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.

Someone upset with their slow iPad surrounded by images of turtles, sloths, molasses and slow signs
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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:

  1. 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.

    iPad showing home button
  2. Navigate this screen by swiping from left to right or right to left to find the app you want to close.

    Screenshot of the iPad app switcher with an arrow indicating move between apps
  3. 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.

    Screenshot of the iPad App Switcher with an arrow indicating how hard to tap the app to close it

After you close all apps, try the app that was slow to see if it responds better.

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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:

  1. 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.

  2. When you slide the button, the tablet turns off completely and the iPad screen goes blank.

    Screenshot of the iPad shutdown screen with an arrow indicating to slide the power button to turn off the tablet
  3. 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 .

Install ad blocker

If you’re primarily seeing slowdowns when browsing the web, but your Internet speed isn’t slow, this may be more of a symptom of the pages you’re browsing than the iPad.

The more ads on a web page, the longer it takes to load. If any of these ads stall, you are waited until the web page appears. Ads cause performance degradation in all browsers, including Safari.

One solution to this problem is installing an ad blocker . These widgets improve the Safari browser by preventing you from loading ads on web pages. Ad blockers make it easier to read and load faster. Many websites are supported by advertising revenue, so this balance has to be fought.

Disable Background App Refresh

Disabling background app refresh can save battery power and also keep your iPad skinny and bad. Background App Refresh allows apps to update their content even when you’re not using them. Thus, Facebook can access your news feeds and retrieve posts, or news app maybe receive latest articles so they will be ready for you.

However, this uses processing speed and throughput the Internet so the iPad may run slightly slower. This is usually not the main reason, but if you often find your iPad running slowly (and especially if the battery drains quickly), turn off Background App Refresh.

To disable background app refresh:

  1. Go to in iPad settings .

    Screenshot of iPad home screen with Settings icon highlighted
  2. Select » General» in the navigation menu on the left side of the screen.

    Screenshot of iPad settings with General heading highlighted
  3. Click » Update app» .

    Screenshot of iPad General Settings with Background App Refresh highlighted
  4. Click tumbler » background app update», until he is in the Off /White» to disable background refresh for all apps.

    Screenshot of iPad Background App Refresh Settings, with toggle next to highlighted feature
  5. If you want to allow only a few applications to download in the background, move tumbler » Refresh background app» in position » On / Green» and turn off the toggle switches next to all applications in the list, except for those that you want to allow downloads. in the background.

    Choosing Apps to Update Your Background on iPad

If you are still experiencing slow speeds, there is one more thing you can do.

Clear storage space

If you don’t have enough storage space, clearing up space on your iPad can sometimes improve performance. It can be done, deleting apps you no longer use especially games you no longer play.

In the Settings app, it’s easy to see which apps are taking up the most space on your iPad. You can selectively delete the ones you don’t use regularly to free up space. In iOS 11 and later, including iPadOS, you can also instruct iPad to automatically delete rarely used apps to free up space (while keeping your files and data for those apps).

  1. Go to settings .

    Screenshot of iPad home screen with Settings icon highlighted
  2. Select » Main» on the navigation bar on the left side of the screen.

    Screenshot of iPad settings with General heading highlighted
  3. Select iPad Storage .

    Screenshot of iPad General Settings with iPad storage button highlighted
  4. If desired, tap » Turn on» Near » Unload unused applications», to have iPad automatically delete rarely used apps from iPad, whose volume memory approaches its own. Your data and files for deleted apps are saved on iPad.

    Screenshot of iPad storage settings with
  5. Tap an app in the app list on the iPad Storage screen. Whether or not you enable Offload Unused Apps, you can select individual apps to remove from your iPad to free up space right away. Applications take precedence over those that take up the most space. Click on the app you want to remove from iPad.

    List of apps and the amount of space they take up in iPad Storage settings
  6. View the size of the selected application, the size of its documents and data. Select » Download App » which removes the app but keeps documents and data, or » Delete app» which deletes both the app and the data.

    Screenshot of an app in iPad Storage with both "Unload App" and "Delete App" options highlighted
  7. Repeat this process of selecting individual apps and offloading or deleting them to free up space on your iPad.

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