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If you’re used to working with old school iPads, your new iPad mini may have you stumped. With no home button, how do you restart and hard reset your device when it’s stuck on something? As it turns out, it’s not difficult, and you don’t even have to remove your iPad mini 6 case. Here we’ll go over what you need to know, and we’ll also discuss how to completely erase and factory reset your device if that’s what you need to do.
If all your iPad mini needs is a soft reset, just shut down and restart your device. To shut down and restart, all you have to do is press and hold down the top button and either of the volume buttons. A slider will appear, and you’ll want to slide your finger left to right.
Your iPad will turn off, and you can then restart it by holding down the top power button again. It won’t be long till you see the Apple logo, and then you can release your .
Note that this is a two step procedure, vs. the one-step restart you’ve done in previous iPad models. Back when the Home button was a thing, all you needed to do was hold down the Home and Side buttons and the same time. This one-step restart is no longer an option, and you’ll have to actually turn off your iPad and then restart it.
If you want to try an alternate way of shutting down your iPad mini, here’s another option:
It takes a little longer, but it does the same thing! Of course, you need to follow this up by restarting. Hold down your top power button till you see the apple logo if you want to finish with your tablet on.
Hard reset is what you do when your iPad mini is being ornery and you want it to start with a clean slate. Also known as a force restart, this procedure is the best one to follow if your apps are stalling, response time is slow, and you want your iPad to recalibrate and start again.
To hard reset your iPad, simply:
That’s all! Sometimes a hard reset is all it takes to get your iPad mini working like new.
There aren’t many times when you need to factory reset your iPad, but when you need to, you need to. One scenario might be if you’re faced with a black screen: your iPad simply won’t turn on. Be aware that when you factory reset your iPad you loose anything on your device: pictures, files, everything. Anything you have backed up, you’ll be able to put right back on your device with iTunes. If you haven’t run a recent backup, though, you’re out of luck.
This is the same procedure you’ll want to follow if you’ve sold your iPad mini and want to give it to its new owner looking fresh and new, like it can out of the factory. After a reset, all your passwords are gone,
There are two ways to do this. The first is with iTunes. If it seems a long procedure; there’s a reason: this is a no-going back decision, and you want to make sure you really want to do it.
One note: before factory reseting your iPad, you should always first turn “Find my iPad” off in iCloud. This is especially important if you’re handing your iPad off to another person, but is also a good step to take if you just plan to recover from your own backup.
If your iPad is in working order and responsive, you can also do a factory reset from your settings without connecting to iTunes on a computer. To do this:
Be aware that when you do this every piece of personal material will disappear from your iPad. Pictures, docs, apps, you name it. If you want to restore from a backup, you will need to connect to iTunes on the computer that has your backups.
Knowing how to do a soft reset, hard reset and factory reset of your iPad can be incredibly enabling. Now if your microphone is quirky, your procreate is lagging, or your 3G malfunctions you’ll know just what to do! Resetting you iPad mini won’t solve all your problems, but you may be surprised at how many it does solve.
If your device is still having problems, try the next hardest reset. And if you’ve gone in for a factory reset and it still isn’t working, it may be time to go follow up some more specific troubleshooting methods— or, if all else fails, call up the Apple team. They’re expensive, but they know their stuff! Just don’t be the guy (or girl) who calls in the big guns for something that can be fixed by a simple restart. There’s nothing like paying a technician to perform a thirty-second reset of your device!