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speed up iOS 7

After upgrading to iOS 7, some users are finding it a bit slow. The tips in this article will help to speed up your user experience.

iOS 7 performs almost as fast as iOS 6.1.3 on the same hardware, if you do some performance tuning. By default, Apple’s new mobile operating system has every bell and whistle turned on. Some of these features not only slow down the operating system, but also hog Internet bandwidth. With a little fine tuning iOS 7 should be responsive, even on an iPhone 4.

Upgrade to iOS 7.1 or Later

If you have installed iOS 7 on an iPhone 4 and experience sluggish performance, Apple has a solution. The iOS 7.1 software update offers better performance for the iPhone 4. Better still, iOS 7.1.1 will speed up your iPhone while also improving battery life. I have noticed that after installing iOS 7.1 on my iPad 2, the performance increased noticeably. These enhancements seem to work on other devices.

Apple will likely release iOS 7.1.2 to address a minor security issue, in addition to an infamous iMessage bug. This will probably be the last update until iOS 8 is released. If your device can’t run iOS 8, Apple will release future iOS 7 patches to address any major issues. The iPhone 4 cannot be upgraded to iOS 8, but Apple will continue to support the device.

Wait for Post-Upgrade Optimization to Finish

Once you have upgraded to iOS 7, a process is run in the background. Among other tasks, Spotlight is re-indexing everything on your iPhone. This takes up processor cycles and slows down your device. When I upgraded my iPad 2, I was very upset at first. It was extremely slow and the keyboard was lagging. I put down my iPad and was about to write a very bitter article about how awful iOS 7 is. When I picked up my iPad to check something, I noticed it was much faster. This was just 20 minutes after upgrading. Just let your iOS device run its optimization process after the upgrade, before you start Tweeting about how slow and awful iOS 7 is.

Reset Device Settings if Keyboard is Slow

If your keyboard is lagging, many users have found relief after resetting device settings. Your iOS device’s keyboard is keeping track of what you’re typing, in order to provide auto-completion and suggestions. Resetting user preferences will reset the keyboard’s data, making it faster.

Go to Settings > General > Reset All Settings. Doing this will not delete any data or media. You will not lose all of your contacts. Your user settings, such as backgrounds, badges, notifications, ringtones, etc. will be reset. In other words, you won’t lose anything that can’t be restored by changing a setting. You will only lose user settings.

It’s an inconvenience, but well worth it. Although I didn’t have an acute case of keyboard lag, I notice better performance after resetting my iPhone. If you choose to follow this tip, do it before the other tips or you will reset your performance tuning.

Reduce Motion

Some users like iOS 7’s visual effects. Others find them literally nauseating. With the iOS 7.0.3 update, Apple allows users to turn off all of these effects. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion, then turn Reduce Motion on. This will turn off the parallax effect and the zoom effect when transitioning into apps. By minimizing graphics processing, you will increase performance. Apps will launch faster. (continue…)

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UPDATE: iOS 8 has been released and some users are experiencing poor performance on older devices. If you are running iOS 8 and wish to improve performance, please read “Speed up iOS 8“.


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