16 Tips to Speed Up Slow iPhone, iPad Running iOS 14/13.7: Let’s fix the issue

Last Updated on Sep 22, 2020

Apple iOS released with the latest UI changes, Code improvement, and Compatibility with Other Apple Devices like AirPods/Homepod/Mac. Finally, the most awaited update for iDevice users is available to download. This update comes with all new amazing features and to improve the performance of iDevices. Despite iOS gave a better experience for the users but the latest iOS/iPadOS is quite better than that. Some peoples are facing issues regarding the lagging and freezing of the device after updating to the latest iOS, but no need to worry here are some tricks given below which can be helpful for you to speed up Slow iOS devices.

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Usually, Latest iOS slow on Old Models like iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 5s feels slower than other higher or new models. Due to hardware incompatibility issues, storage, and more, But for iPhone 7/7 Plus and iPhone 8 – New 2020 iPhone, the iPad most compatible with the latest iOS 14 and iOS 13.7.

Many users are reporting an issue such as after iOS update iPhone running slow. For this problem, we suggest either downgrade the iOS version or wait for the future update and or go with the following expert advice to speed up your iOS device.

Steps for Fix Slow iOS on iPhone, iPad: Let’s Speedup

1). Enable Dark Mode

While we enable Dark mode, Most of the part of your iPhone screen remains black, and that not use much power compared to the normal screen. We can enable it From the settings app or Control center, Learn how to Enable & Customize dark mode on the iPhone. Settings > Display & Brightness > Enable Dark, Also Find customization settings.

2). Turn Off Frequent Notification while not in use or Annoying

Sometimes some App notifications are important for us but not for all time. And the second case, All Notifications are not much important like our primary apps like Banking, Invitation Friends, and more. We can disable App Notifications from the Settings. Follow the below steps,

  1. Open Settings app on iPhone > Scroll to Notifications.
  2. Now, Scroll to screen and See List of App installed on your iPhone, Tap on App name for that you want to turn off notifications.
  3. Disable Allow Notifications toggle.
  4. That’s it.
    • My Blacklisted Apps name is Mail app (Turn on Notification for selected Mail account only), Reddit (Enable only Important Notification), Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, WhatsApp. Don’t close notification for all.

3). Experience Latest iOS slow after update

Check any restore is in process on Background manually. Once we upgrade iOS, your all Content and Settings will restore itself automatically before you use your iPhone. But sometimes it doesn’t work or if you choose to skip option for Apple ID verification or anything else.

  • I am suggesting you keep backup before you update over the Air or iTunes.
  • Check your Photos app, See the most recent photos taken by you or Some settings.
  • If everything is okay, then follow the next step. Otherwise, Put your iPhone alone and plug on lightning cable. (In this stage your iPhone may be overheating)
  • Restore will complete successfully, Don’t be panic it will take more time depends on Your Data size.

4). Disable Background apps refresh on iOS

Background apps refresh more memory, although you are not using the app on the screen.

  • Go to the Settings app on iPhone, iPad.
  • Next to the Settings > General

6 Reset Settings on iPhone

  • Under the General, Tap on Background App Refresh
  • Next, to the Options for Background App Refresh select off.

7 Reset Network Settings on iPhone

5). Restart/Reboot and Force Restart

To Restart:

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Slide to Power off slider on the iPhone screen.

Force Restart iPhone 11(Pro Max), XS Max, XS, XR, X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus

  1. Press and Quickly Release Volume Up button, then
  2. Press and Quickly Release Volume Down Button, then
  3. Press and Hold Side Button until you see the Apple logo on Screen.

To Start the iPhone, Again press the Side button until the startup apple logo on the screen.

Force Restart:

  • iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus: Press and Hold Sleep/Wake + Home button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
  • iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold on the Sleep/Wake button + Volume Down button. Restart the iPhone without the home button.
  • Restart iPhone without Power Button

6). Update iOS Device, Go for Next Update

New updates in iOS enjoy more user experience with big to tiny features. New iOS seed always updated with speed improvements and a compressed file system. So Device gets more space after the update it.

  • Check new update in Settings > General > Software Update.

Anytime we can downgrade iOS 13/iOS 12 to iOS 11 on iPhone, iPad using Finder/iTunes. Sometimes get benefits on New Updates

7). Slow & Freezes due to low storage on iPhone, iPad

Free Storage is an important part of iDevice’s low-speed problems. Yes, We can fix it using different techniques like Remove Unused apps, Delete Photo, Video in Photos app or Music Files, Don’t habit on keeping everything (Documents and Data) offline.

8). Shut Down The Device for a Moment to Speed Up Apps

Yes, it is also a way to boost up gadget after updating. Think for a while, when did you last time switched off your device? Because when you’re consistently using the Device, it may affect CPU and RAM which may result in a decrease is the speed of the system or the app will not respond to you.

After shut down when you restart the device, and it is not responding then you need to do “Force Restart.” So to force restart tap and hold both power key and home key (for 10 seconds) and then Apple Logo will appear on the screen. Or iPhone 7 and later (Power button + Volume down button)

9). To fix slow internet Reset the Network Settings

Generally while browsing on an app like Safari, you face a reduction of speed on the loading of a page or in downloading some data. And it can also happen with other apps that operate on the internet. So to fix this problem primarily you can do is turn off wifi or data connection and again turn on. If it does not work then go for resetting the network from the settings of the device.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Then open General
  3. Next, Open-Reset and then click on Reset Network Settings

This action will not affect your data on the device, all the data is safe and secured if you Reset Network Settings.

10). Update Apps on the device to speed up the iOS

Updating Apps is also a solution to improve the speed of the device as well as of apps. Sometimes to fix bugs present in the app, the developer gives an update but we often not interested in updating the app to the latest version but it is helpful. You can check updates in the App Store.

Find the Not Supported app in iOS: Go to the Settings App > General > About > Applications >

2 Applications in iPhone Settings

App Compatibility.

1 App Compability on iPhone

11). Clean junk files and clear up some storage

Clearing the junk files will free up the storage of the device and will cut back the load on RAM. When you download an app and start using it, automatically temporary files generates and stored in the device’s memory for better performance of the app. If the device is running out of storage, then it will directly affect the performance of apps and the app will start crashing or freezing.

To free up space take the backup of videos and pictures in iCloud storage or other storage and delete videos and pictures from the device or else use some special iTunes on Mac OR PC

Keep Backup iPhone, Try to Clean install the latest iOS using iTunes after that Restore the Latest Backup.

12). Turn off unnecessary functions to Speed Up slow iOS

As you know very well that every function’s speed and performance depend on the CPU and RAM of the device. As much as CPU and RAM remain free from extra features that create load on them, it is better for you.

It is better to disable unnecessary functions like animations, back-up, motion, auto-update, and many other features and also it will be helpful in improving battery life.

How to Reduce Transparency

  1. Go to the Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Next, Scroll to Accessibility option.
  3. Now, Find and Tap on Display & Brightness > Enable Increase Contrast
  4. That’s it.

iOS 12 or Earlier

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. open Accessibility and click on “Increase Contrast”.

How to turn off Auto Update

  • 1: Launch Settings
  • 2: find “iTunes and App Store.”
  • 3: click on Updates and Turn it off

How to Enable Reduce Motion

  1. Go to settings
  2. open Accessibility

11 Reduce Motion on iPhone

3: Click on “Reduce Motion” and turn off that.

13). How to turn off Background App Refresh

1: Go to settings

2: Tap on General

3 Background App Refresh on iPhone

3: click on “Background App Refresh” and turn it off.

5 Turn off App Refresh on iPhone

14). Reset the device to Speed Up slow iOS

This trick works amazing, First Backup iPhone/iPad, Erase All Content and Restore Back Old Data to iPhone/iPad. I fixed many problems on my old iPhone 6 (Even low call volume, Free Space by Removing Document & Data). Resetting the device will result in complete data loss if you didn’t take a backup before performing this action. After resetting, you have to set up like before for the first time you have done it. 

  • Step 1: Go to Settings
  • Step 2: tap on general
  • Step 3: open Reset and click on “Erase All Contents And Settings.” This option will make your iPhone like a new one.

15). Disable Location Services for particular Apps

If Location Services is enabled on your device for all the apps, it will result in a decrease in performance as well as in constant draining of battery. So it is advisable to turn off Location Services for some apps which might not require. Third-party application need Location Service, to disable it approach settings

  • Step 1: Go to Settings
  • Step 2: open Privacy

12 Disable Location service on iPhone

  • Step 3: turn off location services for all applications or individually also you can turn off.

16). Disable Spotlight to Speed Up slow iOS

The spotlight is a function which is active all the time and gives you the instant result on your search regarding any apps, emails or contacts. As it is active all time, it consumes some battery, storage, and CPU which is also the reason for lagging and freezing of devices. After turning off this function, you can save battery and improve the performance of iDevice.

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Step 1: Launch Settings

Step 2: open Siri & Search.

13 Turn off Spotlight Search on iPhone in iOS 11

Step 3: tap to open Disable Suggestion in Search.

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