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iPad won't turn on? - 8 ways to fix an iPad that won't boot up

Alex Griffith Updated on Apr 26, 2022 8:24 PM

Months go by, and your iPad works. Then, all of a sudden, your iPad won't turn on. You press the power (Sleep/Wake) button again and again...nothing happens. What should you do now?

It can be frustrating when your iPad screen is black and won't turn on — especially if you're not a technician. Luckily, before calling your tech support relative to help fix it or bringing it to a nearby Apple Store for repairs, you can take a few minutes to troubleshoot and solve the problem of iPad doesn't boot up on your own by following tips outlined in this post.

Reasons for an iPad not to turn on

It's not uncommon for users to experience glitches that stop iPad from turning on or responding properly. Most of the time, "iPad not waking up from sleep" problem is often caused by a dead battery—it might just won't charge. Again a software error or serious hardware problem also can cause iPad to fails to turn on. The problem might even lie in a bad cable or power adapter.

If your iPad gets stuck on an endless reboot loop, read this article to find the solutions.

How to Fix an iPad that won't turn on or charge

Whatever the reason, if you are currently struggling to resolve the same problem tries troubleshooting options below.

First of all, check to see if you can power on your iPad. press and hold the Sleep/Wake button at the top-right edge for a couple of seconds. If the Apple logo shows up on the screen, the iPad is turning on and functioning normally. If not, do a hard reset.

1. Hard reset your iPad

It may sound silly, but when your iPad won't turn on and shows just a black screen, force-restarting your device is usually all you need to take to fix the problem. A force restart won't delete any data on the device.

Force restart iPad modes that has Face ID:

  • Press the quickly release the Volume Up button.
  • Press the quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for five seconds until the device restarts.

Force restart iPad modes that comes with Home button:

  • Press and hold down the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time.
  • Wait for the Apple logo to appear, and then release both buttons.

If your iPad won't turn on after hard reset, plug in your device to a power outlet and let it charge for up to one hour.

2. Charge the iPad battery

How old is your iPad? Is the battery drained? Typically, the older the iPad, the faster its battery drains. Sometimes, an iPad doesn't turn on properly due to a dead battery. Since this is pretty easy to rule out, all you have to do is charge your iPad — connect the device to a wall outlet using the original charger and cable that came with it.

Do not use it, just let the battery charge for at least one hour. Then, try turning on the iPad. If the screen stays completely black, move on to the next solution.

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3. Check the cable

If there is no battery symbol that tells you it's charging, confirm the charging unit works. To figure out if the way it's charging is the problem, check the Lightning port to ensure that it is clean, free of debris, and not damaged. You also have to inspect the jack and power adapter and make sure that everything is plugged in firmly. If necessary, try another charger and USB cable.

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Give the iPad plenty of time to attempt charging again. If your iPad turns on this time, congratulations! You've found the problem and solved it. If not, don't fret, you have other troubleshooting steps to take to fix iPad that's not turning on.

4. Get iPad into recovery mode

If the tablet won't turn on after charging, probably signaling that it's a software issue. The next step in the process is to put the iPad into recovery mode and let the iTunes & Finder fix the software error inside it. The recovery mode also works when your iPad turns on but gets stuck on Apple logo, or a red or blue screen during startup.

Follow these steps to get iPad that's dead and isn't turning on into recovery mode. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes or Finder (Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or above) installed on your Mac or PC's.

1. Connect your iPad to the computer, and launch iTunes or Finder.

2. Put the device into recovery mode. 

  • iPad with Face ID: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button when your device begins to restart. Keep holding the button until your device goes into recovery mode.
  • iPad with Home button: Press and hold both the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time. Keep holding them (don't release even if you see the Apple logo) until you see the recovery mode screen.

3. When you get the option to restore or update the device, choose Update. iTunes (or Finder) will try to reinstall iPadOS without erasing your data.

Let it restores your device.

Also check: If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch won't turn on or is frozen.

5. Use a iPad system repair tool

If you go through all these tips and nothing helps, how do you fix a black screen of death on your iPad? It's time to try a professional iPad system repair utility, something like iOS System Recovery. "iPad not turning on" is one of the most common problems to encounter these days. That's why you need these software repair tools.

Despite the name, iOS System Recovery is a nifty little program that is mainly used to diagnose any potential software error on the iDevices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) and perform a automatic fix to bring the device back to normal. It's fast, efficient, and easy to use, which is all anyone can ask for.

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To fix the iPad software issue and wake it up again, follow these steps.

  • Open the software once it's installed, and click "More tool" on the bottom left side of interface.
  • Choose "iOS System Recovery" tab
  • Connect your iPad to the computer.
  • Select "Standard Mode" option.
  • Download the latest firmware package.
  • Click Fix button to repair the device.

Once the process is complete, your iPad should restart and turn back on.

6. Restore iPad from DFU mode

If your iPad still isn't turning on, The only thing you could do before doing a call to expert is try putting the device into DFU mode. It's the deepest type of restore you can do on an iPad or any other iOS device, and it has the best chance of fixing stubborn software issues.

Note that performing a DFU restore will wipe out any current data stored on your device, so back up your iPad first!

1. Plug your device into the computer.

2. Open up iTunes or Finder.

3. Enter DFU mode. 

  • iPad with Face ID: Press and release the Volume Up button. Press and release the Volume Down button. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for 10 seconds until the device screen turns black, then hold down both the Sleep/Wake button and Volume Down button for another 5 seconds. Release the Sleep/Wake button while keep holding the Volume Down button until iTunes alerts you that it has detected a device in recovery mode.
  • iPad with Home button: Press and hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for 10 seconds. Release the Sleep/Wake button but continue to hold the Home button for another 5 seconds until iTunes alerts you that it has detected a device in recovery mode.

4. Follow on-screen prompts to finish the restore process.

IMPORTANT: When you're in DFU mode, your iPad screen will stay completely black. If you see Apple logo appear on the screen, the Sleep/Wake button was held down for too long. In this case, you need to start over again at step 1 above.

After your iPad finishes DFU restoring, you can restore from the backup on the device.

7. Attempt the burping trick

Did you drop your iPad to ground recently? It's possible that the reason why the iPad won't turn on is that the tiny cable connecting between the LCD screen and the logic board has come loose or partially separated from its connector. In this case, you can try burping the iPad by pressing on the top right corner of back to see if this have the screen turned on.

Tip: The loose connection will just require a very gentle burp.

8. Troubleshoot a hardware problem

If you still can't fix an iPad that won't turn on yourself, then you probably have a hardware problem.

Battery defect: You might have a dying battery on iPad and the device doesn't have sufficient power to fully turn on.

Screen damage: It's possible there's a damage on your screen or internal components which prevent the iPad from turning on.

If your tablet is still under warranty, it's a no-brainer to take it to local Apple Store for a free replacement of battery or screen. There might be some other hardware issues that cause your iPad to not power on. We'd recommend contacting Apple Support or making a Genius Bar appointment to have them checked it out.

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