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How to speed up your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11

How can you speed up your iOS 11 device? Here are some tips and tricks.

iOS 11 is packed full of new features, enhancements, and hidden tweaks that combine to dramatically improve the iPhone and iPad experience. Of course, iOS 11 also has some changes that people won’t appreciate, and a potential slowdown on your iPhone is likely at the top of the list. In this post, I will give you a few different ways to speed up your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11.

Slow iOS 11
Slow iOS 11

 

When it comes to speed, some older iPhone models will not run as fast on iOS 11 as they did on iOS 10. Efficiency improvements in upcoming iOS 11 updates could help things, but right now you’re stuck. If you are experiencing a slow iOS 11 powered device, here are a few suggestions to speed things up.

Check your storage space

Check how much free space you have on your phone. After an update, the iPhone or iPad can take a little while because your device re-indexes. If your iPhone doesn’t have a lot of free space, this can take a lot longer — days even — and during this time your phone will run slower and battery life will most likely be poor.

To free up some storage go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Under Storage, tap Manage Storage. You’ll see several ways in there to clear up space, including an easy way to delete large attachments in Messages, which is often a big culprit when it comes to wasted space. Sometimes clearing a bit of space could speed up your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11.

Remove incompatible apps

Try is to remove any apps that are not compatible with iOS 11. Theoretically, they shouldn’t be causing problems, but don’t trust that. If you had something running when you did the update that wasn’t compatible, it could still be trying to do stuff. Did you get any of those warning dialogs about how this app could slow down your phone under iOS 11? That could be what is going on. Getting rid of those incompatible apps and restarting your phone might solve your problem.

 

Other things you can do to speed up your iOS 11 device

You can also speed up your iPhone a bit by cutting back on the number of apps that can refresh in the background, to do this go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and access location services Settings > Privacy > Location Services, but neither will have a big impact unless you have apps that aren’t performing as they should. One other thing that will help, however, is to cut back on the transition animations in iOS 11. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and toggle it to off.

These tricks might not speed up your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 as much as you like but will definitely make a difference. If you think there’s an issue with your device contact Apple Support and they will be able to help you.

Also, see our tips to improve battery life on iOS 11. If you don’t want to run iOS 11 check out our tutorial on how to go back to iOS 10.3.3.

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  • JoeE

    Great tips Judy. The battery life is killing me on my iPhone 7 plus. It got to only 4 hours per day with medium use.