How To Tune Up A Slow iPad

Is your iPad feeling a bit sluggish?  Almost like it has a cold?  We dug around to find some performance things you can do with your iPad to keep it zippy like the day you bought it.  Here’s a few tips on how to tune up your iPad.

How To Tune Up A Slow iPad

iPad Slow | Slow iPadThere could be many reasons why your iPad might be slow but here are some ways you can get a slow and sluggish iPad acting peppy again.

Running Apps

The first thing to look at is how many apps you might be running.  This can slow down an iPad after awhile.  Here’s how to clean up your running apps.

  1. Double-click the Home button
  2. Do you see all the apps that appear on the bottom of the screen?
  3. Tap and hold down on one of those apps until it shakes
  4. Now tap the red minus sign on the apps and they will be removed from memory

Note: Doing this does not remove the app from your iPad. It merely removes it from running as a background process (in other words, taking up resources).

Did that help?  Is your iPad still slow?  Perhaps you have an app that has been acting up and you simply just shut it down but in the background it’s causing issues by taking up resources.  Try this:

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on top of the iPad for a few seconds until a red slider appears, then press and hold the Home button until the app quits

A Battery Recycle

A good tune up of your iPad that can also help with it being a bit sluggish is a battery recycle.  Basically, you will run down the battery all the way until the iPad shuts down. Now, recharge it fully to 100%.  That did a recycle of the battery and some have reported that it helps with being slow (not sure why) but it also tunes it up.

Get Rid Of Apps

Perhaps your iPad is slow and you are looking at tons of apps sitting on it.  It might help to go through and take off a few that you don’t need any longer.  This frees up some memory and resources.  To an extent, this is like removing all that software from your computer that you no longer need.  Once you remove some of your apps go ahead and recycle the battery as well to assure a good tune up.

Clear Out Your Cache

The iPad safari app can slow things down as well. So how about cleaning out your cache and not only is this a good tune up practice but it’s a great way to speed things up a bit (especially with browsing). Here’s how to do that:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Safari
  3. Tap Clear History, Clear Cookies, Clear Cache

Beyond that, if you want to give your iPad a good restart, reboot or restore, you can certainly clear up a slow iPad that way but it’s a little more extreme (especially the restore).  Here is how to restart, reboot, or restore your iPad.

Making sure your iPad’s battery is healthy, apps are free from taking up resources, and generally cleaning up cache are great ways to tune up a slow iPad. Stay tuned for more ways to keep your investment running it top shape.

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  1. Singapura says:

    One more trick is to reset your network configuration.

    Tap Settings
    Tap General
    Tap Reset
    Tap Reset Network Settings

    You’ll need to retype your network password but in a lot of cases your network will be faster. This also helps if your Netflix app stops working.

  2. Shane says:

    Hey Thanks a ton for that tip – I remember thinking I was going to cover that and totally forgot! I appreciate it and so will the readers.

  3. Chris says:

    Good tips, Thanks

  4. TT says:

    Hi just another quick comment…

    My Ipad was very slow and after investigating I found that I had hundreds of emails being stored without realizing and so after setting the max email storage to less per account it took my Ipad back to normal!

    I hope that also helps someone!

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