iPad Stuck On The Apple Logo? Here’s The Real Fix!

Your iPad froze on the Apple logo and you’re not sure what to do. No matter what buttons you press, your iPad simply won’t turn back on. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPad is stuck on the Apple logo!

Why Is My iPad Stuck On The Apple Logo?

Your iPad is stuck on the Apple logo because something went wrong during its reboot process. During the process when your iPad turns on, it has to complete simple tasks like checking its memory and turning on its processor. Then, after it turns back on, your iPad is capable of performing more complex tasks like browsing the internet and supporting iOS apps.

Most of the time, your iPad gets stuck on the Apple logo because of a software issue or problem with a third-party security software currently installed on your computer. The steps below will help you diagnose and fix the real reason why your iPad gets frozen on the Apple logo.

Did You Jailbreak Your iPad?

One of the potential negative consequences of jailbreaking your iPad is that it could begin to get stuck on the Apple logo. If you have jailbroken your iPad, skip down the DFU restore step to fix the problem.

Hard Reset Your iPad

A hard reset forces your iPad to abruptly turn off and back on, which will usually fix the problem if your iPad has frozen on the Apple logo. Press and hold the power button and the Home button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears. Then, let go of both buttons.

If your iPad rebooted, that’s great — but we’re not done yet! A lot of the time, a hard reset is just a temporary fix for a deeper software problem. If you find that your iPad continues to get stuck on the Apple logo, I recommend performing a DFU Restore, the second to last step in this article.

Problems With Third-Party Software

Sometimes third-party software installed on your computer can interrupt the process when you’re trying to transfer data to or update your iPad. It’s possible that your iPad got stuck on the Apple logo because that process was interrupted.

A lot of the time, the third-party software causing the problem is some sort of security software. Security software may view your iPad as some sort of threat when you connected it to your computer and opened iTunes.

If you have third-party security software installed on your computer, temporarily turn it off before trying to connect your iPad to iTunes. Check out our other article if your iPad isn’t connecting to iTunes at all. Apple has a great article on resolving these types of issues on their website as well.

Check Computer USB Port & Lightning Cable

If your computer is working just fine and no third-party app is interfering with a data transfer or update process, take a look at your computer USB port and your Lightning cable. Either one could be the reason why your iPad is getting stuck on the Apple logo when you plug it in.

First, closely inspect your computer’s USB port and check to see if anything is stuck in there. Lint, dust, and other  debris can prevent your Lightning cable from making a clean connection to the USB port. If one USB port isn’t working, try a different one on your computer.

Secondly, closely examine both ends of your Lightning cable. If you notice any discoloration or fraying, you may have to use a different cable. Try borrowing a friend’s cable if you don’t have an extra one lying around.

damaged lightning cable

Put Your iPad In DFU Mode & Restore

The DFU restore is the most in-depth restore you can do on an iPad. All of the code controlling your iPad’s hardware and software gets erased and reloaded like new. Before performing a DFU restore, we recommend saving a backup so you don’t lose any of your important data after the restore is complete.

To put your iPad in DFU mode, you’ll have to plug it into a computer and open iTunes. iTunes is just a tool used to put your iPad into DFU mode, so you can use a friend’s computer if you’re having trouble with your own.

Watch our video to learn how to DFU restore your iPad!

Repairing Your iPad

If your iPad is still freezing on the Apple logo after you’ve performed a DFU restore, it’s probably time to explore your repair options. A lot of the time, issues with the logic board are the reason why your iPad gets stuck on the Apple logo.

If your iPad is protected by AppleCare+, take it into your local Apple Store and see what they can do for you. Don’t forget to schedule an appointment first!

If your iPad isn’t covered by AppleCare+, or if you just want to get it fixed immediately, we recommend Puls, an on-demand repair company. Puls will send a certified technician directly to you and they’ll repair your iPad on-the-spot (sometimes for cheaper than Apple)!

No Longer Stuck!

Your iPad has rebooted! Next time your iPad is stuck on the Apple logo, you’ll know exactly how to fix the problem. If you have any other questions about your iPad, leave us a comment down below.

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13 hours ago

My ipad is stuck I cant get into even the password screen….it has a screen up and in fet hand corner it says private.

2 days ago

thank you!! Had to reset to factory settings and lost everything…but it’s working!! Woohoo!!

5 days ago

wow! Thank you for these easy directions!

10 days ago

I want to know how i can make my ipad on cus its stuck on the logo when it turn on

23 days ago

Two Thumbs up ! You saved my life !!!

Chinedu Nwankwo
1 month ago

My iPad is stuck on the iTunes logo, what do I do to get it back?

1 month ago

I just want to fix my iPad stuck on apple logo even iF I loose data

1 month ago

I don’t want to lose my data on my iPad but I need to do a DFU restore. Is there a way i can connect my iPad to my laptop so i can put everything on a backup? Thanks.

Tiffany Olivieri
1 month ago

Actually it’s my ipad that is stuck on the Apple logo. Have tried to hard reset and it’s still stuck on the Apple logo. Tried a different plug as well and nothing is working. What else can I do?

1 month ago

The DFU mode worked perfectly, thanks!

1 month ago

The DFU mode worked perfectly, thank you!

2 months ago

Hi my iPad is stuck on Apple logo I tried holding home powers button nothing hapoen

Syeda Taslima Alam
2 months ago

My iPad kept shut on and off yesterday and when I try to turn it on the Apple logo appears but only for about a minute after that my screen turns black again and I couldn’t start with it. I’ve tried hard reset and plugging it in but it is not working. What should do now? Please help.

Captain Pilot
2 months ago

connect your ipad to pc with itunes, in itunes select restore. Your iPad was jailbroken right? so if you want to do jail break again, please complete the restoration first, and continue with your jailbreak. Good luck

3 months ago

my iphone xr is stuck on the apple logo for more than an hour.

Rosemary Elhage
3 months ago

Hey .:. Great video. What if the home button doesn’t work anymore?

Liam Shotwell
3 months ago

Hi there, if your home button isn’t working, I recommend taking a look at this article for some advice.

Malachi conn
3 months ago

My iPad shut off a few weeks ago and when I try to turn it on the Apple logo appears but only for about a minute th an my screen turns black again and basically won t start I’ve tried hard reset and plugging it in it won’t work

7 months ago

Hi apple iPad won’t charge and keeps displaying the apple icon. I’ve not tried the dfu reboot because I’m not sure if it’s backed up. Will ups back up if it won’t turn on?

Edward Young
6 months ago
Reply to  Sonia

I’m having the same problem with my ipad stuck on logo won’t turn off or on

Malachi conn
3 months ago
Reply to  Sonia

Mine too I’m stuck

7 months ago

I did the DFU reboot, now my Ipad won’t turn on?

CalonRocker Umum
1 year ago

Worked for both my iPad and iPhone. Thx!

Alane Osterhold McKinnon
1 year ago

My iPad hung on an iOS update I was doing through iTunes. Since then, I can’t get it past the apple screen, and iTunes gets stuck on ‘Waiting for iPad’ for a long, long time until an iTunes error message comes up saying that this iPad could not be updated. I’ve gone through the process of putting it into DFU mode, but it goes through the same loop again, eventually ending with an error message that the iPad could not be restored. This is a brand new iPad! I’m out of ideas of what to do. Help?

Sun Sala
1 year ago

my ipad always stuck, so i use third-party software ReiBoot restore my iPad. really usefull.

Damjan Engler
1 year ago

I putted to DFU and restored a couple of times, 1-2 sometimes 7-8 days later it stuck again..
Can someone give me some advice what can cause that?

Dan France
1 year ago

My apple tablet will not light up. can anyone help me with this problem?

Jan Geurtsen
1 year ago

Thanks, that worked!

Di Crossley
1 year ago

My iPad is stuck. Ive done home button with on off and then volume button which hasnt worked. I do not have a computer

Vikas Anand
1 year ago

When I connect it says iPad locked, I cant unloc as the screen on I pad is frozen

Craig Joubert
2 years ago

First suggestion. You can try RecoveryTool Fix Recovery to solve this kind of problem.