iPad is Dead With Black Screen – Fix

Sometimes the iPad will freeze up and appear to be dead and only show a black screen. Usually you can fix this issue by resetting the device.

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button¬†simultaneously¬†for about 15 seconds. The iPad should then show the Apple logo and restart. If this doesn’t work, make sure you have enough battery power. Attaching the device to a computer or other USB port for power can take a bit longer to charge than attaching it to a power outlet, so be sure to give it a few minutes to charge before trying to power it on or resetting it.

These steps work most of the time. If the device still won’t power on after these steps, you may need to seek service from Apple.


  1. Joanne says

    Thank you very much, I thought my iPad was done for, black screen tried almost everything until I got your sight and followed your directions. iPad is up and running again. Thanks for your help.

  2. Cathi S says

    I was panicking…I tought it was burned out. Thanks so much for your generous advice!

  3. Elizabeth Blackwell says

    Thank you SO much for this post! I was panicked this morning at the thought of having to buy a new iPad, but this worked perfectly. Mitch, you did a truly good deed posting this and helping us non-tech-savvy folks. I am so, so grateful.

  4. Emily says

    What about a black screen with the white apple on it? I tried pushing both buttons and nothing will happen.

  5. anne_ph says

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge! The amount of documents that I thought would be lost streamed in my mind.

  6. Cathy says

    Thank you so much for your help!! My Ipad 2 was working fine this morning. Charged it while we were out all afternoon. And came back to a black screen!! My heart sank until I found this posting from you. You are a lifesaver!! Thank you again!!!

  7. Patti says

    Thank you soooooo much! i was in quite a panic with my two month old IPad until I found this. It was fine yesterday and totally black this morning. So happy I found your help on this search.
    Happy New Year!!!!

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