iPhone Began Slow Down? All The Ways To Fix It

Are you not able to enjoy your iPhone to the fullest because it constantly slows down? If the application takes a long time to start, freezes and crashes, we will help you solve this problem in different ways. But, beforehand, let’s take a look at the different reasons why iPhone slow down.

Why does the iPhone slow down?

Here are the top reasons your iPhone might be slowing down:

  1. You haven’t rebooted your smartphone for a long time.
  2. iPhone is too hot or cold (useful for hot or cold weather).
  3. You have an outdated version of iOS that is no longer compatible with third-party apps.
  4. iPhone slows down due to certain settings.
  5. Your smartphone is running out of free memory.
  6. The Wi-Fi network you are connected to is very slow.
  7. IPhone battery health has deteriorated, which can slow down performance.
  8. Your iPhone is already outdated.

We figured out these reasons, and now we’ll tell you about 18 ways to fix the problem and speed up your iPhone.

1. Restart iPhone

If you haven’t rebooted your iPhone for a long time, it may start to work slowly. Apps will take a long time to launch, the camera will not open from the lock screen, and animations will slow down when switching apps and returning to the home screen. There can be many such problems.

The quickest way to fix problems is to turn off your iPhone, wait for a minute, and then turn it back on. This will clear unnecessary application cache, fix temporary errors, and return device performance to normal.

We recommend that you restart your iPhone at least every few days to keep it working properly.

2. Turn on power saving mode as needed

Power saving mode was created in order to prolong the operation of the device by limiting some of its functions. It can cause some processes to run slower. If your iPhone has a high enough battery level, do not enable Power Saving Mode to prevent your smartphone from slowing down. The mode can be controlled through the battery settings or the control center.

3. Lock your iPhone and let it cool down

On hot, sunny days, iPhone screen brightness automatically switches to maximum level. The heat also heats up the device. If you also open some heavy applications like the Maps application, things will get even worse. When iPhone overheats, it slows down. In this case, lock your smartphone and let it cool down. In general, it would be great to turn off the iPhone for at least 5 minutes.

4. Close unnecessary applications

We do not recommend forcibly closing applications often, as this negatively affects battery consumption. However, if you have unnecessary applications open in the background that consume resources, you can close them. For example, if you recently booked flight tickets through the application, but you do not need a flight in the near future, it is better to close this application.

5. Update the iPhone system

Sometimes iPhone may slow down due to some kind of system problem in the current version of iOS. Apple usually fixes such problems quickly. To get rid of them, you need to update your iPhone’s operating system.

Go to the app  “Settings”  >  “General”  >  “Software update” . If a system update is available there, click  Download and Install or  Install Now and follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Clean up your iPhone’s RAM

IOS has excellent management of the operating memory of the device. However, sometimes problematic applications can consume more RAM than they need. This makes the device slower. This is especially true for older iPhone models.

Step 1:  Unlock your iOS device and open the home screen.

Step 2:  Hold down the power button until the shutdown interface appears on the screen.

Step 3:  Now hold down the Home button for a few seconds until the home screen appears.

This process resets RAM on older iPhones.

7. Remove unnecessary applications

Do you have dozens of apps on your iPhone that you hardly use? They clog up your home screen, take up memory on your device, and can also slow down your smartphone. Therefore, remove unnecessary apps from your iPhone. If suddenly you ever need any of them, you can easily and quickly download them again from the App Store. You don’t have to pay for paid apps a second time, so you can safely delete them too.

8. Free up memory on your iPhone

Go to  “Settings”  >  “General”  > “Store the iPhone”, to find out how much free memory you have left. If the memory is almost full, because of this, the iPhone could start to slow down. Free up memory on your iPhone to restore its performance.

9. Clear your Safari site data

Like all other browsers, Safari stores data for the sites you visit. These are cache, cookies, login details, etc. If your iPhone starts to slow down, you can try clearing site data in Safari. To do this, go to Preferences> Safari and click Clear History & Data.

10. Deny unnecessary applications access to the location

There is no doubt that some applications require access to your location to work. These are applications with cab, food delivery, maps, weather, etc. However, many applications can work fine without access to your location.

If your iPhone starts to run slowly, check which apps have constant access to the location. It is better to deny this access to unnecessary ones.

1)  Open the Settings app and select  Privacy.

2)  Here select  “Location Services”.

3)  Find an application that does not need access to your location and select it.

4)  Here select the item  “Never”.

You can follow this process for all applications that do not need access to your location. You can also select the “When using application” option so that applications can see your location when you use them.

11. Disable background app refresh

If your iPhone is slow to perform normal tasks, you can try disabling background app refresh, which consumes system resources to load new data into apps in the background.

1)  Open the Settings app and select  General.

2)  Select  “Content Update” here.

3)  You can tap  “Content Update” at the top of the screen and select  “Off”.

4)  If you want to keep updating content when connected via Wi-Fi or  Wi-Fi and cellular data, then you need to turn off background refresh for applications that do not need it.

You can leave background refresh enabled for messengers and social networks only.

Unfortunately, this feature is enabled by default for all applications that you download. This means that after downloading each new application, you will have to go into the settings and disable content updates for it. On the other hand, you don’t have to worry about it if you turn off background refreshing entirely.

12. Disable automatic updates

This is another way to limit the autonomy of your iPhone in order to reduce the consumption of system resources. Go to the “Settings” application and select the section of the App Store or some specific application. Disable automatic download of updates here.

13. Change the settings of the “Mail” application

The Mail application constantly uses system resources to download new emails from servers. If your iPhone starts to run slowly, you can try to fix it by changing the settings in the Mail app. You can download new letters less often or do it manually. Your smartphone will direct the freed up resources to other tasks, and therefore they can start to be performed faster.

1)  Open the “Settings” app and select the “Mail” section.

2)  Now select  “Accounts”.

3)  Click the “Download data” item and disable the Push option. In the “Selection” section, you can select  “Manual”. You can also choose to update manually for other accounts and calendars.

14. Remove unnecessary widgets from your home screen

All widgets in iOS are regularly updated to display the most up-to-date information. It sounds useful, but this update also constantly consumes RAM with charging and slows down performance. While the effect is unlikely to be significant, try removing unwanted widgets from your home screen. Perhaps after that, the iPhone will work a little faster.

15. Connect to a different Wi-Fi network

When iPhone is connected to a slow Wi-Fi network, websites and apps load slowly. Apps that use background updates may not update due to too slow internet. Because of this, updates may not come from them. Because of all this, it seems that the iPhone as a whole is slow and slow. Try connecting to a faster Wi-Fi network or using cellular data.

16. Reset settings

When you reset all the settings, then all the options you changed will return to the standard default settings. It will not delete your app, music, photos or other data. A factory reset can often resolve various system problems. Perhaps he can speed up your iPhone.

1)  Open the Settings app and select  General.

2)  At the very bottom of the screen, click  “Transfer or Reset iPhone “.

3)  Select  ” Reset “.

4)  Click on  “Reset All Settings” here and follow the instructions on the screen.

After a factory reset, the smartphone should start working as before. You just need to spend some time tweaking the options.

17. Restore iPhone and set it up again

Before starting this method, you need to know a few nuances:

  • You can reset your iPhone and then restore all your data from the backup.
  • In some situations, restoring from a copy can return the problems that caused you to reset. Better to set up your iPhone from scratch like new.
  • Even if you choose the second option, you still need to back up your iPhone to Mac, PC, or via iCloud beforehand .

18. Replace your iPhone battery

If you have an old iPhone model, then, most likely, the smartphone battery has lost its initial capacity a lot. When the battery capacity drops dramatically, the device will stop operating at full capacity. To prevent the smartphone from suddenly shutting down, the performance level is reduced. Prioritize stability over speed.

If you already see a message in your battery settings that your battery needs to be replaced, it’s time to pay attention to it. Contact a professional to replace the battery.

You can check the battery capacity of your iPhone in Settings  >  Battery  >  Battery Status.

Buy yourself a new iPhone

Like all electronics (and much more in life), the iPhone slows down over time. Apps weigh more, new versions of iOS are released, new demanding features and other factors appear. If none of the solutions above helped you, then you need to save up some money and buy yourself a newer model.

Over the years, the iPhone loses its initial performance and starts to run slower. Sometimes nothing can be done about it. Apps will take longer to launch and may even crash. Memory will not be enough. Plus, you’re missing out on new features and capabilities in more recent models.

Of course, we hope the solutions above helped you speed up your iPhone. Otherwise, it is worth seriously considering buying a new smartphone.

Abhishek is a startup ninja who has spent his time meeting entrepreneurs and helping them tell their stories efficiently. You can find him biking around in his past time. Based out of New Delhi, he is a geek at heart, gadgets are his toys and internet technology is what keeps him going. Email:
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