Why has my iPad slowed down?

Updated: February 28, 2023
6 min read
Why has my iPad slowed down?
by Judi Perez
Tech Expert & Writer
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If your iPad crashes or slows down, there are a few things you can do to deal with the problem. These include both radical measures (reset and full reflash) and simple ones to start with. There are two things you should consider when defining if you can solve an issue independently. So if your display shows the "apple" icon for a long period of time or the device is not working correctly but is turned on, then you can confidently follow the pieces of advice listed below.

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Restarting the device

There are common cases when an iPad hangs after updating or installing new applications. Then, rebooting is a good way to get back to the working condition of the device, which started to slow down. Follow these steps:

  • Close all running applications and pages in the browser
  • Press and hold the Sleep button until the "Off" command appears on the screen
  • Turn off your iPad, wait a few minutes, then turn it back on

You can also reboot the device by holding the Sleep and Home buttons simultaneously. In this case, the iPad restarts and turns on by itself - after that, the Internet and other applications of the device should start working properly.

Changing settings

If your iPad lags terribly, try changing its settings. In such cases, try turning off such features:

  • Parallax effect
  • Animation
  • Geolocation
  • Automatically update apps on iPad

Look for the programs that are unstoppably working on your Apple tech (like geolocation). Their 24/7 operation may be one of the reasons why the iPad slows down.

Running too many programs can be another reason to slow down your iOS. Check this by quickly pressing the Home button twice. The iPad will open a "gallery of windows" - programs you've been using but haven't turned off. To close them, "swipe" them one by one at the top of the screen. Perhaps this action will help you speed up your device.

If these simplest ways do not help and you still have a slow iPad or a long-lasting "apple" icon on display, you need more severe measures. There are two ways to get your device back to processing faster commands:

  • Factory reset
  • Software flashing

Before following these steps, back up your device using iTunes.

Reset to factory settings

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If the iPad started stalling after an iOS update, software installation, or settings change, you could try to reset the device to its original state. Go to the "Settings" menu and select "Basic" and "Reset". The system will offer you several options:

  • Reset Network Settings
  • Reset All Settings
  • Reset Location & Privacy

First, try to update a system by resetting the network and location. If iPad hangs after the update, reset all settings. If that didn’t help to speed up your device, solve the situation by reflashing the software.

Reset to factory settings

Flashing technology

This instruction is suitable for reflashing all Apple devices that slowed down after the update: iPhones and iPads (iPad mini and other models). After updating iOS in this way, most of the problems with the device that started to lag usually disappear. In some models, you must disable the "Find iPad" function before flashing. Do this by going to iCloud.

Then follow the instructions for installing the new firmware:

  • Update iTunes on your computer to the latest version
  • Make a backup copy of the iPad that hangs up (the update will wipe out some of the data on it)
  • Download the current software for your iPad model
  • Open iTunes, press the Shift key (Alt-Option) and the "Restore" button
  • Select the downloaded new software file and run the iPad update

Not many devices slow down after an iOS update. But if the device continues hanging after the update, think about consulting a tech expert.

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