LTE 4G iPad Doesn’t Find 4G Upon Waking Up and What to Do About It

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We’ve been hearing reports of the LTE 4G iPad going to sleep connected to 4G, but not finding it again upon waking up. In fact, we often experience it ourselves – we will be working on the 4G iPad, and then either ‘sleep it’ with the button or simply let it go to sleep on its own – and when we wake it up again, it will have full bars of service, but no 4G. It’s annoying, but not fatal, and here are the easiest ways to deal with it.

First, we should say that at this point we’re fairly well convinced that it is a native issue either with the 4G iPads, or with the 4G service.


So far we have only observed it with the AT&T 4G service – we’d love to hear from any of your Verizon LTE 4G iPad users out there (and our AT&T readers too, for that matter)!

We also have reason to believe that it is universal across all 4G iPads (at least the AT&T versions), in other words it is not that particular iPads are broken, but rather that it is a common issue across all such iPads.

This leads us to conclude that either a) many 4G iPad users are encountering or will encounter the same problem, or b) that only users in certain geographic locations will encounter it, meaning that it’s a function of the 4G service in particular locations, and how the iPad interacts with the 4G network.

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So, if you are an iPad 4G user encountering this frustrating issue, please drop us a comment here and let us know who your carrier is (AT&T or
Verizon) and where you are located.

Here in Boulder, Colorado it’s definitely an issue.

Here is the easiest way to handle this issue:

 

Go into ‘Settings’

Then either turn “Airplane Mode” on (this completely shuts off all wireless and cellular functions) and then turn it right back off again:

 

 

 

or turn your cellular data off, and back on:

 

 

 

Either one of these things will cycle your cellular connection, so that it will find and connect to the 4G again.

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