How To Care For Your iPad | A Guide For Everyone

If you have invested your hard-earned money and purchased an iPad for school, your business or your personal use, then you probably want to know the best way to care for it and make sure it stays in top-performing shape.  Here we gather together the best practices to help you care for your iPad.

Caring For The iPad Screen

The screen is made out of glass but it has a special oleophobic coating in order to protect it from fingerprints.  Officially, it means that it’s oil resistant.  It is important to take good care of the screen to get the most out of the coating.  Here are some ways to protect your iPad screen.

  • Don’t drop it on hard surfaces. It is glass and it can break.
  • Clean the screen with a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth.  I clean my screen after every use in order to make sure the lingering smudges don’t wear on the coating.
  • Do not clean it with window cleaners, glass cleaners, aerosol sprays, abrasives, or alcohol
  • You can use the iKlenz solution to clean the iPad and the screen. It is safe and I use them to clean my screen every couple of weeks

You can also use a screen protector.  These are not for everyone but they do work for the care of the iPad screen.  Some people swear by them and others don’t like having anything on their screen.

Caring For Your Batteries

Part of caring for your iPad means caring for the batteries.  The batteries in your iPad are lithium polymer (rechargeable) and they will eventually wear out.  It will take a long time before that happens, but there are some things you can do to care for your batteries and get the most out of them.

  • Make sure you keep up on the latest iPad updates.  This sounds odd but Apple will sometimes make adjustments to software which help with drain on resources and battery life.
  • Go through one charge cycle per month.  To do this all you have to do is charge the iPad to 100% and then run it completely out.

Caring For Your iPad: Environmental

There are also a few environmental ways to care for your iPad.  Some of these are obvious while a few are not so obvious.

  • Keep the iPad out of heat above 95 degrees (Fahrenheit) for an extended  length of time
  • Keep the iPad out of cold below 32 degrees (Fahrenheit) for an extended period of time
  • Keep it out of water or extremely humid locations
  • Do not dry it with an external heat source, hair dryer (it’s been attempted)

It should also go without saying that part of caring for your iPad is to make sure you do not insert anything into the port connections other than the intended peripherals.  Jamming things into the port connectors could render it unusable (and void the warranty).

External Protection

Protecting the outside of the iPad is part of caring for your device.  You will want to get a case, sleeve, folio or bag in order to keep it safe while traveling or just for everyday use.  We keep an updated list of the top rated iPad cases and bags here on the blog.  Also you can visit our store to find even more accessories.  I use a Brenthaven backpack (metrolite bp) to carry my iPad and my Macbook.  We did a review of that over here.

An App To Care For Your iPad

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We could not end an article without mentioning at least one app!  Keeping an eye on your iPad’s resources and system information helps you care for it from a software perspective.  There is one app in particular that helps you with just that.  System Activity Monitor ($2.99) is a great way to monitor just about everything on your iPad.

This helps you care for your iPad by allowing you to see any potential resource drains, etc.  It’s a good way to keep tabs on everything using a single view.



So there are some great ways to care for your iPad.  We covered your screen, batteries, environmental, external and internal ways to make sure you get the most out of your investment.  Want more tips?  Here’s a post we did recently on some top iPad tips and tricks.  If you have any other tips, please add them in the comments below!


  1. Mrbach says:

    Lithium polymer batteries last longer if you keep them topped up. A battery has a finite number of cycles. If you complete a full cycle each month, then you know exactly how many months it will last. If you avoid complete cycles, then you make it last longer. It’s simple. It’s cycles. People who sell batteries will tell you to cycle them once a month. It sells batteries. Running a Li polymer battery down is good for calibrating the meter, but doesn’t help the battery at all. Maybe do that if you find your meter is inaccurate.

  2. Shane says:

    Hi. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the information. Yeah it seems we are always told (by Apple) to cycle once a month and when you first get the device. Although what you said makes sense. I normally just keep it charged up and do not bother too much worrying about the “once a month” cycle.

  3. Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom says:

    These are great tips – thank you!

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  4. Shane says:

    You are very welcome Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  5. What do you do if your iPads screen gets scratched…..

    1. Shane says:

      Hi Andrew –

      Well one thing you can do is try to buff it out with the iKlean Apple Polish..however…..if the scratch is pretty deep then the only option is to take it into the Apple Store (or reseller) and they can take a look at it….I have not heard yet of screens being replaced – but keep me posted because I’d love to know what you find out!

      1. Oh ok thank you I will try the ikleaning solution first I bought Screen protecters they haven’t got here yet thank again for tips…..

  6. Parker Villa says:

    I sleep with my iPad 2 and monitor it’s charging from time to time when it fully charged and use it till when it is discharge to 15% of the charge. I’m the only one using it. That is how I take good care of my of my iPad over-protective ‘coz my memory is there but I will lend it to responsible members of the family or buy them one.

  7. Zei says:

    My husband leaves his iPad on for hours unattended sitting on a pillow or our feather bed mattress. Will this cause it to overheat? Just asking for validation or correction..

  8. Jarod says:

    Would static electrcity from carpet harm the ipad?

  9. Mark says:

    What can I do to protect it from excessive heat when left in a car on a hot day?

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