How to Turn Off an iPad

a photo of the top button on an ipad

This is the top button on your iPad.
Photo: Phillip Tracy / Gizmodo

Turning off an iPad looks different for models with and without a home button. Your iPad is going to have a home button if it’s an iPad Pro from 2017 or earlier or an iPad Air, iPad Mini, or a standard iPad from 2019 or earlier. If you’re unsure about which button is which, this Apple Support guide can help.

Just as to how to reset to factory settings works on an iPad, turning it off for a bit also helps when you run into issues. In fact, it’s a much easier and quicker way to troubleshoot any issues. It helps refresh your iPad’s RAM or working memory, which optimizes its overall performance. Since it’s probably the most straightforward fix, I’d recommend starting with this one. If you can’t get it to turn off, try

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