Simple Steps to Restart Your iPad

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2024 by

iPads are great devices for both work and play, but like any electronic device, they can sometimes experience issues that require a restart. Whether your iPad is frozen, unresponsive, or just acting glitchy, restarting it can often solve the problem. However, what do you do if your iPad’s power button is not working? In this article, we will discuss simple steps to restart your iPad without using the power button.

Using AssistiveTouch

AssistiveTouch is a feature on iPads that allows users to perform certain actions without using physical buttons. To use AssistiveTouch to restart your iPad, follow these steps:

  1. Go to “Settings” on your iPad.
  2. Tap on “Accessibility.”
  3. Scroll down and tap on “Touch.”
  4. Toggle on “AssistiveTouch.”
  5. A small, gray circle will appear on your screen. Tap on it to open the AssistiveTouch menu.
  6. Tap on “Device.”
  7. Tap and hold on “Lock Screen” until the “Slide to Power Off” option appears.
  8. Slide to power off your iPad.
  9. Once your iPad is off, press and hold the “Home” button until the Apple logo appears, indicating that your iPad is restarting.

Using the Settings Menu

Another way to restart your iPad without using the power button is through the Settings menu. Here’s how:

  1. Go to “Settings” on your iPad.
  2. Tap on “General.”
  3. Scroll down and tap on “Shut Down.”
  4. Slide to power off your iPad.
  5. Once your iPad is off, plug it into a power source.
  6. Your iPad will automatically turn back on once it has enough battery.

Using iTunes

If your iPad is completely unresponsive and you cannot access the Settings menu, you can use iTunes to restart it. Here’s how:

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. Press and hold the “Home” and “Power” buttons on your iPad simultaneously.
  4. Keep holding the buttons until the “Connect to iTunes” screen appears on your iPad.
  5. iTunes will prompt you to restore or update your iPad. Choose the “Update” option.
  6. Once the update is complete, your iPad will restart.

Using a Third-Party App

There are also third-party apps available that can help you restart your iPad without using the power button. These apps use different methods, such as shaking your device or using voice commands, to restart your iPad. Some popular options include “Shake to Restart” and “Voice Control for iPad.”


Restarting your iPad is a simple and effective way to solve many common issues. By using AssistiveTouch, the Settings menu, iTunes, or a third-party app, you can easily restart your iPad without using the power button. If you continue to experience problems with your iPad, it may be time to seek professional help or consider getting a new device.

Have you ever had to restart your iPad without using the power button? Which method did you use? Let us know in the comments.

Gulrukh Ch

About the Author: Gulrukh Ch

Gulrukh Chaudhary, an accomplished digital marketer and technology writer with a passion for exploring the frontiers of innovation. Armed with a Master's degree in Information Technology, Gulrukh seamlessly blends her technical prowess with her creative flair, resulting in captivating insights into the world of emerging technologies. Discover more about her on her LinkedIn profile.