Today we want to take a look at some of the most common iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad problems and show you how to fix them.
Apple’s released a number of iOS 10 updates but iPad users continue to struggle with problems including abnormal battery drain, issues with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, problems with AirDrop, and more.
The company’s iOS 10.3 update fix some of these issues but we expect some to linger in the months ahead.
With that in mind, we want to share some fixes for common iPad problems affecting iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad Retina owners. Most of these fixes should work on iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9 as well.
How to Fix iPad Battery Life Problems
Battery life issues continue to plague many iPad users. And while it’s easy to blame Apple and its iOS update for your issues, there’s a chance that it’s a third-party application or your bad habits causing the problems.
There are a number of things you can try if your iPad starts exhibiting heavy battery drain out of nowhere or if you start experiencing issues after you upgrade to a new version of iOS.
While there are a ton of things that people recommend, we think there are several fixes that iPad users should try before taking the device into an Apple Store.
These fixes range from small settings tweaks to changes in daily overall use. All of them have the potential to fix bad iOS battery life and we highly recommend looking at them before performing a factory reset or taking the iPad in.
How to Fix iPad Wi-Fi Issues
Wi-Fi issues have been a nuisance for many iPad users for many years and we continue to hear complaints after the iOS 10 release.
iPad users have complained about a wide variety of issues ranging from grayed out Wi-Fi to issues keeping a connection.
Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed fix for iPad Wi-Fi issues but there are a few things that users can try before performing a factory reset, replacing a router, or taking the iPhone down to an Apple Store.
These fixes have been passed down for many years and they’ve worked for numerous iPad users in the past.
The first thing you’ll want to do is reset your network settings. This is an extremely easy process though it could take a couple of minutes to complete. To do this, open up the iPad and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
You will need the iPad’s passcode and a few minutes of time because the tablet is going to reboot itself to complete the changes.
You’ll also want to track down commonly used Wi-Fi passwords because this process will force you to renter them for your connections.
If that doesn’t fix things, you can try turning off Wi-Fi Networking. To do that, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. After you’ve handled this, reboot your iPad and see it things improve.
You can also try forgetting your Wi-Fi connection. To do that, head into the Wi-Fi settings and tap that circle with a lowercase “i” in the middle. Forget the connection. Then, reconnect. This has worked for us in the past.
If that doesn’t work, try resetting your router. Unplug it for five minutes and then plug it in again. If that doesn’t help, consult a manual and update the router’s firmware.
How to Fix iPad Bluetooth Problems
Bluetooth problems are common iOS issues and they continue to plague iPad users around the world. There are a few things you can try in an effort to fix them.
First, flip your Bluetooth connection off and then on again to see if that helps. This has helped us reconnect to Bluetooth speakers in the past.
Second, try “Reset All Settings” function in your iPad’s settings. To do this, open up your iPad and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This might take a bit of time but it’s a known fix for Bluetooth issues.
If that doesn’t work, forget your Bluetooth connection and connect again. To do that, head into your Bluetooth settings and tap the lowercase “i.” Forget the connection and try again. It might take a few attempts but this could dislodge your issues.
How to Fix iPad App Issues
We’ve been getting a lot of complaints about applications crashing and freezing in iOS 10. iPad users haven’t been as vocal as iPhone users but that doesn’t mean that app problems don’t exist.
Apple’s not going to be fixing these issues and it’s going to be up to third-party developers to take care of any random problems. And that means that fixes, permanent ones, could take awhile.
Fortunately, there are a few things that iPad users can try to try and return app performance to its normal state.
Make sure the applications on your iPad are updated. App updates with support for iOS 10 have been trickling out since launch in September and you’ll want those on board if you’re running the latest software.
If you’re forgetful or lazy, you will want to turn on automatic App Store updates. This will keep apps automatically updated and ensure that they are always on the latest version with the latest bug fixes. To do that, head into Settings > iTunes & App Store > and Toggle on Automatic Downloads.
If you’re on the latest version, try reinstalling the app to see if that helps. This has worked for us in the past.
How to Improve Performance on iPad
Our experience on iOS 10 has been pretty solid but we know that some are suffering from performance issues. Those of you that notice a drop in performance have a few things that they can try to improve performance.
There are some ways to speed up the performance on the iPad should it get a little choppy. We’ve outlined a number of different strategies including reducing animations and pretty effects, resetting settings, or restoring back to factory settings.
Keep in mind, there is no cure all for performance issues on the iPad or Apple’s iPhone. If nothing works, users will want to try these before performing a factory reset.
How to Fix iPad iMessage Problems
We’ve been running into a number of iMessage problems on the iPad for several years now and know other iPad owners have too.
If you’re iMessages stop working, the first thing to try is toggling iMessage off and on. If that doesn’t work, try rebooting the tablet. If neither of those work, it’s time to reset the device’s network settings.
To do that, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The iPad will reboot, your messages should be working again.
If this doesn’t help, make sure there isn’t an outage at Apple.
How to Fix iPad AirDrop Issues
AirDrop is a quick way to share files across devices. It’s also a feature that’s been troublesome for some users in the past. We ourselves have encountered AirDrop problems on iOS though we were able to solve them with a simple solution.
iPad users experiencing issues with AirDrop, including the inability to send files or discover users, will simply want to try toggling AirDrop to Everyone.
To do that, pull up Control Center from the bottom of the screen and change the setting from Off or Contacts Only to Everyone. With this setting turned on, we were able to share files across all devices using iOS.
How to Fix iPad Random Reboots
iPad users have been complaining about frustrating random reboots where the device magically resets on its own. These can be tricky to fix but here are a few suggestions.
The only permanent cure is going to be an iOS update and upcoming iOS 10 updates aren’t guaranteed to fix things. Fortunately, after years of dealing with these issues, we have some tips to try and minimize this extremely random issue.
First, try restarting the iPad. This is a no-brainer but it could have a positive impact on your device’s performance, especially if you haven’t reset it in awhile.
We also recommend performing a reset on all settings. To do that, Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
It also might be worth it to uninstall recent apps to see if that helps.
How to Fix iPad Cellular Data Issues
We’ve been getting complaints about cellular data issues on iPads running the iOS 10 update. Slow connections, no connections and other random problems have plagued some iPad and iPhone users in the days since its release.
To try and fix these, first try restarting the iPad. This has worked for us in the past. If that simple fix doesn’t work, try toggling cellular data on and off. This also has had a positive effect on our connectivity. To do that, Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle Off.
Finally, if none of that works, try flipping Airplane Mode on, waiting 30 seconds, and then flipping it off. This, like the other fixes, has worked to dislodge cellular data issues.
If nothing works, contact your carrier to see if there is an outage in your area.
How to Fix iPad Problems If Nothing Else Works
If none of this works and Apple’s discussion forums aren’t helping, we have two recommendations. First, take the iPad to a Genius Bar at the local Apple Store. They’ll help diagnose the problem, if they can.
You might also get in contact with Apple’s support page on Twitter to see if the reps there can help you iron out your issue(s).
Those that can’t or don’t want to go that route will want to consider performing a factory reset. Factory resets will wipe the iPad clean though it has worked wonders for devices in the past.
To do that choose Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Again, this will wipe everything from the iPad, so make a back up before doing this, even though we recommend not installing from a restore.
Install iOS 11.3.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.3.1 update comes with four known security patches for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 11.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.3.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3.1 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.3.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with even more security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.3. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3.1 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.