In the technological world, there is a procedure known as ‘overclocking’ and it is used to literally make a PC computer operate more quickly. Unfortunately, there is nothing similar to this procedure to increase the speed of an Apple iPad. So, if you own an iPad 2, iPad 3, or an iPad Mini, you may have experienced slow run times without an idea of how to fix the problem. While it is not possible to ‘overclock’ an iPad, it is possible to ensure it is operating at optimal efficiency and use some tricks to speed the operation up. This article will provide some top tips on how to improve the performance speed of an iPad.
1. Shut Down Apps That Are Running In The Background
If your iPad has a slow performance, it may be worthwhile to consider closing some of the apps that are running in the background. While iOS typically does a good job of automatically shutting down apps when resources are running low, it is not ideal software. The apps can be closed by double-clicking the ‘home’ button to display the multitasking screen, then ‘flicking’ an app from the top of the screen by scrolling your from the app window and moving it toward the top of the screen.
The technique works will with iPads that operate quickly, but have begun to show a ‘sluggish’ performance after running specific applications.
2. Boosting the Wi-Fi Or Fixing Weak Wi-Fi Signals
The speed of an internet signal can be directly related to the speed of an iPad’s performance. The majority of apps used to fill the iPad content will be downloaded from the internet. This is particularly true in the case of apps where there is music streaming or apps related to television or films; however, it is true for many other types of apps. The Safari browser is also dependent on a strong internet connection to effectively download web pages.
To determine an internet connection speed, it is recommended that you check the wi-fi speed using an app such as Ookla’s Speed Test. The app will test how quickly your iPad is able to upload and download apps across the connection. Of course, the slow speed and fast speed will differ according to one’s internet service provider (ISP). Typically, however, any speed under 5 Mbs will be considered a slow speed and the ideal speed for streaming videos is 10 Mbs.
If the wi-fi connection signal is fast near the internet router, but is slow in other parts of the apartment or house, it may be best to consider boosting the signal with a new router or an additional router. However, before you choose to purchase a new or another router, you should consider repositioning the router to find a suitable signal location. There is also the ‘switch it on and off’ technique where rebooting could increase signal strength. Some routers tend to slow down over the years, but here are some good ways to boost the iPad signal. It also helps to have the fastest and best internet packages to ensure things are up to speed.
3. Turning Off The Background App Refresh
Despite the attractiveness of certain iPad settings, these settings can reduce one’s performance speed. When dealing with iPad settings, it is advised that you launch the ‘settings’ app – an app that looks similar to gears turning. In this app you will be able to modify different settings and turn specific features off or on.
The background app refresh can be a convenient app that checks the apps on the iPad and downloads content to keep them updated. This can speed up the app when it is launched, but it can also reduce the speed of the iPad when you are utilizing other iPad apps. To avoid a loss of speed performance, it is recommended that you turn off the background app refresh by scrolling down on the left-side menu in settings.
The background app refresh feature is located in the ‘general’ section of the settings area, approximately halfway down the page. Tap the button to display the app refresh settings and move the slider for this app to ‘off’. This means that the updates for apps will not be available unless you manually activate them.
4. Reducing Motion And Parallax
The second change to iPad settings is reduction of the graphics and motion in the user interface area, including the parallax effect that makes the background graphic move behind icons when rotating the iPad.
In the settings app, find the general settings area and opt for the ‘accessibility’ feature. In this area, scroll down to the ‘reduce motion’ button and tap it to switch the feature on. This reduction of motion will help restore performance processing time when using an iPad and can increase the speed of the device.
5. Installing An Ad Blocker
If you find the iPad slows down in performance when browsing the internet, it may be worthwhile to consider installation of an ad blocker. The majority of websites are now teeming with online advertisements and many of these ads require website load information from a data center. This means that when a website is loading it will be loading data from various websites instead of a single website and any one of the websites can increase the amount of time it takes to load the page.
To install an ad blocker, you will need to download an app from the App Store designed as an ad blocker. One of the best options is Adguard because of its good reputation and design. After the ad blocker app has been downloaded, you will need to turn on the blocker in the settings area. In Safari settings, you can choose ‘content blockers’ and enable the ad blocker app. Remember, it is necessary to initially download the app so it will appear on the content blocker list.