Uh-oh! Is your iPad stuck on the Apple logo screen? Can’t start the system? You would think that by now Apple had already sorted out this problem but, alas, no. Don’t worry though, your iPad isn’t completely useless where you need to throw it out. Heck, you don’t even need to take it to the repair shop!
Before you trek all the way out to the Apple store or pay your local Apple repair shop an exorbitant fee for an easy job, stop right there.
You actually have all the necessary elements in your home or office to fix your iPad yourself! Even if you aren’t very knowledgeable about technology, you can do this fix solely with minimal fuss. All you need is a working computer (Mac or PC), your iPad, your iPad data cable, and a working Internet connection.
So why is your iPad stuck on the Apple logo screen, you ask? Well this is usually related to software or firmware issues with your iPad. Errors in the software or firmware may cause your device to act erratically, which gives rise to the Apple logo cycle.
Now, how do we go about fixing this issue?
The first step is to get your hands on a third party software to help you fix your iPad. Dr. Fone is recommended as the software that you should use in this instance. Even though the name has ‘Fone’ in it, you can use it for your iPad too. It is called Dr. Fone as it was originally developed for the iPhone (that is, before the birth of the iPad) but it works with all devices with iOS installed on it.
You need to download Dr. Fone by Wondershare to your computer for the the software to fix your iPad. Once you have successfully installed the software, open it to get started.
Here is the window that you see when you open up Dr. Fone. Use your iPad data cable and connect your iPad to your computer. Close down any software windows that pop up when you make the connection. Click on the section up the top that says Fix iOS to Normal.
You will see a screen that says ‘The device won’t turn on and appears like:” followed by a series of pictures. One picture will show an iOS device with a white Apple logo on it – the same problem that you have been experiencing – and there are some notes down the bottom of the window. They indicate that you won’t lose any data from fixing your iPad this way, that Dr. Fone will install the latest iOS update during the fixing process, that the process will un-jailbreak your iPad if it is jailbroken (ignore this if you don’t know what it means), and that your iPad will lock itself after fixing if it was in a locked state before. There’s also a hyperlink for advanced mode if you’d like to check it out. Click the green Start button to proceed.
The next window will show your iPad make and model details. This is to obtain the new iOS firmware update from the Internet. Check to see if any of the details are incorrect and if they are, choose from the list of available options or grab the firmware package from your computer (if you’ve already downloaded it) via the Select button at the bottom of the window. Once all the details are correct, click the Download button.
The firmware will start downloading onto your computer. The time until the download completes depends on your Internet connection speed. Wait for the progress bar to fill up.
When the firmware download has completed, Dr. Fone will start installing it onto your iPad. This takes a little while. Again, wait for the progress bar to complete.
Once the firmware has been installed onto your iPad, Dr. Fone will indicate that you are ready to go. Your iPad will be fixed – no more Apple logo – and you will have a shiny new copy of iOS installed on your iPad without losing any of your files.
We hope that we have helped you to successfully save yourself some time and money by fixing your iPad at home. You can also use your copy of the Dr. Fone software to backup the files on your iPad and also recover them if they mysteriously go missing or you’ve accidentally deleted them.
Whenever your iPad gets stuck in a strange loop, open up your Dr. Fone software again and get to fixing it yourself. Make sure to spread the word to your friends – because really, who wants to spend their Saturday at the Apple shop?