How to Shut Down iPad When Screen is Frozen

How can you Shut Down iPads, when Screen is Frozen? If you notice your iPad screen has frozen as you use it, all is not lost.

Most iPad users will normally just hold down the power button to power it off and restart the iPad.

In this article, I will show you some potential reasons why your screen keeps freezing and ways to solve the problem.

The first time I encountered the problem was a while back as we were drawing with my friend. My friend opted to wait until the battery died to restart the iPad which took up to 10 hours.

This works, but is really boring and wastes a lot of time. Here are some easy solutions I found after my research.

Shut Down a Frozen iPad with or without a Home Button

If you have a power button, just press it together with the top button and hold them down to force your iPad to restart. Hold the buttons down until the Apple logo appears to signify power off.

If the iPad powers off and does not start, then you are most probably out of charge too. Connect your iPad to a power source to charge it. Try to power it on after a while.

If you do not have a Home button, here is what to do.

  1. Press and quickly release the button nearest to the top button, that is the volume up button.
  2. Repeat the same but this time with the button furthest from thhe top button, that is the volume down button.
  3. Press and hold the top button until the iPad displays the Apple logo.

Simply slide it from left to right.  After a few seconds, the device will turn off completely.

Shut down your iPad using AssistiveTouch

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If your iPad’s physical buttons are also unresponsive, you can use AssistiveTouch to force a shutdown. To do this,

Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch, then toggle it on.

Access the AssistiveTouch menu: A small, customizable on-screen button will appear on your iPad’s display. Tap it to access the AssistiveTouch menu.

Trigger the shutdown process: From the menu, choose>Device and then press and hold the >Lock Screen icon until the slide to power off slider appears on the screen.

Swipe the slider from left to right to power off your iPad. The device will shut down completely.

What if Your iPad Freezes on the Startup Screen?

If you have been using your iPad for long hours and the screen keeps freezing as you start it and turns blue and red, I recommend resetting or updating your iPad tablet.

However, if your iPad screen freezes immediately, it shows the Apple logo as it starts and gets stuck for a long time at this point. Here is what you can do.

How to fix an iPad screen frozen on startup

To fix this, you will need a Mac computer with iTunes support. For Mac computers running Mojave or earlier, you will go to iTunes. For MAC Catalina OS or later, you will go to Finder.

Use either of the 2, Finder or iTunes to find your device. If you do not have a power button, follow the below steps.

With your iPad connected to your computer, press and quickly release the button nearest to the top button, then press and quickly release the button furthest from the top button. Hold doewn the top button.

If you have a home button, hold down the button and the top button at the same time. Your iPad will start in recovery mode.

You will notice an update or restore option on your computer screen. Choose accordingly. Updating will look for new versions while restore will delete all your data and return the iPad to its original state.

We recommend choosing update first to see whether there is a new version. If it does not exist, choose restore.

If you notice update option just keeps loading for more than 10 minutes, you will have to repeat the process because your iPade will automatically leave update mode.

How to know which MAC version you are running

To know which Mac version you are running, Go to the menu bar and choose Apple > About.


Experiencing a frozen iPad Applescreen can be frustrating, but you now know how to handle such situations. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can safely force a shutdown on your iPad when the screen becomes unresponsive.

Remember to use your iPad’s force restart method only when necessary, and take preventive measures to keep your iPad running smoothly in the long run.


  1. How do I force the iPad to shut down?

    Hold down the power button on the top or right side of the iPad, along with the home button.