How to Reset a Frozen iPadHow to Reset a Frozen iPad

I hold my hands up, I was in a bit of a panic last week as I sat in the hotel foyer waiting to meet a client.  I took out my iPad to respond to emails and shock, horror… the screen was blank, I had find out how to reset a frozen iPad.

Now, I’m not a techie by any means and this was the first time it had ever happened or I’d known it to happen, so I was at a loss as to what to do.  My heart sunk thinking many hundreds of pounds might have just gone down the drain then reality hit, surely it could not break that easily, this was an Apple product and it was only a few months’ old.

When I thought about it logically, PCs often crash, which is more of an inconvenience than a reason to worry and just like a PC, this natty little gadget was likely to throw a wobbler now and then.

To be honest, I’m not sure if it was an open App or the iPad itself which froze, it just totally locked up and it didn’t matter which button I pressed, it just wouldn’t clear or reboot.  It seemed the iPad was well and truly stuck, frozen completely at a time when it was frankly most inconvenient.

I did all the obvious things, pressed the App icons, clicked the home key (circular button) and nothing so I thought I’d try to turn it off using the on/off key in the top right and again, nothing.  I tried holding each key down for a longer period of time… still nothing.

So, how did I do it?

I depressed the home key and the on/off button simultaneously and I held them down for what seemed like ages.  It was probably only 20 or 30 seconds in truth but when you are waiting for something to happen, it always seems longer.  Then, the screen flashed and then went blank.  At that point, I wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing but I was rest assured that the iPad was seemingly doing something.  It was certainly more than it had done for the last 10 minutes.

I sat there for a bit hoping all would be ok and then I pressed the on/off key again and just like magic, the little Apple icon appeared on my iPad – phew!

Fortunately, the iPad was no longer frozen and had reset itself and even more fortunate that it hadn’t lost any of my data.

How to unfreeze an iPad?

  • Press the home button and on/off button simultaneously and hold them down.
  • Wait until the screen goes black or I have since learnt the slider bar may appear.
  • Slide the slider bar or press the on/off key and it should reboot.

Of course, I hope this never happens to your but it if it does, then hopefully you will remember my little post and not worry like I did.

What would we do without our iPads?

I would be lost without mine now.