iPad Pro Black Screen? Try These Fixes First

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The iPad Pro is one of Apple’s most prized products, especially now that people have begun to call it the World’s Best Tablet.

What makes it different from a regular iPad is its screen. Not only is it bigger than its counterparts, it also provides a sharper and clearer image which ultimately helps digital artists, content creators, and the like.

Despite its many perks and features, like every other product, it still has its downsides. Some iPad Pros can crash and get stuck on a black screen.

If you don’t know what to do when this happens, you’ll probably need to consult an expert.

Thankfully, this article is going to go through what you can do yourself to get rid of your iPad Pro’s black screen and to potentially save you a trip to the iStore.

Let’s get right to it.

Why Does Your iPad Pro Get Stuck on Black Screen?

There are a lot of reasons for an iPad Pro to get stuck on black screen. One of the more obvious ones is a system crash.

This is when the entire operating system of the iPad Pro shuts down, rendering the device unusable. This is the same with data corruption, viruses and malware.

This is why it’s so important to be careful when downloading suspicious apps and accessing sketchy websites.

Another reason could be hardware problems. This means that something inside your iPad Pro is physically broken.

Repair costs for hardware issues are often more costly because they necessitate having to replace a physical component of your device.

For this article, we will tackle how to deal with software issues. So, if your problem is in the hardware, then I’m afraid you’ll have to head to the nearest iStore to get it fixed.

Ways to Fix the Black Screen Problem

Knowing the cause of your problem will help you figure out how to fix it. Below, we’ve listed down some of the ways you can fix the black screen problem on your own.

These solutions aren’t guaranteed to work all the time, but it doesn’t hurt to try!

Force Restart the iPad Pro

As mentioned earlier, system errors and random app crashes are some of the possible reasons for the black screen on your iPad Pro.

This is a simple issue that can easily be remedied by restarting your device.

To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. First, press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Next, do the same for the Volume Down button.
  3. After that, press and hold the Power button.
  4. Once your iPad Pro restarts, release the Power button.

Force Restart the iPad Pro

Force restart shuts down unwanted apps and clears junk files, including temporary data that could have been corrupted.

This is the simplest way to solve the black screen problem, so if it doesn’t work, you might have to employ more complicated solutions.

Try iOS System Repair Tool to Fix iPad Black Screen

You can actually use external software to fix the black screen problem. TinyFix iOS System Repair is one such example that can fix your issue in a flash.

It’s very easy to use due to its simple interface, and best of all, it's free!

Here are the steps on how to use it:

Step 1. First, download and install the app onto your PC.

Step 2. While waiting, connect your iPad Pro to your PC.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 3. Once installed, click Enter Recovery Mode. After that, your iPad should enter into recovery mode.

Enter Recovery Mode

Step 4. Now, click Exit to exit recovery mode.And wait for your device to finish the process.

Exit Recovery Mode

Entering and exiting recovery mode fixes the black screen problem in most cases. But if the problem persists, a complete repair of the operating system is recommended.

Luckily, TinyFix iOS System Repair also offers this as a feature in the app.

Here’s what you should do:

Step 1. Launch the app. Click on iOS System Repair.

Step 2. Now, choose the Standard Repair option. The Standard Repair will attempt to fix your issues without erasing any of your data.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 3. Finally, follow the program guide on the screen to fix iOS without data loss.

repairing the device

After doing all these steps, your device’s operating system should now be fixed without the data being compromised.

If it doesn’t work, redo the steps but choose the Deep Repair instead of the Standard.

This type of repair is more thorough and might fix your problem, but be forewarned that it will erase all your data.

Factory Reset your iPad Pro through iTunes/Finder

Another solution to try and fix the issue is to redo everything from scratch by performing a factory reset on your device.

This deletes everything, from the fatal errors to the corrupted data. Uncorrupted data will be erased as well, so you might want to use this as a last resort.

To factory reset your device, follow these steps:

  1. First, connect your iPad Pro to your PC.
  2. Click on Trust This Computer if prompted.
  3. After that, launch iTunes.
  4. Locate your iPad on the iTunes interface and select it.
  5. Next, go to the Summary panel on the upper-left side of the screen.
  6. Here, click on Restore [iPad].
  7. Finally, click on Restore again to confirm.

restore iPhone

Your iPad Pro should reboot normally with a newly installed operating system once you’ve finished doing all these steps.

Restore your iPad Pro via DFU mode

If the previous method still doesn’t fix the black screen issue, you might have to repeat the factory reset process again, but this time with your iPad Pro in DFU mode.

DFU mode allows your device to communicate with iTunes through a computer without activating the iOS. Here, you’ll be able to repair the damaged system.

To restore your iPad Pro via DFU mode, just follow these steps. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the steps first before you execute:

  1. First, connect your iPad Pro to your PC.
  2. After that, launch iTunes.
  3. Now back to your iPad Pro, press and quickly release the Volume Up button and then do the same for the Volume Down button.
  4. Next, press and hold the Power button until the screen turns completely black. Do not let go of the Power button just yet.
  5. Once the screen turns black, press and hold the Volume Down button while still holding down the Power button.
  6. Now, wait for five (5) seconds.
  7. After that, release the Power button.
  8. Keep holding down the Volume Down button until your iPad is detected by iTunes on your PC.
  9. Once it appears, release the Volume Down button. This means your iPad Pro is now in DFU mode.
  10. At this point, navigate to your iPad on the iTunes interface and select it.
  11. Now, head to the Summary panel and click on Restore [iPad].
  12. Finally, click Restore again to confirm the process.

 restore iPhone in DFU mode

This process is a deeper type of system restore wherein the BootROM accepts the iBSS ( Independent Basic Service Set ) and gets burned into the hardware.

This is how jailbreaks are done since it ultimately affects the iOS system itself.

Is your iPad Pro Still Stuck on Black Screen?

If the problem still persists no matter what you’ve tried, then it might not be an internal issue, but an external one instead.

As mentioned earlier, hardware issues can also be a factor of black screen problems on your iPad Pro.

For this problem, the only thing that you can do is to consult an expert at your local iStore and have it checked out.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.
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