Speed ​​up your iPhone and stop it from running slow — 2022

If you have an iPhone that no longer works as smoothly as it did in the beginning, don't worry. This can be something normal taking into account some factors such as its age or that there is a software problem that is causing it. In this post, we delve a little deeper into this matter and help you get your slow iPhone back up and running as quickly as possible.

If you just bought the iPhone

Regardless of what model of iPhone you have, if your iPhone was recently purchased and was brand new, there is clearly something wrong with it. It may be the case that it is the software version that fails, in which case you can search for an update or restore the iPhone as we will explain in later points. However, you can go to Apple because the phone it's under warranty.

Once technical support checks your device, they will be able to tell you what the fault is and whether or not it can be repaired. In any case, the solution they will give you will be free unless it is a failure due to misuse on your part, such as the iPhone containing water damage. Also the fact that the phone has received a blow may be the reason that the guarantee does not cover it.

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If it's been literally a few hours since you opened it

You should always keep in mind that if you are still in the first hours of using the iPhone, can be even normal perform less than expected. The iPhone will be indexing all the data and, even if you don't see it, dozens of processes are running in the background that are completely necessary for the iPhone to work well afterwards and manage both space and battery optimization.

There is no defined time that this indexing process lasts, depending largely on your internet connection if a lot of iCloud data has to be synchronized. In any case, it is something It shouldn't take more than 24 hours. . Therefore, it is recommended that you have some patience during those first hours and even days. If later you notice that it continues to fail, go to technical support as we have mentioned in previous lines.

Could it be planned obsolescence?

The so-called planned obsolescence is related to the alleged bad practices of some manufacturers, which implement certain adjustments through software in order to make the device work worse and therefore force the user to renew their equipment. Apple devices, as a general rule, work more or less the same over the years, not counting the obvious deterioration of the battery and other components due to natural causes.

However, the Californian company was the protagonist a few years ago due to a controversial iOS update in which older iPhones were slowed down. Numerous users and associations sued the company and in fact there are still some lawsuits pending. We are not the one to judge whether Apple's explanation was in line with reality or not, but the truth is that it made some sense.

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The brand stated that it had changed the frequencies of the older processors through software in order to give the devices a longer lifespan without abruptly affecting some aspects such as the battery. That is, they prioritized the fact that the battery lasted longer and suffered less so that the iPhone could work more smoothly. In any case, the company solved this problem in future updates and launched phones with improved processors so that this situation would not occur more often.

Things you should always keep in mind

There are two possible solutions to most software problems, which could be causing your iPhone to underperform and move too slowly. Below we explain what are the causes that cause it and what you should do first in case of any problem of this nature.

Always keep the latest software version

Having the latest version of the operating system on devices like these brings many advantages. From being able to enjoy the most recent innovations implemented by Apple, whether visual or functional, to being able to obtain security patches and performance improvements .

Already in the previous point in which we talked about planned obsolescence, we commented that, although it is not the most common, it may be that a specific software version is affecting the performance of the device. And it doesn't have to be something intentional from Apple, but because of some technical error the device is not being able to optimize the system resources as it should.

Therefore, it is essential that you always have the latest version of iOS compatible with your iPhone. In fact, the company itself will recommend that you do so before proceeding to carry out any analysis of the device to see if it has hardware failures. The most common, fastest and most effective way to update the iPhone is by going to Settings > General > Software Update . Of course, remember to have internet to be able to download the new version.

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Background processes can be decisive

What is this about background processes? Well, basically they are a series of tasks that are running on your iPhone invisibly and that, a priori, should not affect the performance of the system. These processes are completely normal and serve precisely to maintain good system performance. Now, they can also be causing problems such as an increase in battery consumption or, precisely, that your device works slower than normal,

Those processes that have become stuck and are causing problems have a quick solution in the vast majority of cases. And which one is it? Turn iPhone off and on . As absurd as this solution may seem to you, it is effective because when the terminal is turned off all those processes will be closed and when the phone is started again they should start working normally. And although there is an option to restart the device, what we recommend is to turn it off for a few seconds and turn it back on manually.

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Other solutions to the slow problem

If you have made sure that you have made the two recommendations that we have given you in the previous point and the iPhone continues to malfunction, do not rule out that the solution may be within your reach. In the following points we will see other tips that you should apply if you want to try to solve the problem before going to Apple technical service.

Clear app cache

Unlike Android devices, the iOS system of iPhones does not have an option that as such allows you to empty the cache of applications. However, this does not mean that it cannot be done. The procedure that must be carried out is different, since it implies completely deleting the application and for that, these steps must be followed, since it will not be enough to delete them normally from the main screen:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to General > Storage.
  3. Wait for all the information to load and select the app in question.
  4. Tap Remove App, not to be confused with Uninstall app.
  5. Reinstall the app from the App Store and the cache will now be empty.

Clear third-party app cache iOS

In case it is a native app of the system, you will only have to completely format the device. In that case, we recommend you jump directly to the last section of this article in which we explain the best way to do it.

Storage may be full

iPhones, like all devices of this type, have limited memory. And although they should be ready to function normally in any situation, the truth is that if the storage of the device is full or close to it, you may notice a drop in performance caused by the amount of data you are storing. The following points are the most important things you could do to empty iPhone memory.

  • Delete applications that you do not use, since in the end they not only consume space by themselves, but also the associated data.
  • Delete messages or chats that take up a lot of space, whether they are from the native Messages app or WhatsApp (those from Telegram, for example, do not take up space on the iPhone).
  • Export photos and videos to cloud services or external storage devices, since they are usually the most space-consuming items on the iPhone.
  • Delete songs or podcast that you have downloaded to listen offline.
  • Clear the cache of some applications following the method explained in the previous section of this post.

Format the device as your last exit

Your iPhone may be storing too many junk files . These are a series of elements that, in addition to occupying memory space unnecessarily, can cause problems. They usually appear when the phone has not been restored for a long time or you have been restoring backups on it. If these copies were also made on another previous phone, it is possible that this is also influencing the problems.

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The most radical solution to this type of problem is to carry out a full restore of the device and configure it without backup. Remember that you can save data that are synced to iCloud, such as photos and videos, calendars, notes, messages, or Safari bookmarks. Below we explain the methods available to you to perform a complete restoration, although the most recommended is from a Mac or Windows PC.

Of course, first of all we recommend that you check that data is synced with iCloud so as not to lose them, since you will have to configure the iPhone later without backup. You can see this in Settings> your name> iCloud, then clicking on the respective boxes of the apps that you want to keep their data after the restoration.

Now, for the restoration there are two different methods, one being more effective than the other:

    From iPhone settings:method that will allow you to configure the iPhone again, although all the data as such is not erased, but the new ones are overwritten over the old ones and this means that it is not a one hundred percent clean format. Of course, visually it will give you the feeling of brand new iPhone by having to configure everything again. Through a computer:This method, although for practical purposes it may seem similar, is the best way to restore an iPhone because it is the most complete. And it is that, unlike the previous process, in this one all the data stored on the device is completely erased and allows no type of junk file to be stored.

That said, let's see how to proceed in each of the cases. We have already warned you that it is more advisable to do it with a computer, but if you do not have that possibility, we will also explain the other one.

Restore from the iPhone itself:

    1. and a Settings.
    2. Click on General.
    3. Scroll down and select Restore.
    4. Click on Delete contents and settings. You may be prompted for your Apple ID password and iPhone security code.

Restore from a Mac with macOS Catalina or later

    1. Connect iPhone to Mac via cable.
    2. Open a window of Finder.
    3. Click on the name of the iPhone located in the directory on the left.
    4. Click on Restore iPhone. You may be required to enter your iPhone's Apple ID and/or security code. Do not disconnect the device from the Mac during the process.

Restore from a Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier

    1. Connect iPhone to Mac via cable.
    2. Opens iTunes.
    3. Tap the iPhone icon at the top of the window.
    4. Click on Restore iPhone. You may be required to enter your iPhone's Apple ID and/or security code. Do not disconnect the device from the Mac during the process.

Restore from a Windows PC

    1. Connect the iPhone to the computer via cable.
    2. Opens iTunes.
    3. Tap the iPhone icon at the top of the window.
    4. Click on Restore iPhone. You may be required to enter your iPhone's Apple ID and/or security code. Do not disconnect the device from the computer during the process.

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If you suspect that there is something more

Restoring the operating system should have eliminated any possible software issues on the device. If you're still experiencing extreme slowness on your iPhone at this point, it's probably due to some kind of hardware problem which, at least initially, can be indeterminate and requires analysis by a specialist.

Given the complexity required to find out which component is failing, it is best to go to the technical service and they are the ones who run a complete diagnosis with which to determine what is failing. Once they do, they will be able to offer you a solution that could involve changing that component or even offering you a refurbished and fully functional iPhone.

Notably the price of the repair It can vary depending on the fault that it is and if they finally offer you that refurbished iPhone or not, which will always have identical features to yours. It may even be free if it's a factory fault and the device is under warranty. Be that as it may, Apple specialists will inform you at the moment without any commitment.