Why is my iPhone so Slow?

How to Speed up a Slow iPhone

The iPhone is undoubtedly a well-made device. It doesn’t just look nice and classy; it performs pretty great too. But just like any other electronic device, there will eventually come a time when you’ll notice that it’s not running as well as it did when you first had it.

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There are a number of reasons why your iPhone becomes slow or starts freezing up. Here’s a rundown of the most common ones and what you can do about them.

Low or no Storage

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You’ll know this is what’s causing your slow iPhone when you start being unable to take photos or videos; you don’t receive emails or text messages; apps crash; and you notice overall sluggish responsiveness.

To check your storage situation, go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage >Storage > Manage Storage. This will show you how much storage you’ve used and how much is still available. It will also provide you with a breakdown of how much storage is being used by each app in your iPhone, which will make it easier for you to determine where you can make adjustments.

Because the internal storage of your iPhone cannot be upgraded, the solution for low storage is simple. You just have to free up some memory by deleting everything you don’t need, and transferring all your large files to another device or to the cloud.

Outdated Software and Firmware

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Depending on what iPhone version you are using, upgrading your OS may sometimes cause it to slow down (particularly for older phones which can’t keep up with the upgraded OS). In some cases, though upgrading will make your phone run faster.

To check if your iPhone is up to date, go to Settings > General > Software update. As of this moment, the latest iOS version is iOS 10.3.

To find out up to what OS version your device can support, visit Apple’s website.

Updating also applies to your apps, of course. If you’re still using the old version of an app, you will need to have it updated.

Suspended Apps

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When you open an app, it gets loaded into your iPhone’s application memory. After you’re done using the app, and you go back to the home screen, you might think the app closes too. That’s not the case.

A few apps retained in your iPhone memory won’t have much of an effect. But if this goes on, eventually its impact will be felt because every time you open your phone, it will have to load all those ‘suspended apps’ that are still in your phone’s memory and this will naturally slow down your phone. Especially those apps that continue to run in the background.

To check if you have suspended apps, double-click the home button to see the Multitasking view. Close the apps you aren’t using from there. And after, remember to do this once every few days. Or better yet, don’t go directly to your home screen after you’re done with an app. Instead, close it by swiping it off the top of the screen.

Unnecessary Running Apps

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Some apps need to continue running even after they’re closed. Facebook Messenger, for one. Surely you want to be alerted when there’s an incoming message, especially if you’re waiting for someone to message you.

On the other hand, there are also many apps that don’t need to continue running. The important thing is for you to dictate which apps you would allow to run in the background.

To manage which apps you want to allow to run in the background, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. From there, just leave those you want to keep on running.

Your iPhone has been Turned on for Too Long

Just like your PC or your laptop, sometimes, all that’s needed to fix that darn sluggishness is a simple reboot. Just turn your iPhone off for a few minutes, and then turn it back on for a fresh start.

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Bring Your Phone to iDoctor

Most of your issues will be solved by going through the steps listed above. But there may be times when there is physical damage to your phone. In those cases, bring your phone to iDoctor. We are experts at phone repair, computer repair, tablet repair, and basically anything that has a chip in it, we can fix it!

Do you have questions about what repairs we do? We have two locations in Billings to serve you. On the West End, off 24th Street, we can be reached at 406-534-2547; in the Billings Heights, off Main Street, we can be reached at 406-206-3437.