iPad Keeps Shutting Down: 9 Possible Fixes

Your iPad keeps shutting down and you don’t know why. You’ve tried resetting it but it doesn’t seem to work. Have you tried charging it too, but it still doesn’t work for more than a few minutes. There is no physical damage to the iPad and you have not tampered with any settings. So what’s happening?

Don’t panic. This article covers several possible reasons why your iPad keeps shutting down and how to fix the problem.

Why does your iPad keep shutting down?

Before troubleshooting, it is important to understand the cause of the problem. Why does your iPad keep shutting down even when the battery is still on? There are several possible reasons behind it:

  1. A software glitch is causing your iPad to shut down unexpectedly.
  2. Your iPad battery is overheating or severely damaged and needs to be replaced.
  3. Your iPad is having a hardware problem, such as a logic board or another internal component.
  4. There is a rogue app that is not compatible with your iPad.

Here are some steps you can follow to narrow down the problem.

1. Check your iPad’s battery health

The first thing you should do when your iPad keeps shutting down is to check the battery health. iPads often have high-capacity batteries that can last for years. However, batteries degrade over time, causing them to drain faster and eventually die.

To check your battery health, visit Settings > Battery and find Battery status Selection. If your battery condition is below 80%, it means your battery is not performing optimally and you should consider replacing it.


2. Make an energy cycle

If your iPad overheats, it’s a sign that the device is overdoing it or the battery is faulty. When that happens, an overheated iPad can turn off suddenly. Either way, you should charge your iPad. This will help determine if the problem lies with the battery or the software.

To start your iPad, follow these steps:

  1. Disconnect iPad from any power source.
  2. Press and hold Sleep / Awake in three seconds.
  3. Drag the slider to power off your iPad.
  4. Leave your iPad off for at least five minutes to cool down.
  5. Press and hold Sleep / Awake again until you see the Apple logo.
  6. If your iPad won’t turn on, connect it to a power source and try again.

If the problem persists, it means the software is at fault — the steps below should help fix that.

3. Perform Force Restart

Force restarting on your iPad will not erase its contents. You can force restart your device even if the screen is black or the buttons are unresponsive.

To force restart your iPad:

  1. Press and hold Home and Sleep / Awake until the Apple logo appears.
  2. Open both buttons. Your iPad will restart.

If you’re using an iPad without a Home button (iPad Pro 2018 or later):

  1. Press and quickly release Volume up button.
  2. Press and quickly release Turn down the volume button.
  3. Then press and hold Sleep / Awake until you see the Apple logo.

4. Update iPadOS

Make sure you have the latest iOS version installed on your iPad. Firmware issues can cause your iPad to shut down all of a sudden.

To check for updates, visit Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, download and install it on your iPad. Make sure you have a stable internet connection before starting the update process.

5. Update the app and remove the bad guys

There may be a rogue app that is causing your iPad to turn off. Usually, if this is the case, it is very likely that your iPad will be turned off when using the application.

Solve this problem by deleting this app. To delete an app, press and hold app icon until it starts to wiggle. When they’re all wiggling, tap minus Sign in to the corner of the app you want to delete. After the app disappears, restart your iPad to see if the problem persists.

Also, visit Settings > General > iPad Storage > Select and delete application.

If you have multiple apps, you should update all of them. Newer versions often fix old bugs that could have caused your iPad to shut down. To do that, open the App Store and tap Update at the bottom. Here you will see a list of all the apps that need to be updated. Clap Update all in the upper right corner to update all apps at once.

If you have automatic updates turned on, your apps will update automatically and you won’t have to do this manually.

6. Clear unnecessary memory

Insufficient memory is one of the most common reasons why your iPad keeps shutting down. Tapping your iPad regularly can help ensure that it doesn’t run out of space and have to shut down unexpectedly.

To clear the memory, go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage (Under Warehouse section).

Wait for the list of apps and their memory usage to populate. Tap an app to view its stored data. Swipe left on an app to clear its data. You can also tap Photo library or Video app to delete archived photos and videos.

Now that you’ve cleared the storage on your iPad, it should last longer without sudden shutdowns.

7. Reset all settings

You may have accidentally changed a setting that caused your iPad to turn off. To see if that’s the case, you can reset all settings on your device. This will not erase any of your data, but it will reset all settings to default.

To reset all settings on your iPad, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset all settings. Enter your passcode when prompted and then confirm that you want to reset your settings.

8. Erase All Content and Settings (Factory Reset)

Unlike resetting all settings, this option erases everything stored on your iPad, including your apps, photos, videos, and music. This is like restoring your iPad to its factory default condition. Therefore, it is important that you back up your iPad before proceeding. That way, you can restore your data to your iPad after doing a factory reset.

To perform a factory reset on your iPad, tap Settings > General > Reset. Tap Erase All Content and Settings. Enter your passcode if prompted, then press Erase.

9. Visit the Apple Genius Bar

If all else fails, it’s time to head over to the Apple Store and have the Geniuses take a look at your iPad. They will help you with any hardware or software issues that might have caused your iPad to turn off.

Remember to make an appointment at the Apple Store in advance.

Now your iPad is still powered on

By following these troubleshooting steps, hopefully you have successfully resolved your iPad shutting down without factory reset or going to the Apple Store.

But if you did the reset, your iPad is now as good as new. You will need to set it up as a new device and then you can restore your data from a backup.

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