The first trick is to have a good software clear-out. Remove any apps that you no longer use. Apps take up storage space, and freeing up space makes it easier for iOS to operate.
Note that we’re talking about deleting the apps from the device entirely, not just closing them down (by double-tapping the Home button – or doing a long swipe up on an iPad without a Home button – to open the multitasking bar, then swiping up on the app you want to close).
Deleting apps that you no longer use has a notable effect on iOS and, more recently, iPadOS – especially if you have limited storage available because it will free up space.
You can delete apps you no longer want or use by pressing and holding on the app icon until it starts to jump around. In iPadOS 13, you tap and hold then select Rearrange Icons to access the delete function. Then tap on the X in the top right of the icon to delete it.
If you’re looking to delete multiple apps, there’s a quicker and easier way than deleting each one individually. Tap Settings > General > iPad Storage. You’ll see a graph of your usage, a couple of recommendations, then a list of apps organised by the amount of storage they take up.
Look for items that are taking up lots of space and which you can live without. Podcasts, GarageBand and Movies are likely suspects. It’s probably also worth turning on Photo syncing on iCloud if you’ve got a large collection of photos and videos stored locally.
Tap an app to view a few more details, and then tap Delete App to remove the app and its documents and data – or use the newer Offload App option, which deletes the app but leaves the data behind. This is great for games which have large graphics files but small game saves that you’d like to keep.
Here’s a guide on
how to delete iPad apps.