iPad Stuck on Loading Screen? Try These 5 Fixes

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young iPad Published On Dec 30, 2021 Updated On Aug 25, 2022
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Sometimes when you’re using your iPad, the screen can suddenly go black with a spinning wheel on the screen.

This is a common problem that is often referred to as an iPad getting stuck on the loading screen.

A hard reset will fix this problem most of the time. But sometimes your iPad will go back to the lock screen for a few seconds only for the loading screen to appear again.

If this is what you are experiencing, we have a list of troubleshooting solutions that may be very useful to you.

Force Restart the iPad

Since it will sometimes work to resolve the issue or at the very least give you access to your device, we recommend that you start with a force restart.

Even if it works temporarily, you can backup your data before attempting any more solutions.

To force restart your iPad, press and hold the Home and the Power Buttons at the same time. When you see the Apple Logo and the device starts to restart, release both buttons.

If a force restart doesn’t work, try our next solution.

Force Restart the iPad

Charge Your iPad

Your iPad may have been stuck on the loading screen because there isn’t enough battery to turn on completely.

Therefore, we recommend that you plug it in to a charger and let it charge for a while before trying to restart it.

Charge Your iPad

Update Your iPad’s Software Using iTunes

Having outdated software on your computer can also cause problems with the device’s function which may in turn cause it to get stuck on the loading screen.

Since you are unable to update the device via settings, you can use these steps to update it in iTunes:

  • Step 1: Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on the computer. Connect the iPad to the computer and then open iTunes.
  • Step 2: Select the iPad in the top-left corner and then go to the “Summary” tab.
  • Step 3: Click on “Check for Updates” and if updates are available, click “Download and Install” to update the device. Restart the iPad when the update is complete.

You will only be able to use iTunes to update the device if iTunes can detect the connected iPad. This may not be possible if the iPad is unresponsive.

Update Your iPad’s Software

Fix Your iPad Effectively with TinyFix

If you want and easier and more effective way to fix an iPad stuck on the loading screen, we recommend using TinyFix.

This professional iOS system repair tool will help resolve this and many other iOS issues in a matter of minutes.

TinyFix is compatible with all iPad models and all versions of iPadOS and it will not affect any of the data on the device during the repair process.

It also has a simple user interface that can make the repair process very simple.

Here’s how easy it is to restore your iPad to normal function using TinyFix:

  • Step 1: Download and install TinyFix on to your computer.
  • Step 2: Open it and then select “iOS System Repair” in the main window. Connect the device to the computer and then click “Start.”
  • Step 3: Choose “Standard Repair Mode” and when prompted, click on the “Download” option to download the firmware needed to fix the device.
  • Step 4: Click “Fix Now” after the download is complete. TinyFix will repair the iPad and it will restart in normal mode as soon as the repair is complete.

 Fix Your iPad Effectively with TinyFix

Put iPad in Recovery Mode Manually

Manually putting your iPad in recovery mode can be a great way to resolve any stuck issues on your iPad. The process is different for the different iPad models.  Here’s how to do it:

For iPads with Face ID:

  • Step 1: Press and Hold down the Power (Sleep/Wake) button at the top of the device and the Volume Dow button at the same time.
  • Step 2: When you see the “Slide to Power Off” slider appear on the screen, drag the slider to the right to turn off the device.
  • Step 3: While holding the Power Button, use a USB cable to connect the iPad to the computer. Continue to hold the button until the recovery mode screen appears.

Put iPad with a Home Butto in Recovery Mode

For iPads with a Home Button:

  • Step 1: Press and hold the Power button at the top of the device. Drag the slider to the right to turn off the device.
  • Step 2: While still holding the Power button, connect the iPad to the computer using USB cables.
  • Step 3: Now press and hold the Home Button and keep pressing it until you see the “Connect to iTunes” screen.

Put iPad in Recovery Mode

iTunes will prompt you to restore or update the device. Choose “Update” first and allow iTunes to install the latest iPadOS.

If you are unable to update the device, choose “Restore” and iTunes will erase the device and restore it to factory settings.

Put iPad in Recovery Mode Manually

Wrap Up

Of all the common iPad stuck issues, an iPad stuck on the loading screen is one of the most common. And as you can see from the solutions above, you can overcome this problem.

Start with a force restart and then implement the more complex solutions as needed: just be sure to follow the instructions outlined above.

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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