Apple has already admitted that the company has been slowing down the older iOS devices since the iOS 10 updates were released. From iOS 10.2.1 to the latest iOS 11.2.1, Apple began slowing down the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, and even iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to prevent the sudden shutdowns. If you are having one of the listed devices and have noticed it is slowing down, follow these tips below to speed up your old iPhone.
If your iPhone is running out of space, this might come with the sluggishness. The quickest way to free up space is to delete a few apps.
You can check which apps are eating up the spaces on your device’s storage by heading to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Storage > Manage Storage.
There will be a list of apps as well as their size taking up on your phone. You can easily delete apps that you don’t use by tapping on that app, and then delete it on the next screen. It’d better have 2GB space left.
You can also delete apps directly from your Home Screen by pressing and holding on it and tapping on the X icon at the corner.
Disable automatic background processes
Disabling the automated features will help your iPhone run faster as well as extend your battery life.
First, you should turn Automatic Downloads off. To do so, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store and toggle the Automatic Downloads off.
Second, disable Background App Refresh by heading to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and toggle Background App Refresh off.
You will then see a big boost in battery life and a noticeable increase in the performance of your device.
Reduce the graphics
In the later iOS updates, Apple has introduced some new visual effects, but disable them will help to improve your device’s performance.
First, get started by turning Motion off. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and enable Reduce Motion. Dong this will turn off the parallax effect of icons. Many iPhone users also find it easier to use in this setting.
Next, you can reduce the background effects to speed up your old iPhone. Navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast and enable Reduce Transparency.
Also see: How to Get Animojis on Older iPhone Models
Restore from backup
The next method you should try is restoring it from a backup.
If you’ve already made a backup recently, simply restore from that. Plug the iPhone into the computer and launch iTunes.
As you’re using an old backup, it will remove all of the changes you just made on your device, so you can regain a better performance on your old iPhone.
Replace a New Battery
According to Apple, the company slows down your old iPhone due to the battery on your device. If your battery is aged, your phone will automatically be reduced the performance of CPU to make sure your phone runs good enough. If your phone is slowing down because of the poor battery health, you need to replace the battery to bring back your phone’s performance. You will not just receive a longer-lasting battery, but your phone should also jump back up to its normal speed. Replacing your battery is very simple. You just take your device to the Apple Store and ask for the replacement. It will cost you $80 if you don’t have AppleCare+. You could also choose a third-party shop for replacing the battery, but we recommend you to go to Apple for the best results, as they won’t make any mistakes.