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How to Fix an iPad that keeps Turning OFF (STEPS)

Why does my iPad keep turning off by itself?

Your iPad keeps turning OFF by itself because of low storage, faulty flash memory, a malfunctioning battery or outdated software.


  • Cluttered storage
  • Faulty flash memory
  • Drained battery
  • Outdated software


Cluttered storage

When you tend to store many files, videos, apps, and even images, they occupy a lot of space. If you don’t clean the storage space, your iPad will switch OFF randomly.


Faulty flash memory

Faulty flash memory is one of the primary causes for an iPad to shut down at random. Every time the iPad’s operating system (iOS) tries to obtain something from the memory, the iPad shuts down by itself because of a broken memory.


Drained battery

The iPad’s battery is known to drain fast. If you are using your iPad consistently, you will have to ensure that the battery is charged properly for continuous usage.


Outdated software

 It is imperative to update the software of your iPad on a regular basis. If you don’t, you will experience a spontaneous switching OFF activity on your iPad.


How do I stop my iPad from turning off?

You can stop your iPad from turning OFF by removing unnecessary data, updating the software, or doing a factory restore.


Let’s understand the process involved in preventing your iPad from turning OFF


  • Removing unnecessary data

  1. In your iPad, go to the Settings app and select General and then iPad Storage. The iPad OS will showcase the various details of your memory storage under different categories. 
  2. Click on the unnecessary files you don’t want and delete them.



Updating the software

  1. In the Settings app, click on General and then on Software Update.
  2. Download the latest version of the iPad operating software.
  3. Install the iPad OS.


Factory Restore

Resort to a factory restore if the other options are not effective.

  1. Take a backup of all your data on your iPad.
  2. Connect your iPad to your Mac or PC.
  3. Ensure you have the most recent version of iTunes on your laptop/ Mac.
  4. Ensure your Mac is updated with the latest operating software
  5. Go to iTunes/Finder.
  6. Select your device and click on Restore iPad option.
  7. Follow the instructions on the screen in the order stated.


Why iPad keeps turning OFF with full battery?

Your iPad keeps turning OFF with full battery because of a software issue, a faulty app, or many unwanted files. 

You can overcome these issues by following the steps given below.


Software issue

A firmware malfunction will always prevent your iPad from functioning properly and shutting down randomly.

  1. Go to the Settings section.
  2. Click General followed by Software Update.
  3. If there is an update available, download it. 
  4. Install the updated version on your iPad.


A faulty app

At times, a faulty app may be causing your iPad to shut down at random.

  1. Press the app icon until you see the app icon getting highlighted with a minus sign at the top corner.
  2. Click on the minus sign in the corner of the app you want to get rid of. You will see it vanish. 
  3. Restart your iPad.

You can also go to Settings, and click General followed by iPad storage. Select the faulty app and delete it.


Too many unwanted files

If your iPad has less storage space and you are trying to store more data, it will shut down randomly.

  1. Click Settings and select General.
  2. Go to Storage & iCloud Usage and under Storage, click on Manage Storage. A number of apps will be listed along with the storage details of each.
  3. Tap an app to understand the data stored in it.
  4. Swipe left to delete the data in the app.
  5. Tap on the Photo Library/Videos app to delete unnecessary photos and videos.


iPad keeps turning off


Why iPad keeps turning OFF and on while charging?

Your iPad keeps turning OFF and ON while charging because of a pending hard reset, switched-OFF Airplane mode, automatic iCloud backup or junk files.


Given below are the various solutions to solve these issues.


Pending Hard Reset

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together.
  2. Release them when you will see the Apple logo on the iPad screen.


Switch off Airplane Mode

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Enable Airplane mode while charging your iPad.
  3. Disable Airplane mode after your iPad is completely charged.


Automatic iCloud backup

  1. Click settings and then go to iCloud.
  2. Go to Backup and disable it.


Junk files

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Safari.
  3. Scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data.
  4. In the popup that appears, tap Clear History and Data.


iPad turns OFF when not plugged in?

Your iPad turns OFF when not plugged in due to outdated software, outdated apps, or a battery failure.

The following steps will help you sort out the issue.


Outdated software

  1. Do a backup by using iCloud on your laptop/computer.
  2. Plug your iPad into a power socket and connect to Wi-Fi.
  3. Go to Settings, General, and then click on Software Update. You will see two software update options. 
  4. Click on the desired software update option.
  5. Tap on Install. If you see an option of download and install, tap on it to download the update.


Outdated apps

Any malfunctioning app on your iPad will turn it off when your iPad is not plugged in.

  1. Force close the app and then restart your iPad.
  2. Go to the online App Store and tap your profile icon.
  3. Scroll down and look for updates. If available, update the software on your iPad.
  4. Delete the app and then download it again.


Battery failure

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Under Battery, check the Battery Health/level option.

If there is nothing wrong and your iPad still turns OFF while it’s not plugged in, you should visit the official Apple website and request a remote battery diagnostic.


Why does my iPad show the Apple logo but won’t turn ON??

Your iPad shows the Apple logo but won’t turn ON because of duplicate chargers or faulty cables. You may have to force restart your iPad or set your iPad to a Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode.

You can explore the following solutions to overcome these issues


  • Fake chargers and faulty cables

If you use a charger or cable that is not manufactured exclusively for the iPad or iPhone, you will face an issue with your iPad.

  1. Replace a fake charger with an original ‘Made for iPad or iPhone charger.
  2. Ensure that your USB-C cable or lightning cable is a certified product and in working condition.


  • Force restart your iPad
  1. Press and hold the Home button and the Power button at the same time. The screen will turn black.
  2. Release the buttons as soon as you see the Apple logo on the screen.


  • Set your iPad to Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode
  1. Switch OFF your iPad. 
  2. Connect the iPad with your computer.
  3. Ensure that iTunes or Finder is running.
  4. Press and hold the side button on your iPad (for 3 seconds) and at the same time press and hold the Volume button down (left side of your iPad).
  5. Hold both the buttons for 10 seconds. 
  6. Release the side button but keep holding the volume down button for 5 more seconds.
  7. Release the Volume down button. If the screen turns black, your device is in DFU mode. Your device will now function well.


What does it mean when the Apple logo keeps flashing on the iPad?

If the Apple logo is constantly flashing on the iPad, it could mean that you need to update the system, do a forced restart or recharge a weak battery.

You can resolve these issues with the following actions.


  • Update the system
  1. Use iTunes to update the system.
  2. Connect the iPad and your PC with a USB cable. 
  3. Open iTunes.
  4. Hold the Power button and Volume down button until the recovery screen appears. You will see two options i.e., Restore and Update.
  5. Click on Update.


Force Restart

  1. Press and hold the Home and Power buttons simultaneously. The screen will go black.
  2. Release the buttons when you see the Apple logo.
  3. Do a forced restart for all devices connected to your iPad.


Recharge the battery

  1. Use the original Apple cable and power adapter to connect your iPad to a power supply outlet.
  2. Ensure your computer is switched ON and you use the original Apple cable.
  3. Connect your iPad and your computer with the Apple cable.
  4. Plug your iPad into a stable source of power supply for at least thirty minutes.


Why does my iPad keep shutting down when playing games?

Your iPad keeps shutting down while playing games because it may require a battery recharge. You may have to update your iPad from iTunes and even delete corrupted apps.


Are you keen to fix these problems? Follow the instructions given below.


  • Battery recharge 

There could be a non-relevant charge in your iPad which could be causing the issue.

  1. Drain off the iPad’s battery completely.
  2. Recharge your iPad again and turn it ON.


  • Update iPad from iTunes
  1. Make sure that your computer has the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPad to your computer.
  3. On your computer, go to iTunes and click on Select device.
  4. Choose the Restore iPad option. Your iPad will start functioning perfectly.


  • Delete corrupt apps

Very often, when people download an app, it comes accompanied by a bug. 


  1. On your iPad, go to Settings.
  2. Click on iPad storage.
  3. Click on the app which is corrupted and delete it.



iPad shuts down every 3 minutes

Your iPad shuts down every 3 minutes because of outdated apps, a weak battery, or due iOS system recovery using a 3rdparty application like Tenorshare.


Here are the reasons why your Apple iPad Air could be shutting down:


  • Outdated apps

Some apps may have bugs and you need to fix them.

  1. On the Home screen, click on App store.
  2. Scroll down to the end of the screen and click on Updates.
  3. Update each app via a Wi-Fi connection to avoid extra data costs.
  4. Reboot your iPad.


  • Weak battery
  1. On your iPad, go to Settings.
  2. Click on Battery.
  3. Click on Battery Health.
  4. Check the battery health. If it is less than 50%, you should replace it.


  • iOS system recovery via a third-party application like Tenorshare.
  1. Download and install Tenorshare on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPad to your computer with a USB-C cable.
  3. Launch Tunes Kit on your computer.
  4. Click Start and choose Standard Mode.
  5. Select the device model and then the firmware version.
  6. Click Download to download the firmware package.
  7. Once it’s downloaded, Tenorshare repairs your iPad.


iPad keeps turning OFF after screen replacement?

Your Apple iPad 2keeps turning OFF after screen replacement due to fake chargers and damaged cables, corrupt apps, Oran outdated iOS on your iPad.

These glitches can be annoying. Let’s see how you can fix them.


  • Fake chargers and faulty cables
  1. Use an original charger made especially for iPad or iPhone. If the charger you use is not manufactured for the iPad, your iPad will continue to turn OFF even after a screen replacement.
  2. Make sure your USB-C cable/lightning cable is Apple certified and in good condition.


  • Delete corrupt apps
  1. Click Settings on your iPad.
  2. Tap on iPad storage.
  3. Tap on the corrupted app and delete it.


  • Outdated iOS 
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click General.
  3. Click Software Update. You may find two update options.
  4. Choose the desired update option you want to install.
  5. Click Install.


Why iPad suddenly shuts down and won’t turn ON?

Your Apple iPad Pro suddenly shuts down and won’t turn ON due to likely liquid damage, physical damage, or software issues.

You can overcome these nagging problems in the following way.


Liquid damage

Liquid damage is often the result of the careless handling of your iPad. Some instances are carrying it with you to the washroom or getting it wet in the rains.

  1. Remove your SIM card and shake it in a downward motion to remove all excess moisture.
  2. Place your iPad in a bag of uncooked rice.
  3. Allow the iPad to stay in that manner for at least 48 hours in dry surroundings. You can add silica packages to the rice. This will accelerate the absorption activity.
  4. After 48 hours, remove your iPad from the rice and switch it ON.


Physical damage

Careless handling of the iPad, like dropping it accidentally, especially by kids is bound to cause damage to your iPad. 

  1. Check the screen. If you see it cracked, you should replace it.
  2. If your iPad does not respond at all, it’s an indication of damaged internal hardware. 

In both the above cases, you will have to look for technical help from the manufacturer.


Software issue

A malfunctioning firmware hinders the smooth functioning of your iPad and shuts it at random.

  1. Go to the Settings option.
  2. Tap on General and then tap on Software Update.
  3. If there is an update, download it. Install it on your iPad.


Why does the iPad keep disconnecting from Wi-Fi?

Your Apple iPad Mini keeps disconnecting from Wi-Fi because of low signal quality from the router. To solve this, you might have to update the router’s firmware, update the network’s address information and switch OFF devices that are causing signal interference.

You can resolve these issues in the following manner. 


Low signal quality from the router

  1. Ensure your router is within the range of your iPad.
  2. Reboot the power cycle of the router.


Update the firmware of the router

  1. Visit the official website of the manufacturer.
  2. Look for the latest firmware and follow the instructions on how to update the firmware.
  3. Reboot the iPad.


Update the address information of your network

  1. Go to Settings and then to Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap the information mark indicated by (i).
  3. Tap Renew Lease.


Switch OFF other devices in close proximity

  1. Check the devices in your proximity.
  2. Switch them OFF and unplug them from their wall sockets.


How do you fix a black screen on an iPad?

You can fix a black screen on your Apple iPad 6th generation by adjusting the level of brightness, cleaning the charging port, gently pressing the back of your iPad, or charging your iPad with an authorized USB cable.

The following solutions will help resolve the black screen on your iPad.


Adjust the level of brightness

Very often, a strong source of light in close proximity can cause a black screen.

  1. Enable Siri on your iPad.
  2. Ask Siri to increase the brightness level of your screen.


Clean the charging port

  1. Check the charging port (present on one side of your iPad) for any accumulated dirt.
  2. Use a can of compressed air to blow away the dirt.
  3. Take a soft cotton swab and gently insert it into the port to remove dust.

If your charging port is damaged, you will have to seek technical assistance to resolve this.


Press the rear of your iPad

  1. Take a soft napkin or hand towel to cover the front and rear sides of your iPad.
  2. Pat the back of your iPad gently for at least sixty seconds.
  3. Remove the soft napkin/hand towel.
  4. Switch ON your iPad.


Charge your iPad with a certified USB cable

Non-certified cables are likely to come with a plug-in virus.

  1. Check the USB cable which you are using.
  2. If the cable is non-certified, replace it immediately with an original Apple MFI certified cable.
  3. If your charger is non-certified, you should then replace it as well with an Apple MFI certified charger.


Why is the red battery icon blinking on my iPad?

The red battery icon is blinking on your Apple iPad 10.2” due to a weak battery, a faulty USB cable, or a pending forced restart.

These are minor glitches and can be fixed in the following ways


A weak battery

If you use your iPad for very long hours, its battery is likely to get drained faster.

  1. Plug-in your iPad immediately and recharge it.
  2. If you are always on the move, you can use a portable USB battery to prevent your work from getting disrupted.


Faulty USB cable

  1. Check the manufacturing brand of the USB cable. If the USB cable is not an original Apple-certified one, you must replace it at once.
  2. Use a certified USB cable and plug your device into the power socket.


Force restart of your device

  1. Press the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons in succession.
  2. Press the Power button visible on the top right side of your iPad until you see the Apple logo appear on your screen.
  3. If your iPad has a Home button, hold the Power and Home buttons simultaneously until your iPad screen turns black.

Your iPad will get rebooted and the Apple logo appears on its screen.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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