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How Do I Unfreeze the Screen of my Frozen iPad?

Updated April 17, 2017

If your iPad's touchscreen, buttons or switches become unresponsive, it means your device is frozen. Not to worry, you can do several things to fix it. If it froze while an application was open, try forcing the application to close. Otherwise, try restarting or resetting your iPad.

Hold your finger on the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears on the screen.

Hold your finger on the Home button. Do not touch the slider.

Wait six seconds. If the application does not close, try restarting your iPad.

Hold your finger on the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears on the screen.

Move the slider from the left side of the screen to the right. This should turn your iPad off. If nothing happens, ignore the next steps and try resetting your iPad.

Hold your finger on the Sleep/Wake button to turn your iPad back on.

Take your finger off the Sleep/ Wake button when the Apple logo appears on the screen and wait while your iPad starts back up.

Hold one finger on the Sleep/Wake button and one finger on the Home button at the same time.

Wait at least 10 seconds without taking your fingers off either of the buttons. Your iPad's screen should go black, indicating the device has turned off.

Hold your finger on the Sleep/Wake button to turn your iPad back on.

Take your finger off the Sleep/ Wake button when the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

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Crystal Bonser has been working as a freelance writer and editor for an educational website since 2009. She is also the creator of a pet-loss website on which she facilitates weekly grief support groups. Bonser holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in psychology from Ryerson University.