Apple is pretty generous when it comes to supporting older iPhones with the newest iOS updates. While that's definitely a good thing, newer updates generally tend to slow down previous generation iPhones. New iOS versions are optimized to run on the latest iPhones that are launched with them. Obviously, this is because they pack in faster processors and better overall hardware specifications. But that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the newest iOS features, just because you have an older iPhone. So if you recently upgraded your previous generation iPhone to iOS 10 and have been experiencing slowdowns, here are six ways to speed things up.
Turn off automatic downloads: Apple iPhones are generally configured to automatically download OS and app updates. But these background updates increase CPU usage, slowing the devices quite a bit.
So turning off automatic downloads can help the phone perform faster. To do so, navigate to Settings > iTunes & App Store, and tap the toggle switch to turn off updates under the Automatic Downloads section.
Clear storage space: Freeing up some space on the iPhone can help in boosting its speed. And in any case, there's no point in keeping the files that are not needed on the device. To check the storage consumption go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage, and select Manage Storage option. Here you can not only check the storage consumption but also delete unnecessary apps.
Turn off transparency and motion effects: Like any modern OS, Apple iOS also has many motion and animation effects. These are clearly visible during user interaction tasks such as opening/closing apps. But as funky looking as they are, they slow down the device too. To turn off these effects, simply navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility, and tap the toggle switch against the Reduce Motion option. Under Accessibility, you can also disable transparency effects. This will reduce the blur effects and help speed up overall performance.
Disable location based services when not required: Location based apps (e.g. Google Maps) use a lot of battery as they are constantly running in the background. So turning off location services for some apps can help in improving performance. For this, navigate to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and disable location access for individual apps as per your requirement.
Turn off automatic refresh: The automatic refresh feature ensures that the content in all apps (e.g. social media, news) is refreshed on a periodic basis. This can take a toll on the overall performance of the device quite a bit, so you can disable it. Just go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and tap the toggle switch to off.
Reboot your device every once in a while: If your iPhone has been up and working for days at a stretch, rebooting it can 'refresh' it quite a bit.
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