Old iPad 2 with major "reloading" problems

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Clint1583, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. Clint1583 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2011
    I have an older iPad 2 which I bought years ago but a few months ago it started to constantly reload itself on most web sites, some sites worse then others. It's not uncommon for this thing to reload the page several times before I can read what I'm looking at. It happens using both Safari and Google Chrome but seems to be more so on Safari.

    At times the entire iPad also reboots itself for no reason, almost like this thing has a mind of it's own. I just assumed I picked up some type of virus over the years of owning it.

    In hopes of saving this old iPad I did a complete restore of the system to factory settings Oldin hopes that it would fix the problem. Unfortunately it didn't help. Same problems came back.

    Short of throwing it away and just buying a new iPad, does anyone have any idea's or tricks to fix this old thing? I basically just use it for playing on the internet and watching movies while traveling.

  2. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    There is nothing to fix. If a reload doesn't fix it, it's time for a new iPad.
  3. Heat_Fan89 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2016
    What version of iOS are you on? The iPad 2 was not designed to run anything past iOS 6. IOS 7 slowed it down and iOS 8 & 9 just piled on. I have n iPad 2 that barely runs iOS 9.3

    My suggestions are:
    1) Do a full erase and reset
    2) Turn off JavaScript in Safari unless you absolutely need it
    3) Keep apps to a minimum in the background. Close what you're not using.
    4) Wait for a Jailbreak and downgrade back to iOS 6
    5) Buy a new iPad or Android tablet.
  4. Ghostbuster386 macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2014
    Orlando, FL
    You said you restored it to factory settings but did you do that through iTunes and set up as new?
  5. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Trade it in at Best Buy. If it's "working" they'll give you $100 credit for it. I just took my first gen iPad mini with a cracked screen and was given a $100 gift card for it.
  6. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Welcome to the joys of iOS9 on an iOS unit that lacks ram. Time to upgrade.
  7. jeremiah256 macrumors 65816


    Aug 2, 2008
    Southern California
    I guess I've been one of the 'lucky' ones. My master plan was to update the family iPad 2 to 9.3 and hope that it was either bricked or the lag was unbearable. Then hello iPad Pro. But the damn thing took it like a champ and at least one app seems to work better.
  8. metalsquid macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2008
    I have an iPad 2 and experience the same issues as the OP. It's also very laggy and can take 5-10secs to respond to taps and do anything, even just responding to a tap in a text input field and bringing up the keyboard for eg. Been dying to upgrade it for the longest time as factory restore from iTunes didn't help alleviate anything. I really want the Apple Pencil feature so I'm looking at a new Pro. If you don't need care for that I'd suggest picking up a refurbished Air 2. Hopefully the 2GB RAM in there will make the Air 2 last as long as the iPad 2 has lasted us.
  9. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    The best thing you can do is wipe the iPad and restore iOS 9.3 on it as a _new_ device. That last part cannot be stressed enough.

    It should help some, but once it went past iOS 6/7...it was going to dramatically slow down. W/only 512mb RAM, future iOS versions were going to be problematic.
  10. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Alright, listen up:

    The only real solution, short of just buying 'a new one' which you arguably don't need, is to downgrade the iPad back to iOS 6.

    Then it'll be running just as fast as new.

    You just need to be a little computer literate, and understand you'll be losing some app compatibility etc.
  11. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015

    Same thing happened to me with an Old iPad 2 So of course its out of Warranty. But it does not hurt to ask. Since I decided I could leverage my purchase of of a Macbook for some service conessions. I went to my local Apple store and as part of my Purchase of a New MacBook I told the very nice Rep (You Need a Female rep for this to work) to use her charm and have the Apple Genius look at my iPad 2 which was constantly restarting. Of course the cute female Rep to make her Sale and Apple care purchase used her charms and coaxed an Apple Genius to make an exception and send away my iPad 2. Weeks later in the mail from Apple comes a Freshly refurbished iPAd Air 2.

    Which is quickly sold because I knew the iPad Pro 9.7 was a few months away.
  12. SuperKerem, Mar 30, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2016

    SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    United Kingdom
    What? That isn't permitted by Apple...

    You just took advantage of an Apple employee who consequently did something which risked his/her job!
  13. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    Yes yes I did, I was unarmed though. Its called social engineering. No harm in asking totally up to the players involved. Its also how the world works in many ways. Love the leverage game.
  14. Clint1583 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2011
    Thanks for all the responses. The recommendation from Heat_Fan89 did the trick! I turned off the Javascript and it's almost like a new iPad again. After using it for a couple of hours last night I had no reloading, no random rebooting and no long delayed keyboard strokes. Something I haven't seen in months!

    I realize by turning off Javascript it affects how web pages load/operate but at this point I can live with that. A newer iPad is certainly in my future but this trick buys me a little time.

    Thanks again!
  15. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    United Kingdom
    No, you knowingly manipulated an Apple employee to break Apple's own rules because you don't want to pay up like everyone else.

    And then you post about it on a forum as if it was a good idea!
    --- Post Merged, Mar 30, 2016 ---
    Remember that turning off JavaScript will severely affect how websites render and you will lose a lot of functionality by doing so.

    I personally would downgrade to iOS 6, but do whatever floats your boat!

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