iPhone Running Slow? 7 Probable Reasons and What You Can Do to Fix It

Let’s face it; sometimes, our tech can let us down.

Whether we are unable to scroll across our screen without it freezing, or we can’t even take a photo without our device freezing up, it can cause a significant inconvenience.

No matter how your phone is slowing down, we are here to get to the source and help you fix it.

Is your iPhone running slow? Then keep on reading to learn more about the different reasons why and how to fix it.

  1. Your iPhone Needs a Restart

Though the term “have you tried turning it off and on again?” can be annoying, sometimes it does do the trick.

Your iPhone is like a brain, and when it is continuously awake, it can sometimes act up and have delayed responses and reactions. The best course of action if you are facing these issues is to give your iPhone a hard restart.

This doesn’t remove any data but instead reboots your device. To do this, quickly hit the top and bottom volume buttons and then hold the side power button until you see the display wake up.

From there, your phone should normally be behaving.

  1. Your iPhone is Low on Storage

If your device seems to be chugging along, it could be due to a lack of available storage. Especially on older models with only 16GB available, you may easily tap out on your storage just by downloading some applications or taking high definition photos or videos.

However, don’t fret. You don’t have to go out and buy a new device. A great way to keep your content safe and secure, while also freeing up space, is by using iCloud.

iCloud is Apple’s cloud-based file system, and you can send your photos, videos, contacts, and more to that system. That way, if you are low on storage, you clear it up locally and should see a performance boost.

There are also third-party, free options through Dropbox or Google that can also keep your content safe and secure in their cloud-based systems. However, since Apple’s iCloud is ingrained into the device itself, it makes the most sense to use it.

  1. Your Software Needs to be Updated

As technology evolves, sometimes we forget the necessary precautions. If there’s a software update, we may have missed it. One of the keys to making sure your iPhone stays snappy for the long haul is keeping it updated.

If you are unsure if an update is available, you can go to Settings > General > Software Update. From there, if your device is on the correct software, it will state it. If not, then there should be an update available for you.

If your phone takes forever to update or the update is failing, you can go ahead and plug your iPhone into iTunes via USB cable. From here, press the same buttons as you did for the hard reset, but instead, wait until iTunes asks you to update the software.

From there, you can update your software through iTunes.

  1. Background App Refresh is On

Background App Refresh, as the name suggests, essentially keeps all of your applications running in the background of your device. This can cause an issue if you are low on storage, or if you have a lot of hefty applications which are refreshing in the background.

To turn this feature off, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. From there, you can either select which ones you want to keep refreshing or turn it off entirely.

  1. Your iPhone’s Cache is Clogging Up Performance

Sometimes, your iPhone could use an excellent tidying up. There is a useful link to assist in clearing your iPhone’s cache, but even clearing out your browser history or any downloads that you do not need may help speed up your device.

All in all, keeping tabs on your iPhone’s usage is a great way to get better performance out of it for the long haul.

  1. Your iPhone May Have Apps it Doesn’t Use

Similarly to clearing out your iPhone’s cache, a great way to enable better performance on your device is to clear out the apps you do not use often.

We’ve all been guilty of keeping the apps we don’t use in a far-out folder; however, if we eliminated or offloaded them, we may experience better performance.

Say you don’t want to delete an app you rarely use, you can still offload it. This way, it is only taking up performance when you want it to, instead of all the time. To offload unused applications, go to Settings > Storage > Enable. From there, you can select “Offload Unused Apps.”

Once that is enabled, you will see a bump in your phone’s performance and even your storage clear up some.

  1. iPhone Running Slow Due to Animations

Though iOS is exceptionally intuitive, sometimes its dramatic animations can make iPhones work harder than they need to.

These animations make the iPhone’s CPU (or the brain of the device) put in a lot of effort to make those fancy animations. To reduce this, go to Settings > Accessibility > Reduce Transparency > Swipe Right > Back > Reduce Motion > Swipe right.

From there, you should have a cleaner, less graphical intensive iPhone experience. Moreover, this feature can also assist if you have headaches or are sensitive to motion.

The Best Tips to Give Your iPhone a Boost

Next time your iPhone seems to be a slug, these may be the reasons why. Now that you know how to fix these issues, you will be boosting your iPhone’s performance like a pro.

Say goodbye to your iPhone running slow, and hello to the best tips and tricks to keep it running smoothly for the long haul.

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