How To Speed Up My Ipad
The more you use an iPad the more it will slow down, no matter how old it is – and don’t get us started on OS updates that slow it down even more. Fortunately speeding up an iPad is relatively easy; as opposed to speeding up an android device. We’ve outlined some great, actionable tips, from clearing the cache to deleting unwanted apps, updating iOS/iPadOS and disabling background- and location services.
If these tips can’t satisfactorily speed things up, you may have to bite the bullet and buy a new iPad (check out our iPad buying guide for detailed advice, or our roundup of the best iPad deals).
If you’ve got a slow iPhone, we can help you there, too.
How Do You Fix A Slow Ipad?
Delete Apps You No Longer Use
The first trick is to have a good software clear-out. Remove any apps that you no longer use. Apps take up storage space, and freeing up space makes it easier for iOS to operate.
Note that we’re talking about deleting the apps from the device entirely, not just closing them down (by double-tapping the Home button – or doing a long swipe up on an iPad without a Home button – to open the multitasking bar, then swiping up on the app you want to close).
Deleting apps that you no longer use has a notable effect on iOS and, more recently, iPadOS – especially if you have limited storage available because it will free up space.
You can delete apps you no longer want or use by pressing and holding on the app icon until it starts to jump around. In iPadOS 13, you tap and hold then select Rearrange Icons to access the delete function. Then tap on the X in the top right of the icon to delete it.
If you’re looking to delete multiple apps, there’s a quicker and easier way than deleting each one individually. Tap Settings > General > iPad Storage. You’ll see a graph of your usage, a couple of recommendations, then a list of apps organised by the amount of storage they take up.
Look for items that are taking up lots of space and which you can live without. Podcasts, GarageBand and Movies are likely suspects. It’s probably also worth turning on Photo syncing on iCloud if you’ve got a large collection of photos and videos stored locally.
Tap an app to view a few more details, and then tap Delete App to remove the app and its documents and data – or use the newer Offload App option, which deletes the app but leaves the data behind. This is great for games which have large graphics files but small game saves that you’d like to keep.
Shut Down Background IPad Apps
Once you’ve removed apps you don’t use from your iPad, you should restart it. The restart refreshes the memory and enables it to start from scratch.
To restart your iPad, hold down the Sleep/Wake button at the top until you see the Slide To Power Off control slider, and then swipe it to power down your iPad.
(If you’ve got a newer iPad Pro, the procedure is slightly different – you press and hold both the power button and one of the volume buttons until the power-off slider appears.)
Give it a few seconds, then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again to wake it back up.
Close A Misbehaving App
That said, far and away, the most common cause of slow behavior on your iPad is a misbehaving app. If your iPad starts running slower than usual, try to sleuth out which app might be responsible.
Is there an app that you are using each time the iPad slows down? The app doesn’t need to necessarily be the one you’re using at the moment. Some apps continue to run in the background (particularly apps that stream content like Spotify and Pandora, and apps that need to track your location, like Google Maps).
To troubleshoot this issue, completely close any apps that might be slowing down your iPad. If that solves the problem, try running the app again. It might be an intermittent problem that closing the app solved. If so, great. If it immediately slows down again, see if there’s an updated version of the app. If not, you might want to stop using it, or uninstall and reinstall the app. But to reiterate the previous point, only close apps if you suspect they are not working properly and slowing down your device. Don’t make a habit of closing all apps.
Check Your WiFi Connection
With the deep interconnectedness of hardware, software, networks, and services, it can be hard to know exactly what’s slowing down a computer, and in fact it might not be your iPad at all — your wireless network might be what’s causing everything to feel like molasses.
You would be wise to suspect your internet connection. First, make sure that you have a solid WiFi signal (you should see three bars in the WiFi indicator at the top right of your screen). If it’s weak, move closer to your WiFi router.
If it’s still weak, reboot the router (turn it off, wait two minutes, and then turn it back on again). If that doesn’t solve the problem, you might need to perform additional
troubleshooting on the router. Check other devices like your laptop and iPhone to see if they also show a weak WiFi connection.
But if your WiFi signal is strong, try one other thing: Test the speed of your internet connection. On your iPad, google Internet speed test and use one of the resulting sites to see how your iPad performs. A popular speed test site is Speedtest.net. There’s no single number you should be looking for, but consumer broadband speeds in the US usually offer at least 100 Mbps download speed and 10 Mbps upload — if you get a result that’s significantly slower than that, check with your internet provider to see if that’s expected or if you have an issue that needs to be addressed.
Update To The Latest Version Of IOS
In general, updating iOS can be a mixed bag in terms of speed. Newer versions of iOS introduce new and more efficient code, and patch known problems; but they also add new features which can actually slow down an older iOS device. And updating iOS is almost always a one-way process, so only do it if you’re sure.
However, iOS 13, the most recent update, promises speed boosts, so that should be a safe bet – as long as your iPad is compatible.
In any case, if your iPad is unusably slow after trying all the other tips here, it’s worth updating if you aren’t already running the most recent version of iOS. Tap Settings > General > Software Update and check if there’s a new version of iOS available.
Find Out if Your Web Connection Is Slow
If Safari is still running slowly, the issue might not be with your iPad, but instead with your internet connection. It doesn’t matter how fast your iPad is, if your connection to the internet is weak then it’ll slow things down to a snail’s pace.
Download a speed test app such as Ookla’s Speed Test and run the test. The average broadband speed in the UK is around the 29mb/s mark, but it can be much higher (or lower) in some places.
If you find that your internet is extremely low, around the 1-4mb/s mark, that might explain why your iPad is running so slowly – especially in Safari and other apps that require an active internet connection.
The solution? Move closer to your Wi-Fi router, or look into Wi-Fi extenders to provide wider wireless coverage in the home.
Is Your Software Out Of Date
Keeping your iOS updated can be hit-or-miss when it comes to speed. Newer iOS versions introduce new and more efficient code, and patches for known problems. They also add new features, which can slow down older devices. The trick is once you update, there’s no going back, so update with caution.
If your iPad is still noticeably slow after trying all the other tips you’ll find here, it’s definitely time to update. If you aren’t already running the most recent version of iOS, tap Settings > General > Software Update and check if there’s a new version of iOS available.
Turn Off Transparency And Motion
iPhone or iPad running slower after updating to iOS 13/12? This guide will share you 8 simple yet efficient methods to solve the problem and help you speed up your slow iPhone iPad in minutes.
Apple says it is always better to work on new iOS that will make iPhone/iPad/iPod touch run quickly and smoothly. But it seems not true for the old iOS devices, such as iPhone 5/6, iPad 2 or iPad mini. Apple has just released the latest iOS 13 beta version for iPhone iPad and iPod touch.
However, according to the current feedback from our users, it also has the same problem – The phone runs slower after upgrading. If you have also encountered a slow iPhone after updating to iOS 13/12/11, here are some quick tips and tool to speed up your old and slow iPhone/iPad/iPod touch in iOS 13/12/11/10/9.
1. Close Unused Apps2. Turn off Transparency and Motion3. Speed up Your Safari4. Delete Apps You Never Use5. Delete Large Files6. Turn off Background Apps7. Force Restart iPhone8. Reset iPhone to Default Settings
Before trying the tips below, such as deleting Apps, cleaning iPhone storage or resetting to the default setting, you’d better backup your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Don’t Miss: 3 Methods to Backup iPhone >>
1. Close Unused Running Apps/Games
You might have opened too many apps and games on your iOS devices. So just double click the Home button and slide to shut down the apps/games you are not using to free up memory on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Turn off Transparency and Motion
iOS 13 applies transparency and motion effects just like iOS 12. These effects consume battery and CPU on your device while giving you a good visual experience. To make your iPhone iPad run faster, you can try to disable these cool effects, which would be useful especially when you use an old iPhone or iPad.
To Reduce Transparency
Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast.
To Reduce Motion
Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.
Speed Up Your Safari
Do you remember the last time you organized your Safari history and bookmarks? Actually, we almost never organize our Safari info and clean browsing junks. That’s partly why our iOS 13 goes slow when we surf online by using Safari.
To Organize Bookmarks and History
It’s easy to organize your browser bookmarks and history. Just run your Safari app and click the Book icon, you will find all of your history and bookmarks there. You can delete any history or bookmark items, or edit your bookmarks.
To Delete All Browsing Data and History
Go to Settings > Choose Safari > Tap on Clear History and Website Data.
To Delete All Browsing Data of One Specific Website
Go to Settings > Choose Safari > Choose Advanced > Tap on Website Data.
How Do You Clear The Cache On An Ipad?
Like any computer, your iPad keeps some memory space reserved to store the information you’ve recently used, like internet cookies and images. This space is called a cache. Ideally, the cache speeds up your iPad by giving the device fast access to certain data if you need it again.
But if you notice that your iPad has been sluggish recently, or is misbehaving in some way, one remedy may be to clear the cache. If that doesn’t work, you might try some other troubleshooting tips found in our article “Can iPads get viruses?”
There are two caches you can try to clear: the one used by your web browser, Safari, and the cache for your apps. To delete an app’s cache, though, you need to delete the app. However, you can then reinstall the app immediately after.
- Open the Settings app and then tap “Safari.”
- Tap “Clear History and Website Data.”
- Confirm that you want to do this by tapping Clear in the Clear History and Data dialogue box.
Clearing The App Cache On An Ipad
- On your iPad, open the Settings app then Tap “General,” and then tap “iPad Storage.” The iPad Storage page will show you how much space is used on your iPad by different kinds of apps. (It might take a minute or two for this to appear since the iPad has to calculate the free and used space.)
- Take a look at the apps installed on your iPad – they are arranged from the largest at the top to the smallest at the bottom. If you see some apps that aren’t required anymore, delete them.
- Tap “Delete App” to uninstall the app (and discard any data the app was caching). Then go to the App Store and re-install the app. You’ll get a fresh version of the app with no stored data. You can do this even for a paid app without paying a second time. This is a good option if the app itself is relatively small but the data is taking up a lot of space.