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

Your iPad froze and you’re not sure what to do. You’re tapping the display and pressing the Home button, but nothing’s happening. In this article, I’ll show you how to fix the problem when your iPad screen is frozen!

Hard Reset Your iPad

The first thing to do when your iPad screen is frozen is to hard reset it. This forces your iPad to turn off and back on immediately and abruptly, which should unfreeze it.

Simultaneously press and hold the power button and the Home button until the Apple logo appears in the center of your iPad’s display. Your iPad will turn on shortly after.

Back Up Your iPad

Before going further, make sure you’ve backed up your iPad. That way, you won’t lose any of your personal data, just in case we’re dealing with a more complicated software issue.

To back up your iPad to iCloud, go to Settings and tap on your name at the top of the screen. Then, tap iCloud -> iCloud Backup -> Back Up Now.

backup ipad to icloud

You can also back up your iPad in iTunes. Connect your iPad to a computer and open up iTunes. Then, click the iPad button near the upper left-hand corner of the screen and click Back Up Now.

ipad back up now itunes

Is An App Causing Your iPad To Freeze?

A lot of the time, a bad app can be the reason why your iPad screen freezes. The app may crash when you open it or use it, freezing your iPad.

One quick way to see if you’re having issues with a specific app is to head to iPad Analytics. Open Settings and tap Privacy -> Analytics -> Analytics Data.

privacy ipad analytics data

If you see the name of one of your apps listed here many times in a row, there’s probably an issue with that app. I recommend uninstalling the app and reinstalling it again.

To do this, lightly press and hold on the app icon until a small X appears. Tap the X, then tap Delete to uninstall the app. Finally, go back to the App Store and reinstall it.

If the app continues to freeze your iPad’s screen, it’s probably best to just delete the app completely and find an alternative.

Reset All Of Your iPad’s Settings

We often refer to Reset All Settings as a “magic bullet” for troublesome software issues. Software problems are very difficult to track down, but we can usually fix the problem by resetting everything in the Settings app.

Everything in the Settings app in restored to factory defaults when you Reset All Settings. This means you’ll have to reenter Wi-Fi passwords, reconnect Bluetooth devices, and reconfigure the settings that help you improve iPad battery life.

To reset all settings on your iPad, go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. Enter your iPad passcode and tap Reset All Settings to confirm.

reset all settings on ipad

Put Your iPad In DFU Mode

A DFU restore is the deepest type of iPad restore. It erases and reloads all of the code on your iPad, giving it a completely fresh start. Make certain that you have a backup of your iPad before putting it in DFU mode. Once you’re ready, check out our iPad DFU mode walkthrough!

iPad Repair Options

If your iPad keeps freezing, or if iTunes isn’t recognizing your iPad at all, you’ll probably have to get it repaired. Liquid damage or broken internal components could be causing either of these problems!

Set up an appointment at your local Apple Store’s Genius bar if your iPad is protected by an AppleCare+ plan. If you’re looking for a faster (and sometimes cheaper) repair option, I highly recommend Puls, an on-demand repair company. They send a certified technician directly to you who will fix your iPad right on-the-spot.

It’s Starting To Warm Up!

You’ve fixed your frozen iPad! You’ll know exactly how to fix the problem next time your iPad screen freezes. Leave any other questions if you have about your iPad in the comments section below!

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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