Have you ever had your iPad get stuck in the low battery/apple icon loop of doom?
Not even enough juice to go into recovery mode?
Off and on since Saturday morning I have been searching for a way to get my iPad to snap out of it’s low battery/apple icon cycle of doom. You see. . . after working all day in my back yard, all I wanted was to lay on the couch and surf the net and maybe check in to see if the grim reaper was ready to kill off one of my Sims (we can chat about this another time). Well, I got sleepy and forgot to power off my iPad. Once it hit 2% – that was all she wrote. I thought that plugging it up over night would magically fix it. Nope.
I desperately searched for the symptoms of my sick iPad online. Luckily for you that my hours of agonizing over how to get this damn thing to revive, without a trip to the Genius Bar, paid off.
quick tip? Have someone willing to take turns on this resuscitation process. You will save yourself crampy hands and get your digital teet back much faster.
Here’s how to save your iPad from the loop of doom :
Step 1. Fix yourself a cocktail or a cup of coffee or both. (serisously, you’re gonna need this)
Step 2. Find something interesting to watch on Netflix. (I started watching Sliders.)
Step 3. Get comfortable and have a table or tray to rest your iPad on. The position you hold here will determine how achey you are later. Choose wisely.
Step 4. Plug in your iPad (not to your computer!) and wait for the low battery icon to come up followed by the apple icon.
Step 5. Hold both the home and the sleep button at the same time until the apple icon goes away. Don’t hesitate on the this step. You don’t want to waste any energy by having it try to boot up on you.
For those of you new to iPad – The home button is on the front of your screen at the bottom. The sleep/reset button is on the top right edge. (Tip: I recommend holding your iPad horizontal where your home button is on your right and the sleep/reset button on the top left)
Step 6. When the low battery icon shows up again it will be followed by the apple icon. Thus explaining the name ‘loop of doom’. Repeat step 5 until you get tired and then pass off to your partner. Do not stop this process unless it’s an emergency! Once a sufficient enough time has passed (I’d say about 3 episodes of your favorite show) move on to step 7.
Step 7. Let the iPad start up. You should have enough battery life (I ended up with 3%) to power down. You’ll know because your home/lock screen should come up for longer that a few seconds – giving you the ability to power down your iPad properly and recharge.
Does this method work?
I’m writing this post on my iPad aren’t I? :)
MAD PROPS to WildChild7778 for posting this brilliant suggestion to the Apple Support Community in response to a question by Geesmine. THANK YOU!