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How To Shut Down Your iPad Correctly

Failure to Shut down your iPad properly, leaving it on or simply on sleep mode can negatively affect your tablet and its lifespan.

How to Properly Shut Down Your iPad and Why It Matters

To ensure your iPad performs optimally and lasts longer, it’s important to shut it down properly from time to time. Shutting down your device completely, rather than just putting it to sleep or leaving it unused, offers several significant advantages. 

This guide will explain why it’s crucial to properly shut down your iPad and provide step-by-step instructions on how to do it.

Benefits of Shutting Down Your iPad

  1. Battery Life Preservation
  2. System Refresh and Performance Boost
  3. Troubleshooting Potential Issues

Battery Life Preservation

Shutting down your iPad stops background processes and apps from using up battery power, which can increase the time until you need to charge the battery again. Regularly shutting down your iPad can also extend the overall lifespan of the battery.

System Refresh and Performance Boost

Like a computer, your iPad accumulates temporary files and processes over time. Shutting it down clears these files and processes, giving your device a fresh start. 

You will notice faster speeds and more responsiveness on your iPad. Regular shutdowns can prevent sluggishness and ensure smooth operation.

Troubleshooting Potential Issues

If you encounter minor glitches, software conflicts, or unresponsive apps, a complete shutdown can help. This action clears the RAM and resets system components, often resolving many software-related issues. It’s an easy troubleshooting step that can fix problems before you need to seek additional help.

How to Shut Down Your iPad Completely

To maximize your iPad’s performance and have a seamless user experience, follow these steps to shut down your device properly:

  1. Step 1: Locate the Power Button
  2. Step 2: Hold down the Power Button
  3. Step 3: Slide to Power Off
  4. Step 4: Confirm Shutdown

Step 1: Locate the Power Button

The power button’s location may vary depending on your iPad model. 

Step 2: Hold down the Power Button

Click and Hold down the power button. The power off process will be slightly different depending on your iPad model. If your iPads has a home button, just click and hold the power button. It is located on the top right corner.

For iPads that do not have a home button, click and hold the On button and increase or reduce volume at the same time. Keep holding the button until the shutdown options appear on the screen.

Step 3: Slide to Power Off

You will see a message appear on the screen reading, slide to power off. Swipe the slider from left to right to confirm you want to shut down the device.

Step 4: Confirm Shutdown

After sliding the power-off slider, you may see a confirmation message asking if you want to shut down your device.

Ensure any important work or unsaved data is saved before proceeding. Once ready, tap the “Confirm” or “Shut Down” button. The screen will go dark, indicating the iPad is turned off.

Restarting Your iPad After a Complete Shutdown

After properly shutting down your iPad, you may need to turn it back on. Follow these steps to power on your iPad:

Step 1: Rebooting the iPad

Press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen, indicating the device is starting up. The reboot process is generally the same for different iPad models, but refer to your user manual or Apple’s support documentation for any model-specific instructions.

Step 2: Waiting for Startup Sequence

The iPad will go through a startup sequence, which usually takes 1-2 minutes. Be patient and avoid any interruptions during this time to prevent system issues.

Step 3: Using a Passcode to unlock an iPad

Once the startup sequence finishes, the lock screen will appear. Enter your device passcode, or use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock the device. Your iPad is now ready for use.

What If the iPad Won’t Turn On?

If your iPad doesn’t respond when you try to turn it on, you can force restart it:

  • If your iPad has a home button Press and hold both the Power button plus the Home button at the same time for 5-10 seconds.
  • If your iPad has no Home button, Click and release the increase volume button followed by the reduce volume button. Hold down the power button until you see the Apple logo on screen


Properly shutting down your iPad ensures it remains in good working condition and prolongs its lifespan.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can you set an iPad to automatically turn off

    You can set your iPad to turn off automatically. Go to Settings > Screen Time > Downtime, then set the start and end times for when you want your iPad to be inactive.

  2. Is there a way to turn off the iPad without the power button?

    Yes, if the power button isn’t accessible, go to Settings > General > Shut Down, then drag the slider to turn off the iPad.