One of my favorite Apple devices is the iPad Air 2020. It features the iPad Pro design, supports Apple Pencil 2, and costs a lot less than its dear cousins. But I’ll be honest, it took me a while to figure out how to restart the new iPad Air.
If you own any of these devices, you know that the home button is now missing. And since restarts were done by holding down the home button and the power button, it might seem impossible to restart your iPad Air. After all, holding the power button alone simply activates Siri.
In this article, I will show you how to quickly restart your new iPad Air with a soft or hard restart. I’ll also walk you through the process of factory reset your iPad Air and how to restart an iPad Air that still has a home button.
How to gently restart iPad Air (2020)
A soft restart means restarting your iPad Air using a software prompt rather than forcing it to restart by cutting off its power. Think of it as the difference between pressing the power button on your TV (software) and unplugging the cable (hard).
For a gradual restart, you hold down the power button on the top of your iPad Air and the volume up button at the same time. After a few seconds, a pop-up window will appear.
Swipe right on slide to turn off button to turn off your iPad. Wait about thirty seconds for the iPad to turn off completely, then press and hold the power button to turn your iPad back on.
And that’s all! This is how you can gradually restart the new iPad Air. Unlike previous generations, there is no longer an option that instantly restarts the iPad. You need to turn off and then turn back on manually.
How to hard restart iPad Air (2020)
The next step is the hard reboot. You should only use this method in situations where you cannot turn off your iPad Air or otherwise interact with you. But if you are in a situation where your iPad is frozen or broken, it can save your life.
First, press and release the volume up button. Then press and release the volume down button. Finally, press and hold the power button until your iPad Air starts to restart. It’s important to press these buttons in quick succession, so if you don’t get it on the first try, just try to do it faster.
If you are unable to restart your iPad Air using this method and it is unresponsive, you may need to visit the Apple Store. If you’re social distraught, you can usually send your iPad Air to tech support for free after talking to Apple’s online support.
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How to reset your iPad Air to factory settings
After you’ve learned how to restart the new iPad Air, you might want to learn a more permanent form of restarting – resetting. Restarting your iPad, be it a hardware or software restart, simply turns it off and on. To reset it to factory settings, you need to follow the following steps. Keep in mind that this will erase any information that you have not backed up or stored elsewhere.
On your iPad Air, open the Settings app and press General. Scroll down, tap Reset, then press Clear all content and settings.
This process may take a few minutes to complete. Once complete, however, your iPad will be restored to the state it was in when you first purchased it. This is a useful procedure to sell your iPad Air, fix a severely infected iPad Air, or get a fresh start with your device. Again, however, only do this if you’re ready to erase all of your data, apps, and settings from your iPad.
How to restart an iPad Air with a home button
Finally, I’ll walk you through the process of restarting iPad Airs that still have a home button. It will also work on any iPad that still has a home button.
Press and hold the power button on your iPad Air until the power slider appears. When it does, slide it to the stop position. Give your iPad Air thirty seconds to turn off completely.
Then, hold down the power button until your iPad Air starts to restart. It usually takes an additional thirty seconds.
And that’s all!
Learn more about your new iPad Air
There is so much more to the new iPad Air than the way it reboots. Be sure to check out the rest of our iPad articles to become a power user, learn secret tips and tricks, and stay up to date on the latest iPad Air news.