How to Refresh Your iPad


There may be days when you notice that your iPad may be slowing down, not performing as well as it used to, or even being completely stuck. There are a few things you can do to get your device running smoothly again.

This includes closing out unused apps running in the background, clearing your internet browsing history and cache, updating your apps to the latest versions, freeing up storage space, resetting your device, or even refreshing your device. The latter of which will be our subject for today.

The process varies depending on whether you own an iPad with or without a home button. We’ll detail the complete steps for both below. Simply follow the instructions for the model you own below.

How to Refresh Your iPad With a Home Button

  • Press the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button (located on the top right corner of your iPad) simultaneously until the Apple Logo appears.
  • If your iPad doesn’t turn on, you may need to leave it in charge for an hour.

To ensure there are no issues when charging your iPad, it’s recommended to use an apple certified charging cable. You’ll also want to ensure that you’re plugging your charging cable into one of these power sources:

  • An Apple power adapter.
  • A USB port that supports USB 2 or higher.
  • Any power USB Hub, docking station, or certified Apple Accessories.

If your iPad still does not turn on after an hour or two, you’ll then want to contact Apple’s customer support.

How to Refresh Your iPad Without a Home Button

  • Press and quickly release the volume button nearest to the Sleep/Wake button
  • Press and quickly release the volume button furthest from the Sleep/Wake button
  • Now press and hold the Sleep/wake button until your device starts to restart.
  • If your iPad doesn’t turn on, you may need to leave it in charge for an hour.

To prevent charging issues, it’s recommended to use an apple certified charging cable. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure you’re plugging your charging cable into a compatible source. Such as:

  • An Apple power adapter.
  • A USB port that supports USB 2 or higher.
  • Any power USB Hub, docking station, or certified Apple Accessories.

If your iPad still does not turn on after an hour or two, you’ll then want to contact Apple’s customer support.

What to do if Your iPad is Stuck on the Apple Logo or Displays a Red or Blue Screen During Startup

Another common issue some may experience with the iPad is it being stuck on the Startup screen. This will display either an Apple logo or a red or blue screen during startup. If this is the case, then here’s what you’ll need to do:

How to Refresh Your iPad
How to Refresh Your iPad

If you own an Ipad without a home button:

  • The first thing you’ll need to do is connect your iPad to your PC.
  • Next, press and quickly release the volume button closest to the sleep/wake button. Now press and quickly release the volume button furthest from the sleep/wake button.
  • Now, press and hold the Sleep/wake button until your iPad begins to restart. (Keep holding the sleep/wake button)
  • Now select Update.
  • Your PC should now be downloading the software for your device, if this process takes longer than 15 minutes, recovery mode will be exited, and you’ll need to repeat the process.

If you own an iPad with a home button:

  • First, connect your iPad to your PC.
  • Now press and hold both the sleep/wake button and the home button.
  • Don’t release the buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.
  • Now select Update.
  • Your PC should now be downloading the software for your device, if this process takes longer than 15 minutes, recovery mode will be exited, and you’ll need to repeat the process.

Resetting your iPad

Before proceeding with this step, it’s important to note that resetting your iPad will restore your device back to its factory settings. If you would like to save your factory settings, you can back up your iPad using iCloud before proceeding. Here’s how to reset your iPad:

  • Navigate to Settings.
  • Select General.
  • Click on Transfer or Reset iPad.
  • Select Reset.

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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