iPad Mini Won’t Turn On? Try These 6 Fixes

  1. Published on Dec 20, 2021
  2. Updated on Dec 20, 2021
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It can be frustrating to have an iPad Mini that will not turn on. The first thought that most people have is that they will lose all the data on the iPad.

While this not unreasonable, you should know that an iPhone that fails to turn on may not be too damaged that you can’t get it working again.

In fact, this is often a common problem that points to minor issues with the iPadOS that can be resolved.

Here, we will show you the most effective ways to get your iPad mini to turn on again.

These solutions are listed in order of complexity and we will begin with the first thing you should do when you have an unresponsive iPad.

Charge Your iPad Mini for Hours

Because of malfunctions with the charger, your iPad may have simply run out of battery. Your iPad Mini will fail to turn on if the battery is completely drained.

And when the battery is drained, you will need to charge it for a long time to get it working again.

Therefore, we recommend that before attempting any other solution, connect the iPad to a charger and let it charge for a while.

Charge Your iPad Mini for Hours

Try Force Restarting Your iPad

If the problem is not battery drain, then the iPad Mini may be suffering from a software problem. One of the best ways to force the iPad to respond is to hard reset it.

A hard reset forces all apps and features to shut down and then restart, thereby refreshing the firmware. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Hold down the Home and the Power buttons at the same time for about 15 seconds.

Step 2: Continue to hold both buttons even if you see the power off slider on the screen until the screen goes black.

Step 3: When the iPad restarts and the Apple Logo appears on the screen, let go of both buttons.

Try Force Restarting Your iPad

An iPad System Repair Tool Could Help a Lot

Sometimes a hard reset will only give you temporary access to the device and you may find yourself facing the problem again very soon.

When this happens, it often means that the device has a deeper software issue that may need a deeper solution.

Restoring the iPad in iTunes is often a good way to resolve these issues, but it may not apply to you if you don’t want to lose any data on the iPad.

TinyFix is a solution that will resolve these software issues without causing any kind of data loss.

It is an iOS System Recovery tool that has been specifically developed for the purpose of fixing issues such as this one and get the device working again.

It is also a simple to use solution that doesn’t require any technical expertise: just follow these steps:

Step 1: Install TinyFix on to your computer. Open it after installation and connect the iPad to the computer.

Step 2: In the main window, select “iOS System Repair”> “Standard Repair” to select the repair mode that you can use to fix the device without causing data loss.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 3: You will them be prompted to download the firmware package needed to repair the device, just click “Download” to start downloading the firmware.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 4: Once the firmware download is complete, click “Fix Now” and then follow the onscreen instructions to begin repairing the iPad.

repairing the device

When the process is complete the iPad will restart in normal mode and should turn on without further issue.

Put the iPad Mini in Recovery Mode

You can also choose to restore the iPad in iTunes, but since the device is unresponsive, you may have to put the iPad in recovery mode before you can restore it.

The following is how to restore an iPad Mini in recovery mode:

Step 1: Connect one end of a USB or lightning cable and then open iTunes.

Step 2: Press and hold the Home Button while connecting the other end of the cable to the iPad.

Step 3: Continue to hold the Home Button on the device until you see the Connect to iTunes logo appear on the screen.

Put the iPad Mini in Recovery Mode

Step 4: Let go of the Home Button and a message will appear in iTunes indicating that a device in recovery mode has been detected. Click “Restore” to restore the iPad to factory settings.

restore ipad in recovery mode

Try DFU Mode and Restore iPad Mini to Factory Settings

If recovery mode doesn’t work or the problem happens again within a short while, you can try to put the device in DFU mode and then restore it to factory settings.

But be warned that this method will cause complete data loss. You may therefore want to ensure that you have a backup of your data before attempting to put the iPad in DFU mode.

DFU mode is also a very precise solution, so try to follow these steps as much as you can:

Step 1: Connect the iPad to the computer.

Step 2: Now press and hold the Home Button and the Power Button until the screen goes black. Then release the Power Button, but continue to hold the Home Button for about 3 seconds.

When the screen remains completely black, the iPad Mini is successfully in DFU mode. But if you see any kind of logo on the screen, repeat the steps.

Step 3: In iTunes, select “Restore” and iTunes will restore the iPad to factory settings. When the iPad restarts, you can set it up as new and restore it from a backup.

Try DFU Mode and Restore iPad Mini to Factory Settings

Contact Apple

When none of the solutions above are able to fix the device, you may be dealing with malfunctioning hardware-components.

In this case, the best thing to do is contact Apple Support for further assistance.

One or more hardware components may need to be replaced and only an Apple-Certified technician can do that safely. The cost of an Apple repair can be steep if you don’t have AppleCare+ but it worth it.

Wrap Up

These are all of the numerous ways to fix your iPad Mini not turning on problem, along with step-by-step instructions. Please don't hesitate to contact us or leave a comment below if you have any further questions.

Aaron Roussey

Aaron is tech-savvy and enjoys writing technical articles about phones, computers, games, and the internet!
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