Is your iPhone or iPad slow or frozen? Then here’s how to fix it

Is your iPhone not as fast as it used to be? Does the screen freeze up occasionally when you’re multitasking? You’re not alone.

If you’re using an older model and have relatively recent iOS versions installed, it’s all par for the course. In an effort to respond to user demands for better battery life, Apple prioritised power management over performance in more recent versions of iOS, leading to some major slowdowns across the board, especially for older units.

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Until this whole scenario gets fixed in future updates, your only real option is to improve your iPhone or iPad’s performance from your end. To do that, try the following:

Reduce Background Activity

If you’re experiencing any kind of slowdown, the culprit nearly 80% of the time are apps running in the background. Rogue processes and excessive background activity, if left unchecked, eat up precious resources which reduce performance and drain your battery faster than normal. To reduce background activity on your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Background App Refreshand make sure to turn off every app that you don’t need running on the background all the time.

Kill Unnecessary Apps

Alternatively, you can open Settings > Battery > Battery Usage and see which apps consume battery the most. Most of the time, battery hogs are performance hogs as well, and this is a great indicator for which apps you need to consciously kill. Once you’ve singled out the apps in question, do this:

  • On the home screen, tap the Home button twice;
  • Next, tap and hold the app/s in question;
  • Once they jiggle, tap the red minus button. This kills the app (does not uninstall selected apps).

Delete Particular Apps

Does the slowdown or screen freeze happen when you open a particular app? It might have more to do with your device’s compatibility with that app than with your iPhone’s general performance. To uninstall certain apps, press and hold its icon until an “X” appears on it’s upper right. Tapping this button will uninstall the app in question.

Do a Reboot

Did your best and still couldn’t figure out which rogue process is responsible for your device’s performance slowdown? Do a reboot. Restarting your device resets your device’s background process slate and often fixes any temporary errors that your device is experiencing. To reboot, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Power Off slider appears. If you wish to reboot but your screen is frozen, press and hold the Home buttons simultaneously for about 30 seconds. The screen should turn off, and the Apple logo will reappear a few seconds later.

For iPhone X and iPhone 8 users, do the following in one continuous motion:

  • Press the Volume Upbutton;
  • Press and hold the Volume Downbutton;
  • Hold the side button until the screen goes black and the Apple logo reappears.

Clear Your Cache

Sometimes a congested Safari cache can cause performance slowdowns and freezes. To clear your cache, open Settings > Safari > Clear History, and select Clear Cookies and Data.

Restore to Factory Default

Does your iPhone/iPad keep freezing? It might be more than just a multitasking problem. If all else fails, it might be time for you to restore your iPhone or iPad to its Factory Default Settings, then restoring your apps and files from a backup by syncing with iTunes. To restore your device, do the following:

  • Go to iTunes on a personal computer and login;
  • Choose your device from the list that appears;
  • Click Restore iPad or Restore iPhone;
  • When prompted if you’d like to backup your device, click Yes;
  • Click Restore and Update;
  • Wait for a few minutes, then restore from your backup and setup your device for use.

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