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How to Speed Up A Slow iPhone 13: Tips and Tricks

Nov 02, 2021 • Filed to: All Solutions to Make iOS&Android Run Sm • Proven solutions

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The iPhone 13 has arrived with new A15 Bionic chipsets that shatter all previous records for speed and promise the absolute best performance in a smartphone. And yet, you are here, reading about how to speed up your slow iPhone 13, because, as fate may have it, the latest and greatest iPhone 13 is running slow. Why is iPhone 13 running slow? How to speed up iPhone 13?

The newest Apple device is not supposed to run slow. There can be some factors contributing to a slow iPhone 13, and here are 5 ways to speed up a slow iPhone 13.

Part I: Rebooting An iPhone 13 to Speed up An iPhone 13

In the world of operating systems, since its inception, a reboot is known to fix a lot of issues. It is downright funny how that seems to work and resolve things, but the fact is that it just works, that's how technology is. So, when your new iPhone 13 feels slow, the first thing you do is just restart it and see if that resolves the speed issue. Restarting an Apple iPhone used to be simple, but now it seems that every other iteration has a slightly different way to restart it. How do you restart an iPhone 13? Here's how:

Step 1: Press and hold any of the volume buttons on the left of your iPhone and the side button (power button) on the right of your iPhone together.

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Step 2: When the power slider appears, let go of the buttons and drag the slider to power off the device.

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Step 3: Wait a few seconds for the device to completely power off, wait a few more seconds, and then power the device back on by pressing the power button (side button) on the right side of the device.

The above is a gentle way to reboot an iPhone 13. There is also a hard reboot method, that is used when this method does not work. You can use that method as well when dealing with a slow iPhone 13. This method causes the device to automatically shut off and restart (even though the power slider is shown). Here is how to force restart an iPhone 13:

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Step 1: Press the volume up button on your iPhone and let go.

Step 2: Press the volume down button and let go.

Step 3: Press the side button (power button) on the right of the device and hold until the device restarts automatically and the Apple logo appears. Then, let go of the button.

Doing this causes a force restart of the iPhone and can sometimes help to speed up a slow iPhone 13.

Part II: Closing Unwanted Background Apps to Speed up iPhone 13

iOS is rather famous for its memory optimization. Consequently, users do not frequently encounter issues with iOS that are related to background processes. The apps, on the other hand, are a different ballgame. There are millions of apps on the App Store, and while Apple supposedly verifies the apps before releasing them on the Store, it cannot quite guarantee that the apps will perform well on your iPhone 13. If you are experiencing a slow iPhone 13, it can be because of apps. The developer might not have optimized it well for the new hardware in the iPhone 13, or there could be code in the app that is not running well. How to close unwanted apps in the background to speed up the iPhone 13?

It is entirely possible that you are not aware of something called an App Switcher on your iPhone 13. Don't go laughing, it is possible, no matter how difficult you may find to believe it because you know about the App Switcher. Many do not. App Switcher is used to switching between apps quickly on an iPhone, and it is also used to close apps completely from the background. By nature, iOS does not close apps when you swipe to go to your Home Screen. It manages the apps on its own in the background, and, generally, it does the job well enough that most people do not know there is an App Switcher. They just tap the app they want to use from the Home Screen when they want to, and most of the time, that is the way Apple wants users to use the iPhone.

Here is how to use the App Switcher to close all the apps that you are not using right now with the aim to speed up your iPhone 13:

Step 1: Swipe upwards from the bottom of your Home Screen to activate App Switcher. This is how it looks:

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Step 2: Now, don't bother and just start flicking every app upwards to close them completely and remove them from system memory, until the last app is closed, and the App Switcher automatically returns to Home Screen.

What this does is it removes all apps from memory, thereby freeing up memory and giving the system room to breathe. This can help speed up your iPhone 13 if you are experiencing an unexpected slowness.

After you close all apps, wait a minute or two, and then reboot the device, either normally or the hard reboot way. Check if your device is back to speed.

Part III: Clean up Space on Your iPhone 13 Using Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS)

iPhone 13 comes with a whole 128 GB base storage. Out of this, users will usually get a little over 100 GB for their use, the rest is used up by the system at its best. The system can also utilize more storage as necessary. You would be surprised at how quickly you can fill up this 100 GB if you are into taking videos with your iPhone 13. 4K videos can quickly eat 100 GB for breakfast and you wouldn't know how that happened. Storages, by nature, slow down when nearing their capacity. So, if you are sitting at 97 GB on a 100 GB disk, you may experience slowness because the system could be finding it difficult to operate, for lack of storage.

But we can't delete our memories, can we, now? The only other option, one would think, would be to delete junk files. But this is iOS, not Android, where you can use cleaner apps to clean up junk from your device. In fact, every single app on the App Store that might promise to remove junk from your iPhone is a placebo worker at best. Apple simply does not provide for apps to do that on the iPhone.

However, you can do that from outside the iOS system, from your computer, if you have the right tools. Enter Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS), a tool to help you clean up your device and free up space on your iPhone 13, getting rid of the junk and helping you speed up your iPhone 13 to brand new levels once again.

Here is how you use Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS) to clean out junk files, figure out the files that are taking the most space on your disk and delete them if desired, and even compress and export photos on the iPhone.

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Step 1: Download and install Dr.Fone on your computer.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone 13 to your computer and launch Dr.Fone.

Step 3: Start the Data Eraser module.

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Step 4: Select Free Up Space.

Step 5: Select Erase Junk Files.

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Step 6: After the scan is complete, you will see all the junk that Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS) detected on your iPhone 13. You can now select all that you want to clean and click Clean to start the process.

You should reboot your device to give it a fresh start, literally, and experience the difference Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS) made to your experience with iPhone 13.

Part IV: Remove Unwanted Widgets to Speed up iPhone 13

It must be known that absolutely everything on your iPhone is taking up space, either in storage or in your system memory. The latest craze in iOS is widgets, and you might be having one too many widgets on your iPhone 13, causing a lot of system memory to be used up in widgets, slowing the iPhone 13 down. iPhone 13 comes with 4 GB of RAM. Android devices, in comparison, come with at least 6 GB on the acceptable base device, and 8 GB and 12 GB on mid-tier and flagship devices. In the Android world, 4 GB is reserved for the cheapest phones that are usually around for the low-income groups or for when you want a device that you wouldn't be using heavily for something.

Widgets eat up memory because they stay in memory, that is how they are working in real-time, duh! It is good practice to keep your widgets to a minimum. Nowadays, every app is offering widgets, and you might be tempted to use them just for fun. This can come at the cost of system slowdown and is likely the single largest contributor to your iPhone 13 slowing down.

Here is how to remove widgets you simply do not need from your Home Screen so that you can free up system memory for your phone and for other uses.

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Step 1: In classic Apple fashion, it is easy to remove widgets from your iPhone. All you need to do is start by pressing the screen anywhere in free space and holding it till the icons start juggling.

Step 2: Tap the minus sign on the widget you want to remove and confirm the removal.

Repeat this for every widget you want to remove. After the removal of unnecessary widgets, restart the device to speed up your iPhone 13.

Part V: Reset iPhone 13 to Factory Settings

If all else fails, you can erase all settings and content on your iPhone 13 to restore it to factory settings and start afresh, to speed up your iPhone 13. There are two ways to do it, the Apple way and the third-party way that gives you more control and completely wipes your data so that it is unrecoverable if you want to give out your iPhone 13.

Step 1: Launch Settings on your iPhone.

Step 2: Scroll down to General.

Step 3: Scroll down to Transfer or Reset.

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Step 4: Select Erase All Content and Settings.

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This method is usually all that is required to restore your iPhone to ship shape. You can also use the second method here, using Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS) to completely and securely wipe your iPhone 13 to factory settings.

Reset iPhone 13 to Factory Settings Using Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS)

Here is how to reset iPhone 13 to factory settings using Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS) to completely erase data on your iPhone 13 and preserve your privacy:

Step 1: Download and install Dr.Fone.

Step 2: After Dr.Fone installation, connect the iPhone to the computer.

Step 3: Launch Dr.Fone, select the Data Eraser module.

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Step 4: Select Erase All Data and click the Start button.

Step 5: You can select the security level of the wipe operation from 3 settings, the default being Medium:

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Step 6: To confirm the wipe operation, enter the digit zero (0) six times (000 000) in the box and click Erase Now to start wiping the device completely.

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Step 7: After the iPhone is completely and securely wiped, the app will ask for confirmation before rebooting the device. Click OK to confirm and reboot your iPhone 13 to factory settings.

Part VI: Conclusion

The iPhone 13 is the fastest iPhone ever, no doubt about it. And yet, there is a possibility you can bring it to its knees, unwittingly. When you do manage that remarkable feat, it pays to know how to speed up iPhone 13 and learn about a few tips and tricks you can use to get things going when your iPhone 13 slows down. Sometimes, it can be fixed with a simple restart, sometimes you need to completely reset your iPhone 13 to factory settings to start over. Using these tips and tricks, you can get your iPhone 13 to speed in no time, with the least amount of effort. You can clean the junk in your iPhone 13 from time to time using Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS) so that your iPhone 13 stays fast as ever.

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