When you first purchased your iPhone, it was very fast and efficient. You were able to move between tasks with no delay and everything worked smoothly and with no lag. Over time, you will notice that your iPhone becomes much slower and seems to be in need of either repair or whatever it takes to return it to its original speed. You might think the only solution is to go out and purchase a brand new shiny iPhone so you can once again enjoy a fast and efficient experience while using your phone. But, there are 4 things you can do to bring back some of the speed you are missing.
Tip#1: Get Rid of Apps No Longer Used
With the plethora of apps and games available in the App Store, it is easy to download an app, try it, and never use it again. One way to make your iPhone faster is to remove all apps and games that you no longer use. Even though you are not using these apps, they still consume both storage space and CPU usage. Of course, any apps that are deleted can always be reinstalled through the app. In some cases, there is also a web version of apps that can be accessed through Safari, negating the need to actually have an app stored and running on your iPhone.
Apps can be easily deleted by tapping on the icon of the app you want to delete until it shakes. Then click the small “X” icon on the upper left of the icon. This will remove the app from your phone. Another way to do it is by going to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage then select and get rid of the apps you no longer need.
Tip #2: Have A New Battery Installed
Apple created a feature on your iPhone that is designed to avoid random shutdowns. The iPhone’s CPU will be throttled back resulting in diminished performance when the battery starts to degrade. This was not very popular with iPhone users and Apple received several complaints about it. As a result, Apple introduced a feature that allows you to disable this setting under the Peak Performance section in settings.
Getting the battery replaced is possible doing yourself, but it is highly recommended that you bring it to a professional iPhone repair shop. The cost is under $50 and can be done within 30 minutes. That way you can get back to enjoy a healthy battery and the enhanced performance that comes with it.
Tip #3: Turn Off Visual Effects
The iPhone’s graphical user interface was built to give the user a fancy view of contents utilizing fade and fade-out effects, along with app-switching animations. While these can be visually stunning, the effects also use up extra CPU juice that can be used elsewhere. Your iPhone will function just as well without all of this eye candy. In order to turn these effects off, bring your settings app, and navigate to General > Accessibility and toggle on the Reduce Motion feature. With the setting on, your app-switching animations will simply fade in and fade out. This will also free up CPU usage and memory to give your iPhone more power for other tasks.
Tip #4: Last Resort: Restore iPhone to Factory Settings
If you have tried all of the above and find that your iPhone is still not running fast enough, the last resort is to reset your iPhone back to factory settings. This will return your iPhone to its original state when you first bought, without any of your data on it. You will want to perform a full backup using iCloud before doing this step to ensure that your valuable data isn’t lost. In order to complete a factory reset, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Once this cycle is complete you will be presented with an iPhone that will almost certainly function much faster than it had been previously.
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