iOS 7 Making iPhone Slow ? Here is How to Speed Up

Since iOS 7 released on September 18th more than 200 million people have upgraded to it. While the vast majority is happy with the firmware, there are a few who have found a noticeable decrease in speed on the iPhone and iPad.  If you are one of those, there are a few changes that you can make to speed things up a little.  These changes will have more of an effect on the older devices as their hardware is not designed for such a major change in firmware.  You might also find that one or two of these have a positive impact on your battery life at the same time:

Get Rid of Blur and Transparency

While these are nice features of iOS 7, if you have an older iPhone or iPad, you might find they have quite an impact on the speed. This is because they are using far more system resources than devices like the iPad 2 or iPhone 4 can afford to spare. You can turn these off by:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on Accessibility
  4. Select Increase Contrastios 7 increase contrast
  5. Tap to turn it ON

Unfortunately, this will leave the Notification and Control Centers looking a bit drab, along with folders and a few other interface aspects. However, you will benefit from less lagging. Even if your device does not support the number of transparencies included you can still follow these steps and move it down a further notch or 2 to help.

Switch Background App Refresh Off

Up until now, apps had to be refreshed manually so this is a handy addition in iOS 7. However, it does serve to slow things down because it is constantly working in the background. It will also drain your battery very quickly.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Background Apps Refresh background app refresh
  4. Tap to turn it OFF

From now on your apps will be refreshed if they are active rather than automatically. This will help users of the iPhone 4 the most.

Switch Motion Reduction On

Another attractive feature of iOS 7, this gives the effect that wallpapers are live. However nice it may be to look at this feature is both a resource and battery hog.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on Accessibility
  4. Choose Reduce Motion  and tap to turn it ONreduce motion ios 7

This setting is turned OFF by default in some of the older devices because it’s not supported on all models – most likely because of the performance issues.

Shut Down Automatic Downloads and Updates

This is a bit of a no-brainer – anything that is working automatically in the background is going to slow things down and use your battery up.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on  iTunes and App Store
  3. Select Automatic Downloads and turn off everything that is not needed. itunes and app store updates

This will mean you have to go into the app store to manually update apps but for the sake of speed and battery life, that’s not such a hardship.

Complete Restore

This is a last-ditch move but restoring your device back to factory will give a performance boost. This is because it is removing everything, all cache files, history, etc. Make sure you back your device up first using iTunes or iCloud and then you have the option of restoring your backup or starting afresh.

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Update to iOS 7.x as Soon as it Becomes Available

We have recommended that people hold off on upgrading to iOS 7 because, as with all new firmwares, it is going to have bugs and glitches in it. Apple is already working on the next updates, although this is mainly because of the security flaw recently discovered in the lock screen.

If you have upgraded already, make sure you update as soon as a new release is available, as it will most definitely contain fixes that will have an impact on your device performance.

  • You can follow our guide to backing up and upgrading to iOS 7 here.

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