What to Do If iPad Hard Reset Is Not Working

  1. Published on Jun 17, 2022
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Hard resetting your iPad or a forced restart as it is commonly known as is one of the best ways to refresh the memory on your iPad.

It is therefore the first solution that you try when your iPad is misbehaving. So, when it fails to do what it is supposed to do, it can be very puzzling.

What do you do when hard reset not working on your iPad? In this article, we will be addressing this problem with as many solutions as we can to help you get your iPad working normally again.

Hard Reset Your iPad Correctly

First, you want to make sure that you are using the correct procedures to hard reset the device. The process to hard reset the device will depend on the iPad model that you have. Here’s the correct way to do it:

Hard reset iPads with a Home Button

If your iPad has a Home Button, you need to hold down the Power Button and the Home Button at the same time until the device turns off and reboots.

Release the buttons only when you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

Force Restart iPad with home button

Hard reset iPads without a Home Button

If your iPad doesn’t have a Home Button, use these simple steps:

Step 1: Press and quickly release the Volume Up Button.

Step 2: Press and quickly release the Volume Down Button.

Step 3: Then press and hold the Power Button. Release the button when the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

Force Restart iPad without home button

Eliminate Software Issues and Update iPad System

If you are still unable to hard reset your iPad, you can fix any software issues that may be affecting the device using a third-party iOS system repair tool. One of the best tools to use is TinyFix.

This program has all the necessary features to help you fix the iPad and get it working normally again. These features include:

  • You can repair your iPad without losing any data on your device.
  • It will fix various issues on the iPad including a device that is stuck in recovery mode, the black screen, Apple Logo, a boot loop, and more.
  • It supports all iPad models and all versions of iPadOS.
  • It is very easy to use, you don’t need any technical expertise to fix your iPad. You just need to connect the iPad to the computer, select the firmware to install on it and the repair process will begin immediately.

Follow the instructions below to repair your iPad system glitches without losing any data using TinyFix:

Step 1. Download and install TinyFix onto your computer.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your computer and run TinyFix. The iPad will be detected automatically by the software. Select "iOS System Repair."

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 3. Once TinyFix has recognized your iPhone, select "Standard Repair " to proceed.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 4. TinyFix will detect the iPad model and you can proceed to the next screen and download the firmware by clicking "Download."

get the appropriate firmware

Step 5. After downloading, click Start, and TinyFix will begin automatically repairing your iPad. After the process is complete, the device will reboot without data loss.

repairing the device

That's all there is to it! Your iPad should be up and running in no time if you follow the above instructions. And all of your important data is still on your device.

Factory Reset Your iPad

Factory resetting the iPad can also help you fix the most stubborn issues on your iPad.

Since factory resetting the device will also cause total data loss, it is often one of the best things to do if you intend to sell or give away the device to someone else.

A factory reset will remove everything from the device. It will delete all the music, photos, messages, and settings on the device.

So, if you may want to backup all the data on the device before a factory reset to ensure you can get your data back after the process is complete.

To factory reset your iPad, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your device and then go to “General > Reset.”

Step 2: Select “Erase All Contents and Settings.”

Step 3: Then click “Erase iPad” and confirm. You may be prompted to enter your device’s passcode to confirm that you want to factory reset the device.

The device will restart and you should see the setup screen. Follow the instructions to set up the device as new and continue using it.

Factory Reset Your iPad

Force iPad into Recovery Mode

Restoring your iPad in recovery mode is another very good way to fix any software issues that your device may be facing.

Putting an iPad in recovery mode is easy, although you will need to connect the device to a computer to complete the process.

If you are using a Mac with macOS Catalina or later, you will use Finder for the process. If you are on macOS Mojave or Windows PC, you will use iTunes.

Before we start the process to put the iPad in recovery mode, do the following:

  • On your Mac, update macOS to the latest version
  • If you are using macOS Mojave or earlier, download the latest version of iTunes.
  • If you are on Windows PC, make sure that the version of iTunes you have is up to date. To check, open iTunes and click on “Help > Check for Updates” or you can download the latest version of iTunes from the Microsoft Store.

With the preparation out of the way, use these steps to put your iPad in recovery mode:

Step 1: Connect the iPad to your computer using its original USB/lightning cable.

Step 2: On your Mac with macOS Catalina or later, open Finder. On Windows PC or macOS Mojave, open iTunes.

Step 3: Now use the following process to put your iPad in recovery mode, depending on the model of iPad that you have:

iPad with Face ID: Press and quickly let go of the Volume Up Button, press and quickly let go of the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Power button until you see the recovery-mode screen.

Update iPads with Face ID in Recovery Mode

iPad with Home Button: Press and hold both the Home Button and the Power button at the same time. Continue to hold both buttons until the recovery mode screen appears.

Update iPads with Home Button in Recovery Mode

Step 4: Find the iPad on your computer and click on the “Update” button. When the update is complete, set up the device as new and it should continue to work normally.

recovery mode alert in iTunes/Finder

Put Your iPad in DFU Mode

When recovery mode doesn’t work, the most typical next step is to put the device in DFU Mode. Device Firmware Mode (DFU) will erase all the code on your iPad and restore everything to its defaults.

This is the deepest type of restore that you can use, which is why it can fix many software issues. Here’s how to restore your iPad in DFU mode:

On iPads with a Home Button:

  • Step 1: Connect your iPad to the computer using its charging cable.
  • Step 2: Press and hold Power and the Home Buttons at the same time until the screen goes black.
  • Step 3: Three seconds after the screen goes black, release the Power button but continue to hold the Home Button.
  • Step 4: Continue to hold the Home Button until the iPad shows up in iTunes or Finder.
  • Step 5: Click “Restore iPad” on your computer and then click “Restore and Update” to complete the process.

On iPads without a Home Button:

  • Step 1: Connect your iPad to the computer using its original charging cable.
  • Step 2: Press and hold the Power button for at least 3 seconds.
  • Step 3: Without releasing the Power Button, press and hold the Volume Down button.
  • Step 4: Hold down both buttons for about 10 seconds.
  • Step 5: Release the Power button after 10 seconds, but continue to hold down the Volume Down button until the iPad appears on your computer.
  • Step 6: Click “Restore iPad” and then “Restore and Update” to restore the iPad in DFU Mode.

Restore iPad with DFU Mode

Consider Repair Options

Your iPad may also be experiencing problems because of a hardware-related problem. If you dropped the iPad or it was exposed to a liquid, then broken or damaged hardware components could be causing the problem.

In this case, the best thing to do is to make an appointment at your local Apple Store or send in your device using the Apple Mail-in service to get it repaired.

An Apple repair can be expensive, although if you have AppleCare+ it may be cheaper. But please note that AppleCare+ doesn’t cover liquid damage.

If you choose to use a third-party technician, ensure that the technician you choose is qualified to fix an iOS device. You should also check their references to ensure they know what they are doing and won’t cause more damage to your device.

Wrapping Up

A hard reset can be one of the most effective ways to resolve the most common iOS system issues. But sometimes it just doesn’t work and you need an alternative solution.

This article has outlined some of the best options that you can use to repair any issue with the device if a hard reset is out of the question.

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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