We have an iPad mini 2 running iOS 9. Ever since upgrading, any text field in Safari is painfully slow, generally taking 2 to 4 seconds before responding, and then doing so in fits and jerks. This does not appear to happen anywhere else that I have seen.

I'd like to fix this, but I'm not sure where to start. There do not appear to be any Safari extensions, so it seems to have something with the Safari install itself. Is there any way to do a clean re-install Safari.


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If you are only running iOS 9 or 9.1, upgrade to the latest version, iOS 9.2.1. This version improved performance on older devices. If you do happen to be running this version, I would suggest restoring the device and not restoring from a backup such as iCloud or iTunes.

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    sigh I was sure I was running 9.2.1, but it was 9.2. The upgrade immediately solve the problem. Feb 22, 2016 at 13:36
  • Great! Glad that helped. @MauryMarkowitz
    – CSstudent
    Feb 22, 2016 at 13:37
  • I should point out it's still slow, just not as slow. Useable at least. Feb 23, 2016 at 15:39
  • If it continues to be very slow, I would suggest restoring it. @MauryMarkowitz
    – CSstudent
    Feb 23, 2016 at 16:07

Go to settings>safari and uncheck open new tabs in background. Sorted.

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