Apple products do not come for cheap. The reason why Apple users spend huge money is the fact that Apple products are great value for money. They are durable, elegant, and rarely have issues. However, if you are one unfortunate user who is experiencing issues; don’t worry, Apple and the internet has got you covered.
It must be agonizing for an iPad/iPhone user if their device goes dead and doesn’t turn on. It is a horrible experience that could give you a mini heart attack. However, as mentioned above, it is a rarity. Even if it happens, there are still many ways to sort this issue out.
If you own an iPad and it shows a black screen and doesn’t turn on when you press the power button you have every right to be worried. Your guts would tell you that your device has expired and you would have to replace it. No, if your iPad isn’t responding then it doesn’t mean that it has gone dead. There could be a lot of reasons and a quick fix might do a trick for you.
You must have already tried a few methods to bring your iPhone back to life but there is a possibility that you still have missed few basics one. This article will explain methods (basic to expert) by which you can fix your iPad if it is not turning on. Have a look at it for yourself.
1. Charge your iPad
The first and foremost step is to put your iPad on charging. There is a possibility that your device ran out of the battery and goes off. Obviously, it won’t power up until it has sufficient battery to do so. So, simply pick your charging cord and put your iPad to charge. Spare it for 10-15 mins and it will automatically switch on. Apple logo will appear as soon as your iPad battery has sufficient power.
If your Apple logo doesn’t appear after 10-15 minutes then you should try switching on your iPad via the power button. This will likely do the trick, but if it doesn’t, then try changing the charging cord or switch. Sometimes, your charging cord looks physically fine but it is actually broken from inside. Try every possibility of charging your iPad and if it still doesn’t work then move on to the next step.
2. Reset your iPad
A software crash is a common happening in most Apple devices; especially when Apple introduces a new iOS update. It is likely that you have recently updated your iOS and it could have brought a bug with it. This bug could be the reason your iPad’ screen has gone completely back.
In order to address this issue, you might have to Hard reset your device. Don’t worry, this method won’t make you lose any data. It is basically similar to how you restart your iPad. It will just clear the unnecessary bugs by shutting down all the running apps. To reset your iPad, simple press/hold Home and Power button simultaneously for ten seconds. It will likely power up your iPad.
3. Through iTunes
Apple users know how crucial iTunes can be in difficult situations. There are numerous issues that have been solved via iTunes. Connect your iPad to your laptop/PC and it should have iTunes installed. Usually, when you connect any Apple device to iTunes, it instantly recognizes the device.
Your iPad might be powered off but connecting it to iTunes will instantly power it up (if iTunes recognize it). If your iPad is recognized then instantly create a backup and let your iPad be connected for 30-45 minutes. If nothing happens and iPad remains blacked out then try resetting your iPad while it remains connected to the laptop/PC. Usually, iTunes rescues the situation but if it doesn’t then don’t panic, move to the next step.
4. Physical Damages
If anything, all Apple devices are notoriously fragile. Almost every Apple user understands it, and they keep their iPhones, iPads, MacBook in protective cases. So, if you, unfortunately, haven’t kept your iPad in any protective case, and it has gone dead, then you are the architecture of your own downfall. Well, don’t blame yourself human errors can occur.
You should instantly check your iPad for any physical or liquid damage. In order to do so, physically inspect your iPad carefully. Do not commit yourself in opening your iPad for an in-depth check-up. Leave this for the experts, doing this by yourself will only worsen the things. Here a list of things that you must check while inspecting.
1. Check for any cracks on the screen of your iPad.
2. Check if your charging port is stable. It must not be broken and it shouldn’t have any dust around it. If there is any dust, clean it with a soft cloth.
3. Look for the liquid damages. Your screen could be having liquid stuck between the layers. Try drying your phone with a soft cloth.
4. See if your power button is pressing properly. Also, check for volume buttons if they are working fine or not.
5. Your iPad has speaker grills on the top and the bottom. Liquid sometimes paves its way inside through them. Clean them with a soft cloth for both dust and the liquid.
Note: If your iPad has minor damage and it is still under a warranty then you might get it replaced by Apple. However, Apple clearly states that they do not cover for any liquid damage for a normal warranty. Only people who have AppleCare+ can get their phones replaced or checked for liquid damages. They still have to pay a serious amount of money for that.
5. DFU Restore
If you reached a point where nothing works for your iPad, the DFU restore will be your last ray of hope. The DFU stands for Device Firmware Update, and it is quite complicated for a commoner. Explaining this concept will only confuse the users, so Apple itself describes this process as a deeper restore mode to their normal Recovery mode.
As mentioned above, try this method only if you have tried every other thing. Once you commit yourself to DFU, there are a lot of things which can go wrong. The worst is that your iPad can go dead forever. However, this method is worth a risk as your iPad is already in a condition similar to dead; even after you have tried everything. Here is how the DFU restore works.
1. Connect your iPad to laptop or PC via charging cable. Make sure that your laptop/PC has iTunes installed on it.
2. Press-hold the Home and Power button for exactly 8 seconds.
3. After 8 seconds, release the lock button but keep holding the home button.
4. If you keep pressing the power button for longer than 8 seconds then you would have to repeat the process again.
5. Your iPad’s screen would be completely blank once the device is in DFU mode.
6. Your iTunes will notify you that your device has gone into a recovery mode.
7. If your screen tells you to connect your device to iTunes then the process is flawed.
8. Repeat the process until DFU recovery successfully works.
Your device will start working like before once DFU recovery is executed successfully. It is an important method but it comes with its risks. Another important thing you need to remember regarding DFU recovery is that it automatically updates your iOS to the latest update (if you haven’t already). You cannot revert back to the previous software even if you want.