Troubleshoot common iPad problems
Everyone has trouble with their iPad from time to time. Here are the most common problems we’ve come across with easy steps to fix them:
• iPad Screen is Frozen • iPad Wifi is not Working • iPad Won’t Connect to iTunes • iPad Will Not Charge • iPad Will Not Power On .. ect …
Prob #1: iPad screen is frozen:
One of the most common problem with the iPad is when the device freezes up. This can be caused by a conflict of apps running or leaving corrupted memory behind. The first thing to try is to power the iPad off and on again. If this doesn’t work, try to reset your iPad by holding the home key and the sleep/wake button at the same time. If it’s still frozen, you can connect your iPad to your computer and use iTunes to restore the OS. Remember, you should always back up your data before restoring in iTunes.
Prob #2: iPad WiFi is not working:
First, make sure WiFi is enabled in your iPad’s settings menu. If it’s still not working, there are a few things you can try.
- First, power your iPad off and on.
- If that doesn’t work, try to restore your device’s settings by holding the home key with the sleep/wake key.
- If your iPad is having trouble connecting to one specific network, try to force the iPad to forget that network. (Settings touch network name choose “forget” on next screen). Power off and on, and then try to reconnect.
Prob #3: iPad won’t connect to not recognized in iTunes:
- First make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your PC or Mac. To check for available updates of iTunes on a Mac, go to iTunes > Check for Updates. On Windows, go to Help > Check for Updates. Next we will want to restart the iPad.
- Power off the device by holding the sleep/wake button until the red slider appears.
- Slide your finger across the slider and iPad will turn off after a few moments.
- If the iPad is not responding we can then reset the iPad by holding the sleep/wake button and holding the home key simultaneously for 10 seconds.
- Power up your iPad and reconnect.
- Check your USB connections to make sure you are properly connect to your computer and that the cable is in good condition (no exposed wiring or breaks).
- Next, we can try disconnecting your iPad and restarting your computer.
- If all these steps above fail, try uninstalling iTunes and reinstalling the application on your Mac or PC.
Prob #4: iPad will not charge:
In some case you may find that your iPad is not getting the juice it needs to fully recharge. The most common issue is many USB ports on older computers do not supply enough power to the iPad. Try rebooting the iPad if possible and plugging the iPad into a wall socket with the original power cable and adapter. If the problem persists, try getting a replacement cable and adapter, as your unit may be faulty or damaged. If it does still not charge after purchasing a new power adapter you will need to contact Apple as the iPad may have an electrical hardware issue.
Prob #5: iPad will not power on:
There are many things that can prevent your iPad from turning on. The two most common are the battery is dead, or the device is frozen in suspend mode. First thing to do is to perform a reset on the device. Hold both the home button and the sleep/wake button down at the same time for 10 seconds. You should then see the Apple logo and the iPad should boot up and power on. If this does still not work your iPad maybe completely drained of power. You should plug the iPad into a wall outlet using the original power adapter and see if the device will turn on. This may take up to 20 minutes if it completely drained.
Prob #6: Occasionally slow and laggy keyboard
Users have occasionally come across a keyboard that lags while typing an email or using iMessage. Any iPad running iOS 8 and above can make use of third-party keyboards, but this issue persists even then.
- Guided Access, an accessibility mode, sometimes interferes with some keyboards. Go into Settings – General – Accessibility – Guided Access, and make sure that the button is off.
- Go to Settings – iCloud – Documents and Data, and turn it off. If the issue goes away, you should be able to turn this back on again without the problem coming back.
- You can also try resetting all settings by going to Settings – General – Reset all Settings.
- Adding or removing third-party keyboards is now possible by going to Settings – General – Keyboards. Swiping a keyboard name to the left will reveal a delete button. Tap on “Add New Keyboard…” for other available options.
Prob #7: Interface orientation stays stuck to landscape or portrait
Some users have found their iPad user interfaces to remain stuck in either landscape or portrait mode, without switching when the device is rotated.
- Tap the power button to turn the display off, and press it again to wake it up again. If that doesn’t work, press and hold the power button and the physical home button for 15 seconds to restart the tablet.
- Go Settings – General – Use Side Switch, and check to see whether it is set to “Lock Rotation” and turn it off.
- If this happens when using a particular application, double tap the home button to open the multitasking screen, and slide the app window up.
- You can also try resetting all settings by going to Settings – General – Reset all Settings.
Prob #8: Performance issues, crashing, and random rebooting
Following an update to iOS 11 and above, many users of older generation iPads have faced issues with performance. Slowdowns, freezing, and random rebooting all seem to occur. This issue is regularly seen on most iPad problems lists.
- While all the animations and transitions may look good, older hardware may have a difficult time keeping up. Reducing animation and transition effects may help alleviate any problems with performance. Go to Settings – General – Accessibility – Reduce Motion to reduce animations, and Settings – General – Accessibility – Increase contrast – Reduce transparency to reduce transparency.
- When a slow down is evident, double tap the home button and close all the apps running in the background by swiping the windows up.
- If crashing and random rebooting are the problems, a rogue application may be the issue. Try uninstalling them one by one, or factory resetting the device and installing them. Go to Settings – General – Reset – Reset all Settings and Content.
Prob #9: Connectivity Issues
One of the more common iPad problems that users face have to do with connecting or maintaining a connection to a Wi-Fi network, Bluetooth pairing, and for the devices that support it, cellular network issues.
- If your Wi-Fi connection keeps dropping or doesn’t connect, try restarting the router by turn it off for 30 seconds, and then turning it back on. Then, go to Settings – General – Reset – Reset Network Settings and add the information from scratch.
- If pairing your iPad with a Bluetooth device is an issue, go to Settings – Bluetooth and turn it off, and back on again.
- For data connectivity issues, go to Cellular – Cellular Data and turn it off and on again.
- If these problems continue, go to Settings – General – Reset and Reset All Settings.
Prob #10: Safari keeps crashing
Many users have found the Safari app closing unexpectedly, especially when multiple tabs are open, or even while attempting to open more another tab.
- Go to Settings – Safari and tap on “Clear History” and “Clear Cookies and Data.”
- If this issue becomes too much to handle, a factory reset may be the only solution. Make sure that you back up any important data, and then go to Settings – General – Reset – Erase All Content and Settings.
- Using a third-party browser such as Google Chrome or Opera may help.
Prob #11: Camera application crashes
Some users have found the camera application failing to load, or crashing while in use.
Potential Solutions –
- Double tap the Home button, and swipe up the Camera app and any other app that uses the camera to close them. Start the app again to see if it is now working.
- Go into Settings – General – Restrictions and check to see whether the camera app is allowed.
- Resetting the settings may help. You can do so by going to Settings – General – Reset – Reset All Settings.
- A rogue third-party application that uses the camera may be the culprit. You can try deleting these apps one by one to see if the issue is fixed, or performing a factory reset being careful about what you install.
Prob #12: iPad activation error
Some users have come across an error message stating that “the iPad could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable.” While this generally occurs when setting up a new device, quite a few users have faced this problem after using their iPads for a while. This is one of the iPad problems that happen only with the cellular data-capable versions of the device.
- There is a workaround that has worked for some users. Remove the SIM card from the tray, and perform a hard reset by pressing down and holding the home button and the power button simultaneously until the device restarts. Re-insert the SIM card and the issue should go away.
- For some users, the issue was related to the SIM card itself. Simply replacing the older SIM card with a new one should fix the problem.
- If you are having issues with setting up cellular service on your iPad, a useful guide is available here.
Prob #13: Saved IDs and passwords are no longer being displayed
While login information for various websites would normally be saved, this seems to no longer be the case, requiring users to type in IDs and passwords each and every time.
- This isn’t a bug, but rather a new security feature that has been introduced with iOS 11.3 where IDs and passwords are no longer auto-filled. However, the system does have the information available. All you have to do is tap on the empty username field for the site you are trying to log in to. At the top of the keyboard, you will now see the password listed. Tap on the password and the login information should be auto-completed from there. However, if the site is not secure, the URL will be highlighted as unsafe with a red box.
Prob #14: Problems where the only option is to wait for an official software update
There are some iPad problems that don’t have a solution or workaround currently available. In these cases, the only option is to wait for an official software update. The good news is that since a lot of these issues are software related, an upcoming update should address them.
- Personal Hotspot not working – A few users have faced an issue where the iPad cannot connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot. Something to keep in mind here is that not all network carriers allow hotspot connectivity, and is something that you may have to pay extra for.
- Backup restoration failure – This is quickly becoming one of the biggest iPad problems around, where the device fails to restore a backup. This issue has cropped up after users have upgraded to iOS 11.3. There are a variety of error messages that may show up. You can find more details on these errors and solutions to address these problems here.