How to Fix Slow iPads

These tips can help you improve the speed and performance of your iPad

Are you seeing your iPad slowing down or is it getting slower after a while? Even though older iPad models are more likely to experience slower performance, it can still happen. Here are some tips to help you fix slowdowns.

These are the fixes for iPad models with iPadOS14, iOS12 and iOS 11. Many of these tips are also applicable to older versions.

What is the Cause of Slow iPad Performance?

There are many reasons an iPad might run slowly. Problems with apps installed on an iPad may cause slow performance. An issue with your internet connection could be a problem. You may have an older OS installed on your iPad or the Background App Refresh feature activated. The storage space on your device may be full.

If your iPad’s performance is slow when surfing the web, Safari could be having trouble with ads. 

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How to Fix Slow iPads

These are some solutions to help your iPad race like a racing machine:

  1. Start the iPad. The best way to fix any problem you may encounter with your device is to reboot it. The iPad can be restarted to clear temporary memory and give the operating system a fresh start.
    The iPad can be restarted without permanently deleting any of your data.
  2. Quit using the current iPad application. A problem with an app is one reason why an iPad might slow down. It may be possible to fix the problem by closing down the app, restarting it, and finally reopening it.
  3. Delete all apps from App Switcher. You can switch between multiple apps quickly by adding every app to the App Shifter, an iPad task manager. App Switcher’s number can start to grow over time. Many of these apps run in the background, or are in suspended mode. App Switcher can be used to free up memory and increase performance.
  4. Stop background applications. Some apps may continue running in the background even after the user closes the app. These apps stream music (such the built-in Music App, Pandora and Spotify), and video streaming apps (such the Apple TV app or apps of cable and satellite providers).
  5. Check the Wi-Fi connection. If your iPad’s performance is not improving, try restarting it. It could be your wireless network. Perform an internet speed check to confirm that the wireless network is functioning properly. Look into boosting your WiFi range.
  6. Update iPadOS. It is essential to keep the operating systems up-to-date. You will have the most current security and performance fixes, as well.
  7. Install an ad-blocker . If your iPad slows down while browsing the internet, but you have a fast internet connection, then it could be the pages that you visit. The page will load slower if it has more advertisements. Safari loads web pages more quickly when ads are blocked.
  8. Uncheck Background App Refresh. Background App Refresh allows apps that refresh their content even while you aren’t using it. Facebook can retrieve posts to your news feed or a news application can fetch the latest articles and make them available for you. The iPad could experience a slower speed due to the increased processing time and bandwidth required.
  9. Delete iPad apps that you do not use . Sometimes making more space on your iPad can improve its performance. You can see which apps are taking up the most space on your iPad by selecting Settings General iPad Storage. Here you can see all of the apps that have been installed on your iPad. It will also show you the date and time each one was last used. To delete apps that you don’t use, tap the app and select Delete App.