iPad Stuck on Apple Logo Loop? How to Get Out of the Issue

  1. Published on Nov 16, 2021
  2. Updated on Nov 16, 2021
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The rapid rise of technology in recent years has both its ups and downs. Yes, we have clearer cameras, bigger screens, better interfaces, faster connections, and all that.

But there are also a ton of bugs that need fixing, and software that become outdated after just a few years of use.

One such problem that has persisted despite our best efforts is the iPad screen getting stuck showing the Apple logo on loop.

This is known as a boot loop, because it’s a reboot on loop. Your iPad is basically stuck in a cycle of restarting.

Why Is My iPad Stuck On The Apple Logo Loop?

A boot loop is a software issue that can stem from anything –an incomplete update, a corrupted file, or even a virus.

Your device doesn’t know what to do with these errors, so it keeps restarting in an attempt to read and fix them.

It’s a bummer, but don’t be too alarmed because there are a few quick fixes you can try to hopefully sort things out before worse comes to worst.

Hard Restart Your iPad

The first thing we recommend you do is a hard reset or a factory reset, as it’s more commonly known.

Yes, this will erase all existing data on your iPad, which will then be reverted back to its original “factory” state.

Doing this also erases all corrupted files, thus fixing your boot loop problem.

To perform a hard reset the iPad without Home button, simply do the following:

  1. First, quickly press and release your iPad’s Volume Up button.
  2. Next, quickly press and release your iPad’s Volume Down button.
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Power button until the Apple logo reappears.

Hard Restart Your iPad

If you have an iPad with a Home button, follow these steps:

  1. Hold down the Power and Home buttons at the same time until the iPad goes off and reboots.
  2. When you see the Apple logo on the screen, you may release go.

hard reset the iPad with home button

Repeat this step in another hour or two if it doesn’t work at first. Though it’s tough to lose all your files, a hard reset should be enough to fix your problem.

This is why it’s so important to create backups whenever you can. However, if wiping the slate clean isn’t an option for you, then proceed to the next step.

Use an iPadOS Repair Tool to Trobleshoot

TinyFix is a powerful app that you can download to fix not just your iOS problems, but Android as well. It boasts of being able to:

  1. Reset your iOS devices, even without a password, with just one click.
  2. Downgrade iOS to previous versions without needing to jailbreak.
  3. Enter and exit Recovery Mode in just one click.
  4. Fix your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Apple TV without losing data.
  5. Support all iOS versions and devices.

It should be noted, however, that the free download has limited features. You’ll need to upgrade to a monthly, yearly, or even a lifetime plan to avail of the rest.

If you’re on the fence about spending money for this, then you can test it out first to see if it works for you. It offers a 30-day money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied with the services.

To fix your boot loop problem using TinyFix, do the following steps:

  1. First, download and install TinyFix onto your computer.
  2. When installation is complete, the app will automatically launch.
  3. From the options shown, select Standard Repair Mode, then connect your device to your computer via its designated USB cable.
  4. If your device is detected, TinyFix will provide you with firmware for download. If there is more than one option, choose one from the list. If your device is not detected, skip the next steps and proceed to the next part of this article.
  5. Click Download to begin the downloading process.
  6. When firmware has finished downloading, click Start to begin repairing.

Standard Repair Mode

Your iPad should restart normally when the repair process is complete. If you still seek other ways to troubleshoot the iPhone 7, then you can try to restore your iPad in DFU Mode.

DFU Mode Restore Your iPad

Device Firmware Update or DFU Mode Restore is one of the most common fixes performed out there.

In fact, if you bring your device to a service center, chances are they’ll be doing this as a last ditch effort to fix whatever is wrong with your device.

It’s similar to a factory reset in that both will delete all your files, but a DFU Mode Restore might succeed in fixing your iPad, where the factory reset didn’t.

We recommend reading all the steps to performing a DFU Restore first before trying them out as the process can be tricky for first timers:

Step 1. First, ensure that your iPad is connected to your computer via its USB cable.

Step 2. Open up iTunes or Finder on your computer. If iTunes cannot detect your device, don’t worry because that’s what DFU Mode is for.

Step 3. Follow the steps below to put your iPad into DFU mode.

For iPad Models with a Face ID:

  1. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button first, then do the same for the Volume Down button.
  2. Next, press and hold the Power button until the screen turns black. If your iPad is off, wait for the Apple logo to appear then disappear.
  3. Once the screen is black, press and hold both the Volume Down button and the Power button for five seconds.
  4. After five seconds, release the Power button only.
  5. Keep pressing the Volume Down button for at least another five seconds.

For iPad Models with a Home Button:

  1. First, press and hold both the Power and Home buttons simultaneously for about ten seconds.
  2. Then, let go of the Power button, but keep pressing on the Home button for at least another five seconds, or until your device is detected on iTunes.

Step 4. Your iPad should now be in DFU Mode. Follow the instructions to restore and update your iPad. This might take awhile, so be patient, and let your gadgets do their job.

DFU Mode Restore Your iPad

On a side note, you may also perform a DFU Mode Restore using TinyFix. The process is basically the same.

Repairing Your iPad

If, despite all your best efforts, the problem still persists, it might be time to throw in the towel and seek the advice of professionals.

Go to your nearest service center to have your iPad checked out. It could be a hardware problem, or an even bigger software issue that only they know how to handle.

You might have to cash out a bit for this, but if their interventions work, then that’ll at least save you the trouble of buying a brand new device. Small blessings, eh?


Software, firmware, and hardware issues are inevitable when you’re dealing with gadgets, especially if it is an old one that has seen better days.

A boot loop is one such problem in which your iPad is stuck showing you the Apple logo on repeat. There are many ways to fix it, but some will entail erasing all your data in the process.

If you wish to avoid this, then be prepared to cash out a few bucks for a trustworthy app to help you.

We hope this article was able to help snap your iPad out of its loop, and back up and running again. If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a comment through the boxes below. Cheers!

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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