Slow iPhone? Eight Tips to Speed up Your Old iPhone

Apple has just released its latest iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and with this your current iPhone has become yet another generation out of date. There are several of iPhone users using older versions, such as the 5s, 5c, 4s or some maybe even older. Now this is a well-known fact that every year, as your iPhone gets older and latest iOS apps demand more processing power, your once lightning-fast model slows down extremely. However, there are few steps you can follow in order to give your iOS device an extra few months, or even year, of life. So follow these easy steps in order to lend a speed boost to your aging handset.

Start by clearing your browsing history

Slow iPhone - Eight Tips to Speed up Your Old iPhone

Safari’s browsing history keeps track of where you’ve been and when, while it also stores cached pages and cookies from your browsing. It is known that caching pages facilitates loading up of certain pages more quickly however racking up enough data can also lead to slowing down of your iPhone. Thus, it’s advisable to clear it every now and then. You can simply do it by: Go to Settings – > Safari – > Clear History and Website Data.

Now turn off Background App Refresh

There are several apps that run in the background even though they are not of any use at the moment; still they check data such as your location or refresh the content on them. For instance, a push notification is ready to read once you load it up. The best apps are designed in order to limit the impact on battery life and performance just by refreshing at certain times, such as when the iPhone is idle or plugged in. Still that doesn’t always get implemented in a correct manner. This is why one must disable the ability of apps to refresh in the background as this will directly improve performance.

Simply do it by: Go to Setting – > General -> Background App Refresh to change this. Turn off all background refreshes or the ones you don’t need. Particularly Facebook and Skype are two apps which are active in the background.

Use Apple’s apps

Apple’s official apps, such as Mail, Camera, Maps, Safari, etc, have special permissions, thus they run more quickly and efficiently in comparison to the third-party apps. While other alternatives such as Google Maps, Chrome or Outlook slows down the phone.

It’s time to clear some space

It’s a good idea to clear out apps which are unnecessarily taking up the space on your phone. This will also improve the battery. You can start by looking what apps are taking up space on your phone by going to Settings -> General -> Storage & iCloud Usage -> Manage Storage. This will show you which apps are consuming the most data. It can happen that apps such ad Twitter and Spotify might be taking up too much data, however with by simply deleting and reinstalling them you can free up a load of cached data. You can also perform the action of clearing up by deleting the old photos, once you’ve backed them up.

Reduce Motion

Even though you might like the animations as you flick between apps that look good, still they contribute in slowing your iPhone. Turn them off by going to Setting -> General -> Accessibility -> Reduce Motion.

Reset Settings

This step will help of get rid of a lot of stored data such as Wi-Fi networks, alarms and Siri. Just go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Setting to go through with it.

Full Reset

Obviously this will make you lose everything on your phone but it helps in rebuilding your phone from scratch, however it’s advised to back your phone beforehand. Do it by going to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.

What not to do

It’s believed that closing apps in the background helps in saving battery life or speeding up your iPhone, however that doesn’t hold to be true. In fact, closing apps leads to usage of more power when it’s opened up again.

Author Biography: Arun Goyal is Founder-CEO at Octal Info Solution. Technology innovation and trends insight come easy to Arun with his thorough knowledge in the domain. A leader in his own rights, his grad-friends see him as an avid researcher and a technology evangelist. See him talking about ideas, trends and technology as a part-time author to this blog. Follow him on Twitter & Facebook.

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