Speed up Your Aging iPhone Running iOS 7 or iOS 8

If you have not upgraded to Apple’s latest gadget the iPhone 6 but are running one of their latest iOS releases you may have started to notice that your iDevice isn’t feeling as fast as it used to be. It is not just a feeling the fact is that with every major software release your iPhone must work harder to keep up. This is mainly because alongside the software releases comes a new version of the iPhone’s hardware, and every attempt is made to utilize the advancements inside such as processor type and RAM capacity. Along this is beneficial to the lucky few that have got their hands on Apple’s newest gadget it leaves everyone else with the same problem. A device that which each major release is struggling to keep up.

Luckily there are some things you can do for free to help gain some of that lost speed and help you hang on to your older iPhone for a little while longer, if you so choose. Let’s take a look at some of these methods for speeding up your phone experience and how to achieve them on Apple’s latest mobile operating systems.

Shut Down Applications

One of the easiest things you can do to free up system resources is to close out apps when you are done with them. Too many apps running the background will quickly use up all of your free resources and drag your phone down considerably. It is also a good idea to get in the habit of clearing out open apps as they will quickly add back up again. Luckily closing them out is easy.

How to do it:

From the home screen or while inside of an app, double tap the home button to bring up a list of currently open apps. You should see a screen like the picture below. Pan through the apps by swiping left or right with your finger and once you find an app you want to close, just swipe up and watch it disappear. You should close out as many as you can as doing so you free up the maximum amount of resources for your phone.

Disable Background App Resfresh

Applications are constantly refreshing their content automatically in the background. They do this to keep information ready in case you decide to use the app. This feature is nice but on older devices causes un needed processes in most cases. Disabling this feature will not only increase the speed of your device but also will keep your battery from draining as fast.

How to do it:

First find your Settings icon. From there go to General and then Background App Refresh. You should see a screen similar to the one below. From here you can either shut off the feature for all apps or selectively use it on a per app basis. We recommend shutting off the entire feature altogether.

Disable Radio Antennas

Things like Wi-fi and Bluetooth can slow down you phone so if you are not using these features turning them can improve your experience. The constant pinging these services do to check for in-range hardware can also drain your battery life in addition to slowing your phone down. Only turning on the ones you need WHEN you need them is sure to help your phone out.

How to do it:

From the home screen or while inside of an app, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to bring up the Control Center. This feature was added in iOS 7 and includes shortcuts to many commonly used things. At the top of the Control Center you will see five buttons, two of which are for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Tap these buttons to turn off the antennas.

Disable Notification Center Options

Having every app on your phone sending your notifications is a big drain on resources. Also too many push notifications can be really annoying so going through the list and thinning it out or disabling the feature altogether will help your phone to run smoother. You also may find that you will not be pulling out your phone for things you just don’t care about.

How to do it:

First find your Settings icon. From there go to the Notification Center, or Notifications depending on your version of iOS. Scrolling down will reveal a list of apps that you can touch to edit the notification settings for that particular one. Edit as needed to thin out those unneeded messages from apps you don’t use.

Disable Location Services

Unless you are currently using an app that needs this service activated such as Google maps, Location Services can be disabled to add some speed to your dated iDevice. If you use a lot of apps that use this service you may want to keep it enabled for those and you can pick in choose in the Location Services menu.

How to do it:

First find your settings icon. From there go to Privacy and then Location Services. At the top of this menu you can toggle the service off for all apps or by scrolling down you can edit the settings for individual apps by touching on them with your finger.

Delete Unused Apps

If you are like most people you probably have too many apps. A recent survey claims that the average iPhone user has 119 apps and you probably do too! Deleting apps is a very simple way of freeing up resources and getting red of clutter all at the same time. It is sure to make your device faster as well.

How to do it:

First find an app that you no longer need or have use for. Next press and hold on the icon for that app. The app, and all others should start to move and a grey “X” will appear next to all of your icons. Now just start pressing the X’s next to unneeded apps and confirm the deletion when the box appears.

Turn on Reduce Motion

Moving wallpapers and all of the added system wide animations sure are cool to look at, but if it slows your device down you may want to part ways with such luxuries. If you’re running iOS 8 we suggest turning Reduce Motion on.

How to do it:

First find your Settings icon. From there go to General and the Accessibility. About half way down the Accessibility page you will see an option to turn on Reduce Motion.