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Apple iPad touch screen not working: Quick Fix

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Are you experiencing issues such as the iPad touchscreen not working? If so, don’t worry as this is a common issue and can be fixed easily.

In this article, we will discuss the causes of why your iPad screen isn’t working and will also provide a few instructions on how you can resolve the issue.

Why is your iPad touchscreen not working?

Before we head to the fixes, you should first understand why the touch screen not working on iPad:

Software glitches

Software glitches are one of the most common reasons for the non-working of iPad touch screens. Although the glitches are minor and temporary, they can affect the work. Usually, restarting the device fixes the issue.

Physical damage

Physical damage to the iPad might result in a non-working screen. If you have accidentally dropped your iPad, have exposed the iPad to extreme temperatures or somehow got it wet, chances are that the touch screen might not work properly.

Dust and debris

If dirt or grime builds up around the edges of the screen, it can interfere with the touch sensors making the screen less responsive.

Faulty hardware

In some cases, the iPad touchscreen may not be working due to faulty hardware. There could be a manufacturing defect or wear and tear over time that might cause the screen to not work properly.

Multitasking issues

If you are a power user, then you may feel a slight lag as too much multitasking takes a lot of RAM and eventually, the system slows down.

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iPad touch screen not working: Possible fixes

Now that you have understood some of the possible causes of why your iPad touchscreen is not working, let us dive into the possible fixes that you can try to resolve the issue.

Restart the iPad

Sometimes, restarting the iPad can fix some minor glitches that were causing the screen unresponsiveness. If you have an iPad with a Home button, press and hold the power button and the Home button simultaneously until you see the Apple logo. When you see the Apple logo, release the buttons.

On the other hand, if you possess an iPad without a home button, then press and quickly release the volume up button and press and quickly release the volume down button. After that, press and hold the top button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Release the button after the logo has appeared.

Clean the screen

As we have mentioned earlier, dust, debris, and oil from your fingers can accumulate on the iPad’s screen and affect its touch sensitivity. Use a microfiber cloth and gently clean the screen. Remember to avoid water and any other cleaning agent.

Disconnect any Lightning or USB-C accessories

Although it occurs rarely, sometimes, any accessory that you have connected to the iPad might cause the screen to become unresponsive. To fix this, just remove all the external accessories and then restart the iPad.

Update the iOS

Outdated software can sometimes cause problems with the iPad’s touch screen. To update the iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

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Calibrate the iPad touchscreen

If the touch screen isn’t responding accurately, calibrating it could help fix the issue. To calibrate the touch screen, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Haptic Touch and then choose the touch duration.

Reset all settings or factory reset the iPad

Have you configured the background settings of your iPad? If yes, then these settings might cause the non-working of the iPad screen. Here’s how to sort this out:

  • Go to Settings > General.
  • After that go to Reset > Reset all settings.

If this doesn’t help, then you can try to factory reset the iPad. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings. Remember, when you perform a factory reset, all your data and settings will be lost, so it would be wise to make a backup of your important files.

That’s it! By following the above steps, you can easily fix your iPad touch screen not working issue. If all else fails, contact Apple support or take your iPad to the nearest Apple shop.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: