On Monday I wrote about how restarting a tablet (or PC) properly (rather than just using the sleep mode all the time) can help if it’s not running very well.
But one question is: “What if it’s having a real strop and I can’t even turn it off?”
Good question! It doesn’t happen very often (and hopefully it’ll never happen to you) but it’s worth knowing what to do so if it does ever happen, you’re not stuck.
Most tablets have something called a “Forced restart”. To do it on an iPad you press the on/off button and the home button (the one on the front) at the same time and hold them down together for a few seconds until you see the apple logo appear on screen – then let go of them.
On Android tablets you have to hold the on/off button down for a long time – much longer than to just turn it off fully as I mentioned last time. On most newish tablets it’s 20 seconds (don’t let go of the button when the screen turns black, keep it held down for the full 20 seconds) but on some older ones it can be as long as 40 seconds.
That should force it to restart and hopefully get it running again.
It’s not the only problem you can have with a tablet, though, I have to admit. More on that next week.