Poor performance is seriously frustrating. Whether you use your iPhone for work or socialising, slow loading speeds and performance issues can be irritating, especially if you are months away from your upgrade window.
Updates are vital to ensure security and fix bugs, but they can also take up precious memory, compounding the problem. Thankfully there are few tricks that can help speed up your handset and have it performing like a new Fonehouse phone once more.
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End Apps, Don’t Leave Them Running
Most people don’t realise that coming out of an app by using the home button or switching to a different app doesn’t actually end the current app. It merely leaves it running in the background using processor capacity and slowing things down. To close an app properly double tap on the home screen button and all open apps will be displayed. From here you can swipe through and throw the app up towards the top of the screen to end it.
Watch Location Services
While location services can be beneficial, for example, a route tracking app, most of the apps you have don’t actually require the location to perform correctly. Thankfully this feature can be turned off on a per-app basis. Just navigate to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and find all your apps listed. Go through and turn off location services on all apps that don’t really need it.
Reboot the Software
How many times does your desktop make you restart it? If you don’t automatically log out at the end of the day and just lock the screen and walk away, your PC will start to complain that it needs to restart. iPhone’s are no different. To perform a restart on your handset hold the lock and middle button (may vary by handset) and wait for the Apple logo to appear. Release the buttons, and the phone will restart. Nothing is changed it just gives the phone a chance to today up processes and end things that may be stuck.
Watch Memory Munchers
Some apps use way more memory than they really need. Navigate to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage, and you can see what is going on. Sorted in order of memory usage you will be able to see which apps are the biggest culprits. Perhaps it is time to delete those you don’t really need and release some space on your iPhone.
Say No to Auto Update
Updating your apps automatically used to be recommended. From iOS 7 it was actually plugged in as standard, and they update whether you have asked them to or not. Arguably this is a useful feature if you are busy, but it comes with an issue. Autoupdate is entirely random, and during updates, the performance drops through the floor. So, set aside time to update them manually and kill the auto-update function by navigating to Settings > iTunes & App Store and look for Automatic Downloads. Here you will find Updates with a toggle switch – set it to off (grey) rather then on (green) – job done.
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