By Demi / Last update October 21, 2022

iPad Keeps Restarting

My iPad keeps restarting every time I unlock it. I tried to restore it but it doesn't give me enough time to access anything because the screen goes black and has a loading sign anytime I unlock it. Is there anything I can do?

- Question from Apple Community

Smart devices cannot always perform as well as its original state after a period of use, so does iPad. No matter the iPad is on iOS14, 15, 16, one of the most common problems people ever met is iPad keeps restarting. It's not a trivial problem, since it might be related to the device's essential functionality. Read on and take actions to get the issue solved as soon as possible.

Ipad Keeps Restarting

Part 1. Why does your iPad keep restarting on its own?

Knowing what make iPad restart constantly is as important as finding solutions. You can act appropriately to the situation after knowing the reasons. The most common reasons are as follows.

▶ Something wrong with charging cable and USB adaptor. If you find iPad just keep restarting while charging, you need to consider whether the charging cable and USB adaptor is a third-party one or a broken one.
Battery problem. After using your iPad for a long time, the battery in your iPad cannot work in a good condition as it was.
Outdated software. If your iPad keeps restarting when you are using a certain app, it’s very likely that this app is the source of this issue.
Overheating. Overheating can be a cause of this issue. If your iPad keep overheating, you need to cool it down.

Many other reasons are remained unknown, but no matter what reason that results in the issue, let’s read on and fix this issue.

Part 2. 4 common methods to fix iPad keeps restarting

Here are four useful solutions to fix iPad keeps restarting in this part. You can try them one after another until your issue gets fixed. Before any troubleshooting, it is suggested to fully backup iPad to computer in advance, since any fixes may lead to data lose on your iPad.

Method 1. Check for software update and hardware

The first thing you need to do is to check software and hardware. For software, you need to make sure that all the apps and iOS are up-to-date. For hardware, you’d better check if the battery is in a good condition.

Update iOS
Your iPad may keep restarting on iOS 14 for no reason after Apple released iOS 15 on June 8th, 2021. To update iOS, you can go to Settings > Tap General > Tap Software Update, and follow the onscreen instructions to make it.

Check for apps updates
Just like what we have mentioned in part 1, you have to check for apps updates as well to avoid the issue your iPad keeps turning on and off. Go to App Store > Scroll down and tap Updates > Tap Update to update an individual app, you can also tap Update All on the upper-right side of the screen to update all apps at once.

Update Ipad Apps

Tip: If your iPad keeps restarting after you installed a certain app, the app may be a poorly designed one that may cause stability issue on your iPad. You’d better uninstall it as soon as possible.

Check for battery health
The condition of your iPad battery may cause this problem. It has been getting worse and worse since the first day you used it, thus your iPad may unexpectedly turn on and off.

Check for battery health to see whether you need to change one. On your device go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health.

Battery Health

Method 2. Hard restart your iPad

If it doesn’t work after checking all software and hardware, then hard restarting your iPad is the easiest way to stop your iPad from keeping restarting on its own.

For devices with Home button like iPad and iPad mini. Press and hold Power Button and Home Button until you see the Apple logo.

For devices with no Home button like iPad Pro and iPad Air. Press and hold either Volume Up or Volume Down button and the top button until the power off slider appears > Drag the slider and wait 30 seconds for your device to turn off.

Method 3. Reset all settings

It’s effective to reset all settings when you have changed your iPad too much. Resetting all settings on your iPad won’t erase any data, this reset only clears any personalized settings that may have caused system functions or services to become incompatible. Go to Settings > General > Reset All Settings to make it.

Reset All Settings Ipad

Method 4. Restore iPad to factory settings

If none of the methods above can help you solve “iPad keeps restarting” issue, the last method you can try is to restore your iPad to factory settings. This method can fix all unknown errors that make your iPad keep restating but erase all settings and data on your iPhone. Thus, it is suggested to backup your iPad to avoid data loss first.

How to full backup iPad without data loss
FoneTool, a professional backup and transfer tool for iOS devices, is a good choice for you to backup iPad. It is widely compatible, thus no matter your iPad mini or iPad Pro keeps restarting, you can rely on it.

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After backing up your iPad, go to Settings > General > Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings. You will be asked if you want to continue, after the confirmation, your iPad will be restored to factory settings.

Erase Ipad All Contents And Settings

Conclusion

That’s the top 4 methods to fix iPad keeps restarting on iOS 13, 14. 15, 16. If it’s necessary, you have to restore iPad to factory settings. Besides, you’d better back up your iPad regularly so that you can restore iPad data as per your need. Has your problem been solved? For more queries, feedback and suggestions, feel free to leave your comments or contact us. We’ll be delighted to hear from you.

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iOS Versions
  • iOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
  • iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
iOS Devices
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  • iPhone SE (1st, 2nd, 3rd generations)
  • iPod touch 1/2/3/4/5/6/7
  • All models of iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPad