Here are some things you can do to speed up your iPad:
Clear Out Your Cache
The iPad Web Browser app (Safari) can slow things down it it’s cache gets full. Clearing out your cache is a great tune-up practice and will speed up browsing:
- Tap Settings
- Tap Safari
- Tap Clear History, Clear Cookies and Data
Restarting and Resetting
If you want to give your iPad a good restart, reboot or restore, it can certainly help when your device is running slow.
Restarting your iPad is the first step when things go haywire. Perhaps an app is not responding or perhaps you have some odd behavior that causes the iPad to seem less than responsive, try a restart:
Restart Your iPad:
- Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until a red slider appears and drag the slider
- Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears
Reset Your iPad:
Resetting the iPad is more than restarting it. It is like rebooting your computer and often times it solves issues that simply restarting it may not solve. Here is now to reset your iPad:
- Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears
Running Too Many Apps
Sometimes you can have too many apps running at one time, which will slow down your iPad. Closing apps you don’t need right now will help speed up your iPad. To see what apps you have running follow the steps below:
If you are using iOS 7
- Double-click the Home button.
- In addition to the app icon, you also see a larger thumbnail of what was on screen when you last used
the app, so it’s easier to see at a glance which app is which.
- To close an app, you simply swipe upwards on the thumbnail to dismiss it.
Version earlier than iOS 7
- Double-click the Home button
- Running apps will appear on the bottom of the screen.
- Tap and hold down on one of those apps until it shakes
- 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).
A Battery Recycle
This is another useful tune-up tip that can help with a sluggish iPad. Basically, you will run down the battery all the way until the iPad shuts down due to lack of battery. Now, recharge it fully to 100%. This process is called a “battery recycle” and can be very helpful.
Get Rid Of Apps
Perhaps your iPad is slow and you are noticing that you have a lot of apps, maybe too many. 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. To remove an app entirely, simply press and hold the icon until it shakes, then tap the “x” to remove it completely from memory.
Making sure your iPad’s battery is healthy, apps are free from taking up resources, and remembering to clear your cache are great ways to tune-up a slow iPad.