If you’ve had your iPhone for a few years, it may start to feel sluggish, and this guide is designed to show you some useful tips that can help you speed up your iPhone. This can also happen on all iPhone and iPad models, even the latest ones.
The latest iPhone from Apple is iPhone 13 and the current software version on the device is iOS 15.5 at the time of writing this guide. If you own an old device like me, I have the iPhone 11 Pro Max released back in 2019, you might want to try speeding up your device, these handy tips will help you get the most out of your device and may even help speed it up. Many of these tips worked on my older iPhone 11.
1. Close background apps
If you use a lot of apps on your iPhone or iPad, you will find that they are open in the background, Apple says that doesn’t make a difference in performance, but if you close those apps now and then, it may help your device speed.
It is very easy to do, to close background apps on your iPhone, take up From the bottom of your iPhone or iPad. You will then see all the open applications on your device. Push these apps up at the top of the screen and it will close, it’s that simple.
2. Restart your iPhone or iPad
Something as simple as restarting your iPhone or iPad can speed up your device, and it’s something I make sure to do on a regular basis, at least once a month. This can also come in handy if you notice that your device is particularly slow, it could be due to a specific app. Closing the above-mentioned apps and restarting your device can help speed this up.
It’s easy to restart your device, on newer iPhone models, while holding both the power button and the volume up button at the same time. You will then see a menu where you can “slide into the power view” and you can restart your device.
3. Turn off Location Services and Background App Refresh
Another useful way to speed up your device is to turn off location services and also refresh apps in the background. These two items alone can help you improve the speed of your iPhone.
To turn off location services on your device, you need to go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, you can then turn off location services on your device. Please note that some apps may need this to function properly so it is worth checking if you need this feature for any specific apps.
Since the release of iOS 15 from Apple, you can now choose which apps use your location services, in the settings above you’ll see a list of apps you may have used before. You can then choose which ones allow the feature to be used and which ones you don’t want to use the location services.
To turn off background app refresh, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh You can then choose to turn this feature off completely or turn the feature off by an individual app. What I prefer to do is leave this feature on and then turn it off for any individual apps I don’t need it for.
4. Speed up web browsing and Safari
If you use your iPhone like me to browse the web and visit a lot of different websites, it can slow down your Safari browser after a while. One way to speed things up in Safari is to clear your website history and data.
This is a simple task to do on iPhone, and it can be done by going to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data. You will then be asked if you want to delete the history and website data. This will delete data from the websites you have visited, but it will not delete any passwords stored on your device.
5. Free up some storage space on your iPhone or iPad
This is another easy thing to do on your device as if you have a lot of apps and data installed and there is not much free space on your device, this might slow things down.
There are a number of ways to do this, you can delete any unwanted and unused apps that you might have installed. You can also offload apps, which is something I just did on my iPhone and was able to free up 3.48GB of space. To do this go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Offload Unused AppsYou will then see a list of apps that can be unloaded individually or all at once.
6. Install the latest iOS version on your device
One way to speed things up on your iPhone or iPad is to make sure you have the latest version of Apple installed for iOS. To check which version you have installed, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
You will then see which version of iOS is installed on your device and whether a software update is available. If one of them is available, it is better to install it, as the previous version might have some bugs that could slow down the device. At the time of writing this, the current version of iOS is iOS 15.2.
Apple regularly updates its iOS software on the iPhone and iPad, making it faster and improving it, so it’s always a good idea to have the latest version installed.
7. Turn off Reduce Motion and Transparency
Another way you might be able to speed up your iPhone is to reduce transparency and reduce motion on your device. You can do this by going to Settings > Accessibility > Motion and choose slow down.
To reduce transparency, go to Settings>Accessibility>Display and Text Size then select reduce transparency.
8. Factory reset your iPhone
Another way you can speed up your iPhone is with a factory reset, before doing that make sure you take a backup of your iPhone. This will allow you to easily restore your device after resetting it.
To do this on your device, go to Settings > general then select Re-Set > Erase all content and settings. You will then be able to reset your device to its factory settings. Once this is done, you can either set up your iPhone as a new device or restore it from a backup.
We hope you find this guide useful and help you speed up your iPhone or iPad, if you have any questions please leave a comment below and let us know. This guide was written using Apple’s latest iOS software version, iOS 16.1.
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