How to Speed Up a Tablet

By James Wright

Tablets often run different operating systems from desktop computers, but operate on the same basic software design and hardware standards; for example, tablets have memory, and if that memory is used up, your tablet will gradually slow down. If your tablet runs too slow it can even become unresponsive -- if you have to force a restart you can lose work, or your tablet may start giving you errors. You can bring your tablet back up to speed by limiting how many apps you have open at a time and disabling any special features that may look nice but take up lots of power.

Speed Up iOS Tablets

Step 1

Close down any excess apps that are running in the background by viewing your running apps and closing the ones you don't want. Tap your home button twice to bring up the All list, press and hold on any app icon until all the icons begin moving, then tap the minus symbol on each app's icon to close it. Apps running in the background don't take up much memory, but having many apps running at the same time can still slow your tablet down.

Step 2

Update your iPad to make sure you are running the latest software. Tap "Settings," tap "General," then select "Software Update." Your iPad must be connected to the Internet to perform this update. Select any available update to download, then tap "Install." Keep your iPad plugged into a power source for the duration of the update.

Step 3

Restart your iPad to refresh it and clear its memory. Shutting it down completely and starting it up again will close all apps and delete temporary data, so more memory will be available and all processes will have been refreshed. Restart your tablet every week or so to keep it running smoothly and prevent a buildup of excessive memory use.

Speed Up Android Tablets

Step 1

Uninstall apps you no longer use and clear caches of other program to free up memory. Open "Settings," select "Applications," then select "Manage Applications." Select any app you want to uninstall, then tap "Uninstall." If you want to keep the program but clean its cache file, tap "Clear cache." You can do this manually for each app or install an app like App Cache Cleaner or Clean Master that will do this process for you.

Step 2

Disable live wallpapers and clean out the number of app icons you have on your home page. Live wallpapers take up both plenty of memory and battery, so it can slow your tablet and drain it of energy quickly. Deleting icons from your home screen won't uninstall the program, but it will prevent your tablet from having to load so many icons.

Step 3

Disable animations by accessing Developer Mode. Open "Settings," tap "Developer options," then move the slide at the top from "Off" to "On." Tap "OK" on the warning prompt. Look for "Window animation scale," "Transition animation scale" and "Animator duration scale" and change their values to "Animation off." This tweak disables transition animations like opening apps and sliding between home screens.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you performed all these steps and your tablet is still functioning slowly, try performing a factory reset. Reinstalling your apps is as simple as resyncing your iPad or visiting the Play store to re-download your purchased apps. If you have any data not saved to a cloud or on your computer, back it up before trying a factory reset.
  • Be cautious when accessing any developer options on your tablet. These options are usually disabled for a reason, and if they are changed incorrectly it could cause errors for your tablet.