Your iPad runs slow or seems to get stuck after a few hours? While it’s more likely to happen with older iPads that don’t have the processing power of iPad Air and iPad Pro tablets, even the newest iPad can slow down. There are several reasons why an iPad may run slowly, including an app that is having problems or is slow connection to Internet . Usually these problems are easy to fix .
The instructions in this article apply specifically to iPads running iOS 11 or later (including iPadOS), but most of the information also applies to earlier versions of the operating system.
Close your current iPad app
One of the reasons for the slowdown of the iPad is a problem with application, not from the iPad. If an app is running slower than usual, it might seem logical to press the home button to close the app and then launch it again. However, pressing the home button does not close the app. It pauses this and keeps it frozen in the background until you need it again.
Several applications continue to run in the background. These are usually applications for music streaming, like Pandora, Spotify, or the Music app that comes with the iPad.
If your iPad is slow with only one app, exit it to properly close the app and delete it from memory. This allows you to start the new version.
You may lose unsaved work by exiting the application. If it is currently working on a task, wait for the application to complete the task before continuing.
It’s a good idea to close all applications that are also playing music. It’s unlikely that music apps are causing problems, but closing all apps running in the background ensures they don’t affect anything.
How to Close All Recently Used iPad Apps
To close apps, display a list of apps that are paused or running in the background:
Double click the » Home» at the bottom of the iPad.
On an iPad with iOS 12 or later or iPadOS, swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen and pause briefly in the middle of the screen.
Navigate this screen by swiping from left to right or right to left to find the app you want to close.
Lightly press your finger on one of the thumbnails and swipe to the top of the screen without lifting your finger. This gesture is like swiping an app off an iPad. Apps that you close will close, and any apps running in the background will stop working and close.
After you close all apps, try the app that was slow to see if it responds better.
Press Shift the question mark to access the list of keyboard shortcuts
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Restart your slow iPad
Closing apps doesn’t always help. If you don’t see any performance improvement, restart iPad . This removes everything from temporary memory and gives your iPad a good start. It does not permanently delete your personal data.
To restart iPad:
Hold top or lateral button depending on the orientation of your iPad, until instructions appear prompting you to slide the button to blackouts iPad. (Apple previously referred to this button as the » Sleep mode / Wake up « .)
If you’re restarting your iPad with Face ID, press and hold top button and any of the volume buttons to display the power off slider.
When you slide the button, the tablet turns off completely and the iPad screen goes blank.
Wait a few seconds and then restart your iPad by pressing and holding top or lateral button until the Apple logo appears on the screen and the iPad restarts. (The location of the button depends on the orientation of your iPad.)
Check your iPad’s Wi-Fi connection
If restarting doesn’t improve your iPad’s performance, it might not be the slow iPad. It could be yours wifi network . To check internet speed on your Wi-Fi network, use an app such as Ookla Speedtest. This app sends the data to a remote server and then sends the data back to the iPad by checking the upload and download speeds.
Check your speed from multiple locations. There may be something interfering with the wireless signal (for example, a refrigerator is placed between the iPad and the router), or the iPad may be too far away from the router.
If the speed increases as you get closer to the router, pay attention to increasing the range of Wi-Fi . This is common in large buildings, but even in a home, there can be problems with the effective distance of a wireless router.
Launch the current version of iOS
iOS is the operating system for the iPad. It’s always a good idea to run the latest operating system. This not only ensures that you have the latest performance changes, but also that you have the latest fixes for any security issues.
You can check iOS version on your iPad by opening Appendix » Settings» by pressing » General settings» and clicking » Software update» . If you are new to iPad, here is how to update to the latest version of iPadOS .