10 Fixes for iPad that Won’t Turn On

Your iPad won’t turn on, and you just can’t figure out why. Well, there’s no need to panic because after going through our recommended fixes, you’ll know for sure what to do.

Apple iPads are, without question, among the most secure devices in the digital tech space today.

More often than not, you’ll find a good number of iOS users to be very passionate and particular about their choices of Apple products.

There is a good reason for that, as Apple Inc. has continued to demonstrate its commitment to protecting users’ device security, stability, and reliability over the years.

Yes, Apple iPads are some of the safest and most reliable tablets available today.

But what do you do if, for no justifiable reason, your iPad won’t turn ON?

Read on to find out the 10 most plausible causes for iPad that won’t turn on and the best DIY fixes guaranteed to work for you.

Reasons Your iPad Won’t Turn On

1. iPad battery is Dead

A good number of cases of iPads that won’t Turn On can be linked to faulty or dead iPad batteries.

Your iPad battery can be discharged for several reasons, yes, even when you’re sure it is fully charged.

Something as minor as mistakenly dropping the iPad can lead to battery discharge. In most cases, a simple battery recharge is sufficient to reboot the iPad.

2. iPad charging errors

Some iPad users fail to connect their charger appropriately into the charging port, resulting in no charge going into the iPad.

It’s also possible that the power outlet wasn’t turned on or isn’t transferring electricity into the iPad charger.

I guess this happens a lot, especially when ‘little Jimmy’ tries to charge the iPad again.

3. iPad Charger faults

In an attempt to cut costs, some iPad users go for the less expensive iPad accessories, which usually results in lousy charging input and ultimately charging errors.

It’s also possible that you’re using an iPad-recommended lightning cable/charger, but it still won’t charge. This happens if the charger/cable is faulty.

4. Faults with the iPad charging port

When clogs, dirt, and fragments accumulate in or around the charging port, it slows down or limits charging.

5. iPad left in extreme temperature conditions

There are reported cases of iPad users who left the tab in the car overnight, and the iPad was frozen by morning.

So it goes to say your iPad isn’t tolerant to excessively polar or hot temperatures.

While you may have no plans to go skiing any time soon, you might want to check in with the kids to let them know the iPad can’t be ‘microwaved into sweetness.’

It’s worth mentioning that going to bed with the iPad under your pillow is terrible for its ventilation and might result in the iPad turning off for its component preservation.

6. iPad iOS update overdue

Ignoring update warnings will eventually expose your device to malware issues.

7. Corrupted Software errors and glitches

Almost any software can encounter runtime errors resulting in app glitches, turning off the iPad.

8. The trouble with an iPad Power button

Your iPad won’t turn ON if the Power button is not easily accessible.

9. iPad hardware faults

iPad hardware faults can be factory errors or the owner’s incorrect usage.

Hardware faults include processing errors, charging port not supporting charger, memory lags, display errors, etc.

10. iPad is physically damaged

Hardware errors can also result from physical damages on the iPad.

How to Fix an iPad that Won’t Turn On [10 Fixes to Try]

1. Charge the battery

The first step to getting your iPad back on is ensuring the battery is charged correctly.

You can connect the iPad to a power source overnight or let it charge just for 20 minutes before you continue the next steps.

2. Troubleshoot Lightning charger/cable

You must ensure your lightning cable and charger are Apple recommended. As a precaution, you can try the charger and lightning cable with another device to verify it’s still working.

You should also ensure your iPad charging port is clean. Use a toothpick or unused, soft toothbrush to gently scrub off any debris, particles, or dirt that may clog the terminals and limit charging.

3. Check for any physical damage on the iPad.

Verify that there are no broken components in your iPad. Check for signs of damage, including scratches, broken screens, dents, or folds. Materials such as oils, water, tea, or coffee spills on the iPad could pose a significant problem if they find their way into its internal components. Perform a thorough cleanup of your device.

4. Restart iPad using the Power button

A simple restart of your iPad with a power button can awaken it from a minor software glitch.
Press and hold the power button at the top-right end of the iPad for 15 seconds. Your iPad display should come on.

5. Hard-restarting iPad

Supposing the restart option above didn’t turn your device on, next is to perform a hard restart.

Press and hold the power button + home button, at the same time, for up to 30 seconds. When the Apple logo appears, it indicates your device is restarting.

6. Restart iPad without Power button

You can also restart your iPad using the floating icon option.

Head to settings > accessibility > touch > system touch > On. Select ‘Double tap floating icon to restart’.

7. Reset all iPad settings

After successful hard-restart of your iPad, reset all settings to prevent a repeat of software crashes in the future.

Head to settings > general > reset > reset all settings.
You’ll be required to enter your passcode to verify your identity.

8. Perform iPad recovery

An iPad full recovery will be required if your device fails to accept hard-restart.

Please, only attempt recovery as a last resort as it could lead to loss of data and files. Before iPad recovery is opted for, ensure you have performed a backup of your files.

  • With iTunes (latest version) installed, you’ll need your PC updated.
  • On Mac OS Catalina, go to the finder to backup your device. On other older OS, or Windows PC, open iTunes
  • Please turn off the iPad and connect it to the computer, then press and hold the Home + Power buttons together till you see recovery.
  • If your iPad doesn’t have a home button, press and release the right volume button, then press and release the left volume button. After that, press and hold the power button till the screen displays recovery mode.
  • Select ‘update’ to attempt software update for your iPad. If that doesn’t work, then perform a recovery.

9. DFU Restore

  • We’re recommending DFU (Device Firmware Update) restore if system restore wasn’t successful for some unexplained reasons.
  • Use your lightning USB cable to connect the iPad to the PC
  • Press and hold the Home + Power buttons for 8 seconds.
  • Release the home button and keep holding the power button.
  • You should see a notification on iTunes when your device is detected in recovery mode. You can perform a device recovery from iTunes using DFU mode.
  • Ensure you don’t hold the power button for longer than 8 seconds. If your device boots with an Apple logo display, you have to restart the process.

10. Book an appointment on the app for possible iPad Repair

There’s every chance your iPad might be having a hardware fault, which can be fixed by booking an appointment here for a fix.

You can also contact Apple technical support for more professional guidance.


I overcharged my iPad, and it won’t turn On

Solution: iPads can’t be overcharged because they have an inbuilt charge protector. Hold the power button for 30 seconds.

My iPad froze and isn’t responding.

Solution: Perform force-restart

Is it safe to use an iPad while charging?

Answer: Yes it is but try not to.