Owners of any iPad model may notice that their device does not run as smoothly and as quickly as they would like from time to time. Whatever the reason, nobody likes using a slow and laggy mobile device.
Luckily, there are many quick and easy hacks that can be done to boost an iPad’s performance. Here are some of them:
Delete Unused Apps
The most recommended tip for improving an iPad’s speed is to free up some memory by removing unused apps. Apps eat up storage space even when they are not being used actively and this can affect the way iOS operates.
Take time to have a general inventory of what apps are installed on the iPad and figure out which ones are not being used.
To delete an unused app from an iPad, press and hold down the icon of the app until it starts shaking. Tap on the X button in the upper right portion of the icon.
It is also a good idea to check which apps have the highest storage consumption. To do this, go to Settings, General and then Storage & iCloud Usage. Under Storage, tap Manage Storage and look at the storage details of each app.
Restart the iPad
After deleting unnecessary apps from the iPad, restart the device. Doing this will not only refresh the iPad’s memory but also close any background processes running and slowing down the device.
To restart the iPad, hold down the Sleep/Wake button until the Slide to Power Off prompt shows up. Swipe right to turn off the iPad. Wait a few seconds before holding the Sleep/Wake button again to turn on the device.
Make Sure the iOS is Up to Date
The iOS is a sleek operating system that requires very little maintenance but it still gets bogged down over time resulting in a slow iPad. There are several possible reasons for this. One is that older versions of the iOS might contain bugs and other issues that may be disrupting the iPad’s performance. The latest version of the software will usually contain updates that address these issues which is why it is generally advised to keep the iOS up to date.
Keep in mind, though, that iOS updates can be a double-edged sword. Sometimes, the newest iOS will come with new features that could potentially slow down an older iPad model.
To update to the latest iOS, go to Settings, General and then tap on Software Update to see if there is a newer version of iOS already available for download.
Install an Ad Blocker
Some users notice that their iPads slow down when they are running their web browser. The presence of online ads in the websites being visited might be the culprit. In order for online ads to run, they usually download data and this process will cause web browsers to take a longer time to load a particular page.
To stop online ads from flooding the iPad’s web browser, consider installing an effective ad blocker. Just as iPad cases protect the iPad from dust and scratches, an ad blocking app protects the iPad from malicious files. There are several ad-blocking apps available for download for free.
To install an ad blocker for the iPad, go to the App Store and type ad blocker. Check out the different options available and tap the Get button to download.