Why Is My Tablet So Slow? Four Tips To Optimize Tablet Speed

With time, your tablet might slow down – but that doesn’t mean you have to buy a new one.

Tablets typically aren’t used as much as your average smartphone, which means these handy devices tend to last quite a while. But even the toughest tablet isn’t invincible, and eventually, you may see dips in performance. Below, we’ll explore a few tips and tricks to try when your tablet is running slow.

Quick Answer: When your tablet runs slow, try checking for updates, closing your apps, and deleting unneeded media. If all else fails, you may need to perform a factory reset.

Man using a tablet

Check for updates

To help keep devices running smoothly, smartphone and tablet manufacturers release regular software updates. These updates won’t always impact speed, but they do sometimes fix bugs and other issues that might bog down your tablet’s performance. Checking for updates is simple – just open your tablet’s settings, look for “About Device” or a similar option, and tap the software update button. If an update is available, make sure you’re connected to a wireless network before you begin.

Close your apps

The two main tablet operating systems, Android and iOS, should handle your tablet’s memory effectively. But from time to time – especially with older tablets – having too many apps open at once can cause slower performance. Luckily, this is one issue that’s simple to address. Most tablets feature a button or function that displays all apps currently in use. Usually, you can swipe these apps away to close them.

Clean up

Performing a general cleanup can work wonders for your tablet’s performance.

A general cleanup can work wonders for your tablet’s performance. Start by removing widgets. Although they’re handy, widgets require more processing power, taking away from what’s available to help run your apps. Then, delete media content like songs, photos, and videos that you’ve backed up or no longer need. While this won’t always help, a tablet that’s dangerously close to being full will likely benefit from extra storage space. Once everything is gone, restart your device.

Factory reset

If you’ve tried everything else and still can’t figure out the issue, a fresh start may be all you need. Just be aware that a full factory reset will erase all data, restoring the tablet to like-new condition (digitally, at least). That means you’ll have to re-download all your apps, log into them, and adjust any settings to meet your preferences.

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