Due to the creativity and quality it shows, the iPhone has been uniquely desirable for most users. But like many other devices, an iPhone can't always keep its peak performance and may get slower with age. If you are bothered by the issue, read on to check why your iPhone is slow and learn the tips to make your iPhone run faster as it is new.
Why is my iPhone so slow
There are many possible reasons why your iPhone is running slow. But the commonest reason is that your iPhone is low on storage. In addition, factors like low internal memory, a poor network connection, or an ineffective iPhone battery could also be the culprit of a slow iPhone.
If you are not clear about what causes the bad performance of your device, follow the tips below one by one to speed up your iPhone with ease.
How to make iPhone faster in 9 Ways
Depending on the specific situation of your iPhone, iPad, or iPad. There are different solutions to make your iPhone faster.
Tip 1. Restart your iPhone
Restarting your iPhone will clear your iPhone RAM and give your device a fresh start. Thus, if your iPhone suddenly becomes slow and you can't figure out the reason. Restarting your iPhone may help.
On iPhone X and later:
Step 1. Press and hold one of the volume buttons and the side button until you see a slider.
Step 2. Toggle the slider to turn off your iPhone.
Step 3. After a while, press and hold the side button to turn on your iPhone.
On iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 8, iPhone 7, and iPhone 6:
Step 1. Press and hold the side button until the slider appears.
Step 2. Drag the slider to turn off your iPhone.
Step 3. Press and hold the same button to turn your iPhone on.
On earlier models, use the top button instead.
Tip 2. Check your network conditions
Does your iPhone get slow suddenly when you are using an app that requires a network connection? If so, a poor network connection, either Wi-Fi or cellular data, is probably the reason why your iPhone is slow. In such a case, reconnect to the network or use another network that is available to try again.
Tip 3. Remove background apps
You may have such an experience while using a computer: If you are running many programs on your computer, you will find your computer responds slowly. That's the same when it comes to using an iPhone. Too many apps running at the same time will run out of your iPhone memory and result in a lagging device.
Thus, removing background apps is helpful to make your iPhone run faster.
To close background apps:
Step 1. On iPhone X or later, swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen and pause in the middle of the screen. On iPhone 8 or earlier, double-click the Home button instead.
Step 2. Swipe right or left to switch from apps.
Step 3. Swipe up on the app's preview to close the app.
Tip 4. Keep your device at a normal temperature
Both high and low temperatures will slow down an iPhone/iPad. Thus, if your iPhone is under a condition that makes it become hot or cool, try to get it back to a normal temperature. Afterward, you will find your iPhone doesn't lag anymore.
Tip 5. Disable Low Power Mode
Did you turn on the Low Power Mode recently? To extend your iPhone battery life, the Low Power Mode will disable some features and slow down some tasks on your device. When your iPhone runs slow, it's necessary for you to check whether you have enabled this mode. If you have, disable the feature to speed up your iPhone: Go to "Settings" > "Battery" and turn the Low Power Mode off.
Tip 1. Clear your iPhone storage
To keep its good performance, you need to make sure there is enough storage on your iPhone. To check your iPhone storage, go to "Settings" > "General" > [Device] Storage. Now you could see your iPhone storage usage. If you find your iPhone is almost full or you want to get even more free space, do one of the followings:
- Offload the app: This operation will free up the storage taken by the app, but won't remove the app's documents and data.
- Delete the app: Doing so will remove both the app and its data.
Easy as it is, you can't just remove apps directly in most cases. For example, it's common that the Photos app is the biggest occupier of your iPhone space. But will you remove photos without making a backup to get more space? Generally, you won't. That's the same when it comes to videos, music, contacts, text messages, and more.
Given that, I recommend you try the iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover to transfer your precious files, photos, videos, contacts, music, text messages, and more from your iPhone to a PC/Mac. Afterward, you can delete files on your iPhone without worrying about data loss.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer running Windows or Mac OS systems with a USB cable > Start EaseUS MobiMover > Click "Phone to PC" > Click "Next."
Step 2. Choose the type of files you wish to export > Customize the destination for exported iPhone data > Click "Transfer" to copy iPhone files to the computer at a fast speed.
Step 3. When the transferring finished, you can view, edit, keep or delete the content as you like.
By doing so, you will get more free space and speed up your iPhone.
Tip 2. Remove unused apps
Generally speaking, there is more than one app that you downloaded before and seldom use it now. It's unnecessary to keep these items on your iPhone and let them occupy your iPhone storage. If you have such apps on your device, follow the guide on how to delete apps on iPhone to remove unused apps and make your iPhone faster.
Tip 3. Update iOS
A newer version of iOS generally has fixed known bugs found in previous versions and has been improved in quality and efficiency. If there is a new version of iOS available and it is compatible with your iPhone model, you can update to the latest version of iOS to make your iPhone faster.
To update iOS:
Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "General" and choose "Software Update".
Step 2. Tap "Download and Install".
Step 3. Tap "Install" to update now.
Tip 4. Replace your iPhone battery
Your iPhone battery is a consumable item that will become less effective as time goes by. If you are using older models like iPhone 6, you should check your iPhone health and replace it when necessary.
The Bottom Line
These are the main solutions to speed up an iPhone/iPad. Apart from the tips above, you can also try to clear Safari caches or disable automatic updates. Some may suggest you erase all content and settings to reset your device. But that will wipe out your device and you will lose everything. Don't do so without making a backup in advance.
Hope this guide is helpful to you.
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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.
Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.
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