Shutting down your iPad

By Rebecca J. Hogue

There are two ways to shut down the iPad: (1) normal shutdown, and (2) force shutdown.

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normal shutdownUnder normal operations, you do not need to shutdown your iPad. However, if your iPad is operating slowly or a specific app is crashing or failing to load properly, you may wish to shutdown and restart your iPad. In addition, if you don’t expect to be using your iPad for an extended period  for example, a week while on vacation) , you may wish to shutdown the iPad to prevent the battery from draining.

To shutdown the iPad:

  1. Hold down the sleep/wake button until the slide to power off prompt appears.
  2. Touch and slide to power off.


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ForceShutdownIf while you are using your iPad, an app causes the device to lock up, and you are not able to close the app, you may need to force the iPad to power down. This type of force shutdown does not remove any data from your device, it simply powers down the iPad. You can then restart the iPad by holding the power button.

To force shutdown, hold both the sleep/wake button and the home button until the device powers off (about 3 seconds).