Are you about to enter college? Or are you already in the middle of your university journey? Regardless of which level you are in, it is likely that you have an iPad to help you out in your school work and more.

There is no question that the iPad helped change the teaching landscape.

But sometimes, your iPad may start to act up. In worse cases, they end up not working. What if you don’t know how to fix a broken iPad?

The best solution is still prevention. Continue reading below as we give you some essential iPad maintenance tips.

1. Manage Your Apps

It is normal for college students to download different apps on their iPad. But having too many apps on your tablet can cause different kinds of issues with your iPad.

Having too many apps can slow down your iPad’s performance. But there are a few things you can do to resolve this. First, go over your apps list and identify which ones you are no longer using.

Delete those apps to free up some storage space on your device. With more free space available, your iPad can operate more efficiently.

Take note that deleting an app means erasing the latter from your device.

Furthermore, if there are apps you rarely use, transfer them into a dedicated folder. You can also include your other junk inside that folder.

2. Update Your Apps

Still concerning your apps, make sure to update them regularly. The best time to do this is after deleting the ones you don’t need and cleaning your junk.

Head on to the App Store and tap on “Updates.” Select “Update All” to update all the apps in your device that are still running on older versions.

In case updating your apps is too cumbersome, let the Automatic Update feature take care of it for you.

3. Restart Your iPad

After organizing your apps, the next thing you must do is to restart your iPad. This is to refresh your device’s memory and give it a fresh start.

To do this, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button of your iPad. Wait until the “Slide to Power Off” slider appears before releasing the button. Thereafter, swipe it to refresh your iPad.

Wait for a few seconds then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button anew to wake up your device. If you’re using an iPad Pro, press and hold one of the volume buttons and the power button at the same time.

Wait until the slider appears and proceed with the same steps above. Take note that restarting is different when you factory reset iPad devices.

4. Perform Regular Back-Ups

Much like with your laptop or iPhone, you need to perform regular back-ups on your iPad. Backing up not only makes your iPad work more efficiently, but it also does a lot of wonders that will benefit you as your load in school becomes heavier.

Backing up your device helps you recover your files in case a software update goes array. It also secures your documents and other important data in case you lose your iPad.

The fastest way to back up your device is through iTunes. Alternatively, you may use iCloud if you want to. The good thing about iTunes is that it offers unlimited backups.

5. Check Your ADS-B and GPS Accessories

Another essential tip is to check if you are using the updated versions of your ADS-B and GPS accessories. These wireless accessories come with their respective firmware.

And like any other software, you need to update them to ensure performance and stability.

Do note that there are different receivers you may need to update. Each one having a different set of steps and requirements. If you’re using a Stratus receiver, you need to update it first.

If you’re using the Garmin GDL 50/51/52 Firmware, you can update it here.

6. Optimize Your Layouts and Buttons

As you add more apps to your iPad, your habits will also evolve. Thus, you need to optimize your iPad’s layouts and buttons. Go to the “Settings” app and select “Control Center.”

Tap the “Customize Controls” option. From there, tinker with the options and apply the shortcuts to apps that you use often. Doing this will save you a lot of time especially when you need to access certain apps in a hurry.

7. Stop the Background App Refresh

In case you’re using an older generation of iPad like the iPad Air 2 or the iPad Mini, consider stopping the Background App Refresh. This service is the one that checks your apps for updates. Having too many active apps means this service will require more processing power from your device.

In turn, it reduces your iPad’s speed. To stop this, go to “Settings” and check if this service is running. If it is, go to “General” then hit “Background App Refresh” and turn it off accordingly.

8. Clear Your Cache

If there is one app that is notorious for slowing down, it is Safari. This is likely because your Safari’s cache is already full. Hence, you need to clear its history.

Head on to “Settings” and go to “General.” Select “Clear History and Website Data” to clear up the cache. You will then experience faster browsing.

9. Update Your iOS

Last but not least in the most essential iPad maintenance tips is updating with the latest iOS version. Updating your iOS yields many benefits. First, it updates your iPad’s security features.

It also gives you the latest features Apple is introducing. Moreover, it fixes those nagging bugs disrupting your user experience.

Learn More Beyond iPad Maintenance Tips

Through these iPad maintenance tips, you can resolve common problems with the iPad. You will also improve your browsing and increase the speed of your device. However, learning these tips is not enough.

Learn more about your iPad and other devices by reading our other blog posts. We tackle different topics and provide tips that will unleash the full potential of your devices.