Slow iPad Issues: Causes and Early Troubleshooting Tips

Posted by Cory Meisenheimer on 14th Jun 2022

Slow iPad Issues: Causes and Early Troubleshooting Tips

No one enjoys when their devices are working too slowly, and those who own iPads or other tablets are no exception. Why might your iPad be operating slowly, and what can be done about it?

At iMaster Repair, we're proud to offer the very best iPad repair services in your area, helping clients with a huge range of issues -- including slow performance and related concerns for any iPad model you're utilizing. What are some of the potential causes of a slow iPad, and what can be done about it, either on your own or with the help of our pros? Here's a basic rundown.

Cause of Slow iPad Performance

There are a few different reasons why an iPad might begin running slowly:

  • Older operating system: In some cases, an iPad can slow down simply because it's running an older version of iOS. When Apple releases new versions of its operating system, they often include performance enhancements as well as new features -- so updating to the latest iOS can sometime help with speed concerns.
  • Not enough storage space: If you're regularly downloading new apps, taking photos and videos or otherwise filling up your iPad's storage, that can lead to slowdown. One way to combat this is by regularly deleting old apps and files you no longer need; another is to utilize iCloud or other cloud-based storage solutions to offload some of your data.
  • Bad app: In other cases, a particular app might be the source of slow performance on your iPad. If you notice that your device starts running slowly after launching a specific app, try deleting and reinstalling it to see if that helps.

These are just a few of the most common possible causes behind your iPad's slow performance. Our next several sections will go over simple troubleshooting tips to try and deal with this issue.

Quit Current Apps

In many cases, simply quitting out of apps you're not currently using can help with speed concerns on your iPad. To do this, double-click the Home button to bring up the fast app switcher; then, swipe up on the apps you want to close.

Restart Your iPad

If quitting out of current apps doesn't seem to help, another basic troubleshooting step is to restart your iPad entirely. To do this, hold down the power button until you see the "slide to power off" prompt; then, slide to confirm. Once your iPad has turned off, wait a few seconds and then press the power button again to turn it back on.

Remove Apps from App Switcher

The App Switcher is your iPad's task manager, which lets you quickly quit out of apps or see which apps are currently running in the background. If you're no longer using an app but it's still appearing in your App Switcher, that can lead to slow performance -- so it's a good idea to remove these apps from your App Switcher on a regular basis.

To do this, double-click the Home button to bring up the fast app switcher. Then, swipe left or right until you find the app you want to remove. Once you've found it, swipe up on the app preview to close it.

In part two of our series, we'll go over some further themes here. To learn more about this or any of our iPad, iPhone or other device repair services, speak to our team at iMaster Repair today.