How to Improve the Performance of Your iPad and iPhone

by Shelly Bowen on March 18, 2013

How to close kids apps and improve performance of your iPhone and iPadDo your iPad apps keep crashing? Is your iPhone really slow to respond? Are your favorite apps not doing what they’re supposed to? If you’re like me, you have lots of fancy apps (especially interactive kids’ apps) that do really cool things. But if you have too many open at the same time, the performance of your iPhone or iPad may suffer.

Here’s how to make your iPhone or iPad run more quickly and smoothly:

  1. Double press your Home button, the one that looks like a little indented belly button that the kids love to press.
  2. All of your open apps will slide up from the bottom of the screen. Slide them to the left to view all the apps that are open.
  3. Tap and hold the app you’d like to close. All of the open apps will start to wriggle. Tap the red circles to close them one by one. They won’t disappear from your device. They’ll just shut down.
  4. To close the slider at the bottom of the screen, press the bellybutton Home button once more.
  5. Then reopen the app that wasn’t working well for you. It should be fine now.

If that doesn’t work, try powering down your iPhone or iPad all together. To do that, press and hold down the button that’s along the outer edge of the device, next to the headphone jack (opposite side of the bellybutton). You’ll see a screen that says “slide to to power off.” To turn it back on, just press the button again.

Hope this is helpful! With all the high-res images and hidden interactions in our kids’ app storybook All Fixed Up, I know this helps improve the experience quite a bit.

Oh! And here’s how to make that cute stuffed owl that’s on my iPhone.


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