Duolingo Not Working On iPad? Try These 5 Quick Fixes

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Are you having trouble using Duolingo on your iPad?

Sadly, I’ve been there too. There’s nothing more annoying than trying to maintain your streak only to find that your iPad has other plans.

You wouldn’t believe how many people struggle with this issue daily. But the good news is that you’ve come to the right place to get it fixed.

If Duolingo isn’t working on your iPad, chances are you have a bad Internet connection, bugs, or outdated software.

Don’t worry, though. Try these 5 simple fixes to get rid of these issues:

  1. Relaunch the app.
  2. Check your Internet connection.
  3. Update Duolingo and your iPad.
  4. Reinstall the app.
  5. Check Duolingo’s servers.

Read on to get Duolingo working on your iPad again!

#1 Relaunch the App

Whether you’re learning a new language for travel, school, or work, I’m sure you’ll agree that Duolingo is one of the best apps out there.

It allows us to practice our writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills in a fun and unique way.

Sadly, not everything is perfect.

Duolingo’s performance issues are very common. You wouldn’t believe how many people are afraid of losing their streak because the app isn’t working on their iPads.

But what if I told you that this issue could be easily fixed by relaunching the app?

Yes, that’s all it might take.

You see, your iPad needs to run thousands of processes in the back in order to keep Duolingo open. Sadly, sometimes bugs can make these crash and cause multiple issues while trying to learn a new language.

The easiest way to refresh any crashed background process is by force quitting Duolingo and reopening it again.

Follow these simple instructions to do it:

iPad without a home button:

  1. Go to the Home Screen, then swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause in the middle of the screen.
  2. Swipe up on Duolingo.
  3. Tap on the screen to close the App Switcher.

iPad with a home button.

  1. Double-click the home button to see the apps that are running in the background.
  2. Swipe up on Duolingo.
  3. Press the home button to close the App Switcher.

Once you’ve fully closed Duolingo, I recommend restarting your iPad. This is one of the easiest ways to get rid of all sorts of tech issues.

Follow these simple steps to restart your iPad:

iPad with a home button:

  1. Press and hold the top button.
  2. Drag the power off slider and wait 30 seconds.
  3. Press and hold the top button to turn your iPad back on.

iPad without a home button:

  1. Press and hold either volume button and the top button.
  2. Drag the power off slider and wait 30 seconds until it turns off.
  3. Press and hold the top button until you see the Apple logo.

Once you’ve completed the steps above, please open Duolingo again.

#2 Check Your Internet Connection

If relaunching Duolingo didn’t do the trick, it’s time for us to run an Internet speed test.

You see, in order to learn new languages and save your progress in the app, you’ll need a fast and strong connection.

By entering speedtest.net and pressing “Go”, you’ll be able to see your upload and download speed.

Check your Internet speed

If you’re not getting the download speed that your ISP (Internet Service Provider) promised, I recommend checking how many devices are connected to your Wi-Fi network and disconnecting the ones you’re not using.

Moving on, try using Duolingo again. If the issue persists, please make sure your router is placed away from the kitchen.

You see, sometimes certain appliances, such as microwaves, can interfere with your signal. Moreover, try placing your router at the center of your home.

Then, I’d like you to check your router’s lights.

If you see an orange or red light, please power cycle your modem and router by unplugging them from the wall, waiting one minute, and plugging them back in. After doing this, you should be able to see a green light.

If none of these tips solved the problem, please ask your ISP if they’re having coverage issues in your area or upgrade your plan.

Tip: If you have more than 2 roommates that work from home, stream movies, or play online video games, I recommend having an Internet plan of at least 75 Mbps.

#3 Update Duolingo and Your iPad

If relaunching the app and checking your connection didn’t do the trick, updating Duolingo just might!

I know, installing updates might seem like a tedious thing to do, but believe me, this is one of the most effective ways to get rid of any bugs that may be keeping Duolingo from working correctly.

You can easily update Duolingo, you’ll just need to:

  1. Make sure you’re connected to a strong Wi-Fi signal.
  2. Search for Duolingo and tap on “Update”.
Update Duolingo on iOS devices

Once you’ve completed the steps above, it’s time for us to update your iPad. This way, we’ll make sure Duolingo’s new version is compatible with your system.

Updating your iPad is really quick and simple, you’ll just need to:

  1. Charge your iPad.
  2. Open the Settings menu and tap on “General”.
  3. Select “Software Update”.
  4. Tap on “Install now”.

Once you’ve updated your app and iPad, launch Duolingo again to see if the issue was solved.

#4 Reinstall the App

Unfortunately, sometimes bugs won’t go away by simply relaunching or updating the app. When this happens, the only thing that might help is reinstalling Duolingo.

You see, this is one of the most effective ways to get rid of the troublesome code that was preventing you from learning a new language. You’ll be able to restart Duolingo from scratch.

And if you’re worried about losing your streak, I have great news. You’ll be able to keep it since it’s linked to your account, not the app.

Follow these simple instructions to reinstall Duolingo on your iPad:

  1. Go to the home screen.
  2. Press and hold Duolingo until it jiggles. Then, tap on “Remove”.
  3. Connect to a strong Wi-Fi signal and go to the App Store.
  4. Search for Duolingo and tap on the arrow icon or on “Get”.

#5 Check Duolingo’s Servers

If none of the fixes above have solved the issue, there’s a very good chance Duolingo’s servers are down.

You see, servers are in charge of hosting websites and handling their data in order to display the page and prevent system failures.

Sadly, sometimes servers can fail due to coding errors or minor hacking. If Duolingo’s servers are down, you may experience all sorts of tech issues while learning a new language.

To check Duolingo’s servers, you’ll just need to enter downdetector.com/status/duolingo/ and check the graph and report.

Check Duolingo's servers

You’ll know if Duolingo’s servers are down if the graph is red or orange and has high spikes.

If that’s the case, don’t worry. Duolingo’s IT team is no stranger to this issue and usually solves it within a couple of hours.


Not being able to learn a new language because Duolingo isn’t working on your iPad can be super annoying, especially when your streak is at risk.

Luckily, with the help of the five fixes above, you’ll be able to solve the issue in no time.

If you take anything away, please let it be that the best way to get Duolingo working on your iPad again is by relaunching the app, restarting your iPad, and checking your connection. Moreover, updating Duolingo and your system should also do the trick.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. If you ever experience a different issue while learning a new language in Duolingo or while using other platforms, don’t forget to check out our site. We love solving all sorts of tech problems.

Have a wonderful day!