How to Fix a Frozen Unresponsive iPad

Does your iPad randomly stutter and freeze? Some iPad users reported a non-responding behavior of their devices. For some of them, the issue is permanent. And, for others, it randomly appears and goes away from time to time. They also stated that the non-working touchscreen problem happens, without any logical reason like physical damage.

After a lot of testings, we found a couple of solutions for this kind of problem. If you own a non-responding iPad, and you want to get rid of the concerns, feel free to read the rest of the article. Here we explain various solutions that can solve your problem.

Reasons for a Non-Responsive iPad

There are a couple of reasons why this issue happens. In some cases, especially if you are using an older iPad with the latest iOS version, running particular apps may freeze your device. Often the reason for the non-responding iPad might be a rogue app that isn’t behaving as it should. That causes stuttering in the iOS, and sometimes it can even entirely stop your device’s operating system.

Whatever the reason is in your case, these are the first steps you should take to fix your problem.

Non-Responsive iPad Solution #1

First of all, try restarting your iPad. It may sound too simple, but most of the software issues may be repaired with a simple reboot.

  1. Press and hold the Power button until the Turn Off slider appears.
  2. Now, slide the slider, and your device will shut down.
  3. To turn it back on, press and hold the Power button until the Apple logo appears on your screen.

After your iPad turns on you can check if it still behaves as before.

Non-Responsive iPad Solution #2

If the standard restart procedure didn’t help you fix your non-responsive iPad, you should try with the Force Restart (Hard Reset) process. Here you can find how to perform it.

  • If you own an iPad of any generation, iPod Touch, or iPhone 6S/6S Plus and below, press and hold Power and Home simultaneously until the Apple logo appears on your screen.
  • If you want to know more information about the Force Restart process on the latest iPhone models (iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X), you can check the following article

After you trigger the Force Restart process, your devices will need some time to finish it. It may take up to 10 minutes. In case you didn’t manage to perform the Force Restart procedure, try holding the buttons longer than before. Some users mentioned that it required them to keep the buttons for 30 seconds. After you are done with the restart, try if your iPad works as it should.

Non-Responsive iPad Solution #3

If above solutions don’t give you the expected results, the issue with your iPad could be a cause of depleted battery. To make you have juice in your battery, plug your iPad into its original wall adapter for a while and see if its battery holds a charge. Keep in mind that it can take up to 20 minutes of charging before your iPad starts up. After it powers up, without disconnecting from the power source, try performing the previous solutions and see whether they will solve your problem.

Non-Responsive iPad Solution #4

In some cases even performing the Force Restart procedure might not be enough to fox the non-working iPad issues. If this is happening to you, try doing Restore from your PC or Mac. Here are the steps.

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer using its original lightning cable.
  2. Launch iTunes on your computer.
  3. Click the Restore

After the process finishes, disconnect your iPad from your Mac or PC and check if you fixed the problem.

Final Words

Sometimes even trying all the steps from above might not fix your problem. In that case, the problem with your iPhone is probably of a hardware nature. The best you can do is contacting authenticated Apple repair service, and explaining the symptoms you have.

However, I am sure that these simple tricks for fixing a non-responding iPad will help many of you out there. Make sure to tell us whether they are useful in your case, and share if you know any other tricks for solving this kind of problems.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.