Wake and unlock iPad

Wake and unlock iPad

iPad turns off the display to save power, locks for security, and goes to sleep when you’re not using it. You can quickly wake and unlock iPad when you want to use it again.

Wake iPad

To wake iPad, do one of the following:

  • Press the top button.

    The back of the upper portion of iPad. The top button (or Sleep/Wake button) is on the top edge in the upper-left corner.
  • Tap the screen. Or, on supported models, you can tap the screen with Apple Pencil to wake iPad and open Notes.

    An illustration showing tapping the screen to wake iPad.

Unlock iPad with Face ID

If you didn’t set up Face ID when you set up iPad, see Set up Face ID on iPad.

  1. On supported models, tap the screen, then glance at your iPad.

    The lock icon animates from closed to open to indicate that iPad is unlocked.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to view the Home Screen.

To lock iPad again, press the top button. iPad locks automatically if you don’t touch the screen for a minute or so. However, if Attention Aware Features is turned on in Settings  > Face ID & Passcode, iPad won’t dim or lock as long as it detects attention.

Unlock iPad with Touch ID

If you didn’t set up Touch ID when you set up iPad, see Set up Touch ID on iPad.

  • On an iPad with a Home button, press the Home button using the finger you registered with Touch ID.

    The Home button at the bottom of iPad.
  • On iPad Air (4th generation), press the top button (Touch ID) using the finger you registered with Touch ID.

    The top button/Touch ID on the top of iPad.

To lock iPad again, press the top button. iPad locks automatically if you don’t touch the screen for a minute or so.

Unlock iPad with a passcode

If you didn’t create a passcode when you set up iPad, see Set or change the passcode.

  1. Press the Home button (on an iPad with a Home button) or swipe up from the bottom of the Lock Screen (on other iPad models).

  2. Enter the passcode (if you set up iPad to require a passcode).

To lock iPad again, press the top button. iPad locks automatically if you don’t touch the screen for a minute or so.

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