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My iPad is Running Slow! How to Fix it?


Many iPad users are having performance issues with their tablet. Their iPad is running slow or becoming sluggish.

This is a very frustrating issue. But don’t worry! There are a few methods that have helped many iPad users speed up their device.

Fixes to try

You don’t have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Restart your iPad
  2. Check your iPad storage
  3. Check your background settings
  4. Turn off visual effects
  5. Clean your iPad

Method 1: Restart your iPad

Perhaps your iPad is sluggish because there are too many apps and processes running on your device. They’re occupying lots of your iPad RAM (memory) and slowing down your iPad.

To see if that’s the case for you, you should restart your iPad to stop everything running on it. Then check to see if it’s running faster. If it is, then you’ve solved your problem. But if not, there are still some methods for you to try…

Method 2: Check your iPad storage

Your iPad may be running slow because it doesn’t have enough free storage space. You should check your iPad storage to make sure the free space is enough.

To do so:

1) Tap Settings.

2)  Go to General > iPad Storage.

3) Check the storage status. You should have at least 1 GB of available space on your iPad.

To free up more space, you should check your photos, documents and apps. You should remove or offload the files or apps you don’t need. To do so:

1) Tap Enable next to Offload Unused Apps. (This will automatically remove your unused apps to save storage space but keep its data and documents.)

2) Tap each app to check its storage usage. Remove or offload the app you won’t use anymore.

3) Check your personal documents or photos. Delete the ones you don’t need. Or transfer them to your cloud storage.

If your iPad has more free space, it should run faster. But if it doesn’t, there are three more fixes to try…

Method 3: Check your background settings

Intense background activities can also slow your iPad down. You should change your background settings to reduce the background resource usage of your apps. To do so:

1) Tap Settings.

2) Go to General > Background App Refresh.

3) Turn off the apps you don’t want to refresh its content. (This will stop background download and update of this app.)

4) Go back to the Settings screen and go to iTunes & App Store. Then turn off the automatic downloads you don’t need.

Hopefully, this will speed up your iPad. But if not, there are two more fixes to try…

Method 4: Turn off visual effects

The visual effects of your iOS system can slow down your iPad as they are consuming a lot of system resources. You should try turning off some effects to see if this speeds up your iPad:

1) Tap Settings.

2) Go to General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast.

3) Turn on Reduce Transparency.

4) Go back to Accessibility, then go to Reduce Motion.

5) Turn on Reduce Motion.

Check to see if this fixes your issue. If not, you may need to…

Method 5: Clean your iPad

Your iPad may be sluggish because there are too much junk (hidden temporary files or cache) on your iPad. You should clean junk off your iPad to see if this fixes your issue. To check and clean junk easily and quickly, you can use PhoneClean.

PhoneClean can scan your iPad and automatically find the junk files on your cellphone. Here’s how to use it…

1) On your computer, download and install PhoneClean.

2) Connect your iPad to your computer.

3) Run PhoneClean, then click Scan.

4) Click Clean, and the program will clean your iPad caches and unnecessary files. (If you want to use all its cleaning features to clean your iPad junk thoroughly, you need to activate the Pro version of this program.)

By Jonny Lin

Jonny, a Microsoft Certified Professional, is a technical writer and technology enthusiast. He believes technology should bring users satisfaction, not annoyance, so he writes to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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