[SOLVED] What to do when your iPad won’t turn on in 2021

When iPad won’t turn on, users could be worried. This article will introduce solutions for you to solve this problem.


Campbell Adams | Last Updated: Sep 30, 2021
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.

[SOLVED] What to do when your iPad won’t turn on in 2021

iPads have become an integral part of the lives of many people, from students to businessmen. Everyone owns an iPad or similar technology to make sure they are available at their school/workplace in these difficult times.

In such circumstances, if the iPad suddenly won’t turn on, it can become a headache for the users who highly depend on it. This can happen due to a couple of reasons. There could be an issue with the software or the hardware of the iPad.

For this reason, this article will introduce some solutions to this problem. These are simple, easy-to-apply fixes that can help solve your issue.

The following fixes are proven and tested methods of fixing the iPad not turning on issue.

I will discuss them one by one for you to read and understand.

1. Solving the problem on iPad

There are a handful of fixes you can do directly from the iPad and are pretty straightforward.

1.1 Charge up your iPad

The first issue that comes to mind is the battery issue of the iPad. The iPad's battery may be drained for some reason despite you remembering that you charged it. To rule this issue out first of all try charging up the iPad.

Step 1: Plug in the charging wire in the charging slot of the iPad.


Step 2: After some time, you will see the charging icon on the screen.

Step 3: If more than an hour has passed and the charging screen does not appear, check the USB Cable, the jack, and the power adapter. Check for any damages or debris on the wires.

Step 4: Make sure every wire is plugged in firmly to the iPad.

If the issue with the device was related to charging that is should be solved by this method. The device should start properly after being fully charged. If this is not the issue causing it to not turn on, and you see no change after this, see the next fixes.

1.2 Check Accessories

iPad may have issues with charging because of faulty or damaged accessories. This fix requires you to check for any damages or issues with the iPad’s accessories:

Step 1: Examine the charging cable carefully. Check for any damages, cuts, or twists in the cable that may have hindered the charging process.

Step 2: If yes, then change the charging cable and check if the issue is solved.

Step 3: On all the iPad accessories, check for the MFi tag which means Made for iPad/iPhone/iPod. This means that Apple has certified the maker of that accessory and it is good to go with your device. If such a tag/logo is missing, avoid buying the accessory.

Step 4: Try a different plug or adapter for the charging of the iPad. If you are using a laptop or computer to charge the iPad then it is advised that you try changing the port.

After making sure that all the precautions have been taken against the charging and accessories, try charging your iPad again. See if the issue is solved. If it persists then check the next fixes.

1.3 Force Restart

A force restart is also known as a hard reset of the device. However, it will not delete your data so rest assured. This is another method to turn on the iPad which is simple but has proven effective.

To do this, do the following steps,

If the iPad is one with the Face ID model and it does not have a home button,

Step 1: First press and release the button for Volume Up.

Step 2: Press and release the button for Volume down.

Step 3: Press and keep holding the side power button until you can see the Apple logo.

Step 4: Release the buttons and you will see that the iPad has restarted.


If the iPad has a home button,

Step 1: First press and keep holding the button for the home button and the on/off button.

Step 2: Release the buttons when you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Step 3: The iPad should restart by now and your problem should be solved.

If this does not solve your issue as well, then check the next steps and apply them to check if the issue is solved.

1.4 Try Siri

This is also a very simple yet efficient way to fix the iPad not turning on issue. In this method, you can take the help of the Apple assistant “Siri”. Follow these steps to apply this fix.

This is helpful if you are in a situation where the iPad has decreased its brightness to such as extent that all you can see is a black screen. In this situation, you can ask for Siri's assistance. Here are the steps that you can follow for this.

Step 1: Connect your iPad with the power first.

Step 2: Say “Hey Siri”. This command will only work if you have activated “Allow Hey Siri”.

Step 3: Ask Siri to turn up the brightness of the iPad.

Step 4: If you have not activated the Allow Hey Siri feature, press and hold for 30 seconds, the home button. This will activate the Siri feature. Then do step 3.

Hopefully, this fix will solve your issue if it is related to the brightness of the iPad. If this is not your issue, check the next fixes in the article.

2. Solve the Problem with Perfix

If all the above-mentioned fixes have not worked for you then there is a possibility that you have issues with the OS of your iPad. To solve the OS-related issues, the usual way is to reset the iPad but this will cause you to lose all your data.

Mobitrix Perfix is a tool available online that is specifically designed to solve issues such as iPad won’t turn on. Perfix lets you fix the OS-related and other issues with your iPad without having to connect it to iTunes or deleting the data on the iPad.

You can easily download it from the internet and run it on your system. To fix the iPad not turning on with Perfix, do the following steps,

Step 1: Go to the official website of Perfix and install it.

Step 2: Connect your iPad with the tool to get started. If the system does not detect the iPad, you can go in recovery mode through the precise steps that are given on the screen. After detecting the iPad, go to the next step.

Step 3: Perfix will automatically detect the information of your device and take you to all the available OS versions of the iPad. Choose the firmware you want to install and click on it to begin the installation.

Step 4: As the Perfix prepares everything, read the information and select the desired settings, make sure all the information is correct.

Step 5: Click on the start and the Perfix will start fixing and repairing your iPad.

Step 6: After finishing the repair process, the iPad will restart and you can use it normally.


  • Perfix is the most efficient way to fix the iPad not turning on issue.
  • It is a simple and easy-to-use tool that can be downloaded and installed into your system.
  • It allows saving all the data that is stored on your iPad. Other resetting methods will erase your data from the iPad. It helps in bringing the frozen iPad screen back to life with very simple and few steps.
  • In this method, there is no need to connect the system to iTunes or load any previous backups.
  • Perfix is a stable and user-friendly tool that can be used by everyone.
  • It is a 100% safe method to solve the OS-related issues in an iPad and it protects the data along with your privacy in the process.

3. Solve the problem with iTunes

iTunes also has some fixes in store. However, most of these result in data loss.

3.1 Put your iPad into recovery mode and update

This is a known method of solving problems with Apple's products when they have a booting issue. In this method, you will use iTunes and the iPad's recovering mode to solve the issue. To do this, see the following steps,

Step 1: Use the power button to first turn off the iPad. Start the latest version of iTunes by clicking the iTunes icon on your Desktop.

Step 2: Connect the iPad with the iTunes software.

Step 3: For iPad with Face ID and without the home button, quickly press and release the volume up button, quickly press and release the volume down button and finally press and then hold the side button till you see the screen of recovery mode.

When the apple logo appears on your iPad screen, let the Power button go, but keep holding the home button.

Step 4: For an iPad with a home button, Hold the home button and the power button simultaneously for 10 seconds on the iPad and wait.

he iTunes symbol will appear on your iPad screen indicating that it is in recovery mode.

Step 5: In the pop-up message that will appear on the screen, click on “Update”.

Step 6: Keep the iPad connected to the computer until the recovery is completed and the iPad boots again normally.


The advantage of this method is that the problem if solved, will not cause any data loss on the iPad. All the data is protected in this method.


  • The disadvantage of this method is that iTunes does not always recognize the device. It may not recognize the device at all.
  • iTunes is not very user-friendly. Its buttons and features are hard to find, and users feel burdened when they use them. Most users opt for alternate software/fixes.
  • Reinstallation of the OS using iTunes is a time-taking process. Users like quick fixes.

3.2 Put your iPad into recovery mode and restore – (DATA LOSS)

This method is similar to the method that was discussed above. The key difference is that in this method, instead of updating, you will restore the iPad in recovery mode.

To apply this method, do the following steps,

Step 1: Launch the iTunes application on your desktop system and connect the iPad with it using a cable.

Step 2: Press and hold the home button as you plug the iPad into the desktop system.

Step 3: Keep holding the home button.

Step 4: If the process is successful, you will see an iTunes logo on the screen.

Step 5: As you see the iTunes logo, release the home button.

Step 6: The iPad has entered recovery mode now which will be displayed by a message.

Step 7: On the screen, you will see a prompt asking you to restore the iPad.

Step 8: Click “Restore”. This will start the restoration process of the iPad.


  • In this method, the data is not saved. You will possibly lose all your data as the iPad resets.
  • It is possible that iTunes will not recognize our device at all.
  • iTunes software is not a user-friendly one, users find it difficult to work with as the buttons and features are hard to find. Hence, users prefer alternate solutions.
  • It is a very time-taking process and will not be as quick as the other fixes.

3.3 Put your iPad into DFU mode and restore (DATA LOSS)

In the DFU mode, iTunes lets the device restore and update the iPad with the latest working version of the OS. To use the DFU mode, do the following steps.

Step 1: Connect the iTunes with the iPad on your MacBook or laptop.

Step 2:

iPad models that don't have a home button:

Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Press and hold the Top button until your device restarts. Continue holding the Top button until your device goes into recovery mode.

iPad with the home button:

Press and hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until you see the recovery-mode screen.

Step 3: Click “Restore” and click on OK.

Step 4: This will restore the device, but it will delete the previous data.


iTunes is a certified and Apple recommended software.


  • The data will be lost in this method.
  • It is a lengthy process.
  • iTunes may not recognize the device at all.
  • iTunes is not very user-friendly.

4. Turn to professional help

If none of the above methods have worked so far and you cannot seem to turn on your iPad regardless of all these fixes, it is advised that you turn on you have two more options.

Step 1: Contact Apple Support. Click here to launch it.

Step 2: Contact Apple Support Communities. Click here.


There are many solutions that you can implement if the iPad is not turning on. Among these methods, the most efficient is the Perfix. It is an effective alternate for users who find iTunes difficult.

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