How to Fix When iPad Won’t Turn On

iPad wont turn on

You try to turn on your iPad, but for some reason, your iPad doesn’t turn.

No matter what you try to do from, it still doesn’t fix a thing.

Well, you haven’t tried everything just yet and there a couple of ways that can bring your iPad back from the dead. In this guide, I’ll show you how to fix your iPad when it doesn’t turn on in just under 3 minutes of your time. 



How to Fix iPad Won’t Turn On: 8 Ways. 


Make sure to go from 1-8 accordingly.


1.  Charge Your iPad. 

The very first thing you should do is to make sure your iPad’s battery is charged enough to run the tablet. Because think about it, how would an iPad turn on if there was no enough power supplied to it?

So go ahead, grab your iPad and plug it in to charge like you usually would. Let it charge for 15-30 minutes. 

It may turn on automatically with the Apple logo popping up, which means your iPad is getting ready to turn on. If it doesn’t, then read on.



2.  Try Turning On Your iPad One More Time.

If you tried charging your iPad, but it doesn’t turn on automatically, then try turning on your iPad yourself.

Here’s how you turn on your iPad.

Step 1:  Press and hold down your Power button (at the top) to turn on your iPad. You should see the Apple logo pop up after a couple of seconds. This means your iPad is starting up and should be good to go in a just a few more seconds. 


If you find none of that does absolute crap, then keep reading. 🙂



3.  Check Your iPad’s Lightning Cable and Charger.

If you still find that your iPad won’t turn on, then try charging your iPad with another cable and another charger.

You can also try to ask your parents, your siblings or any of your friends if you could borrow their iPhone (or iPad) so that you can try out charging their iPhone or iPad with your cable and charger.

If your cable doesn’t work with their iPhone or iPad, then you’ve already found the problem! You need to buy a new charging cable. 

However, if you find your cable works for their iPhone or iPad while it doesn’t work for yours, then that means there must be something wrong with your iPad and not the charging cable.

If that is the case, then what you can do is to charge your iPad by connecting it to a USB port on your laptop computer. (If you’ve already tried this initially then this time try charging your iPad using the wall charger.)

Learn more on how to fix if your iPad won’t charge. 



4.  Force Restart Your iPad.

A software crash is a pretty common problem that happens to a lot of Apple users.

In such case, the best way to get it fixed is to do something called a force restart (also called the hard reset).

A force restart isn’t hard to understand. Just think of it as how you usually restart your iPad, but with this, it clears more of your device’s unwanted garbage memory. (it’s NOT your storage. You won’t lose any of your data).


Sweet. So here’s how you can force restart your iPad.

Step 1:  Press and hold down both your Home button and the Power button (on the top) of your iPad for at least 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo on your iPad’s screen.



5.  iTunes to the Rescue.

Grab your iPad and try plugging it into your computer and then open iTunes.

Now tell me, what do you see?

Do you see your iTunes recognising your iPad? 

If it does, then make sure to back up your iPad right away. 

However, if you find that your iPad doesn’t show up in your iTunes, then try doing a force restart while your iPad remains connected to your computer.



6.  Check for Physical or Liquid Damage

iPads are very much physically, just big iPhones, and iPhones are notorious for being fragile. 

So you must keep it from not breaking into pieces or inviting it to go on a swim with you. 

But we’re humans, and we make mistakes. Sometimes we might not even realise after we’ve dropped or spilt something on our iPad that it has caused a certain degree of damage.

So to check if your iPad has suffered from water or drop damage, give your iPad a proper visual inspection of the outside of your iPad and go through this list below and check off the ones as you inspect:

☐ Are there any cracks on the screen? 

☐ Is the charging port clean?  (it helps to grab a soft brush to clean it) 

☐ Is there any liquid stuck between the layers of your iPad’s screen? 

☐ Do all the buttons work? 

☐ Check the speaker grills both at the top and below of the iPad. Is there any water stuck in it?


Now if the damage is minor, Apple may ignore it and will probably replace your iPad if it’s under warranty.

But if there’s significant liquid damage, then your iPad’s warranty won’t cover for liquid damage unless if you have AppleCare+ which even then the service fee is only deducted. You’re still expected to pay quite a lot.

If you find your iPad is in excellent condition, but it’s still not turning on, then there’s always one final solution that should fix it.



7.  The DFU Restore.

This is the most in-depth type of restore that you can do on an iPad or an iPhone.

When you DFU restore your iPad, there’s always the potential for something to go wrong because it is not like your usual restore method where you tap one button to have it reset back to how it was when you first got it. 

It restores the very code that makes up the software of your iPad. It’s complicated to explain, but that’s the most straightforward way to put it.


If your iPad is damaged in any way, especially if it is water-damaged, then a DFU restore may break your iPad.  You can learn more about DFU below (I’ve linked to a full in-depth guide that will answer all your questions) 🙂

Learn more about DFU Restore for iPad.


Here’s what you can DFU Restore your iPad.

Step 1:  Go ahead plug in your iPad’s USB cable into your computer and also have it plugged it into your iPad’s Lightning/charging port. Make sure that you have your iTunes running on your computer.


Step 2:  Now this is important, press and hold down your Power button (on the top of your iPad) for 3 seconds.


Step 3:  Keep holding down your Power button but also now press and hold down your Home button. 


Step 4:  Keep holding down on both of those two buttons on your iPad for 10 seconds. 



If you see the Apple logo here, then you held for too long. Don’t worry, jump back to Step 1 and try from the top. 


Step 4:  Got it? You’re doing great! You can let go off your Power button but keep holding down on your Home button for 5 seconds. 



If you see a Plug into iTunes screen, then again you’ve held it for too long. Go back to Step 1 and try once again.


Step 5:  You’ll see that your iTunes will say that it has detected your iPad. All you have to do now since iTunes successfully detects your device is follow the onscreen on instructions (it’s just a few quick, simple steps).


If you find that getting your iPad into DFU mode is not working for you, then you can always get some help. 



8.  Call the Geeks.

If your iPad still won’t turn on, then it’s time pay a little visit with the Genius Bar at your nearest Apple Store or Apple Authorised Service Provider. You can also contact Apple Support for help and instructions if your place doesn’t have an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider nearby you.  



Share this monster guide with anyone, your friends, your family and help them if their iPad won’t turn on. 
They’ll appreciate it. 🙂



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