Identify iPad Problems & issues
Identify iPad Problems & issues

If you know something is wrong with your iPad but just can’t put your finger on it, hopefully this article will help. It’s frustrating when your iPad is lagging or not opening up apps properly anymore; and it can also be a pain if it’s not charging like it should or you’re getting weird lines on your screen. Our iPads are important for school, work, play, entertainment, and staying connected so it’s important to spot these signs early and get them repaired as soon as possible. Every electronic device has a lifespan, and iPads are no exception. However, there are certain symptoms that could hint at a problem sooner than expected. Understanding these signs might just be the key to saving your iPad from an untimely end.

If you are dealing with something obvious (like a shattered screen) that will just take a screen replacement to fix. But if you have something more tricky like a digitizer that works only sometimes or a battery that is still working but doesn’t seem to have the same juice as it once did, it’s often times more cost-effective to get a free diagnostic on your iPad before you jump into any repair.

  1. Unusual Slowness: Have you noticed a sudden lag or delay in response while launching apps or switching between them? If this happens consistently, it could signal an underlying issue with your iPad’s hardware or software.
  2. Frequent Freezing: iPads are known for their slick and smooth operation. If yours is regularly freezing or hanging, it might be more than just an innocent glitch.
  3. Battery Drains Too Quickly: Apple is quite proud of its devices’ battery life. So, if you find that your iPad is losing juice faster than usual, there might be an issue with the battery or power management system. Other signs of a failing battery include taking longer than normal to charge, shutting down randomly when charged, or overheating especially while charging.
  4. Unresponsive Touch Screen: An iPad is nothing without its intuitive touch screen. If your screen is not responding accurately to your touch or doesn’t respond at all, that’s a glaring red flag and a possible sign of a faulty digitizer. Other signs could be a screen where the images seem to flicker or jump.
  5. Frequent Overheating: Electronic devices can get warm during heavy use. However, if your iPad gets hot to the touch with light use or even when idle, it could indicate an internal problem.
  6. Unexpected Restarts and Shutdowns: Random reboots or shutdowns can be a symptom of a failing battery or other hardware issues. It could also indicate a deeper software problem.
  7. Distorted Audio or Display: If the visuals on your iPad seem blurry, distorted, or pixelated, or if the audio is fuzzy, this can suggest a possible issue with your iPad’s display or sound system. Some other signs of possible LCD damage include discoloration or a black screen.
  8. Unsuccessful Updates: Last but not least, if your iPad consistently fails to update its software or apps, or if it’s unable to install them, this can be a symptom of a storage or software problem.

Now, while some of these symptoms might point to a simple software issue that a good old reset might fix, others might be indicating a more serious hardware problem. When in doubt, it’s always best to seek professional help. Visit your local GadgetMates location and tell us to fix your iPad! We’ll be able to diagnose and resolve your issue before something bigger happens.

Eric Chan

Hi! I’m Eric and I work on the knowledge base at  You can see some of my writings about technology, cellphone repair, and computer repair here.

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