Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Earlier today, I was working in my home office and using my iPad alongside my computer. I started a download to update some app data on the iPad, which was fully charged at the time, and went back to my computer to do work-related stuff.

A couple hours later I went back to the iPad and pressed the home button to try to wake it up, with no response. I tried the wake/sleep/power button, same lack of response. Thinking it might be a dead battery (but wondering how that could happen in such a short period of time) I plugged it into the charger and left it there. Normally that would result in some screen activity if the battery had died, but after a couple hours on the charger the iPad was still dead.

After several minutes of futzing around with the iPad on and off the charger, and pushing every button on the iPad, I remembered a button combination that's used to execute a power reset and boot the iPad into recovery mode.

So, I did that combo, holding the Power/Sleep and Home buttons down at the same time for around 15 seconds while the iPad was on the charger. Sure enough, the iPad restarted and fired right up normally. It had a partial charge (about what you'd expect for the amount of time it had been running on battery before it died) and WiFi was disconnected, but after reconnecting to my WiFi network things were all back to normal.

Hopefully this saves someone a trip to the Apple Store or a call to the fine folks at Apple Support.



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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 7:53:39 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Thursday, March 10, 2011 10:10:40 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hi Greg,

Thanks for the valuable hint, by which I was able to revive my daughters iPad.

Cheers
Hubert
Hubert Pereira
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 3:41:15 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
thank you, great tip! I thought my iPad was dead for good, but this worked and brought it back to life!
Many thanks,
James
James
Friday, June 10, 2011 7:04:42 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
so nice thank you for sharing
Thursday, December 15, 2011 2:04:32 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Thank you for sharing! I thought my iPad was dead, but is now restored. :-)
Barb
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