iPhone Running Slow? 8 Tips on Speed Up Your iPhone

Is your iPhone running slow or lagging? There are various reasons why your iPhone might have slowed down, such as insufficient memory, too many background processes, outdated software, etc. So let’s troubleshoot the issue and go through eight tips that help you to speed up your iPhone and get it back on track.

#1. Restart your iPhone 

The first step is to restart your iPhone. If you have an iPhone X or 11 series, press and hold the Side button along with either of the volume buttons. On your iPhone with Home button, press and hold the side button until the power off slider appears. Release when the slider appears on the screen and drag the slider from left to right to turn off your iPhone.

Turn Off iPhone

Wait for about 30 seconds. Then, turn ON your iPhone by pressing and holding down the Side button until the Apple logo appears. This refreshes the system and automatically fixes any glitches that may be causing it to run slow.

#2. Close Unnecessary Apps

Most iPhones can handle multitasking very well, but sometimes, if you’re running a lot of resource-intensive apps such as games or photo/video editors, your iPhone can lag and slow down.

This is especially noticeable on older phones that may be low on memory. You should force close apps that you don’t need and see if that helps to speed up your iPhone.

#3. Clear the RAM

Flush out the RAM to bring back the top speed of your iPhone. Jump to this post for full instructions about how to do this on your iPhone.

#4. Update iOS 

Usually, updating to the latest version of iOS can fix many issues you may be experiencing on your iPhone. You can check for updates by going to SettingsGeneral Software Update.

Open Settings Tap on General and Then Tap on Software Update

#5. Turn Off Background App and Location Services

Certain processes such as Background App Refresh and Location Services consume a lot of power, which can slow down your device. So it’s advisable to turn these off to speed up your iPhone.

  1. Go to SettingsGeneral.Launch Settings and Tap on General on iPhone
  2. Tap on Background App Refresh → Background App Refresh → Toggle it OFF.
    Disable Background App Refresh on iPhone
  3. Then, go to SettingsPrivacyLocation Services.Open Settings Tap on Privacy and Location Services
  4. Turn OFF switch next to Location Services.Turn Off Location Services on iPhone

#6. Turn On Reduce Motion on iPhone

The animated visual effects on iOS are cool but can also be a drain on the system. If your iPhone is lagging, then it’s a good idea to turn off these parallax effects.

  1. Go to SettingsAccessibility (In iOS 12 or earlier, General → Accessibility.)Open Settings and Tap on Accessibility
  2. Now, go to Motion and Turn On the toggle for Reduce Motion.Turn On Reduce Motion on iPhone

#7. Free up Space on Your iPhone

If none of the above steps help increase your iPhone’s speed, then your device storage may be too full and need some clearing.

To find out how much space you have left, go to SettingsGeneraliPhone Storage.

open settings tap on general and tap iphone storage

It’s advisable to get rid of apps you no longer need and clear out big files such as videos, photos, and music. Check out this post for more tips to free up space on your iPhone.

#8. Reset to Factory Settings

Still haven’t been able to accelerate your iPhone? Try resetting it to factory default. Please note that that this will erase all your data and set up your iPhone ‘like new.’ So it’s essential to backup your iPhone, first.

  1. Then go to SettingsGeneral.Launch Settings and Tap on General on iPhone
  2. ResetErase All Content and Settings.Tap on Reset and Then Tap on Erase All Content and Settings
  3. You will have to enter your Apple ID and password to confirm the process.Erase All Content and Settings to Factory Reset your iPhone

Your phone will be wiped and return to the setup screen you saw when you first used the device. You can then restore your iPhone from a backup.

Summing Up 

Your iPhone can slow down for multiple reasons, but it’s usually possible to give it a speed boost with the tips mentioned above. In case nothing works for you, contact Apple Support for further assistance. Let us know in the comments below if you’re looking for any other iPhone tips.

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