My iPad Screen Is Black! Here’s The Real Fix.

You were playing a game or watching a show on your iPad when something suddenly went wrong. Its display has gone completely black and you can’t do anything now. In this article, I’ll show you what to do when your iPad screen is black so you can fix the problem for good!

Try Charging Your iPad

It’s possible your iPad screen is black because it’s out of battery life. Try plugging your iPad into a power source and see if the Apple logo appears on the screen. If the Apple logo doesn’t appear on the screen after a minute or two, move onto the next step!

Hard Reset Your iPad

A lot the time, your iPad screen goes black because of a software crash. In many cases, your iPad is still on and running in the background! A hard reset can temporarily fix the problem if your iPad is experiencing a software crash.

Simultaneously press and hold the power button and the Home button until the Apple logo appears on the center of the display. You may have to hold both buttons for 25–30 seconds!

If your iPad doesn’t have a Home button, quickly press and release the volume up button, then quickly press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the Top button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. You may have to hold the Top button for 25–30 seconds.

If your iPad turned back on, that’s great! But we’re not done yet. The software problem that made your iPad screen black hasn’t actually been fixed. If the problem continues to occur on your iPad, we highly recommend putting it into DFU mode and restoring. Before you do, back it up first!

How To Back Up Your iPad

A backup is a copy of all the data on your iPad. It’s a good idea to back up your iPad in case the problem it’s currently experiencing gets worse.

Backing Up Your iPad To Finder

When Apple introduced macOS Catalina, iTunes was replaced by Music, and device management and syncing were moved to Finder. Connect your iPad to your Mac using a charging cable.

Open Finder and click on your iPad under Locations on the left-hand side of Finder. Click the circle next to Back up all of the data on your iPad to this Mac, then click Back Up Now.

back up ipad using finder

Backing Up Your iPad To iTunes

If you have a Mac running macOS 10.14 or older, or if you own a PC, you’ll use iTunes to back up your iPad. Plug your iPad into your computer using a charging cable. Open iTunes and click on the iPad icon near the upper left-hand corner of the application.

Click the circle next to This computer, then click Back Up Now.

Put Your iPad In DFU Mode

A DFU restore is the deepest type of restore you can perform on your iPad. All of its code is erased and reloaded,  which will fix any deeply hidden software problem. We strongly recommend backing up your iPad before putting it in DFU mode! When you’re ready to go, check out our iPad DFU mode walkthrough!

iPad Screen Repair Options

There’s probably a hardware problem if your iPad display is still black. If you recently dropped your iPhone, or if it has been exposed to liquid, some cables may have become damaged or dislodged from the logic board.

Set up an appointment at your local Apple Store’s Genius Bar and see if they can fix it for you. As long as your iPad is covered by AppleCare+, you’ll probably be able to get an affordable repair.

It’s Black Magic! But Not Really…

Your iPad’s black screen problem has been fixed! If your iPad screen goes black again, you’ll know how to fix the problem. Leave any other questions you have about your iPad down below in the comments section!

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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Tarin Lisura
1 day ago

My iPad screen has gone black. As you say, when I was playing a game. So I tried to hard reset it, but it always shows the Apple logo twice and goes black again. So, it didn’t hard reset properly. Also, my iPad screen worked for less than 5 seconds. So what should I do? 💔

Bash
19 days ago

My iPad screen won’t turn on, no response whatsoever. I tried holding onto the buttons to restart for more than 3 minutes still nothing.

Peggy
1 month ago

Black screen after the iPad first comes on very quickly and says to restart it.

Peggy
1 month ago

My iPad 8 has a black screen. The voice works but the screen doesn’t light up.

Rene Nila
1 month ago

i have an iPad generation 7 and it went completely black. I was able to reset it but then it went black again and won’t turn on at all. Any suggestions?

madison
2 months ago

My iPad is completely black. It won’t restart or anything, and it has not been damaged. Also, I have held down the home button and the top button for ages longer than a couple of minutes but nothing has happened. Please help me.

Renai
3 months ago

My home button doesn’t work is there any other way to fix my iPad

The job
3 months ago

When I close my iPad it only lights up when I try and open it. It doesn’t turn on fully.

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Colin Boyd
3 months ago
Reply to  The job

I recommend trying to perform a hard reset on your iPad! If your iPad has a Home button, press and hold the Power button and Home button until the Apple logo appears on your screen. Once you see the Apple logo, let go of both buttons and your iPad should turn back on. If you have an iPad with Face ID, press and release the volume up button, then press and release the volume down button. Finally, press and hold the top button until the Apple logo shows up. Once the Apple logo appears, your iPad should boot up on… Read more »

Fusion
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin Boyd

Hi… the problem isn’t that my screen isn’t turning on. It’s turning on, it’s just not showing me anything. Like when I press the turn on button, it lights up. The screen is responsive but nothing is showing.

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David Payette
3 months ago
Reply to  Fusion

Hi Fusion, during my time at Apple, that issue would often be the result of some sort of damage to the display, or a display replacement gone wrong. It might be worth making a Genius Bar appointment and seeing what they can do to help.

Alexis
3 months ago

Hi, My IPad screen has gone black, no response what’s so ever I tried holding onto the buttons to restart for30 seconds still nothing, no damges on the IPad

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Colin Boyd
3 months ago
Reply to  Alexis

Hi Alexis! Believe it or not, a hard reset can take even longer than 30 seconds to initiate sometimes! The first thing I’d recommend is to try holding the buttons for a full minute or so to see if that solves the problem. If that doesn’t work, please let us know. Best of luck!

ghoshti
4 months ago

Hi, I was playing a game then suddenly my ipad buffered and its stuck in the single frame and I can’t use it i’ve done this method already but nothing seems to happen (Ipad 6th gen)

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Colin Boyd
3 months ago
Reply to  ghoshti

Hi Ghoshti! Has this problem only occurred when you play one particular game?

Wen
5 months ago

Hi, I just went into settings to adjust my brightness and must have accidentally pressed something as my screens turned black. On pressing the home button, the login screen appears, you can login but it takes you back to the black screen? Help?

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Colin Boyd
5 months ago
Reply to  Wen

The first thing I’d recommend trying is to go into a dark room and try to adjust your brightness setting from there. You may have accidentally changed a setting that’s made your screen appear darker than you’d expect. If that doesn’t work, try a hard reset — press and hold the power button and home button together for 30 seconds, or until the Apple logo appears on the screen, then let go.

klyssaa
6 months ago

uhm actually i have an problem… Am charging normally my iPad and it suddenly glitched and i tried to open it. Its been 30 minutes opening my iPad mini and its going to black and i will see the apple logo and it will go back to black after 3sec and after 3min or 10 i will see the apple logo again. well am searching this issue.. can you help me to solve it? because i tried many times and many tips like press the home button and the power button for 15sec or 25-30 but it still the same.… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by klyssaa
Liam Shotwell
6 months ago
Reply to  klyssaa

Check out our article about what to do when your iPad is stuck on the Apple logo. If you can’t get it fixed, just explain everything to him and be honest. Technology is always replaceable ?

Rohan
6 months ago

Thank you so much, it worked for me!

dylan
8 months ago

my ipad blacked out and is not turning on at all, when i push the button to turn off your ipad and home button you can hear it takes a picture and same as my notifications but it isn’t turning on.

Liam Shotwell
8 months ago
Reply to  dylan

Make sure you hold the buttons for 20-30 seconds. You might be surprised at how long it takes before the hard reset occurs. If that doesn’t work, consider doing a DFU restore.

Demi Thompson
9 months ago

I’m scared all my data will disappear, is there any other way? It doesn’t anything about being Brocken, it just won’t turn on

Liam Shotwell
9 months ago
Reply to  Demi Thompson

Check out this article about how to backup your iPhone through iTunes ?

anunimus
9 months ago

what to do if your ipad is on and you can hear siri but the screen is black

Ann
1 month ago
Reply to  anunimus

Same! Did you get it fixed?

Teri
11 months ago

I have an iPad that just 1/3 of the screen is black but you can still use the buttons in the background. Any suggestions. Teri

Suvith
11 months ago

this is the 5 time black screen with my iPad and I fixed it after 3-4 months but I could not finish it in one day

Louisa
1 year ago

It’s my Apple Air iPad , I tried the hard fix, not working.
It’s only a little over a year old, I paid almost $800 for it. I’m so freaking out.
Please can you help me?

Louisa
1 year ago

It’s my Apple Air iPad , I tried the hard fix, not working.
It’s only a little over a year old, I paid almost $800 for it. I’m so freaking out.
Please can you help me?)

Briarblood
7 months ago
Reply to  Louisa

https://support.apple.com/ipad-air-3rd-gen-program-for-blank-screen-issue
There’s a repair program for this issue through Apple.
Your device will be inspected to determine whether it falls into the parameters or not and if it does it will be repaired for free.

secret
1 year ago

it not working tell how to do plz

Hessa
1 year ago

My ipad turns black suddenly without, i have connect it to itunes and its shows that the restore has been completed and ipad is ready to use but it still black screen

angela
1 year ago
Reply to  Hessa

same problem!

sina farsi
1 year ago

my screen is black.i connected it to itunes and said restore and update. i do it.but when extracting file is over,an error apear (error 4013) . my itunes is updated to last version and I do everything.but its not work .help please

Abhijit
1 year ago

My iPad is not starting up, I did hard reset as per one of my friend but still it’s not working. What should I do?

drei
1 year ago

i am freaking out. so if seems my ipad is okay, although everything is black. pressing a button wil light up the screen but its black. please help

Emeli
1 year ago

I force reset mine but did not work. So the next day I connect to the computer following the 30 second pressing both power and screen and the charger connect appear on screen and also in the computer screen there is instruction and I just follow. Thank God, it works I’m save from going to Best Buy

Parsh
1 year ago

I Reset my ipad then the apple logo appears then crashed. I repeated 3x the result is the same after the apple logo appears then turn into black screen. Help! My 2 month old Ipad Mini 4

Liam Shotwell
1 year ago
Reply to  Parsh

The iPad Mini 4 is getting old. It was released five years ago in 2015! Make sure you try the steps in this article. More specifically, try putting the iPad Mini into DFU mode. This will correct any software issues. If the problem persists, there’s a problem with the hardware. Since the iPad Mini 4 is discontinued, you’re better off getting a new iPad with newer software and hardware that is less likely to have issues. I hope this helps!

Nikki
1 year ago

Waoh. Thank you. Doing this just helped me from having a meltdown. I taught my iPad was finally gone. The only sad part of this is I cannot use iOS over 10 on it

Rita
1 year ago

The screen of my iPad is black. I tried holding the power and home button, but nothing happened so I thought my iPad finally gave up and died. I plugged it to my computer and iTunes actually said that it cannot access it because the device it still locked. So I came to realize that it still works, just not the screen and when i hard restart it, it actually does but without showing anything on screen.

Is there a way to unlock the device through the computer so that I may back it up?

Kat
1 year ago
Reply to  Rita

I encounter this right now. Did you get an answer?

Phyll
1 year ago

I have an ipad that the screen is lit up but doesnt display the apple symbol or actually anything it stays black even after doing dfu and total reset
Help please

Avijit
1 year ago
Reply to  Phyll

I have same problem, did you got the solution ??

Faith Huss
1 year ago

I can get the apple logo to appear after pushing home and power, but when I let go it switches to a backlit black screen and never boots. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Mike Holmes
1 year ago

Will installing a new software update fix the black screen problem instead of using the DFU mode?

Mike Holmes
1 year ago

Thanks for the information on how to fix a black iPad screen. Now I know who to ask if I have any other issues.

Elizabeth Vibert
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike Holmes

how do i put in dfu mode if I cant turn it on

Liam Shotwell
5 months ago

Check out this article I’m linking you to about how to put your iPhone in DFU mode.