Not satisfied with the performance of your iPad? Has she started to slow down, stutter or simply not feel as flexible as before? Before you throw it away and buy a new one, restart your iPad. In most cases, poorly encrypted applications, insufficient memory capacity and poorly configured system settings slow down your iPad. When you reset the iPad to factory settings, you’ll feel as new and refreshed as when you bought it. In this article I’ll give you a complete step-by-step guide to restarting your iPad – the right way!

iPad Reset Types: soft, hard and factory

Before you learn how to restart the iPad, it is important that you understand the different reset options available on the iPad. So we can decide which one suits us best.

Gradual reset

The Smooth Reset is the first step in resetting to iOS. To do this, all you have to do is restart our iPad. In most cases, a soft reset on your iPad will solve most problems.


Sometimes your iPad freezes or even becomes numb. In this case, we are carrying out a difficult restart. A warm reboot means we have to reboot the iPad. I will explain how in the next part of this article.

Factory breakdown

A factory reset means that all applications, data and settings are removed from your iPad. It restores it to the state you bought it in the store. If you want to resell your iPad or trade it for a new one at the Apple Retail Store, we recommend resetting your settings at the factory. It deletes all your personal data. However, if you’re in a hurry to fix a slow iPad, a device reset is ideally the last chance to try it out.

Now let’s see how to restart your iPad with these step-by-step instructions:

How do I reset my iPad smoothly?

This way you can perform a smooth restart:

1) Use the on/off/volume switch

Today we have two types of iPads: 1) Those who have the traditional home button (yes, that famous round, soft button!) and 2) The new generation iPad without the home button and without activated facial recognition. The recovery process for those two is a little different.

For iPad with Home Button (old generation):

Press and hold the top power button until the stop slider appears.

For iPad without home button (next generation):

Press and hold the volume knob or top power button until you see the stop button on the iPad display.

Moving the power switch to the right turns off the iPad. After you turn off your iPad, wait a few minutes and turn it back on using the power switch. When the iPad is turned on after a soft reset, use your password to unlock it. FaceID or TouchID won’t work if you try to unlock the iPad after a soft reset.

2) Use the Off option in the iPad settings

Another alternative to gently resetting your iPad is to turn it off using the app’s settings. Here’s how to navigate: Settings > General > Off.

When your iPad is completely turned off, restart it using the power switch on the top.

How do I reset my iPad?

If you can’t use any of the above methods to reset your iPad smoothly, you’ll have to make an extra effort. A hard reset is technically similar to a soft reset because it consists of turning off the iPad and then restarting it. However, it does so with such power when your iPad does not normally perform a smooth reset.

That’s how you do a hard reset:

For iPad with Home Button (old generation):

Press and hold the Power + Home buttons simultaneously for the last 10 seconds. Continue until you see the Apple Download Screen logo on your iPad. Your iPad will now restart automatically and you will need to unlock it again with your password.

For iPad without home button (next generation):

Briefly press and hold the power button. Keep doing this until your iPad restarts.

How do I reset my iPad to factory defaults?

As noted above, if you cannot repair a slow iPad with a soft or hard reset, I recommend that you restore the default settings. If you’re planning on reselling your iPad, it’s also a good idea to transfer a clean iPad without leaving a trace of personal information.

Since a factory reset completely deletes all your applications and data, I recommend that you back up all important data. Visit Apple’s website to learn how to back up your iPad.

Follow the steps below to restore the default settings:

Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset all contents and settings.

After clicking Reset all content and settings, you will see a pop-up message with 2 options (A) Stop uploading documents and data to the iCloud, then delete them and (B) Delete them.

Even if you have a full backup of your iPad, you must select the No option. (A) to ensure that important data/documents are not lost when the iPad is restored to factory settings. When you use iCloud to back up all your important data, you need to check and confirm which applications, photos and documents are set up to sync with iCloud. You can do this by opening the iCloud settings on your iPad.

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Frequently asked questions:

Will I lose my data after the restart?

You lose nothing with a smooth and powerful restart. However, resetting the default settings will delete all your requests and data. So make sure you cover everything that’s important.

How do I restart my iPad without an Apple ID?

If you forget your Apple ID and password, you can always restore your iPad using factory restore mode and then use iTunes on your Mac/PC to perform a full recovery. For a detailed guide, click here.

How do I restore an iPad that isn’t on?

In this case, perform a hard reset. However, make sure your iPad is sufficiently charged. If you’re not sure, have it charged within the hour.

What was your experience?

I hope you enjoyed reading this article. What was your experience? Is your iPad repaired after a successful restart? Please share your thoughts in the following comments.

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