iPhones can slow down for a number of reasons. Here are some easy tips to help get the best speeds from your current iPhone.
Did you turn it off and on again?
Just like PCs and Macs it is best to restart your iPhone every now and then. To turn off and on your iPhone:
- Press and hold the power button on the right (for iPhone X you need to also hold the bottom volume button).
- Then slide then slide the on screen power off slider to the right.
- Wait a few seconds for the iPhone to power down.
- Press and hold the right side power button until you see the Apple logo.
Make sure you have enough free space
Not having enough free space on an iPhone is one of the most common causes of slowdowns. Your Mac Tech recommends keeping about 2GB of free space for the best performance. Once you start to get below 1GB there may be noticeable performance issues with apps freezing.
You can check your available space in Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
Some quick ways to clear some free space:
- Delete apps & iBooks from you iPhone you don't need. They can be re-downloaded for free again if needed.
- Delete photos you don't want.
- Reduce the videos/music you are syncing from iTunes.
- Don't keep both the Normal and HDR version of photos. Settings > Camera and deselect Keep Normal Photo.
Reset safari cache
If you notice that Safari in particular is slow (and the above options don't help), you can try resetting the browser cache.
Please beware that this will delete your browser history, cookies and your top sites.
- Got to Settings
- Tap on Safari
- Scroll down until you see the Clear History and Website Data button
- Tap it
Replace you battery
Apple has admitted that it slowing some older iPhones with degraded batteries to prevent issues. A new battery could help speed up your iPhone.