iPad Frozen? Here's Why and How to Fix It Effectively!

Campbell Adams | Aug 25, 2022

5-year smartphone engineer, with rich experience in iOS software issues. He presents the most actionable solutions for readers in the most easy-to-understand manner.

Your iPad is suddenly frozen? You’ve pressed the buttons or swiped the screen, but it just won’t respond? Wondering how to fix it? Well then, this article is for you.

First, stop trying things in your own way, which can land you in more complex trouble. What you need most is a scientific approach to fix your iPad. No kidding. First, try to understand which part of your iPad has gone wrong. Then you'll know better what to do.

iPad is frozen

iPad is frozen

Why Is My iPad Frozen?

iPad freezes for various reasons, like low storage, hardware failures, software crashes, etc. By "freeze," we mean the iPad screen becomes unresponsive when you touch or swipe it.

If it’s a hardware problem, there’s not much you can do except taking it to a nearby Apple store. But don't worry. That doesn't happen a lot. If the iPad frozen issue is software-related, you can easily fix it at home within minutes.(Skip to the 20-minute quick fix)

So, what could be the leading factors behind your frozen iPad?

  • The apps installed on your iPad are conflicting against each other, causing system errors.
  • There are corrupted files/memory bits triggering further iOS system issues.
  • There is a tablet boot-up issue taking over other operations of the iPad.
  • The firmware or the operating system is outdated.
  • There are faulty applications slowing down your iPad.
  • Your iPad has a low battery volumn.
  • Your iPad is running out of space.
  • Your iPad has suffered physical or liquid damage.

How to Fix a Frozen iPad?

To save you time in finding the right fixes quickly, I've optimally arranged my 8 guaranteed tricks down below.

  • Method 1-4: These are the common fixes for small problems. Anyone can follow them easily.
  • Method 5-8: If your iPad is still frozen, then you must go for a deeper level of restore with iTunes or iTunes alternatives like Perfix.

1. Charging Your Frozen iPad

iphone keeps showing logo using charge

When you experience a frozen iPad issue, your first fix should be the "fully charging it". Yes, sometimes your iPad will simply need more batteries to operate smoothly. This is the easiest remedy and helps you narrow down the issues. According to Apple, you must charge your tablet for at least an hour.

2. Free up Some Space On iPad

If charging does not fix the problem, then you must move on to the "space" part. First, try to delete some applications that you do not use. Next, clear the app caches, and while you are at it, remove all the unnecessary junk files. Finally, check if your frozen iPad is getting back to normal.

free up iPhone space

free up iPhone space

3. Force Restart iPad

If the last methods don't work, then it is better to try force-restarting your iPad. Here is how:

  • iPad with Face ID: Hold and release the volume Up button and repeat this with the volume Down button. Next, hold the Side button until the logo appears and release it. Then your device can restart.
  • iPad with Home button: Hold the on/off (Sleep/Wake) and the Home buttons simultaneously until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

Advantages of this method:

  • This is an official solution that Apple recommends.
  • By forcing restart, you may fix your iPad without any data loss, which is a win-win for you.

4. Issue with an app

If you have reached this method, then it's most likely that you haven't fixed your frozen iPad. There may be a huge probability than some apps on your device are having an issue.

Perhaps they are loading something which is making your device unresponsive. This is most likely to happen with apps like Youtube, or Netflix when your internet speed is low.

For such instances, you can follow these steps:

  • 1. First, exit the app, and make sure that it is closed.
  • 2. Next, go to the home screen.
  • 3. Option up the Apple store and go to the updates section.
  • 4. Check if there are any updates available.
  • 5. If you can see any that are related to the apps that are crashing on you, go ahead and install them.
  • 6. Lastly, restart your iPad.

Advantages of this method:

  • There is no data loss involved as you are tackling the apps that are causing the issue.

Note: If the issue persists, it is better to contact the developer of that particular app. It would be best if you also uninstall it to maintain your device's health.

5. Use an Advanced Tool - Perfix

If you are still stuck with a frozen iPad, you can give "Mobitrix Perfix" a try. You will be required to use a computer for this method.

Mobitrix Perfix is an iOS system repair tool that is dedicated to solving 200+ iOS and iTunes problems. So, in case your iPad keeps getting stuck on that frustrating black screen, you can try this tool. It will not let you down!

Here are the steps that you can follow:

iphone black screen via standard-repair

Advantage of using this method:

  • Perfix fixes all iOS system and software issues on all iPad/iPhone models with a 95%-99% success rate.
  • There is no need to download iTunes/Finder on your computer.
  • Perfix will repair your device without any data loss.
  • There are simple recovery steps as only a single click is required.
  • Perfix supports all iOS versions and devices.
  • It solve problems that iPads can't solve.
  • Perfix is 100% safe as it protects your data privacy.

6. Reset the Settings If Possible (Data Loss)

By the time you've used Perfix, your problem should have been fixed already. After all, this tool can even fix serious iOS software issues that iTunes can't. However, if interested, you can still read on to find out other useful solutions for your frozen iPad. Sometimes, your iPad frozen can be tackled with a reset. However, this method will result in data loss.

Follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Next select General.
  • Select Reset.
  • Choose Reset All Settings.

7. Restore Your iPad to Factory Settings via iTunes (Data Loss)

You can unfreeze your iPad's screen by factory resetting it via iTunes. But note that it will erase all data and settings and restore your iPad as a new one. So, you must consider this option carefully if you do not have any backup for the data generated before your iPad froze.

Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Open iTunes. Make sure that you have the updated version.
  2. Connect your iPad with your computer using the iPad's USB cable. iTunes will detect your device.
  3. Click on the iPad icon on the left.
  4. Choose "restore iPad."
  5. Confirm the request for restoration by selecting Restore on your iPad.
  6. If that doesn't work, then hold the Home and Side button simultaneously until you see the "connect to iTunes" logo on your iPad screen.
  7. iphone black screen via itunes

  8. Do not let go of the button until the Apple logo is visible.
  9. When the iTunes opens up on your iPad, select Ok and then select "Restore iPad."
  10. Tap on the "Restore" option on your iPad.
  11. When the restoration process is complete, your iPad will restart and then you can set it up.


  • This method involves iTunes, which Apple Support Official recommends.


  • This method can cause data loss.
  • Only works for users who have connected to iTunes before.
  • From back up to restore, this is a time-consuming method.
  • In most cases, iTunes doesn't recognize your device.
  • The buttons on iTunes are hard to find. So, many users end up looking for other alternatives.

8. Fix your iPad with iTunes via DFU Mode (Data Loss)

DFU is short for Device Firmware Update. DFU restore is usally the last iOS system remedy as it stops your iPad during the boot process. As a result, it will allow you to restore your device. You can load the backup or set it up from scratch. This process will require you to connect your iPad to your computer via USB cable.

Here is how to go about it:

  1. Connect your iPad with your computer.
  2. Next, put your iPad into the DFU mode:

    • iPad models without a Home button: Hold and release the Volume Up button and repeat this with the Volume Down button. Hold the Top button until the iPad restarts. Do not let go of the button, as it will take you to recovery mode.
    • iPad with a Home button: Hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons simultaneously. You will be taken to the recovery screen.
  3. Select the option of Update and click on "ok" in your iTunes.
  4. Click on Update iPad. If this fails, you will have to go back to the third step and select Restore.


  • Apple Support Official recommends iTunes


  • You will need the updated version of iTunes
  • It can take up to hours, and may still fail to fix your iPad
  • iTunes will not always recognize your iPad
  • The buttons on iTunes are hard to find, which makes it difficult to use
  • You will lose your data

What to do if you have tried every method above and still have no success?

Take It to Professional Repair Service

If you are still unsuccessful in solving your iPad's frozen screen problem, then it's time to seek professional help, since it's most likely a hardware issue. Take your iPad to your nearest Apple store, and get it checked on all aspects including hardware, software, battery, etc. You cannot fix it without their help.


There are many methods when it comes to fixing your frozen iPad. However, it takes time to identify the real problem and apply the right fix. So do not rush yourself and keep applying them one by one to avoid causing more complicated issues.

If these methods aren't working for you, then you should use Mobitrix Perfix. It is an effective and powerful tool that will save you time as it solves any iOS system issue in a few simple steps. What's more? You will not lose your data. It's a real-life saver!