The iPad mini 5 is Apple’s current 7.9-inch model. The device went on sale in 2019 and since then we’ve been monitoring feedback from people who bought Apple’s slate.
A lot of the feedback has been great. However, we’ve also seen complaints about the iPad mini 5’s hardware and the iPadOS 14 software it’s currently running.
In this guide we’ll take you through the most common problems plaguing Apple’s iPad mini 5. We’ll also provide you with some tips and resources that should come in handy if you start noticing bugs and performance issues on your device.
iPad mini 5 Problems
Some iPad mini 5 users are running into problems. And while some of these issues are minor bugs, others are far more problematic.
We’re seeing complaints about iCloud Restore problems. This is also a common issue with new devices and it can be rather tricky to fix. If you run into issues restoring from iCloud, head here for a few potential fixes.
If you’re unable to activate your iPad mini 5, check Apple’s System Status page and see if “iOS Device Activation” is green. If it’s not green, you’ll want to wait until it’s green and then try again.
If it’s green and you still can’t activate, make sure you have a SIM card in your device. If you’re getting a “No Sim” or “Invalid SIM” error head here for help.
In addition to those problems, we’re seeing complaints about abnormal amounts of yellow tint, animations stuttering, connectivity issues (Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth), Touch ID issues, battery life issues, problems with various apps, sound problems, and an assortment of other issues.
We expect the list to grow as more people adopt the iPad mini 5 in 2021.
Where to Find Feedback
If you’re running into problems on your iPad mini 5, curious about issues impacting other users, or if you’re thinking about buying one, you’ll want to dig into feedback. There are a few places to do that.
We’ve also put together a guide that will take you through the best reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of iPadOS 14 right now.
Check it out if you need additional feedback.
How to Fix iPad mini 5 Problems
If you start noticing issues on your tablet don’t make an appointment yet. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix the issue on your own in minutes.
First, you’ll want to take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iPadOS 14 problems. It covers Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, and many others.
If you can’t find a fix for your problem in one of those guides, head on over to Apple’s discussion forums for potential fixes. The users there are generally very helpful.
Your iPad mini 5 is under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if there’s a serious defect.
How to Downgrade iPad mini 5 Software
Sometimes you will have the option to downgrade your iPad mini 5 from one version of iPadOS 14 to another. This is useful if you can’t find a fix and can’t wait for Apple to fix your issues.
If you’re currently running iPadOS 14.4.2, you can’t downgrade. Apple’s no longer signing on older versions of iPadOS 14 which is something to keep in mind before you download the latest software. Once you make the move to iPadOS 14.4.2 there’s no going back.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, our guide to the iPadOS 14 downgrade will walk you through everything you need to know.
Apple’s prepping a new version of iPadOS 14.
The company’s confirmed iPadOS 14.5 and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of an official release later this year.
iPadOS 14.5 is a milestone upgrade which means it will carry new features, bug fixes, and security patches on board. It’s a huge update for iPad.
We expect iPadOS 14.5 to arrive sometime in April. If you don’t want to wait for the official release, you should download the beta right now.
For more on iPadOS 14.5 and the beta, check out our guide.