How To Reboot iPad Mini

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Apple’s silicon technology has evolved to the point where it can boast a seamless and error-free experience. However, not everything is fun and games regarding such experiences. Luckily, a force reboot is all it takes to eliminate most issues plaguing an iPad.

Quick Answer

An iPad Mini can be force rebooted by pressing and holding the power button for 10-15 seconds, or it can be soft rebooted through the power options. You will have to tap the power button in this case as well. Therefore, make sure to have it working. 

The time it takes to Reboot an iPad Mini can vary depending on its model and iOS version. Therefore, following the general guidelines is sufficient for performing the deed. 

In this guide, I will showcase the methodology of rebooting the iPad Mini through hard and soft methods. Furthermore, we will also cover a worst-case method.

Where is the Reboot Button Located for iPad Mini?

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The reboot button is generally located on the top left side of your iPad Mini. Since the device does not house many pressable buttons, it’s rather easy to identify.

There are only three main pressable buttons on an iPad Mini. Therefore, you can choose to press every single one if you’re uncertain about it. 

Since the other two are just Volume up and Volume down buttons, you will find it quite easy to separate the power button from the rest. 

Method #1: Rebooting iPad Mini Without a Home Button

An iPad Mini hosts the same iOS experience as its regular version. Therefore, you won’t be changing much while diving into this guide. Your experience might vary depending on your current iOS version. 

With that being said, here is how you can soft reboot an iPad Mini without needing to press the home button:

  1. On your iPad Mini, simply press and hold the Power button until a slider appears
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  2. After that, simply drag it to the left and wait for the device to initiate the shutdown sequence. 

Once the device is powered off, simply press the power button again and wait until the Apple logo is visible. This might take some time, depending on the version of the iPad Mini. 


If your device has frozen, this method won’t work since you need to drag the slider to initiate the soft boot command. In such cases, a hard boot might be more effective because it ignores the system’s current state before shutting down. 

Method #2: Rebooting an iPad Mini With Home Button

Restarting an iPad Mini with a home button is relatively identical to the one without it. However, the main limitation of these models is that the power down button cannot be used to access the power options. 

Here are the steps:

  1. On your device, locate the power button on the top left side and hold it for at least 30 seconds, or until the iPad Mini is powered off. 
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  2. Simply press the power button again until the Apple logo is visible, and you’re good to go!

This type of reboot is commonly known as a hard reboot. It essentially makes the system ignore the ongoing activities and forces a complete shutdown. However, even this method can fail in some instances, depending on the severity of the situation. 

Method #3: Rebooting iPad Mini With a Broken Power Button

While the power button is generally used to turn the iPad on and off, there are times when it can either break or stop working. This tends to spell a crisis since the only way to turn the iPad Mini on is through the power button. 

Luckily, that is not the case. An elaborate method can allow you to shut down and restart your iPad Mini without needing a power button. Let’s count down the steps below:

  1. In the “Settings” application, head to the “General” tab and open the “Accessibility” options.
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  2. From there, head to “Assistive Touch” and enable it to have the virtual home button on your screen’s side. 
  3. Once the AssistiveTouch has been enabled, tap on it and hold the “Lock Screen” option
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  4. After waiting a few seconds, slide the power icon to shut down your iPad Mini. 

To boot your device again, connect it to a power source, and you should be good to go!


In essence, there are three main ways of restarting an iPad Mini. While the latter tend to cater to niche cases, the simplest way is to press and hold the power button. The “Assistive Touch” method will only work if your iPad has iOS 10 or above. 

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