How to Turn an iPad On and Off

Each model uses the same technique

What to Know

  • You can turn off every iPad model in nearly the same, simple way.
  • Whether you have a Home button or not determines how you turn your iPad off.
  • The On/Off/Sleep button is necessary for both methods of shutting down your iPad.

You probably won't want to shut your iPad down every day, but it's necessary in some cases. Here's how to quickly shut down your iPad, and how to turn it back on again, too.

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:

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

  2. 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
  3. 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. Learn all about resetting and hard resetting any model iPad.

What If the iPad Won't Turn Off or On?

In some rare cases, an iPad won't respond when you try to shut it down or 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.