Is it harmful to do a reset vs a restart?

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  1. egosumcarlo

    egosumcarlo iPF Noob

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    I read somewhere that there's a distinction between 2 methods of restarting/resetting the iPad:

    1) Restart the iPad: press and hold down the sleep/wake on the front of the iPad for few seconds until the red slider appears, slide this across to shut the iPad down. Restart the iPad by pressing the Sleep/wake button on the top until the Apple logo appears

    2) Reset the iPad: if restarting the iPad didn't work then you will need to reset the iPad. You can do this by pressing the Home button and the Sleep/wake button on the top the iPad's case and holding them down together for 10 seconds. The iPad should then reset itself.

    My iPad froze and I performed the 2nd Procedure above (Reset) without trying the first one (Restart). Is it generally harmful for the iPad to be reset compared to being restarted?

    I have a 2nd question: After I did the procedure for the hard reset and got back to my Home Screen, I noticed that all my apps (e.g. Email, games, safari etc.) still appeared on the task bar (running?) . Is this supposed to be the case when you do a hard reset?

    Thanks!
     
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    iPadCharlie iPad Super Guru

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    There is absolutely no harm in resetting or cycling the power to your iPad.

    The apps in your task bar will remain there until you delete them.
     
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    f4780y Super Moderator Staff Member

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    For the record, resetting should NOT be done unless your iPad is frozen or cant otherwise be restarted normally. It s not a 100% safe method of rebooting the iPad. The OS is given no opportuniy to finsh what it is doing and there is a risk, however small, of corruption. I have witnessed this on several phones, and heard of several others through forums.
    If you think resetting is a good method to reboot, tell me, do you also reboot your desktop or laptop by holding down the power button for 10 seconds? It is the same principle.
    A reset is intended to be a last resort if the OS stops responding or hangs. You should not use it as a safe method to reboot.
     
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    iPadCharlie iPad Super Guru

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    I was referring to the OP's situation of being frozen when there is no alternative. I was not suggesting it be done for any other reason.
     
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    f4780y Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yup, I agree, but wanted to guard against misinterpretation because I read the OPs question about it being "generally" OK slightly differently... He used reset correctly, but was asking if it was generally a good thing to do...
     

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