It is really annoying that your iPad is freezing while in use. This is not a rare problem for iPad users. Freezeing issue also happens after you restore or update iPad. There are some things you can do when your iPad gets frozen. In this article we discuss the reasons behind the freezing of iPad and the effective methods on how to fix the problem. Even if the latest software iPadOS 14 is running on your iPad, the article will help too. Before reading further, you should check the condition of your iPad to find the most suitable part.

Data Loss
Range of Application
Simple Methods in Part 1
No data loss
Still functional iPad
Common Methods in Part 2
Data loss (some methods)
Both functional and totally frozen iPad

Why Does My iPad Keep Freezing?

  • App-related: Malfunctioning apps, excess running apps.
  • Inappropriate operation: Overheat caused by overuse, change of settings.
  • Software problem: Glitches occurred after iPadOS update, iPad restore and iPad backup restore.
  • Other reasons: No enough space, low battery and so on.

iPad keeps freezing

Part 1. 5 Simple Methods for Still Functional iPad

If you are lucky enough and your iPad is still functional. It's very likely that your iPad keeps freezing due to the temporary bugs that can be quickly cleared out. Thus you can try the below-discussed methods to get it out of the frozen state.

1.1 Charge the iPad

It is undoubtedly the most direct and easiest way to save a frozen iPad. Generally speaking, low battery leads to many problems on iDevice including the frozen iPad. So you just need to connect your iPad to the power with a lighting cable, the original one serving best. Then leave it being charged untill you see the fully charged icon. After that, restart your iPad to see whether it goes back to normal.

1.2 Free up the iPad Storage

It is known to all that digital devices always work abnormally when the storage is full or near full. Storage shortage makes it a hard task to operate as usual. Therefore, you can stop iPad freezing by clearing up the storage. And 2 parts that take up the most space should be paid the special attention to.


  • Go to Settings and choose the General.
  • Tap on iPad Storage and then you can see the available storage on your iPad and all the apps below that.
  • Check the apps that take most space and delete the data聽on them. Then turn to the seldom used apps and delete them.

Safari Cache:

  • Open Settings and scroll down the menu.
  • Choose Safari and then tap Clear History and Website Data.

After clearing up the iPad storage, you can restart the device to get the normal iPad back.

1.3 Turn off All the Running Apps

Sometimes, too many running apps at background聽lead to an overloaded iPad. And that's why iPad gets more and more slowly, even freezes in the end. At this time, you need to turn off all the running apps.

For iPad with iOS 11 or earlier:

  • Double-click the Home button to show your most recently used apps.
  • Swipe right or left to find all the running apps.
  • Swipe up on the app's preview to close the app.

For iPad with iOS 12 or later(iPadOS):

  • From the Home screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause slightly in the middle of the screen.
  • Swipe right or left to find all the running apps.
  • Swipe up on the app's preview to close the app.

1.4 Turn off Background App Refresh

If you keep the 'Background App Refresh' on, then it may cause the frozen iPad. So you need to turn it off.

  • Go to Settings and tap on General.
  • Choose Background App Refresh and then toggle it to off.

1.5 Reset All Settings

If all the methods above fail to save your frozen iPad, then resetting all the settings on iPad serves as your final resort. And the reason lies in the fact that you may alter some settings on your iPad unconsciously.

  • Go to Settings and tap on General.
  • Scroll down to find Reset option, and then choose Reset All Settings.

It will get all settings back to default but erase no personal data.

Part 2. 3 Common Methods for Both Functional and Totally Frozen iPad

If your iPad is totally frozen and you can not do anything on it, or your iPad is still functional but you can not solve the frozen issue with the methods in part 1, then this part is right for you.

2.1 Perform Force Restart on iPad (No Data Loss)

This is the easiest way to perform when there is a problem with iOS or iPadOS. Sometimes force Resart works perfectly if your iPad freezes all the time. Here is how to perform force restart on iPad:

Step 1. Locate the Sleep/Wake button at the top and the Home button bottom center.

Step 2.聽Press the Sleep/Wake button and Home button for about 30 seconds until the Apple logo is displayed on iPad screen. After that, your iPad will restart.

force restart iPad Pro

2.2 Best Way to Fix iPad Keeps Freezing (No Data Loss)

The second聽method聽for you聽to fix a frozen iPad is using a third-party software that is built with "fix iOS/iPadOS" feature because your iPad must have some glitches with the iPadOS. The tool we recommend here is iMyFone Fixppo which can refresh your iOS/iPadOS and fix all iOS/iPadOS problems without data loss. Developed by iMyFone company which is recommended by famous media sites such as Cult of Mac, Makeuseof, and so on, this program is outstanding for its powerful features as below.

  • It is the best iOS/iPadOS repair tool in the market. Its advanced and exclusive technology guarantees positive results.
  • Fix various iOS/iPadOS system problems, such as iPhone/iPad stuck in recovery mode, Apple logo, black screen, iTunes error 4013, iPhone error 53, white screen etc.
  • It supports iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro, iPad with Retina Display, and all iPhone models including iPhone 12.
  • It is fully compatible with iPadOS 14 and iOS 14.

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Here is how to fix iPad that keeps freezing using iMyFone Fixppo without data loss. Once you have downloaded iMyFone Fixppo on your computer, install and launch it. Also have your iPad cable with you and follow these steps.

Step 1. Choose Standard Mode

When you open the program on your computer you will see 3 options in the middle. Choose Standard Mode from the onscreen options.

choose Standard Mode

Step 2. Connect Your iPad

Connect your frozen iPad to the computer using a USB cable. Click Next button. If your iPad can be detected, you can go to the next step. Otherwise, follow the on screen instruction to put your iPad into DFU or Recovery Mode.

 connect your device to your computer

Step 3. Choose and Download Firmware

Next, iMyFone Fixppo will provide all the firmware that is compatible with your iPad. iPadOS 14 will also be provided. Therefore, just choose a suitable version and click on "Download" button and wait for the firmware package to be downloaded.

download firmware under Standard Mode

Step 4. Fix iPad to Normal

Upon completion of the firmware download, click Start button and the program automatically fixes your iPad. Within a few minutes your device will be fixed and it will reboot to normal.

fixing ios issues

Using iMyFone Fixppo iOS/iPadOS repair software to fix iPad that keeps freezing does not result to any data loss. Therefore it wins losts of good feedback from users. Just download the free version to have a try.

user reviews

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2.3 Restore Your iPad to Factory Settings via iTunes (Data Loss)

The third way is to restore your iPad using iTunes on your Mac or Windows computer. Note that all your data and settings on your frozen iPad will be erased and your iPad will be just like a new one after restoring. Consider twice if you have no backup before your iPad got frozen. Here is how to do it.

Step 1.聽Open iTunes and ensure you have updated to the latest version.

Step 2.聽Now connect your frozen iPad to computer using the iPad's USB cable.

Step 3. If your iPad can be detected by iTunes, you can just click the iPad icon on the left, and then choose Restore iPad. Confirm the restoration request by clicking on Restore and your iPad freezing problem will be fixed.

restore iPad using iTunes

Step 4. If not, press Home button and Side button together until you see "Connect to iTunes" logo or a cable pointing to a PC/Mac on the iPad screen. Don't release the button when you see Apple logo on the screen.

Step 5.聽Once iTunes detected an iPad in recovery mode, click on OK and then Restore iPad.

Step 6.聽Confirm the restoration request by clicking on Restore and your iPad will be fixed.

Step 7. Once your device is restored it will restart and you can set up the device.

 restore your iPad to factory settings

Part 3. Additional Tips to Protect iPad from Freezing Again

To prevent iPad from freezing again, you should know some tips and do them in your daily life.

  • It is recommended to check the storage, battery and apps regularly because these factors will also get your iPad frozen.
  • Don't use the iPad when it is charging or the battery is extremely low.
  • If you want to reduce the possibility聽for iPad to get frozen to the most extent, you can turn on the Reduce Motion in Settings>Accessibility>Motion.