How to Turn iPad Off & On

One of the basics of using an iPad is knowing how to turn an iPad off and on. If you aren't able to turn on and off your iPad, you will have a hard time enjoying all of the features that your iPad offers. Also, turning your iPad on and off can help with troubleshooting since it's the first step in troubleshooting most iPad issues. Here are the basic steps to turning an iPad on and off.

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How to Turn iPad Off & On with the Home Button

If you have an iPad with a home button, the process is simple. Models include the regular iPads (generations 5-9), iPad mini 4, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, and the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd generations). For more device basics, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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  1. Long press the top button of your iPad for approximately three seconds.
  2. The Slide to Power Off message will appear. Swipe the slider.

  3. Wait a few seconds for the iPad to shut down.
  4. To turn the iPad back on, hold the Power button again until the Apple logo appears.

How to Turn iPad Off & Back On without the Home Button

This method will work on iPads that either have Face ID or have Touch ID in the Top button instead of in the Home button. The location of the volume buttons will be different depending on the iPad model. Models include the iPad mini (6th generation), iPad Air, (4th and 5th generations), iPad Pro 11-inch (generations 1-3), and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (generations 3-5).

  1. Long press one of the volume buttons.
  2. While still pressing the volume button, long press the Top button.
  3. The Slide to Power Off message will appear. Swipe Slide to Power Off.

  4. Wait a few seconds for the iPad to shut down.
  5. Hold the Power button again to turn the iPad back on.

How to Turn iPad Off & On without Any Buttons

There is a way to turn your iPad on and off without using buttons. Here's how to do it. 

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Tap General.

  3. Tap Shut Down.

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Kenya Smith

Kenya Smith is a Feature Web Writer for iPhone Life. She has a bachelor's degree in Strategic Communication and has written articles for two newspapers in her home state of Virginia. She also won first place in non-daily column writing for the 2019 and 2020 Virginia Press Association Awards.