No sooner did iOS 10 become available, I rushed to download and install it on my iPhone. Though I am quite happy with the hundreds of all new features that the latest iOS version has come with, there are some issues like battery drain and sluggishness that have slightly disappointed me.

My iPhone running iOS 10 is not running as smoothly as I would have liked. Can I speed it up?

iOS 10 Running Slow on iPhone and iPad

Yes, you can. There are some tried and tested tricks that can help you to expedite iOS 10 on your device. Let’s try them out!

iOS 10 Running Slow, How to Speed It Up on iPhone/iPad

Reboot Your Device

Force reboot has always worked for me in fixing some minor issues like app freezing or random crashing or even speeding up the OS. Give it a shot.

The process of rebooting on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has changed thanks to the introduction of pressure-sensitive Home button.

Turn Off Location Services

Disable Location Services and use it only when you need it.

Step #1. Tap on Settings → Privacy.

Tap on Settings Then Privacy on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Location Services.

Tap on Location Services on iPhone

Step #3. Toggle the Swtich to turn it off.

Disable Location Services in iOS 10 on iPhone

Turn on Reduce Motion

It lets you reduce the motion of user interface of your iPhone. It can work well in speeding up the iOS.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone → General.

Tap on Settings Then General on iPhone in iOS 10

Step #2. Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Tap on Reduce Motion.

Tap on Reduce Motion in iOS 10 on iPhone

Step #4. Toggle the switch to turn it on.

Turn On Reduce Motion in iOS 10 on iPhone

Disable Background App Refresh

Apps continue to refresh themselves in the background. Preventing them from doing so will not just improve the speed but also save plenty of battery on your iPhone.

Step #1. Open Settings app → General.

Tap on Settings Then General on iPhone in iOS 10

Step #2. Tap on Background App Refresh.

Tap on Background App Refresh in iOS 10 Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Toggle Off the switch.

Turn Off Background App Refresh in iOS 10 on iPhone

Turn on Reduce Transparency

There is a feature hidden in Accessibility suit called Reduce Transparency which allows you to decrease visual effects. It can help expedite the OS.

Step #1. Open Settings → General.

Tap on Settings Then General on iPhone in iOS 10

Step #2. Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Tap on Increase Contrast.

Tap on Increase Contrast in iOS 10 Settings on iPhone

Step #4. Now, turn on Reduce Transparency.

Reduce Transparency in iOS 10 on iPhone

Reset All Settings

Reset your iPhone to the factory settings. It can get the job done for you.

Step #1. Tap on Settings → General.

Tap on Settings Then General on iPhone in iOS 10

Step #2. Tap on Reset → Tap on Reset All Settings and confirm it.

Tap on Reset All Settings on iPhoneConfirm Reset All Settings on iPhone in iOS 10

Free Up Storage

Get rid of some of the unwanted apps which you don’t use more often and delete some unnecessary photos as well.

Don’t want to do away with your favorite apps or memorable photos? Follow this comprehensive guide to free up storage even without deleting apps or photos on your iPhone.

Last Resort: Downgrade from iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.5

If your iOS device is still running too slow, you can downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.5. Check out this easy guide to get it done.

That’s it! Hopefully, these tricks help you speed up iOS 10 on your iPhone.

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