How to Turn an iPad On and Off

Each model uses the same technique

What To Know

  • iPads with a Home button: Press and hold On/Off/Sleep until a slider appears. Slide the power off.
  • No Home button: Press and hold On/Off/Sleep and Volume Down until a slider appears. Slide the power off.

This article explains how to power off your iPad. This article applies to every model of the iPad, including the original, all versions of the iPad mini, and all iPad Pros.

How To Turn Off Any iPad Model

Turning off an iPad without a Home button is slightly different from turning off an iPad with a Home button, but we'll explain the differences. Here's what to do:

  1. For iPads with a home button: Press and hold the On/Off/Sleep button at the upper-right corner of the iPad.

    For iPads without a home button: Press and hold the On/Off/Sleep button as well as either the volume up or down button on the side of the iPad.

  2. Keep holding the button(s) until a slider appears on the screen.

  3. Move the Slide to power off slider all the way to the right. If you change your mind and don't want to turn it off, choose ​Cancel to keep the iPad on.

    A screenshot of the iPad's shutdown screen with an arrow indicating sliding the power button to turn off the tablet
  4. If you chose to turn off the iPad, a spinning wheel appears at the center of the screen before it goes dim and shuts off.

How To Turn on Any iPad Model

Turning on an iPad is simple: just hold down the On/Off/Sleep button in the upper-right corner of the iPad until the screen lights up. When the screen lights up, let go of the button and the iPad boots.

How to Reset and Hard Reset an iPad

Turning off an iPad isn't quite the same thing as resetting an iPad, and it's especially not the same as performing a hard reset on an iPad.

What If the iPad Won't Turn On?

In some rare cases, an iPad won't respond when you try to boot it up. If that's the case, you need to force the iPad to restart.

If you have an iPad with a home button, hold down the Power button and the Home button at the same time for around 5 to 10 seconds to force the device to restart.

If your iPad doesn't have a home button, it's a little trickier. First, press and quickly release the volume up button. Then press and quickly release the volume down button. Finally, press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo appear.

Use Airplane Mode Instead of Shutting Your iPad Off

When you need to conserve battery life or take your iPad with you on an airplane, there's no need to shut it down. Use your iPad at any time, including during takeoff and landing when laptops can't be used, by putting the iPad into Airplane Mode.

  • Why won’t my iPad turn off?

    If your iPad becomes stuck when you turn it off and is unresponsive, it might be experiencing issues with apps or require a system reset. Try these tips for fixing an unresponsive iPad black screen.

  • Where is the power button on my iPad?

    The iPad power button is on the upper-right corner, whether or not there is a Home button on the front of the tablet. This multifunctional button is also known as the Sleep/Wake button.

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