Is your iPhone taking its time opening apps or loading web pages? Does it provide a less than fluent user experience? Although iPhone packs some serious hardware and a well-optimized mobile operating system, you may have to give it a nudge at times to speed it up. Here are 7 simple tricks that can speed up your iPhone.
1. Reallocate memory
Grab a free app like Battery Doctor and use the Memory Boost feature to speed up your phone. This feature is especially useful if you run multiple memory-intensive apps at the same time. You can also use this feature before launching a game, video playback app, or photo editing tool, to improve performance. Alternatively, you can use the One Tap Boost feature, which you can add as a shortcut to your home screen.
2. Restart your phone
If your Phone is moving very slowly and the memory boost doesn’t solve the problem, the next best thing is to restart your device. Press and hold the Sleep button and then sweep off your phone. Use the same button to bring your device back to life. Restarting your iPhone now and then is worth the two or three minutes the whole process takes.
3. Delete apps
Deleting heavy apps you don’t use can also speed up your iPhone, especially when you’re nearing the limits of your available storage space. To manage installed apps, go to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage.
Deleting apps isn’t easy to do, but with a bit of determination you can find apps that you don’t use all the time. These can go until you actually need them. As a rule, it’s good to have at least 1GB of free space.
4. Clear Safari cache
Another way to speed up your iPhone is to tidy up your web browser. You’ll have to give up on cookies, website preferences, and URL suggestions, but this won’t break your web browsing experience. To do this, go to Settings > Safari.
5. Disable automatic downloads
Automatic downloads ensure that any purchase you make in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store on your computer or iPad under the same account you use on your iPhone gets downloaded on your phone. While useful, automatic downloads can have a negative impact on your browsing experience. Unless you absolutely need this feature, we recommend you disable it by going to Settings > iTunes > iTunes & App Store.
6. Turn off Background App Refresh
If you have many apps, there won’t be a day without some new update or patch being downloaded in the background. Apple’s Background App Refresh, first introduced in iOS 7, is a smart way to update apps, in that it only works at certain intervals, and when your connection and battery levels are good. While it’s good not to miss these updates, you can always manually update your apps instead. Disable automatic refreshing by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
7. Tone down the graphics
Turn off the parallax effect of icons and alerts by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and activating the toggle. You can also turn off see-through background effects, which will further boost your performance. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast and toggle on Reduce Transparency.
To save even more space, you may also want to delete photos, music, and videos. We left this last because we know just how difficult it is to delete these – it’s almost like deleting memories. But the truth is that not all photos or videos we take are great and worth keeping. And as to photos, do you still listen to the songs you used to listen to one year ago?