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Why Does My iPad Air Keep Restarting? (4 Fixes to Try!)

Last Updated May 30, 2022
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One of the most frustrating things you can encounter is technical issues when you’re working or kicking back and enjoying some leisure time. Therefore, it is concerning if your iPad Air is stuck in a restart loop.

To get your iPad Air out of its restart loop, you must go through the four different fixes until you find a fix that works.

Fortunately, there are several fixes you can try to get your iPad Air out of the restart loop. Continue reading to learn the four fixes you can try when your iPad air keeps restarting.

Hard Restart Your iPad Air

The first thing you should do to get your iPad Air out of a restart loop is to restart your iPad hard. To hard restart your iPad Air, you must follow these steps:

  1. Quickly press the volume up button and release it.
  2. Press the volume down button as quickly as the volume up button.
  3. Hold down the button on the top of your iPad air.
  4. Once you see the Apple logo on your screen, release the button on top of your iPad Air.

Most of the time, a hard restart is all your iPad needs to get out of the restart cycle. However, when your iPad Air repeatedly restarts, you need to break the loop before you can use it.

Use Your iPad Air’s Recovery Mode.

If a hard restart doesn’t resolve your iPad air restart cycle, you can put your iPad Air into Recovery mode. Before you put your iPad air into recovery mode, you must ensure you have the latest apple update on your Mac, or you may cause more technical issues. If you are unsure, you should use this fix after trying other fixes.

  1. Open your iTunes app on your Mac.
  2. Connect your iPad Air to your Mac with a cable.
  3. Boot your iPad into its recovery mode from your Mac.
  4. Select “update” to force your iPad Air to get the latest version of the Apple OS.

The restart cycle should end after the update is installed and your iPad restarts. Recovery mode and installing the latest OS are common ways that iPad Air owners fix problems with their devices.

Give Your iPad Air a Break.

Sometimes, your iPad Air goes into a constant restart cycle because the device is too hot. Overheating can cause many technical issues for your iPad Air. Allow your iPad air to rest in a cool dark place for 30 minutes to ensure the device cools down before attempting the next fix.

If, after the 30 minutes is up, your iPad air remains trapped in its restart cycle, you can determine that the cause isn’t overheating. Thirty minutes is ample time for your iPad air to cool off during overheating. Ensure that the area you rest your iPad Air in is dark, or you could make the overheating issue worse instead of improving it.

Factory Reset Your iPad Air.

A factory reset should be your last resort for fixing your iPad. Do every other fix in this article before factory resetting your iPad Air. When you factory reset your device, you will lose all of your customization and account information stored on your iPad Air. However, your iPad Air will have its settings restored to the way they were when you purchased your device.

Follow these steps to factory reset your iPad Air when it is stuck in a restart loop:

  1. Use a USB cable to connect your iPad air to a desktop or laptop.
  2. Ensure you have the latest version of iTunes on your PC.
  3. Open iTunes after updating the app.
  4. iTunes will detect your iPad Air.
  5. Select “Restore iPad” and confirm when prompted.

Your iPad Air will be restored to its settings when you purchased it, and you will need to input your information again. This fix usually gets the iPad Air out of its restarting cycle when the other fixes fail.

However, if after you factory reset your iPad Air, it remains in its reboot cycle, you must contact Apple support. Explain the situation to the apple employees and describe the fixes you have already attempted. Then, an Apple employee can walk you through what you need to do from there.

Final Thoughts on Fixing Your iPad Air

Restart cycles are a common problem for most devices that are usually easy to fix. In most situations, putting your iPad air through a hard restart will resolve the restart cycle it is trapped in. That reason is why a hard restart sits at the top of the list of fixes you can do for your iPad Air.

Unfortunately, there are situations where these fixes won’t break your iPad Air’s restart cycle. If you have worked your way through this list of fixes when your iPad air keeps restarting, then the only thing left to do is contact Apple support.