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Quick Fixes for Common iPad Issues

Published On October 14, 2013 | By Felicia Nicole | iPhone & iPad

Despite numerous challengers, the iPad remains at the top of the tablet market.  In general, most of the kinks have been worked out; however, an individual iPad will need a little troubleshooting from time to time. Luckily, these common problems usually have equally common solutions.

Frozen Screen: Issu

Occasionally, an iPad may become unresponsive and stop reacting to tactile input. The most common cause of this issue is one or more apps interacting with the core function of the iPad in an unusual way. Considering the freewheeling nature of app development this is to be expected.  Not every developer is following the same protocols or adhering to best practices when it comes to coding. For the most part, this issue can be resolved quickly and easily.

Frozen Screen: Solution

Turning the iPad off and then back on is often enough to solve the problem. This can be done by holding down the Sleep/Wake button on the top of the iPad until the power down screen appears. Swiping the red bar completes this process. Once the iPad is turned off, it can be turned back on again but holding the Sleep/Wake button again until the unit powers back up.

Not Interacting Properly With iTunes: Issue

As amazing as it usually is, iTunes can occasionally be fickle. The most common issue is that iTunes fails to recognize a particular iPad even when it is properly connected to a computer.  Again, this is usually more of an annoyance than it is an indication of a major problem.

Not Interacting Properly With iTunes: Solution

The first step is determining whether the computer port and the port on your iPad are both functioning correctly. This is as simple as plugging the iPad in. If you see a lightning bolt next to the battery symbol on your IPad it means everything is connected properly from a hardware perspective. The message “not charging” is also an acceptable indicator.

Lack of a proper initial connection can mean several things. First, try replacing the cable. Next, make sure you have the newest version of iTunes installed.  If you are using a PC, you can check for updates through the Help tab. Mac users can simply hit the iTunes tab and look for updates that way. Third, try simply turning both the computer and the iPad off and then restarting them.

Wi-Fi Connectivity: Issue

The easiest thing to do is to make sure that WiFi is enabled by checking under General > Wi-Fi. Once you have established that Wi-Fi is tuned on you can progress with more serious troubleshooting.

Wi-Fi Connectivity: Solution

Try turning restarting your device. Even though turning any electronic device off and then back on rarely solves the problem, it does occasionally work. In this case, it is often helpful to restart the router you are trying to connect to as well.

Another way to resolve this issue is to remove the network settings and then type them back in. You can do this quickly by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. After doing this you should be able to manual enter the necessary setting when you next attempt to connect to a specific network.

These are some basic solutions to the most common problems you are likely to encounter with your iPad. For more serious issues, it is generally best to contact the manufacturer or the retail location where the iPad was originally purchased.

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