settings to cope with terrible situations.

But if you don’t like that the iPad freezes and doesn’t turn on without the see the Apple logo appearing, or if iTunes doesn’t recognize the Apple device at all (no Apple logo appearing), you should put the device into recovery mode or DFU mode to reinstall the software.

Recovery Mode

  1. Connect the device to the computer.
  2. On a Mac computer running macOS Catalina 10.15, open the Finder program. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes.
  3. Enter the recovery mode screen:

iPad with Face ID: Press and then quickly release the volume up button. Press and then quickly release the volume down button. Continue to hold the top button until the recovery mode screen appears.

iPad with a Home button: Hold the Home and upper buttons at the same time until the Recovery mode screen appears.

  • 4. When you see the dialog box in iTunes or Finder, select Restore.

Wait for the computer to download the latest version of the software issues specifically for your device. Then, when it is finished, follow the on-screen instructions to configure the device.

Restoring from DFU mode

As is customary, to fix the frozen iPad screen, it is enough only to restore it in recovery mode.

But if this does not happen, switching the device to DFU mode may become your only and last hope for repair.

Leave the device connected to the computer with iTunes or Finder running, then:

  • Enter DFU mode.

iPad models with Face ID: Press and release the volume up button. Press and release the volume down button. Hold the power button for 10 seconds until the device screen turns black.

Next, hold the power on and the volume down button for 5 seconds. Release the button when you see that iTunes or Finder will show the warning “iPad has been detected in recovery mode”.

iPad with Home button: Hold the Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds. Then release the power button, but still, keep holding the Home button for 5 seconds. Release the button when iTunes or Finder displays the warning “iPad has been detected in recovery mode”.

Note! The screen will go off and turn completely black when the device is in DFU mode!

  • Click OK in the message that appears in iTunes or Finder.
  • Choose Restore and Update.

If your device issue is still unresolved, the problem remains, then you can safely contact specialists.


How do I fix an unresponsive iPad screen?

Above, we described in detail all the steps to eliminate errors in the iPad device. How to bring the iPad back “to life” and how to make the screen work again.

Why is my iPad frozen and won’t turn off?

Your device may need a software update, or your device has a low battery level. In the article, you can learn more about each of the reasons and how to eliminate them.

What causes iPad to freeze?

A lot of factors can cause the iPad to hang, for example, a low battery level, insufficient memory, the need for the device firmware update, or even a regular app update.

And you learned more about each of the reasons in the text.

How do I force my iPad to reset?

You can do this in different ways, depending on the type of your iPad. The text above describes all possible ways out of this situation.


In conclusion, I would like to say that freezing an iPad is quite “subtle” because it’s an appliance, no one knows how it can behave in this or that situation.

We tried our best to help you, but still, if our advice could not help you, then you can safely contact specialists.

In this article, we have given you all the possible reasons for freezing the iPad, and how Apple can be eliminated. We hope that this information was useful to you. We wish you success!

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