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14 Handy Tips How to Boost Speed of Your iPhone?

How to Boost Speed of Your iPhone?

Your iPhone is not the one of the first days? Does the interface seem sleepy, apps take longer to open? It’s slower since you updated it? It looks pale next to the new models?

With time, our smartphones are prone to slow down. It may be time to give it a boost! For that, follow our tutorial. You will find valuable tips to give it a second life.

See also our article iPhone storage to increase the memory of your smartphone!

Here is How to Boost Speed of Your iPhone

1.      Is your iPhone up to date?

The most recent Apple operating system, when writing this article, is iOS 11 (11.4). On older iPhone models, it is possible that an update slightly slows down your iPhone. However in some cases, this can give them a boost.

To check if your iPhone is up to date, go to Settings → General → Software Update.

2.      Close all open applications

If your system is up to date, you may need other adjustments. Let’s start with the simplest of them: closing unused applications.

  • Double-click the Home button to bring up all open applications.
  • Swipe them one by one, up with your finger. You can do it with the three fingers too.

Note that it is not yet possible to close them all at the same time.

Note that older models may be incompatible with newer iOS versions.

3.      Restart your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone will erase temporary memory and repair rebel applications.
For that:

  • Press and hold the Power / Standby button (top right for iPhone 5s and earlier models, on the right side for iPhone 6 and later models) until the Power Off slider Slide the slider to the right and wait until the iPhone turns off.
  • Restart your iPhone by pressing and holding the Power / Standby button for 5 seconds. You will see the Apple icon appear, then your iPhone will restart.

4.      Remove apps

You should aim for at least 1 GB of free space; do not hesitate to delete unnecessary apps.

  • Go first to Settings → General → Local Storage and iCloud → Manage Storage. 
  • You will see the applications listed and the storage space they occupy.
  • Choose the application (s) and select Delete.

5.      Clean Safari to boost speed of your iPhone

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After that, Safari will not automatically suggest the searched URLs unless they have been saved in your Favorites, and some websites will forget your saved preferences.

6.      Disable automatic background functions

Turning them off will speed up your iPhone and extend your battery life.
If your iPhone is running iOS 6, you can skip this step because they were only introduced from iOS 7.

  • Go to
  • Select iTunes Store and App Store.
  • Disable each of the Automatic Downloads.

This deactivation is especially recommended if you often use the application Music, iBooks, for example.

To disable Background Refresh:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select General.
  • Disable Background refresh.

7.      Reduce the Graphic Quality

Again, owners of an iPhone under iOS6 can skip this step, visual effects have also arrived with iOS 7 and later.

You will see that reducing the quality of the graphics will allow your iPhone to gain speed.

To disable animations:

  • Go in
  • General follow-up.
  • Select Accessibility.
  • Finally, tap: Minimize animations.

This will disable the parallax effect of icons, for example, it is the effect rendered when tilting your device.

To increase contrast and reduce transparency:

  • Go to Settings.
  • General follow-up.
  • Select Accessibility.
  • Finally, tap: Increase Contras, then Decrease Transparency.

8.      Clear SMS to boost speed of your IPhone

Now, SMS. Everything happens in the Messages application where you will delete everything that you think is useless.

  • Open the Messagesapp, scroll down and select a non-important chat.
  • Swipe to the right and select Delete.

Discussions in which photos, videos or voicemails have been shared will free up a lot of space. So privilege this type of discussion.

To prevent the accumulation of audio and video messages on your iPhone: Go to Settings, scroll down to Messages.

In the Audio Messages → Expiration field, select after 2 minutes and change to none.

The same goes for video messages. With this setting, any audio / video message you have received or sent will be automatically deleted 2 minutes after it is played.

This allows you to de-clutter your iPhone, and at the same time prevent your friends from posting photos of you more or less embarrassing on social networks.

If you do not know which threads to delete, you can still transfer them to the iCloud or another computer.


9.      Delete unnecessary photo, audio, video files

As for the removal of your apps, follow the path: Settings → General → local and iCloud Storage → Manage Storage and see the space used by Music and Photos. These are often the ones that occupy the most space.

In this case, we also advise you to keep 1 GB of free space under your elbow.

To delete your photos stored on your iPhone:

  • Open the Photos
  • Select a duplicate photo, for example.
  • Tap the Recycle Bin.
  • Finally, select Delete picture.

For a more detailed tutorial on removing your shots.

The method is the same for your video and audio files (go to the Music application).

From a Mac:

  • Plug your iPhone into a Mac.
  • Open Capture
  • Import them
  • Then, check the Delete after import checkbox at the bottom left.

Select on the photo or photos you want to copy, to do this use the Shift key and drag and drop into a folder stored on the Mac. You will see a green check mark to confirm that they have been uploaded.

If there are photos you want to delete using your Mac on your iPhone: select them and click on the red circle at the bottom of Capture.

10. Reset your iPhone

Here is a step a little more radical than a restart: the reset.
It may take longer but it is more effective.

  • Hold on the Main  and march
  • Keep this pressure until the screen goes black and the Apple logo is displayed.
  • Then, release.

Note that the red slider that prompts you to turn off the device will appear, ignore it, and keep pressing both keys.

11. Restore your iPhone since it was last backed up

Even more radical than the previous step: restoration.
If you have not made a backup recently, you can do it now.

  • Plug your iPhone into a Mac.
  • Open iTunes. Select your iPhone under
  • Click Restore Backup.

12. Reset your iPhone to factory settings

This is the most drastic solution.

This is a complete restore, deleting all your data. In other words, a return to its “new” state!

Who says deletion also says backing up your iPhone.

For a backup to iTunes:

  • Connect your smartphone to a Mac.
  • Open Settings.
  • Go to Apple ID, select iCloud Backup.
  • Back up now if your iPhone is running iOS6. If it is running iOS 7 or later, enable only iCloud Backup.

Now reset the iPhone to its factory settings:

Go to Settings → General → Reset (all at the bottom)  → Clear contents and settings .

Enter your code, if you have one, and confirm that you want to delete all media and data. Finally, restore all settings.

After a few minutes, the welcome screen appears, as when you turned it on for the very first time.


13. Wait for updates

If the previous steps do not have the desired effects. All is not lost because the new update of Apple could reboots your iPhone. IOS 12 should be available in September 2018.

14. Check your warranty and make an appointment at Apple

In spite of all your efforts, your iPhone is still doing its own?

It could be that it is more serious, a component can be at the origin of its slowing down. We advise you to take a look at your warranty because it could cover this kind of problem.

You can also contact the Apple Support, if you think your iPhone is suffering from other ailments.

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