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Top 4 Ways to iPad Red Screen

Updated by Brian Davis on Jun 27, 2022 17:52 PM • Category: Fix iPhone Issues
5 mins read

iPad red screen of death is a common issue of iPad, though it may look a lot scarier and sever then other similar problems, for example, iPad white screen. However, by saying it is common does not mean it occurs often. Besides, due to the red warning color, people may become too eager to find the solutions, and their haste might harm the iPads ultimately.

Therefore, to provide assistance and convenience to users who are bothered by red screen on iPad, this tutorial will describe 4 most effective ways of resolving the issue based on searches on the Internet and experiment on real red screen iPads.

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Reasons Behind iPad Red Screen

Understanding the causes of iPad red screen of dead issue is important before learning how to fix it. Check the following list.
Software issue - If you are using an outdated iOS version, this iPad read screen issue may have the wrong compatibility with the latest application. Try updating your iOS version to fix it.
Screen Damaged - If your iPad is dropped or water damaged before, it would be a better choice for you to ask for help from Apple Support.
Battery issue - If the screen turns red when your iPad is low battery, it may be due to a faulty battery.

Part 2: Top 4 Methods to Fix iPad Red Screen

Fix 1: Hard Reset Your iPad

If your iPad with red screen can be turned off, though this is not very likely, you should do so. And if not, a hard restart will do. Hard reset, also called hard reboot, may and may not eliminate the ultimate origin of what cause the red screen issue, but it can definitely serve as an expedient solution, which at least allows you fix iPad red screen of death for for a certain period of time.

To force an iPad to restart, hold the Home button and Power button, which are pointed out in the picture below, at the time until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

hard reset ipad with home button

Note: For iPad with Face ID, you need to press and quickly release the Volume up button and then the Volume down button. Next, press and hold the top button until Apple logo appears.

hard restart ipad without home button

Fix 2: Use the Most Efficient Tool

When the red screen on iPad is probably caused by software glitches or corrupted software according to your deduction, your first reaction might be spending time and efforts on find the problematic software. However, there is an efficient tool to save you from all the errands, including trying various methods provided on the Internet. The tool is TunesKit iOS System Recovery.

It is an iOS system recovery tool that covers more than 150 iOS problems, including iPad screen flickering, black screen, blue screen, etc. The most outstanding feature of this software is that its recovery will not damage your precious personal data. Don't worry even if you are not confident with your ability to use computer, because it only takes three simple steps to repair your device, like iPad screen is red. The other advantages of TunesKit iOS System Recovery are listed below.

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Below is a tutorial of TunesKit iOS System Recovery. If you are interested in the software, you might as well download it from the links above and repair your iPad according to the tutorial.

Step 1Connect your iPad to the computer

Launch TunesKit iOS System Recovery and connect your iPad to the computer with Apple USB cable (to ensure stable connection). Click the Start button after your iPad has entered the Recovery Mode. Then in the mode selection window, choose the Standard Mode, because the Standard Mode can perfectly solve your problem without erasing the personal data.

connect ipad

Step 2Download and verify firmware package

In the window shown below, you need to confirm the displaying device info and correct it if anything is wrong. Then press the Download button at the lower right corner to download the repairing firmware matching your device. It is necessary to make sure there is enough space in the target download folder, otherwise the firmware download will naturally fail.

download firmware matching your ipad

Step 3Repair iPad red screen

Once the firmware is downloaded, click on the Repair button and wait until the repairing process finishes. Note that a stable connection must be maintained during the process in case your iPad get bricked.

fix ipad red screen

Fix 3: Update iPad software

You can try updating the iPad system by using iTunes. If your iPad is now stuck in the red screen of death, you will need to put your iPad into Recovery mode for updating. Read it on and learn the how-to.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iPad to the computer. Then, put your iPad into Recovery mode.

Step 2: To put iPad into Recovery mode:

For iPad with a Home button: Keep holding the Home and Side buttons until you see the Recovery mode screen.

put ipad into recovery mode

For iPad without a Home button: Press the Volume Up button and release it quickly, and do the same to the Volume Down button. Then, keep holding the Power button until you can see the Recovery mode screen.

put ipad into recovery mode

Step 3: When your iPad is in Recovery mode, you will see a pop-up window on your iTunes. Click on the Update option to update your iPad.

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Fix 4: Ask Apple Support

This is solution suits those who face the red screen error caused by hardware issues. For example, if you see red screen on iPad after it was dropped on the floor, then the hardware damage is very likely the culprit. Sometimes, hardware damages may not result from obvious physical damages, and bad using habits, such as using iPad while it is being charged, will lead to hardware damages.

All in all, for hardware issues, the best solution is to go to the nearby Apple outlets to have the damaged parts repaired or replaced. It's even better if you have a warranty, which can reduce your repairing fee.

In addition, for those who have software or iOS issues and the previous 3 solutions fail to work, Apple official assistance is recommended as the final method. It is not recommended to iTunes restore the iPad on your own, because that will make you lose all the data. Leaving the decision to the professional technician is a safer choice.

Video Tutorial: Fix iPad Red Screen

Last, there is a short video you can enjoy. From it, you can roughly learn how to fix the red screen issue.


Apart from hardware issues, it is true that the software issue that lead to iPad red screen of death can be solved by ourselves. However, it is worth noticing that the best and most efficient way to solve software problems is using TunesKit iOS System Recovery.

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