How to speed up iPad: You use an iPad with a few years on your shoulders (or rather, on the body!) And it is clear that the performance offered by the device is no longer what it used to be. Various slowness and lag have taken over your iDevice and, after reading my buying guide, you are therefore considering buying a more updated model. If this is the only reason that pushes you to face this expense, then allow me to give you a valuable suggestion: before putting your hand to your purse, try to speed up your iPad by following the tips contained in this guide of mine.
In fact, with today’s tutorial I would like to show you a whole series of useful “tricks” and various tricks that you have on your side to try to bring the much appreciated Apple-branded tablet back to the glories of the past. You will not have to do anything particularly complex and the prerogative of the most “geeks”, I assure you. It is essentially a matter of intervening on the iOS settings and putting into practice some simple advice on use.
Obviously, I can’t give you the absolute certainty that at the end of the guide all your problems will be solved (especially if the problems are related to the hardware and not to the software) but the probabilities are still high. In any case, as they say, trying doesn’t hurt. So, let’s not waste any more time chatting and let’s get to work. I wish you, as usual, good reading and I wish you a great, indeed a great good luck!
The first fundamental indication that I feel I have to give you to try to speed up your iPad is to update iOS, the operating system of Apple-branded tablets and smartphones, to the latest version available for the iDevice model in your possession. Keeping the device updated allows you to avoid security problems but also to take advantage of any corrections and various optimizations on the software side capable of optimizing the functioning of the iPad.
To perform the operation in question you can act directly from the device itself. In fact, you just need to access the home screen, press the Settings icon (the one with the gear ), select the General item from the left side of the screen that appears and then the word Software Update on the right.
Then wait a few moments for it to complete checking for updates for your tablet. If a newer iOS version is found for the iPad you are using, this will be immediately reported to you and you can download and install it by pressing the Download and install item that appears below. Press or on Accept , on Accept and wait for the upgrade procedure to be started and completed.
If, on the other hand, the version of iOS in use on your iPad is the most up-to-date for the device, you will see the message Your software is up to date on the screen .
If you do not prefer to update the tablet from the device itself, I would like to point out that you can also perform the operation in question from a computer, using iTunes . In this case, just connect the tablet to the Mac or PC using the appropriate cable, wait for the Apple multimedia management software just mentioned to start, select the iPad icon at the top right of the window that has opened and press the Check for updates button .
If updates are available, you will be notified on your computer screen and you can then download and install them by pressing the appropriate buttons. For more details on this, refer to my tutorial focused on how to update iPad.
Disable automatic and background updates (and downloads)
Also turning off automatic app updates and those that occur in the background can be useful to speed up the iPad (as well as to save on the battery charge of the device). By doing so, the tablet will find itself having to carry out a much lower workload with a consequent improvement in terms of performance.
As for the deactivation of automatic updates, access the iOS home screen, step on the Settings icon (the one with the gear ), press the iTunes Store and App Store words on the left side of the screen and turn OFF the switch next to Updates .
And if you want to prevent music and applications from being downloaded automatically, also turn OFF the switches that you find in correspondence with the Music and App items , in fact, always attached to the same screen.
As for background updates, you can disable them by pressing the General item on the left side of the iOS settings screen, selecting the Update background app on the right twice in a row and selecting No.
If instead of avoiding background updates regardless you prefer to decide which apps to allow them and for which not, go again to Settings> General> Update apps in the background and switch them to ON and OFF , depending on which ones are yours. preferences, the levers that you find next to the names of the various apps in the list installed on the device.
Disable animations and transparencies
The animations and transparencies of iOS are beautiful, indeed beautiful, that’s true. As can be guessed, however, they contribute to slow down the device not a little, especially the slightly older ones, precisely because they require a considerable graphic effort. Considering that these are not necessary features, if you want to speed up your iPad by turning a blind eye to the aesthetic front, I recommend that you get rid of them instantly.
To do this, access the home screen, press the Settings icon (the one with the gear ), step on the General item on the left side of the screen and select the word Accessibility , which is on the right.
At this point, to deactivate the animations, select the Reduce movement item which is always on the right and turn the relative switch to ON . Et voila !
To turn off the transparencies instead, go back to Settings> General> Accessibility , select the Increase contrast item and turn ON the switch corresponding to the Reduce transparency item .
Delete unused apps and the most “cumbersome” ones
Having many, indeed too many apps installed on the iPad is another reason for slowing down the device. In fact, they affect the memory and available space. To deal with this, I advise you to remove all those applications that you have not used for a long time (and which therefore have become practically useless) or that in any case do not use assiduously as well as those that take up more space on your Apple tablet.
To do this, access the home screen, locate the application you want to get rid of, press on it and continue to hold down for a few moments until the icon begins to “jump” and press the “x” in the top corner top right of the same. Then press the Delete item in response to the question that appears on the screen and it’s done.
And if you do not know which applications take up more space on the iDevice, you can easily find out by pressing the Settings icon (the one with the gear ) that you find on the home screen, on the words General which is on the left side of the screen and then on the iPad Free Space item , on the right.
On the next screen, you will find the complete list of all applications installed on your device. At the top are the apps that take up the most space. To get rid of them, click on their name and then on Uninstall app (to remove the app while keeping the related documents and data) or on Delete app (to remove the app with any documents and data in tow).
If you want, you can also activate the function that allows you to automatically remove the apps you don’t use. To do this, step on the Settings icon on the home screen, press the iTunes Store and App Store item on the left and turn ON the switch that you find in the Remove app you don’t use item on the right.
The iPad is able to manage the RAM itself so in most cases it is not necessary to close the apps running in the background to try to speed up the device. This is the rule but it is also true that there are always exceptions. So if you are experiencing excessive slowness on your tablet, together with the above precautions I also recommend that you try to hover the RAM “manually”.
To do this, access the home screen and press the Home button twice in a row (the one immediately below the screen) and then stop on the screens of the various open apps and, continuing to hold down, drag them upwards in such a way as to force them to closure.
Alternatively, you can free the RAM of your iPad also in the following way: access the home screen of the same: press and hold the Power button (the one on the top of the body) until the lever appears on the screen Swipe to turn off then release the power button power on and off and press and hold the Home button for a few seconds . Et voila !
Restart the iPad
Despite the implementation of the above precautions, your iPad does not want to know anything about resuming working at full capacity? Then try restarting your device. By doing so, you will interrupt all the processes currently running (and therefore also any subsequent errors, a possible cause of slowdowns) which will be resumed the next time the device is turned on.
To do this, press the Power button (the one on the top of the device) and continue to hold it down for a few moments, until you see the word Scroll to turn off appear on the iPad screen . Then drag the lever displayed from left to right to turn off the device.
Then turn the tablet back on by pressing and continuing to hold down the Power button for a few moments , until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen. When prompted, then enter the device unlock code (if you have set one) so that you can start using the iPad again.
And if your tablet does not want to know anything about turning off and on as I have just indicated, you can perform a forced restart by simultaneously pressing the Power button and the Home button (the one just below the display) for a few moments, until it iPad screen does not turn off and turns on again showing the Apple logo . So release the plug and wait for iOS to be usable again.
Reset the iPad
As a last resort, you can try to speed up your iPad by going to reset the device. In this way, you will restore the Apple branded tablet to the factory state and therefore any slowdowns deriving from problems attributable to system errors or apps used will be automatically canceled.
To do this, access the iOS home screen, press the Settings icon (the one with the gear ), select the General item on the left and then the Restore item on the right side of the screen displayed.
Then choose the option Reset content and settings and confirm what your intentions are by pressing the appropriate item that appears on the screen.
The same thing can also be done from a computer, using iTunes , similarly to what is seen together at the beginning of the guide for what concerns the update procedure. To do this, connect the iPad to the computer using the appropriate cable, wait for iTunes to open, click on the icon depicting the iPad at the top left and press the Restore iPad button … in the new screen that is shown to you.
However, keep in mind that by restoring the iPad you will lose all the data saved on the device, unless you have done a backup of the same. For info about it, you can refer to my tutorial focused on how to backup iPad.