Apple iOS is getting much better and better every year, thanks to Apple’s endless efforts to revamp its own mobile operating system. Starting with iOS 7, Apple adds a lot of fancy animations and motion effects. While this makes Apple iOS more visually appealing, this may put a huge pressure on older iPhone models.
Apple has recently confirmed that the company is deliberately slowing down older models, but for a good reason. According to Apple, modern iOS versions are making older iPhone models a little bit laggy, but the idea behind this lies in the fact that some iPhone models with battery issues may shut down suddenly.
This raises concerns among iPhone owners worldwide. However, there’s always something you can do. Apple says that iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE owners may experience sluggish performance after updating to a modern version of iOS. If you are among those users who have been hit by the issue, we have compiled a list of tips to speed up your old iPhone.
How to speed up your old iPhone
Free up some space
Apple iPhone is pretty reliable when it comes to performance. However, there are exceptions to everything. In this case, your documents, music, web caches and messages tend to build up over years, sucking up a lot of storage space on your device. This results in slow performance.
iOS 11 introduces a new feature, known as Offload Unused Apps. Once enabled, the feature offloads unused apps to help you reclaim some storage space. To turn on Offload Unused Apps, head to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. Once you are in, enable Offload Unused Apps under the Recommendations section.
Make sure your apps are now up-to-date
If the above-mentioned solution fails to work for you, try updating your apps. Keep in mind a new update usually includes fixes for errors and performance enhancements. To update an app in iOS, open the App Store from your home screen, then hit Updates and tap Update All button. If the problem is still present, make sure you read on.
Starting with iOS 7, Apple introduced fancy animations and motion effects that pop up every time you open apps, switch apps or close them. While those effects make iOS more visually appealing, they may slow down your old iPhone. Therefore, it’s a good idea to turn off Motion.
To do this, head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and turn on the switch for Reduce Motion. You can also reduce transparency by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast and turn on the switch.
Turn off Background App Refresh
App Refresh has been around for years. This is a nice feature that allows iPhone and iPad apps to perform updates even when they are not actively running. This means that those apps still consume power and resources.
To disable App Refresh, head to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn off the switch. You can also turn off App Refresh for individual apps by toggling the switch to the right of the target app.
Restart your iPhone
If none of the above-mentioned solutions work for you, the last hope for success is rebooting your device completely. To do this, press and hold the Sleep button until you see the Power Off screen. After that, press and hold the Sleep button again to boot up your device.
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