How to fix iPad that keeps restarting

Does your iPad reboot on its own? It’s one of the rarer and more serious problems you’ll encounter on Apple’s flagship tablet device. A number of reasons — both hardware and software — can cause it.

But before you head to the nearest Apple Store to have your iPad repaired or replaced, you can save yourself a trip by working your way through the next fixes.

Check out the Lightning ports

Your iPad may restart automatically if it can’t charge itself properly. If it happens when connected to a power source, the problem could be with the charging port, cable or charger. Here are some things you can do:

  • Check the Lightning or USB-C port on your iPad for dust, lint, or grime. Then, use a toothpick or tweezers to pry the stuck seeds out.
  • Replace the Lightning or USB-C cable with one from another Apple device. If you use a third-party cable, make sure it’s MFi certified.
  • Try a different wall outlet or a different charger. You can also try connecting your iPad directly to your Mac or PC to determine if the problem is with a faulty charger.
USB-C cable

Update iPadOS

System software (iPadOS) plays an important role in the overall stability of your iPad. Although relatively buggy compared to competing tablets, specific versions of iPadOS can have serious issues that prevent the device from functioning correctly.

So if you haven’t updated your iPad recently, visit Setting > Shared > Software updates and press Download and install to apply pending system software updates.

If your iPad won’t power on until you can initiate the update, you can try using Recovery Mode to update the device (more on that below).

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Let’s say you keep having problems while using a particular app on your iPad. In that case, you must immediately apply any pending updates as developers are usually quick to fix any device breaking bugs.

Go to the App Store, search for the app and tap Update if you see the option available.

If you don’t see any updates (or if the problem persists despite updating the app), try contacting the developer. You can usually find a developer’s contact details on the app’s App Store page itself.

Additionally, we highly recommend updating all apps on your iPad. That can help fix major errors caused by background programs. To do that, tap the profile portrait icon in the top right corner of the screen and tap Update all.

Update all

Check battery status

The iPad’s battery has a lifespan of 1,000 charge cycles. So if you’ve been using the device for several years, you may be seeing a severely degraded battery.

You can use a third-party app, such as CoconutBattery on your Mac, to check battery health. You will find the number of charge cycles for your iPad as soon as you connect the device and select iOS devices navigation. If you use a PC, you can use an app like iMazing to check the battery cycle count.

coconut app

If the battery has exceeded 1,000 charge cycles, talk to Apple about replacing it. Or, consider upgrading to a newer iPad.

Reset all settings

iPadOS has loads of settings related to network, privacy, accessibility, etc that can create serious conflicts and trigger your iPad to restart automatically. The best way to fix that is to revert any settings to their original defaults.

But don’t worry. You will not lose data (except for any saved Wi-Fi networks) during the reset process.

To do that, visit Setting > Shared > Reset and press Reset all settings.

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If resetting all settings on your iPad doesn’t fix the problem, your next option is to factory reset your iPadOS device. You can choose to create a backup of your data before the reset procedure, but if your device keeps restarting, you’ll have to go back to using your old iTunes/Finder or iCloud backup. However, if you don’t have a backup, you will lose all your data.

To initiate a factory reset, go to Setting > Shared > Reset and press Erase all content and settings. Or, connect your iPad to your Mac or PC and choose Ipad Recovery in Finder or iTunes. You can get your data back after the reset procedure.

For full step-by-step instructions, check out this guide on factory resetting your iPad.

Use Recovery Mode or DFU Mode

If the problem persists or you’re unable to perform some of the fixes listed above, try using Recovery Mode to update or reinstall system software on your iPad. It’s an advanced recovery environment designed to help troubleshoot major issues.

After entering Recovery Mode, start by selecting Update option to reinstall the latest version of the system software. You will not lose any data. If that doesn’t stop the iPad from restarting, enter Recovery Mode again, but use Ipad Recovery right to buy. That will erase all data completely, but you can get everything back if you have a previous iTunes or iCloud backup on hand.

iPad Recovery Mode Update Button

If Recovery Mode can’t do anything to fix your iPad, you can do it one last time to repair your iPad by entering and using DFU Mode. DFU mode (short for Device Firmware Update) Mode that reinstalls the device firmware and system software. That can solve problems caused by programming errors at the hardware level.

Take it to Apple

If none of the other fixes help, you’re probably looking for a hardware-related error with your iPad that you can’t fix on your own. So it’s time to make an appointment at your local Genius bar and bring it in for repair or replacement.

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