Is your iPad running slowly? Does it seem to get bogged down after a few hours? While reduced performance is more likely to occur with older iPad models that lack the processing power of iPad Air and iPad Pro tablets, even the newer iPad can slow down. Here’s what’s causing these slowdowns and tips on how to fix them.
You can use these fixes on iPad models with iOS 11 or later or iPadOS, but many apply to earlier versions of iOS, as well.
Cause of slow performance of iPad
There are many reasons why an iPad can run slowly. An app installed on the device may have problems. Your internet connection may be slow. IPad can be running an older operating system or enable the Background App Refresh feature. Your device’s storage space may be full. If you notice sluggish performance only when using your iPad to surf the web, Safari for iPad may have a hard time coping with ads. The good news is that most of these problems are easy to fix.
The following solutions can help get your iPad running form:
- Restart the iPad. Whenever you have a problem with a device, a good first step is to restart that device, and iPad is no exception. Restarting the iPad flushes everything out of temporary memory and gives the operating system a clean boot. Restarting iPad will not permanently delete any of your personal data.
- Exit the current iPad application. One of the reasons an iPad can slow down is a problem with an app rather than the iPad. Exiting and then reopening the app may resolve the issue. Save your work before quitting an application to avoid losing your work. If the app is in the middle of a task, wait for the app to complete the task before exiting the app.
- Remove all applications from the Application Switcher. Your iPad adds all the apps you open to the App Switcher, the iPad task manager, so you can quickly switch between apps while multitasking. After a while, the number of applications in the application switch may add up. Many of these apps are in suspended mode or are running in the background. Removing applications from the Application Switcher frees memory and can improve performance.
- Quit applications that are running in the background. Some apps continue to run in the background even after exiting the app. These are usually apps that stream music (such as the built-in Music app, Pandora, and Spotify) and video streaming apps (such as the Apple TV app or apps from cable and phone providers. satellites).
- Check your Wi-Fi connection. If restarting the iPad does not improve its performance, it may not be the iPad running slowly. This could be your wireless network. If the wireless network is correct, run an internet speed test. If the speed increases the closer you get to the router, look to boost your Wi-Fi range.
- Update iPadOS. It is important to keep the operating system up to date. This ensures that you have the most recent performance changes as well as the latest security fixes.
- Install an ad blocker. If your iPad mainly slows down when you are browsing the web, but your internet speed is good, it may be the pages you are visiting. The more ads a web page has, the longer the page takes to load. Ad blockers prevent ads from loading on webpages, making webpages load in Safari faster.
- Disable background app refresh. Background App Refresh allows apps to refresh their content even when you’re not using them. For example, Facebook can retrieve posts for your News Feed, or a news app can retrieve the latest articles so they’re ready for you. As a result, this feature takes up processing time and internet bandwidth, which could cause the iPad to run a bit slower.
- Delete the apps you no longer use. If the iPad is low on storage space, sometimes making space on the device can improve performance. To see which apps are using the most space on your iPad, select Settings > General > Storage iPad. Here you can see all the apps installed on the iPad, when you last used each one, and how much space each is taking up. Delete the apps you are not using by tapping the app, then select Delete the app.
You can also set iPadOS to automatically delete infrequently used apps to free up space (while keeping your files and data for those apps). To do this, select Settings > General > Storage iPad, then Activate at next to Unload apps unused.