Typical iPad Problems and How to Fix Them


The iPad is an extremely popular tablet that has undergone many transformations and improvements. Apple’s trademark craftsmanship typically ensures that you can happily use any device they create for years to come. 

Sometimes, however, your iPad may not work as well as you’d like. No device is perfect, not even Apple devices. We’re going to take a look at typical iPad problems and potential ways to fix them. If these troubleshooting tips do not work, you might have to take your tablet to a store for iPad repair

Random Reboots, Crashes, General Performance Issues

After Apple updated to iOS 11 and newer, owners of older iPads sometimes grapple with performance issues. Freezing iPads, significant slowdowns, and random reboots can happen. This is a typical problem.

What Can I Do?

The fact of the matter is, older hardware might not be conducive to the newer transitions and animations of iOS and newer versions. You can reduce these effects to deal with performance problems. 

  • Head to Settings, then General, then Accessibility. Choose Reduce Motion to scale back on animations. 
  • Head to Settings, then General, then Accessibility, then Increase Contrast. Choose Reduce transparency. 
  • If you see your iPad starting to slow down, double on home to close all running apps in the background. You can do this by swiping up. 

If you are dealing with random reboots and crashes, a glitchy app might be the cause of your problem. You can try uninstalling apps one at a time, or go nuclear, factory reset the device, and reinstall the apps you need. 

Activation Error 

It is not uncommon to see an error message that says “the iPad could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable.” 

This typically happens when you set up a new device, but iPad owners have reported that they have experienced this after using their devices for some time. 

What Can I Do? 

You’re going to want to remove your SIM card, then perform a hard reset: 

  • Press down and hold the power button and the home button until the iPad restarts itself 
  • Place the SIM card back, and your problem should be solved. 
  • If this is not the case, the problem may be related to your SIM card – replacing your old one will likely be the solution to this error message. 

Slow Keyboard that Lags 

Sometimes you might have to deal with a keyboard that hangs when you are trying to compose an email or use iMessage. Even if you are using third-party keyboards, this problem can still persist. 

What Can I Do? 

An accessibility mode called “Guided Access” can sometimes mess with keyboards. 

  • Go to Settings, then General, then Accessibility, choose Guided Access and toggle the button to OFF. 
  • Then, head to Settings, then iCloud, then Documents and Data, and toggle to OFF. 
  • You might also try resetting all of your settings entirely by heading to Settings, then General, then choosing Reset all Settings. 
  • You can now add or remove a third-party keyboard when you go to Settings, then General, then Keyboards. 

A Camera App that Crashes

You might be dealing with the camera application crashing while you use it or failing to load. 

What Can I Do? 

  • Tap the Home button twice, and swipe up on the Camera app, and any additional apps that use the camera to close them. Restart the app to see if your camera is working. 
  • If not, you can go to Settings, then General, and choose Restrictions to see if the camera app is allowed. 
  • Again, you can reset all settings, or it might be possible that a third-party app is causing the problem. Delete camera apps one by one and check if the issue is fixed. 

An Interface Stuck to Portrait or Landscape

Your iPad’s interface might get stuck in portrait or landscape mode, not switching as you rotate your device. 

What  Can I Do? 

  • Hit the power button to turn your display off and tap it again to wake it up. 
  • If this doesn’t work, hold down the power button and home button for about 15 seconds to restart your iPad. 
  • Go to Settings, then General, then Choose Use Side Switch – toggle “Lock Rotation” to OFF if it is set to ON.
  • This might happen only when you are using a particular app. Tap the home button twice to open your multitasking screen and slide the app window up. 

Connectivity Problems 

You might face a problem when you are connecting to a wi-fi network or trying to maintain this connection, pairing Bluetooth, or using cellular networks.

What Can I do? 

  • If your wi-fi keeps dropping or fails to connect at all, turn your router off for 30 seconds and turn it back on. 
  • Next, head to Settings, then General, then Reset, choose Reset Network Settings and re-enter your network information. 
  • If you are having Bluetooth issues, head to Settings, then Bluetooth and turn it off and on again. 
  • Same thing for data issues – go to Cellular, then Cellular Data, and turn it off and on. 
  • If your problem persists, you can reset all settings. 

Safari Browser Crashing 

If your Safari app keeps closing, particularly when multiple tabs are open, there might be a fix.

What Can I Do?

  • Head to Settings, then Safari and choose “Clear History,” and “Clear Cookies and Data.” 
  • If this issue persists, you may need to do a factory reset, or use a third-party browser.

The Big Picture

We hope these troubleshooting issues have helped you get to the bottom of your problem, but if nothing is working, you can head to a repair shop to fix your issue. If your iPad is under warranty, you should be able to get it fixed at the Apple store for a reasonable price. 

However, if the warranty has run out, you might be better off going to a local repair shop to get your iPad fix. The quality of your iPad fix is typically just as good as a fix from the Apple store, and reputable repair shops will offer a warranty for your peace of mind.