In the PC world, there is a process called 'overclocking' that is used to literally make a computer run faster. Unfortunately, there is nothing similar to speed up an iPad. But while we are unable to overclock an iPad, we can make sure it is running at optimal performance.
- Shut Down Apps Running in the Background. If your iPad is running sluggish, the first thing you can do is shut down some of the apps running in the background. While iOS usually does a good job of automatically closing apps when resources get sparse, it isn't perfect. You can close apps by double-clicking the home button to bring up the task bar, holding your finger on the icon until the apps in the task bar begin to wiggle and then tap the minus sign to close the app.
- Fixing a Weak Wi-Fi Signal. Does browsing the web seem to take much too long? Many apps depend on Internet access, and if browsing the web bogs down, your problem may reside with your Wi-Fi. The first thing you want to do is move closer to it and see if the problem persists. If you don't have an issue when you are close to the router, you can look into repositioning the router to a more central location (Wi-Fi signals degrade if they have to go through walls) or simply boosting the signal (covered below). If you still have issues while close to your router, try rebooting it. This will often solve the issue.
- Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal. Did you know that wireless home phones and baby monitors can disrupt your Wi-Fi signal? One simple way to boost your signal is to move any of these devices away from areas where you are experiencing problems. You can also buy an external antenna for your router, which can both produce a stronger signal and help reposition the router.
- Keep iOS Updated. It is always a good idea to make sure you are on the most updated version of your operating system. While in some ways this can actually slow down the iPad as the newest version may use more resources, it can also solve bugs that can end up slowing down your iPad's performance. You can check to see if iOS is up to date by going into the iPad's settings, choosing General settings and tapping Software Update.
Want to know more great things you can do with your iPad? Check out Great iPad Tips Every Owner Should Know