iPad Mini Won't Turn On? Try These Fixes

Black screen on your iPad Mini? How to get your iPad back in no time

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If your iPad mini won't turn on after you’ve pushed the Home button, there’s likely an easy fix. In most cases, bringing your iPad mini back to life takes only a few easy steps.

  1. Is it on? If the Home button is unresponsive, the iPad mini might be off. Try pressing the Sleep/Wake button at the top of the iPad and wait for the Apple Logo to appear before letting go.

  2. Is the screen too dark? Your iPad may actually be on, but you're unable to see the screen because the brightness is too dim. Take your iPad to a dark room, and try to adjust the brightness. If you've updated to iOS 12, swipe down from the upper right corner. For iOS 11 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom.

    Screenshot of brightness settings on iOS12
  3. The battery. Whenever you put your iPad Mini down, without turning it off, apps that run in the background are still draining the battery. The means you could deplete the entire iPad Mini’s battery, even without using the device. Wait a second before you plug your iPad into the charger, and take a look at the upper right-hand corner where the battery icon appears so you'll be prepared to notice what happens before and after you plug the charger into the outlet. Here’s what to look for:

    • If the battery icon looks red, rather than green, the battery is extremely low. Just let it keep charging, without using the iPad, until the icon is green so the iPad has a chance to recover the battery strength.
    • If the screen is still black, and you’re not even seeing a red battery icon, the iPad mini may not have enough power to reveal the battery status. Let it continue to charge for a few hours, possibly overnight, so the battery can recover.
    • If the battery icon flashes before the screen goes dark, the iPad mini isn't receiving enough power to charge. Make sure you're using at least a 5W USB Power Adapter plugged into the wall.

    Battery Stress. If you've let your iPad Mini in a hot car, or out in freezing temperatures, your iPad could shut down or refuse to charge. If this is the case, bring your iPad mini to room temperature before you try starting or charging the device again.

  4. Check the Charging Port. Is there dirt or dust blocking the charging port? Link could prevent the charger from making the connection so that your iPad can charge. Try using a wooden toothpick to clean out the charging port.

  5. Burping your Mini. This is not a joke. Some iPad users have reported on forums that "burping" the iPad helps to realign loose cables that aren't making connections. To try burping:

    1. Make sure the iPad is off.
    2. Cover the front and back of the iPad securely with a towel, and pat the back of the iPad, as if you are burping a baby.
    3. Try this for at least a minute before you unbundle the iPad and try turning it on again.
    Image of an iPad Mini in a padded sleeve to get ready for burping
  6. Restart iPad Mini. If you’ve tried turning the iPad on with the Sleep/Wake Button and charged the battery for at least 24 hours, but your iPad Mini still won’t turn on, try doing a hard reset. Here's how:

    1. Simultaneously press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button.
    2. Continue to hold both buttons until you see the Apple logo appear. You may initially see the slider, or the screen may go black, but keep pressing the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons until the Apple logo appears, which could last from anywhere from 2 seconds to 20 seconds.
    3. Once the Apple logo appears, release the buttons.
    4. Your iPad Mini should be back on and ready to go in a few seconds.
  7. Perform a System Update. You can try to re-install the iOS software on your device. This will not erase all of your data, but it will attempt to reinstall the latest update. Here's how to try this method:

    1. Get Ready: On Windows or Mac, open iTunes. Make sure the computer has the latest iTunes version before you start.
    2. Insert the charging cable into the iPad, but not the computer.
    3. Hold the Home button on the iPad while simultaneously plugging the other end of the charging cable into the computer.
    4. Keep pressing the Home button on the iPad until the Connect to iTunes screen appears.
    5. Repeat the previous steps if the Connect to iTunes screen doesn’t appear after 30 seconds.
    6. Release the Home button when you see a screen showing the Lightning cable, arrow, and red iTunes icon. You'll see an option to either Update or Restore. Choose Update.
  8. Recovery Mode. If nothing else has worked, you may have to put your iPad into recovery mode. This will involve Restoring your iPad to factory settings, which will erase all data on your iPad. If you've previously backed up your iPad Mini, you'll be able to recover your data from the last backup.

    To put your iPad Mini into Recovery Mode, follow the steps above for the System Update, but chose Recovery rather than Update. Then, select OK to restore to factory default.

  9. Let an expert take a look. If none of the above solutions worked, you may have a problem with your hardware. Your last option is to take a trip to the Apple Genius bar, or an Apple Certified Repair Center.