Sometimes the iPad Pro needs to be forced restarted, probably because of a buggy action or malfunctioned software, but in some instances as a general step for troubleshooting. However, doing a force reboot on the new iPad Pro without a Home button and having a Face ID is a bit different than the steps required to do the same on earlier iPad models. Below we explain how to conduct a force restart on the latest iPad Pro.

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This tactic to force restart the iDevice is applicable to all the new iPad Pros featuring Face ID, including the 12.9 inch and 11-inch screen sizes, where no Home button is present. Therefore, you won’t be pressing the Power and Home buttons to do a restart. Instead, you press other buttons in a particular order. Here are the steps:

Steps to Force Restart iPad Pro

  1. Press and release the button for “Volume Up.”
  2. Press and release the button for “Volume Down.”
  3. Press and hold the button for “Power” until the Apple logo () comes up on the screen.

If you can’t figure out the location of these buttons, the following image should serve as a guide.

You can be certain of a force restart of the iPad Pro when the screen displays an Apple logo. At this point, the device will do a usual boot to the home and lock screen. If you fail with the force restart, repeat the steps again. It might feel as if the Power button is being held for a while before the restart happens.

The steps may look new to some, but it’s an initiation towards marrying the restart process across iOS devices. Therefore, the force restart for iPad Pro is the same as the force restart for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS and iPhone XS Max. We also expect Apple to take this method forward as the Home button is unlikely to appear on future iOS devices.

Another thing to note is that the screenshot process is different on the latest iPad Pro models because of a non-existent Home button. Force restart is also referred to as hard restart, and is not the same as a standard restart. You can use the Shut Down feature in iOS Settings to do a regular restart, or by pressing the Power button and opting to switch off the device, and then holding the same button again until the device powers on.

So that’s how you force restart the new iPad Pros. If you liked this article, feel free to share it with your friends.

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Stephan Popov
When iDevice users experience problems with the iOS software or unlocking, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is providing answers to your problems. I help iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users by recommending fixes for common iOS bugs and tools that improves your experience. I conduct in-depth research for every topic i cover on this blog, to ensure that I cover everything Apple users need to troubleshoot their issues. When not writing for UnlockBoot, i enjoy swimming in my backyard pool. P.S. i prefers the Maldives for holidays. Connect with me on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.