How to Hard Reset Your iPad

Learn how to reboot your frozen iPad with or without a Home button.

Is your iPad frozen? Pressing the Home Button over and over doing nothing? Prayer and magic crystals failing you? It might be time for a hard reset. In this guide, we'll show you how to hard restart your iPad, whether you have a model with or without a Home Button.

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How to Hard Reset an iPad with a Home Button

  1. Simultaneously press and hold the Top button and Home button.

    press home and top buttons
  2. Continue holding for several seconds until you see the Apple logo.
  3. Release the Top button and Home button.

How to Hard Reset an iPad without a Home Button

  1. Press and release the volume up button.

    Press volume up
  2. Press and release the volume down button.

    Press volume down
  3. Press and hold down the Top button until your iPad restarts.

    Press top button

If you're still experiencing issues with your iPad freezing, check out our article on what to do when your device keeps freezing.

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Author Details

Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.