How to Get Better iOS 8 Performance on iPad 2 & iPad 3

If your old iPad 2 or iPad 3 isn’t fast after installing iOS 8 or iOS 8.0.2 this guide will help you change several settings to speed up your old iPad.

Old iPads like the iPad 2 and iPad 3 can run the new iOS 8 update, but the performance is not as smooth or fast as on older versions like iOS 7 or even iOS 6. Assuming you want some of the new iOS 8 features, you can make a few changes to speed up your iPad 2.

After changing these settings on the iPad 3 the device is slightly faster in some areas where animations are no longer present. Multitasking loads faster and some apps load faster.

Learn how to speed up your old iPad 2 or iPad 3 running iOS 8.

Learn how to speed up your old iPad 2 or iPad 3 running iOS 8.

You’ll notice that instead of smooth transitions between the home screen and multitasking there is a jump straight to multi-tasking. Although this is not as pleasant to look at things do seem to load faster which is a tradeoff we’re willing to make.

All of these options will help you speed up the iPad 2 or iPad 3 running iOS 8. We’ll also cover some things you don’t need to do to speed up the iPad 2 or iPad 3.

Speed Up an Old iPad on iOS 8

Here are four tips that can help you speed up iOS 8 on the iPad 2 and iPad 3. This won’t deliver a completely new experience and you may not even want to call the old iPad fast on iOS 8, but it does help.

Reduce Motion

Reduce Motion on the iPad 2 or iPad 3 for better performance on iOS 8.

Reduce Motion on the iPad 2 or iPad 3 for better performance on iOS 8.

 

You can turn off Parallax on the iPad 2 and iPad 3 to see some speed enhancements. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. Tap to turn Reduce Motion On.

This turns off the motion when you are on the home screen and in some other places where motion might look nice, but can slow down the iPad.

Transparency

Turn off transparency to speed up an old iPad on iOS 8.

Turn off transparency to speed up an old iPad on iOS 8.

The next setting to change is to turn off transparency, which replaces the frosted glass look in various areas with a solid gray color. This doesn’t look as nice but with this and the other setting turned on the better iOS 8 performance is worth the trade-off.

Go to Settings -> General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast > Reduce Transparency -> On.

Storage

If you are almost out of storage it can lead to some app crashes and general odd behavior. Make sure you have more than a few MB of storage. To do this go to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Look at Available Storage.

Free up storage.

Free up storage.

If You have less than 100MB of storage you may want to remove an app, delete an old movie or move some of your photos and videos to a computer.

Reset All Settings

If the iPad 2 and iPad 3 feel slow and buggy you may see some improvements by Resetting All Settings. This will not delete your files, but you will need to rejoin WiFi networks and reconnect to Bluetooth devices.

If all else fails you can try resetting all settings.

If all else fails you can try resetting all settings.

This essentially puts all of the iPhone settings back to a fresh start. Don’t expect miracles, but there is always a chance it can fix some lingering issues.

Go to General > Reset > Reset All Settings. If you have a pass code enter it to proceed. You should not lose any data. 

What Not to Do

You don’t need to close apps after you finish using them. This doesn’t save battery life and it doesn’t make your iPad faster. If an app is not working right then you can close it, but other than that the apps are smart enough to stay in the background without slowing down your iPad. You may see some small improvements if you close maps apps or music apps, but overall this is not something that will help.