Tips to Speed Up iPhone and iPad Running iOS 11

No more stuttering! Fix your slow-moving iOS 11 iPhone or iPad by trying out these handy solutions.

Can’t bear with your slow-moving iOS 11 device anymore? Do not bother much about its sluggishness! I had also been on the same boat for some time until these handy solutions came to rescue. These are the tips that can go a long way in speeding up your iPhone and iPad running iOS 11 all over again.

There could be several reasons why your iPhone wouldn’t be running smoothly. For instance, it could be due to tons of junk files, outdated apps, and even unnecessary features. Without making much ado, let’s head over to fix your lethargic device!

How to Speed Up iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

How to Speed Up iPhone or iPad in iOS 11

Quick Tip: Reboot Your Device

Giving a hard reset to your device could work in fixing this issue. Therefore, do not miss out on this little but effective trick before going for the holistic solution.

Hold Home and ON/OFF buttons at once for about 10 seconds till Apple logo appears on the screen.

How to Restart-Reboot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

On your iPhone 7/7 Plus, you need to hold volume down and power ON/OFF buttons simultaneously.

Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus

To reboot iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X, Quickly Press and release the Volume Up button → Quickly press and release the Volume Down buttonPress and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo.

Hard Reboot iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8

Solution #1: Offload Unused Apps in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

With iOS 11, you can automatically offload unused apps. There is also an option to delete apps without removing their documents and data. Head into this complete guide to know how it works.

Solution #2: Delete Large iMessage Attachments/Clean Up Apps

If you exchange a lot of photos and videos while communicating with your friends, you need to make sure those media files don’t go overboard. Check out this guide to clean up the large iMessage attachments.

Besides, make sure to clean up the junk files from apps as well.

Solution #3: Update Apps

The old or outdated apps don’t function properly. Therefore, make sure you have the latest version of apps running on your device.

App Store → Updates and then update all the apps.

Update Apps on iPhone and iPad

Solution #4: Clean Up the Junk Files

Cleaning up the junk files can prove to be a masterstroke in expediting your device.

Check out this comprehensive guide to getting rid of those redundant files.

Solution #5: Turn Off Unnecessary Features

Disable Motion

Cutting down motion effects can also assist your device to run a bit more smoothly.

Step #1. Tap on Settings → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings Then General

Step #2. Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility in iPhone Settings Step #3. Tap on Reduce Motion.

Tap on Reduce Motion in iOS 11 Settings on iPhone

Step #4. Turn it on.

Turn On Reduce Motion in iOS 11 on iPhone

Reduce Transparency

Lowering transparency could also help the device move a little more freely.

Step #1. Settings → General → Accessibility → Tap on Increase Contrast.

Tap on Increase Contrast in iPhone Settings

Step #2. Turn on Reduce TransparencyTurn it on.

Reduce Transparency in iOS 11 on iPhone

Turn off Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh is known to be one of the most power-hungry features. Hence, make sure to put an end to it. If you don’t want to completely turn it off, allow background app refreshing only on Wi-Fi.

Step #1. Tap on SettingsGeneral.

Tap on Settings Then General

Step #2. Tap on Background App Refresh.

Tap on Background App Refresh Again in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Disable it.

Disable Background App Refresh in iOS 11

Turn off Location Services

Disabling location tracking can be of great help! Continuous GPS tracking not only drains the battery but also puts a lot of pressure on the device. Hence, it tends to get hot and doesn’t seem to function properly.

Step #1. Tap on SettingsPrivacy.

Tap on Settings Then Privacy on iPhone 7 Plus

Step #2. Tap on Location Services.

Tap on Location Services on iPhone

Step #3. Turn it off.

Turn Off Location Services in iOS 11

Turn off Automatic Downloads:

When you download any app on your iPhone, it is automatically downloaded on your other iOS device synced with the same iCloud account if Automatic App Downloads feature is enabled. The auto-downloading of apps, every and then, does affect the performance of the device. Hence, disable it to accelerate your iOS device.

Step #1. Open SettingsiTunes & App Stores.

Tap on Settings then iTunes & App Store on iPhone

Step #2. Turn off Updates.

Turn Off Auto App Downloads and Updates in iOS 11 on iPhone

Solution #6: Reset All Settings

If you still find your iOS device not moving as fast as you would like, reset it to factory settings. One thing you need to know that it would wipe out Wi-Fi passwords as well as website logins.

Go to Settings → General → Reset → Reset All Settings.

Reset All Settings on iPhone

Solution #7: Restore Your Device As New/Update It to the Latest iOS Version

  • Haven’t got the solution as yet? Try restoring your device as new. Make sure to back it up before going for the kill. Connect the iPhone to computer → launch iTunes → Restore iPhone and confirm.
  • Check out if there is any latest software update waiting for your device. If yes, upgrade it. Settings → General → Software Update.

Wrapping up:

Assuming, you have been able to troubleshoot your slow-moving iPhone. Which one of these solutions has worked for you? It would be really nice to know that.

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