Fix an iPad that keeps shutting down

There are a number of reasons why your iPad keeps shutting down randomly. For most users, the issue is due to damaged memory. When your iPad recognizes the damaged section of its memory, it shuts itself off as a safety measure each time iOS tries to fetch data.

In this article, we’ll take a look at several methods you can implement if your iPad keeps turning off randomly. Most of these solutions are easy to perform.

How to repair an iPad that keeps turning off

Here are 7 troubleshooting tips that will come in handy when your iPhone or iPad keeps shutting down.

1. Update the iOS version

A damaged memory is one of the main reasons why your iPad keeps turning off. To solve this issue, you should update your iPad to the latest iOS version. This will improve the running of the phone’s system as well as get rid of bugs and malware that are present in your iPad.

To update your iOS, you should perform the following steps:

  • Tap on the “Settings” icon
  • Tap on the “General” option in the Setting’s menu
  • Select the “Software Update” option and from there you can check if there is an available update
  • If an update is available, you can tap on the “Download and Install” button and wait for it to install

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2. Hard resetting your iPad

Hard resetting means forcefully restarting your iPad. This is a recommended option by Apple experts as it helps improve the device’s operation. It can also help to fix an iPad that keeps shutting down.

Here is how you hard reset your iPad:

  • Press and hold the “Volume Down” and “Power” buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears on the screen. You should then drag the slider that appears on the screen.
  • Wait for about 30 seconds and then press the “Power” button whilst holding it until the Apple logo appears again.
  • For older versions of iPad that have a “Home” button, press and hold the “Power” button until the Apple logo appears. This is followed by dragging the slider that appears on the screen.
  • Wait for another 30 seconds then press and hold down the “Power” button until the Apple logo appears again on your screen.

3. Update your apps

Another reason your iPad keeps turning on and off is because of rogue applications. The apps may act rogue because they are not be updated to the latest version or they may contain bugs that are altering the iOS. To fix this, you need to:

  • Press the “Home” button.
  • Tap on the “App Store” icon.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the “Apple Store” menu and tap on the Updates option. All the apps that are awaiting updates will appear.
  • Tap on the “Updates” option next to the apps to update them individually.
  • Another option is to tap on the “Update All” button at the top right corner of the App Store so that they can update themselves.
  • Once all the apps are updated, you should reboot your iPad to refresh the apps.

4. Delete the disruptive app

If updating the apps does not fix your iPad problem, you need to uninstall the app that is interrupting your iPad from functioning. It should be noted that you should only do this if you know the specific app that is causing your iPad to switch off randomly.

  • Tap on the “Settings” icon.
  • Tap on the “iPad Storage” option on the Settings menu.
  • Select the disruptive app that you want to delete.
  • Tap on the “Delete App” option.
  • A confirmation message will appear prompting whether you confirm the action. Tap on the “Delete” option.
  • When you are done, reboot your iPad to clear the deleted app’s cache and restore the device’s memory and operating system.

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5. Reset all your settings

A reset can fix the problem, especially if you messed up with a setting that has now caused the iPad to keep shutting down.

To reset all the iPad’s settings, you should do the following:

  • Tap on the “Settings” icon.
  • Choose the “General” option in the “Settings” menu.
  • Tap on the “Reset” option and then the “Reset All Settings” option.
  • Confirm your password so that “iOS” can start the process.
  • If the problem persists after this, you can repeat it or choose another method.

6. Factory resetting your iPad

This process involves erasing all the data in your iPad and it is the last option to fixing your iPad. It is therefore recommended that you update any important data to the cloud system. To proceed, you will:

  • Tap on the “Settings” icon.
  • Tap on the “General” option in the “Settings” menu.
  • Tap on the “Reset” option and then “Erase All Content and Settings”.
  • Confirm your password in order to start the resetting process.

7. Seek technical repair

If all these methods do not work and the problem still persists, you should take your iPad to an expert to fix it. You can take it to an Apple Store near you and get a technician to fix it. They can help fix your iPad with or without a warranty.


The common reasons behind your iPad switching off is faulty memory and disruptive apps. These easy, go-to methods are remedies that can be used whenever your iPad turns off by itself. You can hard reset your iPad, factory reset it, update it, or even uninstall the rogue app.

If any of these methods do not work, you can try another method or repeat the process. You can also visit a phone expert if the DIY methods produce no results. If they do work, however, you will have saved your iPad, your data, and trouble as well.