Like the iPad Air 4, Apple’s fifth-generation iPad Air (2022) features an edge-to-edge display with no Home button included and Touch ID built into the Power button instead. The lack of a Home button means some gestures and features are different to older iPads, such as the restart, shut down, and force restart methods.
On iPad Air, a shut down and a restart are the same gesture, while a force restart, used if a regular restart won’t work, is a bit different compared to iPads with a Home button.
To Shut Down/Restart Your iPad Air 4 or 5
- Press and hold down on the top power button and either the volume up or volume down button until a slider appears.
- Slide a finger along the on-screen slider to turn off the iPad.
- Once it’s turned off, press and hold on the top power button again until the Apple logo appears.
On iPads with a Home button, you can restart by holding down the Home button and the Side button on the device at the same time, but on the iPad Air, you need to do a full shutdown and then power the tablet back up in a separate step.
You can also turn off your iPad Air by opening up the Settings app, choosing General, and selecting Shut Down.
To Force Restart Your iPad Air 4 or 5
- Press and quickly release the volume up button.
- Press and quickly release the volume down button.
- Press and hold the top Power button until a restart is initiated.
All of the gestures used in the iPad Air 5 are the same as the gestures used in the iPad mini 6, iPad Air 4, and iPad Pro, and you can also follow these same steps to shut down or restart an iPhone without a Home button, just with one small tweak: You’ll need to hold the Side button on the right because there is no top power button.