Slow iPad Issues: Background Apps, Connections, Ad Blocker

Posted by Cory Meisenheimer on 20th Jul 2022

Slow iPad Issues: Background Apps, Connections, Ad Blocker

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on how to deal with an iPad that's too slow and cumbersome for your needs. From the causes behind these issues to a few possible solutions, there are a few things to be aware of if this is happening to you.

At iMaster Repair, speed and functionality issues are just some of the many areas we're happy to assist clients with when it comes to iPad repairs, which we provide for models from the iPad Pro 12.9 all the way through several past generations. What are some of the other ways you can troubleshoot a slow iPad? Here's a basic rundown.

Quit Background Apps

We already discussed quitting current apps and the theme of removing unused apps in part one, and this is a related area: Quitting any apps that are running in the background. These can include GPS location trackers, social media apps, and more.

How to do this:

  • Double press the Home button
  • Locate the app you want to close in the App Switcher
  • Swipe up on the app preview to close it

By doing this, you're also helping to improve your device's battery life, so it's a good idea to get in the habit of closing these apps when you're done using them.

Check Connections

It's possible that in some cases, a slow iPad can be caused by poor connections. The most common of these is a limited Wi-Fi connection, which can often be resolved by simply moving closer to your router or modem.

There are also other types of connections to be aware of. For example, if your iPad is frequently connecting and disconnecting from Bluetooth devices, this can also lead to slowdown. To fix this, you can try turning off Bluetooth and then turning it back on.

Update Your OS

In still other situations, a slow iPad may be the result of an outdated iOS operating system. Apple releases regular updates to its mobile operating system, and these often include performance improvements and bug fixes.

Checking for updates is easy, and just requires that you go to Settings > General > Software Update. If there is an update available, follow the prompts to install it.

Ad Blocker Installation

Have you noticed that your iPad only slows down when you're browsing the web? If so, it's possible that the ads on websites are to blame. By installing an ad blocker, you can help improve your browsing speed and experience.

There are a few different ad blockers available, but we recommend using one that is specifically designed for iOS devices. These can be found in the App Store, and there are both free and paid options available.

Restore Your iPad

If you've tried all of the above troubleshooting tips and you're still dealing with a slow iPad, your last resort is to restore your device to its factory settings. This will erase all of your data, so be sure to back up your files before proceeding.

To restore your iPad, simply go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Once the process is complete, you can set up your device as new or restore from a backup.

Dealing with a slow iPad can be frustrating, but by troubleshooting the issue, you can usually find a way to get your device back up to speed. For help with this, or to learn about any of our iPad, iPhone or other device repairs, speak to the pros at iMaster Repair today.