Five tips for speeding up your iPhone or iPad

iPhoneIconXUnless you are using a significantly older iOS device, then iOS should run at acceptable speeds on supported devices. Even if some apps have relatively demanding hardware requirements and give you choppy performance, when browsing through your apps, using Apple’s provided apps, and otherwise using the OS’s built-in features should at least be a relatively responsive experience. However, if not then there are some things you can try to make your iOS device more responsive and snappy.

1. Restart it

Even though we become accustomed to a quick press of the power button to “shut off” our iPhones and iPads, this only puts the devices into standby mode to preserve battery, and does not reset any running apps or services. Therefore, a quick and full restart of your device may help. To do this, press and hold the power button until you see the slider appear, and then drag the slider to confirm shutdown of your device. Wait a few moments in which the device will display a revolving indicator, and once the screen goes black, press the power button for a few seconds to turn it back on. A white Apple symbol will indicate a successful reboot.

2. Reduce interface motion

More recent versions of iOS include some extra eye candy, such as zooming motions when opening apps, and parallax motion when browsing your home screen. Turning this off may make your device feel quite a bit snappier, and can be done by toggling the settings in Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.

3. Quit all running apps

Apps on your iPhone should be in suspension when in the background; however, there are some services such as notifications and other quick updates that may still run. While these should have relatively minimal impact on your iPhone or iPad’s performance, you might find that fully quitting your apps may show a difference. To do this, double-click your home button to show the app-switcher interface, and then tap and drag an app up to the top of your screen to “flick” it away and fully close it. Do this for all of your apps, and see if it makes a difference.

4. Turn off unused background services

Programs you have installed may register various services that will be set to refresh and run in the background, regardless of whether or not the app itself is running. If you have many apps installed on your system, then you may have a number of these services active. Therefore, go to the Settings where you will see options for each installed app, and spend time perusing these and turning off any background service, location services, and other setting that are not applicable to what you are doing.

5. Offload some data

If you are seeing warnings about your phone being low on storage space, then look into removing photos, videos, and documents you have downloaded or are saving in each app (especially in file-sharing apps), and remove those you do not use. In addition, remove any apps that you are no longer using, as opposed to just rearranging them on your home screen. To do this, go to Settings > General > Usage, and tap Manage Storage, where you can see how much space each app and its data is using. Tapping a specific app will show how much space its data is using, and if applicable will also give you an option to remove the app.

4 thoughts on “Five tips for speeding up your iPhone or iPad

  1. mush

    “Turning this off may make your device feel quite a bit snappier, and can be done by toggling the settings in Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion”

    So, turning reduce motion OFF reduces the motion? Or turning it ON reduces it?

  2. xAirbusdriver

    Follow the “yellow brick road’ and see what the the “Reduce Motion” setting says. Now, tap that setting and see where the slider is. 😉 Hey! We’re only saying Apple programmers are geniuses; we never said they were smart! LOL! Sometimes, turning something “ON” means making something ‘stop’. Yes?

  3. HaX

    Sometimes and eventually, iOS devices like iPhones (mostly old ones) will fully drain the battery in a few hours instead of days. How to fix it?

  4. Max

    My real issue is that they purposely create the devices and batteries this way in order to profit from us…

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