iPad Running Slow Or Lagging? 8 Proven Tips To Boost Speed

iPad Running Slow Or Lagging

“Why is my iPad really slow?” There are many things that could be causing this. It could be the battery, the version of iOS, how much storage you have, and more.

But here's the good news – once you figure out what's causing the problem, fixing it is easy. So, we'll explain all the reasons why your iPad might be slow and how to fix them. Keep reading!

Why Do iPads Go Slow?

Background Apps

Apps that are running in the background are using up the iPad's resources. The iPad needs to have enough memory to work well. Even if you close your apps, they might still be running in the background and using up memory. You can fix this using Methods 1 and 2.

Battery Saving Mode

This feature instructs the iPad to use less power resulting in a dimmer screen, fewer visual effects, and slower performance. You can fix this using Method 3

Outdated Software

Old software or apps tend to make your iPad lag. There could be problems with safety and making it work with other things. You can fix this using Method 4.

Slow/Unstable Internet

Whenever your iPad takes a long time to download or browse when your network might be the issue. This can also make your iPad work slowly because some apps and the iPad itself keep trying to connect to the internet. You can fix this using Method 5.

Full Storage

When your iPad has no more space, it can't store temporary files called cache data. These files help apps start faster. You can fix this using Methods 6 and 7.

Unoptimized Settings

If the iPad seems slow and laggy, it could be due to the screen being less sensitive, Low Power Mode, or motion settings. You can fix this using Method 8.

Boosting an iPad that is Running Slow

Force Close Apps

To close apps completely, swipe up from the bottom of your screen. Wait until you see pictures of all the apps you used before. Then, swipe left or right to find the app you want to close, and swipe up on it.

Restart Your iPad

Some apps still work behind the scenes even when you close them. Restarting your iPad closes all apps and clears its memory.

Go to Settings>>General>>Shut Down>>Slide the slider to the right to shut down.

Wait for your iPad screen to turn black. Then, turn it back on by pressing and holding the power button until you see the Apple logo.

Switch Off Battery Saving Mode

Battery saver lowers the CPU speed and saves energy but may be the reason your iPad is getting slower. To stop Battery Saving Mode:

Go to Settings>>Battery>>(Switch off) Low Power Mode.

Software Updates

Make sure your iPad is up to date. To do this, go to Settings, then General, and then Software Update. Follow the instructions if there's an update available.

If a specific app is causing issues, go to the App Store and check if there's an update for that app. Install it if there is. If your iPad is still slow after updating, wait 30 minutes and restart it.

Check Your Internet Connection

Your iPad might be moving slowly because the Internet isn't working well. There are a lot of reasons why this could happen, but you can try these steps to make sure your Internet is good.

  • Check if your router is in the right place and all the cables are connected properly.
  • Use testers like SpeedTest to check your speed.
  • Reconnect your iPad to the Internet manually. You can try connecting to a different network or forget the current network. 

Clear Cache

Data builds up over time and might not work right. This can slow down your iPad or make it crash. Luckily, we can delete this data ourselves. This can help speed up an old iPad, especially since older ones gather more data over time.

To remove stored information in Safari on your iPad: Open Settings>>Safari>>Clear History and Website Data>>Clear.

To delete stored information in Google Chrome on your iPad: Open the Google Chrome app>>Tap the three dots>>History>>Clear Browsing Data

Delete Large Files

Think about removing apps, photos, videos, and other things you don't need. You can also use iCloud to save high-quality copies of your photos online and keep smaller copies on your iPad.

Change Your iPad Settings

Your iPad can be changed to work better if it's running slow. Look at these settings:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Haptic Touch to change how sensitive the screen is. This might help you move around faster.

  • Making Motion smaller might make your iPad faster. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Motion. 

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size to reduce the see-through effect.


Generally, iPads can handle minor fixes on their own. But they can still have problems with lagging. Luckily, most of the time we can fix these issues ourselves.

To stop these problems from happening again, make sure to update your iPad's software, look after the battery, manage your storage, and use a good internet connection.