We’ve all been there. Tapping, swiping, or zooming — there is often a moment when the touch display on a tablet refuses to respond. How do you overcome this and achieve a zen touch on the tablet?
Why is your tablet’s touch screen not responding?
As the primary way of interaction between you and your applications, a tablet’s touch screen is vital. Any damage inflicted — whether it be blows to the device, scratches or something else — will degrade the reliability of the component, and, with the exception of the screen replacement fee and the digitizer, you will need to constantly monitor the safety and serviceability of the display. ,
The following five tips — which can also help with touchscreen smartphone issues — will help you resolve your tablet’s touchscreen responsiveness issues. Please note that this should be considered as a general guideline for all touchscreen tablets running iOS, Android, and Windows 8.
1. Make More RAM Available
Perhaps the best place to troubleshoot screen responsiveness issues is to allocate more system memory. This may take a while (and in some cases require a reboot, see below), but should give you an idea of how bad the problem is.
Memory issues on iPad can cause your touch screen to respond slowly. The best way to deal with this is (in iOS 6 and below) double-clicking the home button to display the currently open apps, and then long-pressing it to display a cross in the top right corner. For devices running iOS 7, the process is slightly different — read James’ What’s New in iOS 7 article or our iOS guide. After you close all the apps you no longer need, your tablet should become more responsive. In the meantime, a jailbroken iPad can launch task management apps to help you close any running processes you don’t need.
In Windows 8, close as many desktop apps as you can before going to the Start screen. Display the modern task switcher view by dragging each app to the home screen before closing them (modern apps are closed by swiping down from the top of the screen to the bottom).
If freeing up some RAM helps the touchscreen tablet’s responsiveness, that’s all you need to do.
2. Restart your tablet
Further troubleshooting can be done by restarting the tablet. When the device restarts, most applications will be closed. You can then test the touch screen sensitivity, either by finding that everything is fine, or by using the apps suggested below to find out more.
Rebooting your tablet isn’t just about pressing the power button to turn off the screen. Instead, the entire device must be turned off and on again.
For Android users, this shouldn’t be a big deal — all you have to do is hold down the power button and select » Reboot» .
However, Apple iPad owners must close each open app before holding the Mode button. Sleep / Awake» and drag the slider. If you can’t close the app, hold down the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the Apple logo appears.