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Tips for Speeding Up a Slow iPad

Do you feel your hair turning grey as you struggle to use your iPad? Like any slow device, an iPad that is moving at the pace of a snail can be maddening as you try to use it for productivity or entertainment. Fortunately, there are some troubleshooting tips you can use to try to fix your slow iPad. 

If these troubleshooting tips don’t work, you’ll want to bring your device to a shop for iPad repair. There may be something wrong with the hardware, or if you can’t get to the bottom of an issue, experts can figure out what is wrong and help you solve your problem.

Here are a few things you can do on your own to speed up a slow iPad. Because there are a variety of things that can make your iPad run slowly, the iPad fix will depend on the cause of your problem.

Update iOS

Your iPad might be slow due to a software glitch that could be fixed with an iOS update. To do this: 

  • Open Settings – the app that looks like a small gear placed inside a larger gear. 
  • Go to General – this is located next to the icon with one gear 
  • Select Software Update – this is the second choice under the “About” section 
  • Select Download and Install 

If you can’t see this option, there is no software update that is available. 

  • Enter your iPad’s pin number. 
  • Select Agree – this is found in the bottom right corner of your pop-up screen 
  • Select Agree again to confirm and begin the update. 
  • Wait a while – this process can be timely. 

Turn off Background Refresh

The Background Refresh feature may be slowing down your iPad.

  • Open Settings 
  • Select Genera
  • Select Background App Refresh – you’ll find this in the middle of the General Settings Menu 
  • Select Background App Refresh again 
  • Toggle the switch to the OFF position.
  • The knob will shift to the left and turn white.  

Restart Your iPad

Sometimes all it takes to speed up a slow iPad is a simple restart. 

  • Press and hold down Power – this will be found in the upper left side of your iPad. 
  • Pull the power icon to the right with your finger. 
  • Press and hold Power 
  • You’ll eventually see the familiar Apple logo against a white backsplash. 

Turn off Location Services

If your iPad is constantly polling for you location, this can slow down your device. 

  • Open Settings 
  • Select Privacy – this will be found at the bottom of the third selection of options. It will be next to a white hand in a gray icon. 
  • Select Location Services – this is found next to the white arrow in the blue icon pointing to the right corner on top. 
  • Toggle Location Services to OFF. 

This is also a good way to prolong your iPad’s battery life and improve general performance

Delete Apps You Aren’t Using

Sometimes having too many apps on your iPad can slow down your system 

  • Press the home button at the bottom of your iPad screen.
  • Tap any app on the home screen. 
  • The apps on your home screen will begin to wiggle. An X icon will appear in the top left corner of your apps. 
  • Find an app you would like to delete and tap the X icon. 
  • Press the Home button when you are done deleting all of the apps you don’t use. 

Turn off Notifications

If your iPad is receiving constant notifications it can begin to slow down. 

  • Open Settings 
  • Select Notifications – this will be found next to the red icon outlined with a white box in the top right corner. 
  • Tap Show Previews – At the top of the box. 
  • Select Never 

If all else Fails – Backup and Restore your iPad to Factory Settings.

  • Open Settings 
  • Select your Apple ID on the top of your iPad 
  • Select iCloud – found next to the image of a blue cloud. 
  • Toggle the switch to ON 
  • Toggle the switch ON for every app you want to back up. 
  • Select iCloud Backup 
  • Choose Backup Now 

Ensure everything you need is backed up before moving on. 

  • Choose Apple ID
  • Select Settings 
  • Choose General 
  • Choose Reset 
  • Select Erase all Content and Settings 
  • Enter your pin number
  • Select Erase iPad 

This will delete all data on your iPad and turn your iPad off. 

At this point you will need to set up your iPad from scratch. Bear in mind that going nuclear with this option may not speed up your iPad if there is a hardware issue that is causing the problem. 

If you want to avoid having to reset your iPad, or have reset your iPad and have found that your iPad is still running slowly, you should bring your iPad to the Apple Store for repair if you are still under warranty. 

If your warranty has run out, you will find that the price of repair will rise significantly. At this point you can decide to bring your iPad to a third-party repair store for your iPad fix.

Third-party repair shops can professionally fix your iPad on your terms. Unlike the Apple Store, you will not have to set an appointment for repair and wait several days to get your device back. 

You can simply swing by a local shop, drop off your device, and oftentimes, receive it back, as good as new, in a day or two. 

What’s more, iPad repair shops often offer warranties, which is their promise to you. If the iPad repair fails in any way, you can return to the repair shop and have them fix the problem again. 

We hope these troubleshooting tips helped you to speed up your iPad. But if nothing has worked, it may be time to let an expert do your repair. 

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