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Fix: Why is my iPhone running so slow and laggy

Did you find your iPad or iPhone running slow? Apple developed iOS mobile operating system that could replace the industry so-called smartphones. The stability and efficiency of the iOS platform are superior, but it has flaws in older phones, and superior in newer models. In this tutorial, I will show you how you can speed up a slow running iPhone.

5 Ways to Speed up your iPhone or iPad performance if it is running slow


Apple optimized the device properly and the phone can go for weeks without enough sleep time. However, you don’t have to assume that iPhones don’t need enough sleep time and proper care. Restart the phone to end the old session and start a fresh session, and it will remove temporary files from RAM and hardware reserved storage.

The other solution is to hard reboot the phone and it is a once in a lifetime thing. You cannot repeat the hard reboot for performance boost because it won’t help infrequent use.

iPhone 7 or older phones: Press and hold the power button and Home button at the same time, and release when the Apple logo appears on the screen.

iPhone 8 or newer phones: Press and release Volume Up button followed by the Volume Down button and then hold Side button till Apple logo appears on the screen.

the iOS operating system will perform a hard reboot in automated sequence and requires no further action. The iPhone will restart and land you on the Home screen and consumes two minutes or even less time to do so.

Check your iPhone or iPad Battery Life

The electronic products require a quality power source to perform at maximum capacity. You can find certified ratings in desktop power supply units because it indicates the performance of the power source. However, it isn’t the case in phones because manufacturers ship it from the house.

Check your device battery health and decide whether it requires replacement or not.

  • Tap on Settings from the home screen.
  • Swipe down until you find “Battery” in the settings.
  • Tap “Battery Health” to continue.

Anything that is lower than 87% indicates that your Li-ion battery is aging, and requires replacement. Even Apple admits that Li-ion batteries perform lesser compared to new batteries and declined efficiency is a common factor. The replacement battery should be manufactured by OEM or certified manufacturers for maximum performance.

Increase Internal Storage

Every operating system requires free internal storage space to perform intensive tasks. Apple’s iOS mobile operating system utilizes internal storage to store temporary files and it lowers RAM’s usage. There’s another theory that goes on the internet, where the iPhone performs better if you have a lesser number of applications installed and has more free space.

  • Go to “Settings.”
  • Swipe down to tap on “General.”
  • Select “iPhone Storage” to continue.
  • iOS will provide in-depth information on which application is consuming storage resources.

Uninstall the application accordingly and make sure to keep the free space above 4GB for the mobile operating system to function normally. In my case, I have always maintained 5GB of free space in the device for a smoother experience.

Reduce Animations

The newer iOS versions demand more hardware power and older phones tend to have outdated GPUs. In such cases, you can reduce the burden on GPU by disabling animations in the phone and mainly, transparency. I have disabled transparency and motion to improve the response of the device and user-interface.

  • Go to “Settings” and swipe down to tap on “General.”
  • Select “Accessibility” to continue.
  • Turn on “Reduce Transparency” and turn off “Reduce Motion” to complete the process.

Restart is not required in this case, and you can continue the journey unfolded. Reducing the animations does improve user-interface response, and feels much faster. Of course, reducing animations does decrease the premium experience, but I have gotten used to it within a few days. I should give props to Apple for adding attractive animations that don’t consume CPU + GPU resources.

Turn off App Refresh

Most of the applications require background processes to keep the newer information coming in and notify you. Apple did manage to optimize it but it consumes power and probably your CPU resources that can slow down your phone. Turning off some of the applications that you don’t need them to run in the background will save you tons of extra performance and battery life.

  • Go to “Settings” and “General” and then click on “Background App Refresh” to continue.
  • Turn off the apps that you don’t need them to run in the background.

I mean, I can find plenty of apps that I don’t need them to refresh every single day and remain the phone for occasional usage. Remember, you can turn off them all at once, but I don’t recommend it as you might miss out on new information when you are not using the application.

Reinstall iOS

Apple improved the iOS mobile operating system over the years, but it is prone to software failures and exploits. Assuming that your phone might have been penetrated by the hackers or probably has software bugs in it, and then I recommend reinstallation of the operating system or updating the software.

Use iTunes to update the software or restore the existing one. Overall, it is your choice on how do you want to update the software or restore the software. Apple is releasing updated software for the iPhones and you should update it to the latest version to avoid bugs and glitches.

Bottom Line

Apple does not allow third-party developers to intervene and provide solutions that can speed up the performance. Overall, I have listed official solutions to speed up the iPhone running slow problem. Let us know which solution worked for you in the comment section below.

Nurdin Navodiya
An avid young Blogger, Tech Writer, Web Developer and Founder of iTechCliq.com.


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