If your iPad displays a black screen and if it doesn’t turn on even when you press any button, then you might assume that your tablet is broken and you need to replace it. However, you should note that this doesn’t necessarily mean your iPad is broken or dead but it certainly implies that there is something wrong with your device.

If you were in such a situation where your iPad seemed dead, worry not – there are a number of ways, through which you can fix the issue. Below is how to fix an unresponsive or dead iPad.

Recharge the Device

One of the major causes of ‘the black screen of death’ error is that the battery of your iPad might be so drained that the device fails to display even the red empty battery icon. So, recharge the battery of the device from a proper power adaptor instead of using a USB lead from a PC. Now, leave it undisturbed for a couple of hours.

If the red ‘filler’ of the battery icon is flashing three times before the screen goes off or black, it implies that the device is not receiving enough power for charging. If so, plug the device into a mains-connected power supply to provide the necessary power for charging.


Many iPad users argue that simply resetting the tablet will help them solve the issue. For that, gently hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of your tablet along with the Home button. Hold on to both these buttons until your device restarts. You should note that this might take up to 15 seconds.

However, if a red slider appears on the screen of your device, continue to press the button until you see the Apple logo on the screen of your iPad. Check whether the issue is solved before proceeding to the next step.

Force Restart

A black screen on your iPad could also mean that the device is on but the display of the device is not functioning properly. If you doubt that there is something wrong with the display of your tablet, forcing a restart is your best bet in resolving the issue.

Press and hold your iPad’s Sleep/Wake button until you see the power off slider. Turn your iPad off by dragging the slider to the right. Now, turn on the device by holding the Sleep/Wake button again. If the issue is not yet solved, seek the help of an Apple Care technician for advanced troubleshooting.

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