Your iPad’s lifespan is limited. After a few years, you’ll most certainly notice a decline in performance, as seen by failed apps, unresponsive buttons, low storage, and poor battery life. Unfortunately, no matter what you do, your iPad will ultimately succumb to time, but there are various ways to optimize and maximize the lifespan of your tablet and avoid having to buy another one so soon.
In this article, we’ll teach you how to extend the life of your iPad by monitoring software updates and deleting unneeded apps on a daily basis. If you’re looking for more ways to optimize your Apple devices, check out these modifications to help clear up storage as well as how to clear cache to help make your device run faster.
Keep up with updated software
Apple publishes software updates on a regular basis that repair bugs and enhance general efficiency while also adding new features. Installing these updates will keep the operating system on your iPad quicker, smoother, and more secure. You may enable automatic updates by going to Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates and checking both the download and install boxes. If Apple provides a new update in the future, your iPad will automatically download and install it overnight as long as your device is charging and connected to Wi-Fi.
Clear out your unused apps on a regular basis
I believe it is safe to say that we have all downloaded an app, opened it once or twice, and then never touched it again. Over time, the amount of space occupied by those apps reduces the device’s ability to operate at top performance. Bloat isn’t limited to apps. Your photo album or music collection can also take up space. Or perhaps you let your Apple Arcade subscription lapse and now have a folder full of games you can’t play.
What is my recommendation? Set a reminder on your calendar once a month to go through and get rid of all unneeded bloat. If a device, such as the iPad, is running slowly and sluggishly, it may give the impression that it has to be replaced when, in fact, it only requires periodic maintenance.
To see which apps are using up the most space on your tablet, navigate to Settings > General > iPad Storage. You’ll see a list of installed apps as well as how much space they’re occupying. Perhaps you forget you have multiple podcasts downloaded in the Podcasts app; this is where you’ll find storage hogs, which you can then deal with. Go through the list and remove any apps or content that you no longer require. When you download files, iPadOS saves them to your iCloud Drive account rather than your local storage. However, you can trim your downloads by opening the Files app and searching for the Downloads folder.
Add a keyboard and trackpad combo
Switch to a keyboard and trackpad if your iPad’s screen is damaged or showing indications of slowing down to touch interactions. As long as your iPad is running iPadOS 13.5 or higher, you can use a trackpad to click on objects just like you would on a standard computer.
Even if your iPad’s display isn’t giving you problems, adding an attachment – particularly one that fundamentally changes how you use the device – can make it feel like you have a brand-new tablet and persuade you that it doesn’t need to be replaced. It will take some time to get acclimated to the new trackpad motions, but once you do, you’ll feel like you’re using a full-fledged computer.
If you have a recent iPad Pro, the Magic Keyboard is the greatest keyboard-trackpad combination available. Otherwise, be sure to check out our constantly updated list of the top keyboard cases available.
Problems with the battery? Here are some ideas you can try
It’s no secret that the longer you own and use any type of gadget with a battery inside it, the more battery life issues you’ll encounter. You can try a variety of tips and methods, such as altering the brightness of your display, blocking any unwanted connections, and limiting which apps refresh in the background. If those don’t work, here are a couple more options.
According to Apple, your iPad’s battery will last the longest if you don’t use it in excessively cold or hot temperatures. Anything hotter than 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) can permanently harm the battery. Using it in a temperature lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) may severely reduce, albeit momentarily, your battery life. So, instead of reading a book on your iPad in the park on a hot summer day, perhaps you should just enjoy the view or pick an old-school paperback.
If you intend to store your iPad for a few weeks or longer, don’t fully charge the battery first. According to Apple, charge the iPad’s battery to 50% and then turn it off. Every six months, you should charge it back up to 50%.
Give it some TLC
Cleaning your iPad will not only make you feel better about using it, but it will also improve its long-term performance by ensuring that the charging port is clean and that it can charge efficiently, as well as keeping debris out of the buttons so that they continue to work.
Cleaning your tablet doesn’t require any special tools; a toothpick may be used to clean ports, and disinfectant wipes or microfiber towels can be used to clean the screen and speaker grill. All of the techniques in this comprehensive guide to keeping your phone clean also apply to the iPad.
When you’re through cleaning it, don’t be scared to put it in a case. A case will keep it clean and safeguard it from a few accidental drops. And, if you ever decide to sell it, putting a case on the iPad will help keep it in excellent shape, resulting in a better final sales price.
Always make a backup of your iPad
As your iPad becomes older, the chances of it randomly failing to work one day increase. This is advice I provide to everyone, including those who have a brand-new phone or tablet, but having a current backup for an older device feels essential.
Turning on iCloud Backup is the simplest way to keep everything backed up. To do so, launch the Settings app, tap on your name at the top of the screen, select iCloud > iCloud Backup, and turn it on. As long as your iPad is connected to a Wi-Fi network and charging, it will automatically back up itself every night.