How to troubleshoot basic iPad repairs yourself

How to troubleshoot basic iPad repairs yourself

How to troubleshoot basic iPad repairs yourself

The iPad is arguably one of the best tablets on the market and Apple has sold well over 350 million worldwide, with a number of different models to choose from.

While these tablets are certainly well-engineered pieces of digital machinery, they are not immune to a few snags and glitches.

We’ve taken a look at some of the most prevalent iPad problems in an attempt to find workable solutions for them.

Most of us know how to troubleshoot common issues on a computer as you only need to just open the task manager and close the troublesome program.

But how do you do that on an iPad?

If your iPad is acting up, we’ll walk you through all the most useful troubleshooting solutions you can use to fix.

These will cover everything from a quick restart to a complete reset, and everything in between to make sure your tablet is working as good as new.

What Are the Common Issues Many iPad model have?

As you use your iPad and install apps over through the years, you might encounter various problems, such as:

  • Your iPad cannot be turned on
  • The home screen isn’t responding
  • No Wi-Fi coverage
  • An app has become unresponsive
  • The iPad cannot be charged
  • It became sower
  • iPad OS randomly crashes
  • You can’t get past the boot up screen

So, if you encounter any of these issues, don’t take your tablet to an apple authorized service provider yet.

Try some of our basic troubleshooting steps below and see if they’ll fix your issue.

1) If the Home or Power Button isn’t working

If the Home or Power button and your iPad doesn’t respond at all, check if your tablet is charged.

One reason it won’t turn on is that someone might have borrowed your device, used it and forgot to tell you about it.

Alternatively, you might have neglected the low battery sign when you put it away and totally forgot to recharge the tablet.

When you are recharging, remember to wait for the iPad to show the charging prompt before leaving it.

That way, you can be sure it’s really charging and there’s no issue with the charging cable or brick.

2) If the iPad cannot be charged

In case the iPad refuses to charge after you plug it in, check if the issue is with the cable, the charging brick or the power adapter.

You can try another cable and charging brick combination to recharge your device.

If this works, then your tablet doesn’t have a problem, but your charging accessories do.

However, before you buy anything new, determine which of them has a problem.

You can test your cable by plugging it into another brick that you know works, then attach it to your iPad.

If the tablet recharges, the issue lies with its original charging brick, but if it doesn’t, you need to replace your Lightning or USB-C cable.

3) There are dead or stuck pixels on the iPad

It can be frustrating if a pixel isn’t working on your iPad, like an unresponsive dot on the display that doesn’t change, or stays black no matter what happens.

If the pixel still lights up but is simply stuck or never goes to the right color, you can try manually fixing it yourself.

You begin by wrapping your thumb in a clean cloth and apply gentle, firm pressure to the area of the display with the pixel, slowly moving your thumb as you do so.

Sometimes this can help fix any issues the panel is experiencing.


You can also try flashing bright, changing colors can also help reset a pixel.

There are so many pixel fix videos on YouTube to run at full screen to help with this, or even find an app that does the same thing.

If the pixel is permanently dark no matter what you do, it’s dead.

However, if it’s a minor issue and not distracting, you can leave it.

But it’s a good idea to take your iPad for apple repairs and ask about a display replacement.

An apple warranty for replacement parts will be cheaper and you will also get genuine apple parts.

4) The latest iPadOS isn’t installing on my iPad

Whilst downloading the latest iPadOS, you may discover that your iPad is obstinately refusing to download the update, even if it says it will or if it was scheduled to update at a specific time.

Fortunately, this is usually due to not meeting specific requirements needed to update, not a permanent flaw on your iPad.

First, you need to double check to make sure your iPad is compatible with the latest versions of iPadOS.

Next, you’ll need to make sure your iPad battery has at least a 50% charge.

To be safe, it’s a good idea to just plug your iPad in before you start a big update.

Make sure you are not using a cellular data connection for your internet as the iPad will not start such a big download when on a data connection to avoid using up cell data.

Check that Low Power Mode is turned off.

If it’s accidentally enabled, the update probably won’t work.

Remember to disable your VPN if you are using one.

While you can whitelist sites on many VPNs, that doesn’t really work for downloading a software update straight from Apple, so disable it for this change, and turn it back on afterward.

5) The screen is frozen

There will be times when your iPad screen freezes and remains unresponsive to your touch. It’s a common occurrence for an Apple iPad.

The culprit may likely be a specific app, but it’s not always easy to identify which one. If it happens repeatedly, take note of what you have running and try uninstalling it to see if that solves the problem permanently. Whatever the cause, your immediate solutions to a frozen iPad screen are the same. You can start by trying to restart your device first by pressing and holding the power button until you see “slide to power off” on the lcd screen.

Proceed to slide to power off. Next you can press and hold the same button to turn it back on. You’ll know it worked when you see the Apple logo. If the screen isn’t responding, you might need to force restart the device in which case you should press and hold the Power button and the Home button at the same time for around 10 seconds.

For iPad repair, newer Apple products without the Home button can be restored by following these steps: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button, and then press and hold the Power button until the device restarts. If it stubbornly refuses to react to a restart or reset, then you’ll need to try a restore. Bear in mind that before you begin this process, you’ll lose anything you haven’t backed up.