If your iPhone is running a lot slower than usual, there could be several things to blame. The first, and one of the more expensive reasons, is also the least likely: it’s possible you may need a new battery.
If your phone is relatively new or you’ve replaced your iPhone battery OR you are just sure as day that isn’t the reason for a slow-as-a-snail phone, it’s time to take a look at the settings you have installed (or not installed) on your phone.
These are the four settings that Apple employees say make your iPhone run SO slowly and you should change right now.
The first most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to your phone’s settings is to make sure that you always have the latest version of iOS downloaded. Software developers sometimes make major changes to software and if you aren’t keeping up, you could be suffering with a slower working phone.
Here are four easy steps provided by Business Insider to make sure your phone is running the most current version of iOS:
1. Tap the Settings app.
2. Tap "General" and then tap "Software Update."
3. Make sure that "Automatic Updates is set to "On."
4. If there is an update waiting to be installed, you can install it now.
Your Phone Features Fancy Graphics
Aside from the fact that they look cool, there are very few reasons to run fancy graphics on your iPhone. Plus: they slow down your phone.
Here’s what to do:
1. Start the Settings app.
2. Tap "General" and then tap "Accessibility."
3. Tap "Reduce Transparency" and turn it on by swiping the button to the right.
4. Tap "Back."
5. Tap "Reduce Motion" and turn it on by swiping the button to the right.
You Have Too Many Tasks Running In The Background
There are times when your phone is performing too many tasks and this could be a reason for a slower device.
Here’s how you can shut off some of the tasks that your iPhone is running in the background:
1. Start the Settings app.
2. Tap "iTunes & App Store," and then switch off "Music," "Apps," and "Updates" in the Automatic Downloads section.
3. Tap "Settings" to go back to the main page.
4. Tap "General" and then tap "Background App Refresh."
5. Tap "Background App Refresh" and tap "Off."
You Didn’t Turn Off Automatic Downloads
There is no logistical reason to keep automatic downloads on your phone. You can pick and choose what you want to download without this feature and save unnecessary files from consuming a ton of space and slowing down your phone.
According to Macworld: “To turn on Low Data Mode open Settings > Tap Mobile Data (or Cellular in the US) > Tap on Mobile Data Options (Cellular Data Options) and tap on the slider beside Low Data Mode to stop these background processes.
You can also turn off these data hogging processes in WiFi too. Select the WiFi network you wish to limit by going to Settings > Wi-Fi > tap on the network and then choose Low Data Mode.”