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Old 02-25-2015, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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iPad has a mind of its own. When I shut it off at night - holding in the power button until the slide-button comes up saying "slide to power off", and I do that and all goes dark - it doesn't stay shut off. I'll get up in the morning, and on the screen will be any iMessages that have come in during the night with the slide-button to unlock. I now have to resort to turning off the Wi-Fi before powering down, and then the iPad stays off. And to assure it won't wake up I also turn off our hot spot creating device.

I've double-checked that the iPad is off by pushing the home button to make sure the screen stays dark, and it does.

Is this normal with the iPad or is there some setting somewhere I need to change for the darn thing to stay off? It matters because our Wi-Fi is on a data plan, so I thought just powering off the iPad, like one does with a phone, would shut it off. Apparently not so. Not happy that while I'm sleeping our data is getting chewed up.

I know - you're thinking "so just shut off the Wi-Fi" and get over it. It's just bothersome that a turned-off device isn't sitting on a table doing absolutely nothing. I'm guessing that rather than being in a dead-to-the-world sleep, it's always napping with one eye open?
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:18 AM
 
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That is odd and yes, you should be able to turn it off completely.

Create a backup of your data using iCloud or iTunes and restore the iPad as new. Then test it out with no data on it. If all is good, then restore from backup and test again.

Does it still have a warranty?
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Old 02-25-2015, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Agree that is not normal behavior. Nothing can force an iPad to power on. I don't even think there's an app for that!
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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You must have it set to wake up at a certain time or something. A message isn't enough to turn it on, at least that is my understanding.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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Thank you everyone for assuring me this is not normal. It should still be under warranty (purchased at Christmas). I'll try the backup and restore.

Truthfully I've always thought something bizarre was going on with the iPad anyway. From Day One it's had what I consider issues with Wi-Fi. Sometimes it connects right away with the internet and sometimes it spins (seemingly forever) trying to connect. I get the same behaviors regardless of how far or close I am to the hot spot (at home) or a broadband connection when I'm traveling. So, lazy me, that's why I don't want to add the extra step of turning off the Wi-Fi whenever I want to shut down and having to turn it on every time I power up. However, now I know why the internet connection has been apparently so fast - the iPad never disconnects anyway unless I manually do so.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Maybe this article will answer the question:

How the NSA can 'turn on' your cell phone remotely - Jun. 6, 2014
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:37 PM
 
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Just leave it on.

I never turn mine off, except to completely restart about once every weeks or a month or so. I do the same with my iPhone.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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It's not normal. Once it's off, it is off until someone manually intervenes. I did have issues with a first gen iPad that would do this and then get into a random boot loop till the battery ran dead. I would definitely contact an Apple Store and explain the issue.
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Old 02-27-2015, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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dkf747 - I do sometimes think there's a bear behind every tree :-) Interesting that an ISIL/ISIS operative was busted in my city this week.

PeachSalsa - leaving it on would be the easiest, but we're on a data plan and I'd rather use the data myself then have it chewed up overnight or when I'm not using it.

Emigrations - yup, I think I need to contact Apple. Before I realized what was going on (that is, the mornings when there were no iMessages waiting), I did notice that the battery was running out faster than I thought it should.
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Yea, I disagree with leaving it on. The battery lasts significantly longer when you shut it off between uses.
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