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Solved! How to Fix a Slow iPad in 7 Steps

Updated on October 9, 2013
Speeding up a slow ipad is child's play!
Speeding up a slow ipad is child's play!

Why is my iPad running slow?

Do you have an iPad that is running slow and is sluggish? Is your iPad running slower than it should be? Does it take just that bit longer to load applications, stream videos and surf the web? If so, the following 7 tips should help you speed up and fix your iPad. If you have any more suggestions for fellow readers please feel free to leave them in the comment box at the bottom of this page.

1. Check Your iPad's Free Space

Before proceeding with the following steps, you need to first need to check if the underlying cause of your iPad’s slow performance is due to an iPad with limited free space. Sometimes the cause of a slow iPad could be something as simple as having too much media on your iPad.

Navigate to:

Settings>General > About

This will tell you how many iPad applications you have installed, how many video clips, photos and how much free space is available to you. If you require a further breakdown of exactly how much space each of these areas is chewing up collectively and individually by filename simply navigate to :

Settings>General >Usage

2. Clear Your iPad's Browser Cache

Just like a laptop or desktop computer, your iPads browser, Safari, needs to have its cache cleared on a regular basis. You will likely end up with a slow iPad If you don't this regular maintenance task.

Navigate to:

Settings > Safari > Clear Cookies and Data

3. Periodically Check For Unwanted Apps

With the low and free costs of iPad apps it easy to see how an iPad can end up with a huge amount of unwanted applications. Make it a habit to regularly spring clean your iPad for unwanted ipad apps, paying particular attention to the larger sized applications such as games.

4. Update Firmware

One of the most significant things that you can do to ensure your iPad speed is not struggling is to check whether you have the latest updated firmware. New firmware often comes with fixes to newly found security flaws, so keeping your iPad's firmware updated is also a security priority.

5. Are You Using the Right Mobile Broadband Plan

If you own a 3G enabled ipad, your chosen mobile broadband provider could be the culprit of a slow performing iPad. Not all mobile broadband plans were created equal offering the same download speeds. Talk to your family and friends who own 3G enabled iPads and ask them which providers they use and use Google to research the different plans

6. Shutdown iPad Apps Properly

The next tip could bring upon debate. Although it is claimed that using the multitasking tray won't hog your iPad's resources, I don't entirely believe this. I have noticed that my iPad runs smoother when I have the minimal amount of apps waiting for me in the multitask tray.

Simply double click the home button to access your multitask tray and reveal which iPad apps are still running. To turn off the application from this tray, simply hold down the application icon for a few moments till an x appears on that app's icon and then simply click on the x to shut it down.

7. Reset Your iPad's Network Configuration

Resetting your iPad's network configuration can help to boost your iPad's speed. You can find the reset network configuration function by going to

settings> general>reset>reset network settings.

Bear in mind that this will restore all your network settings to their factory defaults, so aonly do this if you have access to your network passwords.

Most of these tips can be applied to your other apple devices such as your iPhone or iPod touch.

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    • parvindersingh13 profile image

      Parvinder singh 

      23 months ago

      i think this also helps:

      Clear your Safari cookies and data

      Next you should try emptying Safari's data, cookies and so on to free up some memory.

      Open the Settings app and scroll down to Safari. Here you can choose 'Clear History and Website Data'.

    • keirnanholland profile image

      pulled name 

      6 years ago from nowhere

      You missed a major one, turn off all system gestures.. They have the effect of misinterpreting your actions. Also the backgrounded tasks do not use much memory, what it actually does, I think, is store the program's active state, and when you bring the app back, it loads in the state, as if nothing changed. So the apps don't use any memory when backgrounded. I don't even think they are swapped out to storage like they are on a desktop machine. The multi-tasking that the iPad has is a limited sort of multi-tasking that only permits a limited set of operations to run in the background. I think the purpose of this is to save on energy, as multi-tasking actually slows down and drains the batteries energy. It's why android phones tend to run out of juice so quickly, multi-tasking is just a dumb coder idea that really should not be used on mobile devices.

    • WebsiteConfetti profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for stopping by Madurai!

    • Madurai profile image


      7 years ago from Online

      Useful tips. This has helped a lot earlier. Hope that many more users will benefit. Thanks for sharing:)


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