Despite its flashy features and not being a standard beige box, Apple's iPad is a computer just like a laptop or desktop. And, just like laptops and desktops, sometimes iPad apps freeze, and the iPad gets stuck along with them. To fix this, you need to reset the iPad (These instructions apply to all iPad and iPad mini models).
- Begin by pressing the hold and home buttons at the same time. The hold button is the one on the top right corner of the iPad. The home button is the round one at the bottom center of the iPad's front
- Continue to hold these buttons until one of two things happen: either the screen will flash and go dark, or a red slider will appear at the top of the screen
- If the slider appears, you can slide it to the right to turn off the iPad (or tap the cancel button if you change your mind)
- When the iPad's screen goes dark, the iPad is off
- Restart the iPad by holding down the Hold button until the Apple icon appears. Let go of the buttons and the iPad reset will be complete.
Resetting the iPad shouldn't normally cause you to lose and data or settings.
In some cases, reset can also refer to restoring the iPad to its factory settings and deleting all data. If that's what you want to do, read this article (while it's about the iPhone, since both devices run the same operating system, the steps are the same).
Want tips like this delivered to your inbox every week? Subscribe to the free weekly iPhone/iPod email newsletter.