After a while, your iPhone or iPad becomes slower. Upgrading the inside becomes difficult, but you can arrange a lot of things in terms of software. Here are 9 tips to make your iPhone or iPad faster.
Make iPad and iPhone faster
In general, iPhones (and iPads) last a very long time, but electronics remain sensitive to aging. It is therefore insurmountable that your device becomes a bit slower at a given moment. Fortunately, it is possible to make your iPhone a bit faster. In this article we present 9 practical tips.
1. Update regularly
Updates are a big plus for Apple devices. The Cupertino company updates iPads, iPhones and Macs with new software for years after the release date. These updates do not only close security holes, but also streamline your operating system.
It is therefore wise to update iOS (or iPadOS ) regularly. To do this, dive into the Settings app, tap on “General” and choose “Software update.” Then your iPhone will search for a new software version. In most cases it is wise to update immediately.
Sometimes, however, there are errors in a new iOS version, which causes problems. Fortunately, we regularly pay attention to new software versions on iPhone , and of course we keep you informed of any bugs. Sign up for our newsletter , or install the free app to not miss anything.
2. Unused media
Photos, music, podcasts and videos are of course fun, but they also take up a lot of storage space, and that makes your device slower. It is therefore not a bad idea to check your iPhone storage for unnecessary files once in a while. Removing media frees up storage space and gives your iPhone (or iPad) a speed boost.
3. Refresh apps in the background
Many apps have the option to refresh in the background. On the one hand, this is useful with WhatsApp, for example, because you will not miss a single message, but on the other, your battery will drain faster. Moreover, this makes your iPhone slower.
Fortunately, you can silence these automatically refreshing apps. To do this, open the Settings app, go to ‘General’ and tap ‘Refresh in background’. Here you will find a list of apps that can refresh automatically. Move the switch for programs that do not necessarily have to be refreshed continuously.
4. Location facilities
With the help of location facilities, your iPhone or iPad checks where you are. This is done in the background, even if you don’t use a navigation app, for example. Just as with automatic refresh of apps, you decide which apps can view your location.
To make your iPhone faster, you only give permission for this to relevant apps, such as Google Maps or Maps. To do this, tap ‘Privacy’ in the settings and go to ‘Location services’. In iOS 13 youcan also indicate that apps can only see your location during actual use. This is good for your privacy and battery life.
5. Clean up your apps
How many apps and games do you really use? Chances are that there are a lot of unnecessary programs on your iPad or iPhone. Take a critical look at all your apps. Do you never open it? Remove the program. This way you free up storage space and your iPhone faster.
6. Delete your history and cache in Safari
By clearing your history and cache in Safari , you free up some more memory, which in turn contributes to a faster iPhone and iPad. Because of this you will not be able to find your visited websites, but you can also simply save them with your bookmarks.
Do you want to clear the history and cache? Then open the Settings app, tap on ‘Safari’ and choose ‘Clear history & clear cookies and data’. If you do this regularly, your iPhone will stay faster.
7. Restart your iPhone
You probably turn off your MacBook or computer on a regular basis to turn it on again the next day. This is a lot less common for telephones. Yet it is not unwise to restart your iPhone or iPad every now and then. You don’t have to do this every day, but once a week it certainly doesn’t hurt.
By restarting your iPhone you will start with a fresh start. All previously opened apps are closed and all processes are starting up again. Not only does your iPhone get faster this way, you also get more peace of mind. It is not at all wrong to occasionally not always be available.
8. Free working memory manually
Your iPhone and iPad normally control the use of the main memory themselves, but if they slow down or get stuck, it can be useful to manually empty it. You can do this by restarting your device, but that will take a few minutes.
If you do not have time to lose, follow the steps below to quickly free up your device’s memory with the same result.
- Unlock your iPhone or iPad;
- Hold down the on / off button. The Turn off screen appears;
- Press the home button for a few seconds. The Turn off screen disappears after a few seconds and you return to the home screen.
Do you have an iPhone X or newer model (such as the iPhone XS or iPhone 11 )? Then you don’t have a physical home button. In that case, follow the instructions below:
- On your iPhone, go to the Settings app and tap “General”;
- Select ‘Accessibility’ and move the switch to ‘AssistiveTouch’;
- Go back to ‘General’ and choose ‘Turn off’ at the bottom;
- Now press the AssistiveTouch button and put your finger on the Home button.
- Delete old messages
WhatsApp, iMessage and SMS: messages flow in all day. This can be fun, but the chats take up a lot of space. By regularly removing old and unnecessary messages, you can free up space on your device in a simple way.
In the Messages app you delete chats by swiping the message to the left. Then confirm by tapping ‘Delete’ twice. Unfortunately it is not possible to download conversations. This is possible in WhatsApp. That way you can save the chat on your Mac for example. Check our article about archiving WhatsApp chats for more info.