Why is My iPad So Slow?

Why is My iPad So Slow?

You know how it goes. You settle in your favorite chair ready to watch a movie or play a video game. But instead of watching or playing, you’re waiting for it to load on your iPad. Even when it does, all you can think is, “Why is my iPad slow?”


“Why is my iPad slow?” is a common question. When you use your iPad every day, bits of old data remain behind, clogging it up, like lint in a dryer. And that will keep happening even if you backup and sync your iPad because iOS® devices store data locally, so it’ll just keep building up.


Over time, all that accumulated “data lint” will build up and begin slowing your iPad down. You may not notice it at first, but as you continue to use your device it becomes more obvious. And you’ll just keep asking, “Why is my iPad slow?” But this happens whether you bought your iPad new, or refurbished. A refurbished iPad is designed to run just like a new one, so it won’t run slow because of that.


How to fix a slow iPad

No matter the reason you’re asking, “Why is my iPad so slow,” you don’t have to just pull your hair out. You need a slow iPad fix to help speed it up. These fixes will not only make your iPad faster and more responsive but could also improve your battery life.


So, before you think about tossing your iPad, try some of these fixes.


Slow iPad fix 1: Reboot/Restart

One of the quickest ways to speed up an iPad? Restart your device. It may not seem like much but restarting clears and refreshes the active memory and stops the device from running processes, which will get a frozen app running again. To restart your iPad, hold down the power button at the top until the Power Off slider appears. Swipe it. Wait a few seconds, then press the power button to restart the device. That alone could stop you from asking, why is my iPad so slow?


Slow iPad fix 2: Check your Wi-Fi connection

Sometimes what’s causing your iPad to slow down has nothing to do with the device. It could be a weak wifi connection. That will slow down even a brand-new iPad. There are a few ways you can make sure your wifi is running as fast as it should and speed up your iPad, including:

  • Check the internet speed your plan provides
  • Reset your wifi modem by turning it off and on
  • Move your wifi router so it’s not physically blocked
  • Turn off plugins and apps that can eat up bandwidth
  • Call your internet provider to see if they’re experiencing problems
  • Find a new internet provider


Slow iPad fix 3: Update to the latest iOS

If you haven’t updated your iPad lately, you’re likely running an old version of iOS. There’s a good reason to ask, “Why is my iPad so slow?” Because as new versions of iOS are introduced, older versions take more time to communicate with the internet. It’s as if the internet learned a new language while your device is still speaking an old one. Updating the iOS on your device can help them speak the same language again and speed up your iPad. To update your iOS, simply:

    1. Tap Settings
    2. Tap General
    3. Tap Software Update
    4. Download the iOS update


Slow iPad fix 4: Delete Apps not in use

We love the latest apps. And we rely on some of them every day. But over time, many apps sit idle. Just having them on your device can take up a ton of storage space, forcing you to wonder, “Why is my iPad so slow?” By permanently deleting outdated apps, or apps you don’t use, you can free up storage space and make it easier for the iOS to operate and speed up your iPad.


To delete an app, simply press and hold the icon for the app you want to delete until it starts to wiggle. When it does, you’ll see a gray circle with an “X” in the upper right-hand corner. Tapping the “X” deletes the app.


But some users have a lot of heavy-duty apps like podcasts and movies that eat up storage and make your iPad slow. If you need to delete a lot of these at once, and you’d rather not sit there picking one at a time, you can delete multiple apps by following these steps:

      1. Tap Settings
      2. Tap General
      3. Tap Storage and Cloud Usage
      4. Tap Manage Storage (under Storage)

You can tap the app to view its contents, then tap Delete to remove it. Then, remember to restart your iPad. This allows the device to start clean. To restart, simply hold down the Sleep/Wake button and swipe the Power Off slider. Wait a few seconds, then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again. That should speed up your iPad.


Slow iPad fix 5: Clear the browser’s Cache

Whenever you visit a webpage on your iPad, it’s deposited in your cache. This makes it easier for your device to retrieve it without downloading it again. While it’s convenient, your cache can get pretty full. Keeping track of all that unused data can make your iPad slow, and cause you to ask, “Why is my iPad so slow?” Clearing the cache often helps to speed up your iPad. To do that, simply:


  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Clear History and Website Data


Slow iPad fix 6: Clear Storage Space/memory

If you use your device a lot, you’re asking it to juggle data for multiple apps and keep track of old data at the same time. That’s a lot, and could really make your iPad slow, and make you wonder, “Why is my iPad so slow?” In that case, a single fix may not be enough. You may need to do several things at once to speed up your iPad:


  • Close apps you’re not using
  • Delete apps you never use (see above)
  • Clear cache (see above)


Slow iPad fix 7: Stop Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh tells your iPad to check all your apps for updates. If you have a lot of apps – especially social networking apps that are continually updated – that could eat up a ton of memory and make your iPad slow, leaving you to ask, “Why is my iPad so slow?” Want to speed up your iPad? Turn off Background App Refresh:


  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Background App Refresh
  4. Set to Off


Slow iPad fix 8: Block Notifications

Sometimes notifications help. Maybe you’re working remotely and don’t want to miss an email. But do you really need to know every time someone comments on Facebook®? If your device is constantly scanning for notifications, it’ll make your iPad slow and you won’t get much done. Speed up your iPad by turning Notifications off for certain apps:


  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Notifications
  • Set Notifications to Off (for unnecessary apps)


Slow iPad fix 9: Turn off Location services

Sometimes it makes sense for Maps or Facebook to know where you are. But when Location Services is always on, it doesn’t do much more than eat up your battery and make your iPad slow. You can speed up your iPad by turning Location services off:


  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Privacy
  3. Tap Location Services
  4. Set Location Services to Off


Still having problems? There’s one more thing you can try.

If you’re asking an iPad to do too much, or hold on to old data you no longer need, it will make your iPad slow. Reducing the demand on its processors by turning off unused items or clearing old data can often speed up your iPad. Chances are, one of the suggestions above should get your iPad running like its old speedy self.


Every now and then, though, it may not. In that case you might need to consider a factory reset as a last resort. This will restore your device to the original settings it had when you took it out of the box. A factory reset will solve pretty much any issue. But before you get started, stop. Make sure your data is safely backed up in iTunes® or on iCloud® before you go any farther.


Want to know more? Read our article on how to perform a factory reset on your device.


And if you really want to take control of your digital devices, check out the certified refurbished iPhone® devices you can get through MyWiT® at prices that just might surprise you.

September 25, 2018
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