How to Fix a Slow iPad

How to Fix a Slow iPad

Does your iPad run slowly or seem to bog down after a few hours? While this is more likely to happen with older iPads that don't have the processing power of the iPad Air and iPad Pro tablets, even the newest iPad can slow down. There are multiple reasons why an iPad may run slowly, including an app that has issues or a slow internet connection.


Quit Your Current iPad App

One reason an iPad may start chugging along at a snail's pace is a problem with an app rather than the iPad. When you experience an app that is running slower than usual, it may seem logical to click the Home button to close the app and then relaunch it. However, clicking the Home button doesn't close the app. It suspends it and keeps it frozen in the background until you need it again.

A few apps continue running in the background. These are usually apps that stream music such as Pandora, Spotify, or the Music app that comes with the iPad.

If your iPad is slow with only a single app, quit out of it to properly shut down the app and purge it from memory. This allows you to launch a fresh version of it.

It is a good idea to close any apps that are playing music as well. It is unlikely they are causing a problem, but closing all the apps that run in the background ensures they aren't impacting anything.


How to Close All Recently Used iPad Apps

To close the apps, bring up the list of all apps that are suspended or running in the background:


Run the Current Version of iOS

IOS is the operating system running on the iPad. It's always a good idea to run the latest operating system. Not only does this ensure that you have the most recent performance tweaks but also that you have the latest fixes for any security issues.

You can check the version of iOS you are running by going into your Settings app, tapping General settings and tapping Software Update. If you are new to the iPad or iOS, here's how to upgrade to the latest version of iOS.

Install an Ad Blocker

If you are primarily seeing a slowdown while browsing the web in the Safari browser but your internet speed isn't slow, it may be more a symptom of the pages you are browsing than of the iPad itself.

The more advertisements there are on a web page, the longer it takes to load. If any of those ads stall out, you are left waiting for the web page to pop up.

One solution to this is to install an ad blocker. These widgets enhance the Safari browser by disallowing ads to load on the web page. They make both for easier reading and faster loading. Many websites are supported by revenue from ads, so this is a balance you have to wrestle with.

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