THE iPhone is one of the most optimized and performance smartphones in the world, precisely because the hardware and software are developed by the same company, in harmony with each other. Even so, as time goes by you may come across a iPhone slow and, in more severe cases, even giving some light patches, which irritates anyone.
The causes for this can be diverse and so we have listed in this article some reasons that make this happen with your iPhone. And of course, some tips on how to improve this.
Here’s how to make your iPhone faster without having to change to a new one.
Discover the cause of the slow iPhone
First of all, you need to try to understand what is the cause of the slowness. It is normal for older models to be slow with time of use, but even they can get a new life by following some tips. In new models, it is not normal to have crashes.
Follow the tips below to try to assess what is your case.
1 Is the battery old?
Before trying anything else, it is important to assess whether it is not the physical device battery that is causing it to slow down.
As is known (and Apple itself confirmed this), in models between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, a physical wear on the battery can activate a performance limitation in the system, to prevent the iPhone hang up alone ahead of time.
In other words, the fact that the battery is worn out over time is a factor that halves the performance of the entire system. So, in such cases, the simple physical battery replacement already able to give a new life to the device.
Having it replaced at an official Apple service center is much more expensive, but at least you are sure it is the original battery, not a Chinese copy of dubious origin.
The system itself can show you the status of your battery. Go in Settings ›Battery› Battery Health and see the percentage of Maximum capacity her. If it is less than 79%, then the system will reduce overall performance and slow everything down. It’s really time to switch.
2 Empty your iPhone
Often a slow iPhone can be blamed for the crowded internal capacity. In this case, you will have to make an effort to eliminate any dead weight that may be in it. Especially if your model is from the old ones with 16 or 32GB of capacity.
To do this, be strong and tackle the main causes:
- Erase apps that you haven’t used in over 2 months. Even iOS 11 brought the possibility to automatically uninstall apps you don’t use, thus freeing up space. Read more about this in this other article.
- Delete old messages, both in iMessage and other apps, such as WhatsApp. In this link we teach you how you can do a complete cleaning on the zap and free up a lot of space on the device.
- Clear Safari cookies and data that are usually hidden in place. Go in Settings ›Safari› Clear Site History and Data, and clean everything.
- Copy your photos to a safer place, like an external hard drive, some cloud service or even your computer and then delete them from the iPhone. Leaving all the photos on your cell phone is not safe, because if the device is stolen or damaged, you will lose everything. Not to mention that they are usually the main reason for lack of space on the device.
3 End automatic background processes
The system has some processes that are running in the background that can slow the iPhone. They are usually important, but you may not need some of them. So it is best to close them, so as not to hinder performance.
First go on Settings ›General› Background update and uncheck any apps you don’t need to be updated without having to open them.
Continue to Settings and access the menu iTunes Store and App Store and turn off all automatic downloads from stores.
4 Decrease animations and visual effects.
IOS has beautiful animations and visual effects that add a special touch to usability. But if your device is older, it may help overall performance if you turn these effects off.
To do this, go to Settings ›Accessibility› Movement and activate the Reduce Motion option.
5 Make a clean restoration
Sometimes, when we spend a lot of time just updating iOS, version upon version, it may happen that old code remains lost inside the system, often occupying unnecessary space and even causing certain bugs in the device.
For this reason, it is always advisable from time to time to do a complete system restoration, installing everything from scratch and not taking advantage of the backup. With that, we are sure that only the new system will be present in the device.
This is a radical solution and should only be applied if the other tips have not worked. You must be aware that clean restoration can erase data if it is not stored in a cloud.
If you think a clean installation is too radical, try to restore then using the backup. This already helps to improve performance and eliminate a lot of accumulated waste.
With these 5 tips, it is quite possible that you will be able to improve a little (or a lot!) The performance of your slow iPhone. Apple makes a point of maintaining support for several years, offering updates up to 4, 5 years from the original release. So, if you are one of those who have an old war warrior iPhone, do everything to keep it in shape, to serve you even longer. ?