iPhone Lagging: 10 Solutions to Make iPhone Smooth Again
The iPhone is indeed a robust device compared to the average smartphone in the market. It is designed to last, and that is why iPhones tend to have a high resale value. However, it is not devoid of issues like iPhone 7 lagging.
Well, iPhone 6 plus lagging is undoubtedly annoying. It forces you to wait to execute certain tasks, a wait that wasn’t there before. In some cases, it takes too long to start up, and the screen even freezes during startup, which can be worrying.
Usually, lagging is a result of how we use our iPhone and what we use them for. For instance, the installation of too many applications can clog your memory and overpower your CPU speed. As a result, your iPhone 7 starts lagging and freezing altogether.
Also, back in the year 2017-2018, iPhone users began complaining about their phones suddenly behaving sluggishly. Apple came out explaining that an update they released slowed down the iPhones. Therefore, the sluggishness of your iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 doesn’t leave you entirely to blame.
Such updates are for newer devices with faster CPUs, better memory (RAM), and fresh batteries.So, this article is going to shade more light on why is my iPhone lagging or its apps, e.g., Snapchat lagging and the possible solutions;
Part 1: When the iPhone becomes lagging
Some of the situations when your iPhone is lagging include moments when typing. It is a common problem with iPhone 6 users where it might not only be unresponsive but also predictions stop showing or get hidden.
It is consistent with the iPhone lagging after an iOS update. Updates always carry either new features or bug fixes. Either way, an update always brings in new software components. These can be having bugs/errors that can, as a result, cause your iPhone to malfunction in various ways.
Such malfunctions are usually also noticeable with third-party applications like WhatsApp and Snapchat. As they operate on your iPhone’s OS, an update can cause them to crash. At this point, the iPhone or iPad lags when starting the app, and in some cases, the app randomly closes.
Furthermore, a low battery charge can also cause your iPhone to lag. It happens because there is not enough power to support its operations.
However, there are solutions you can implement on your iPhone to stop the lag. Below are some of those solutions.
Part 2: 10 solutions to fix the iPhone lagging
Solutions to iPhone lagging include;
2.1 Clear system junk data in your iPhone
Daily system operations lead to the creation of junk files. These include code used to facilitate updates or in the installation of an app, image thumbnails for images that have already been deleted, amongst other content. As a result, the accumulation of junk files ultimately causes your iPhone to lag since there is no ‘breathing space’ for your iOS.
Therefore, you’ll have to wipe out these junk files, and one efficient way to do so is by using the Dr.Fone - Data Eraser tool. Why is it termed as efficient?
An effective tool to clear system junk data in your iPhone
- Makes use of a military-grade algorithm to wipe off your data permanently.
- It can access private data that is both there and that which was deleted, then wipe it off completely.
- It allows you to select what files to erase.
- You can use it with any iOS versions.
- The interface is straightforward to understand.
So, how can you wipe off junk files with Dr.Fone?
Note: But take care. If you'd like to remove the Apple account after you forgot the Apple ID password, it's recommended to use Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (iOS). It will erase the iCloud account from your iOS devices.
Step 1: To start the process, make sure you have Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS) installed and launched on your computer.
Step 2: Click on the Data Eraser feature. Connect your phone then select the free up space at the bottom. On the left pane is the first option, Erase junk files. Click on it.
Step 3: The software then scans and displays all found junk files. On the left are checkboxes for you to mark, and on the right are their sizes. Select all the data you don’t need and click on clean.
Step 4: When cleaning is complete, the next window opens up to show the amount of space freed. At this point, you can also do a rescan.
2.2 Delete useless large files
Most large files on your iPhone include videos and movies. Additional data can be the movies you have already watched or the videos you no longer need. To remove such with Dr.Fone;
Step 1: Back at the free up space tab is the option to erase large files. Click on it.
Step 2: The program starts searching for these files.
Step 3: Files detected will be shown in a list. The window has drop-down menus at the top for applying filters in file formats and sizes. After filtering, you can mark the files to wipe out and click either Delete or export. Both get rid of data on your computer.
2.3 Quit all running apps
You will find it easier to access an app right from the app switcher as opposed to clicking on the app icon itself. The app switcher lets you quickly pick up from where you left. But what if these apps become overwhelming? Well, at this point you’ll have to close some of them. To do so on your iPhone 6 or 7;
Step 1: First, press the Home button twice to access your app switcher.
Step 2: Swipe to and from the sides to go through various apps. Swipe up to get rid of the running process.
You can also get rid of multiple apps by swiping up with three fingers.
iPhone 8 to iPhone X users have no Home button. Therefore, you’ll have to;
Step 1: To start, from the bottom of the screen, swipe up.
Step 2: Now, long press on the app until the red circle appears for you to delete.
2.4 Restart your iPhone
To restart iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus;
Step 1: Press and hold down the Volume and Power buttons. The Power button is on the right and the Volume button on the left.
Step 2: Hold down till the Apple logo appears
To restart iPhone 8 and later;
Step 1: Instantly press and release the Volume Up button
Step 2: Also, press and release the Volume Down button.
Step 3: Press the Power button until the Apple logo.
2.5 Clear Safari junk data
Some of the junk files include history, cache, cookies, and even bookmarks. To do so from your iPhone;
Step 1: Go to the Settings menu and tap on Safari.
Step 2: Then, select Clear History and Website data.
Step 3: Lastly, tap on the Clear History and Data tab.
Use Dr.Fone - Data Eraser to clear Safari junk data.
Step 1: First of all, to use Dr.Fone - Data Eraser, ensure your iPhone is connected. Select the erase private data tab on the left column.
Step 2: On the right panel, select the type of data to scan and click on the option Start.
Step 3: When scanning is complete, details are shown. You can now erase the data.
2.6 Delete useless apps
Deleting useless apps with Dr.Fone is simple;
Step 1: On the Erase Private Data window, select the apps by marking them on the checkbox.
Step 2: Click on Start to launch the scanning process.
Step 3: On the last window, click on Erase to wipe out apps and their data.
2.7 Turn off the auto-update feature
Step 1: Go to the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down to find iTunes and App Store.
Step 3: Turn the toggle off from Green to Grey on the ‘Updates’ tab.
2.8 Disable Background app refresh
Step 1: Using the Settings app, go to your iPhone’s General tab.
Step 2: Select ‘Background App Refresh.’
Step 3: On the next window, turn it off from the Green push button to grey.
2.9 Reduce Transparency and Motion
Step 1: Using the Settings app, go to the General tab.
Step 2: Scroll down to select accessibility.
Step 3: Turn on the ‘Reduce Motion’ feature.
Step 4: Under the increase contrast feature, turn on ‘Reduce Transparency.’
2.10 Restore factory settings
Step 1: Go to Settings and then General.
Step 2: Here, scroll down to find the ‘Reset’ option.
Step 3: Select ‘Reset All Settings,’ enter your passcode and confirm.
To use Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS) to reset factory settings.
Step 1: Connect your phone to the computer, and on the Erase all data window, click on Start.
Step 2: The next window requires you to select the level of security. Select the highest or medium.
Step 3: Enter the confirmation code ‘000000’ and click ‘Erase now.’
Step 4: Now, confirm ‘Ok’ to reboot your iPhone.
While there are ways to boost your iPhone’s functionality, it is still essential to make sure that it doesn't get weighed down. Hence, when it comes to performing updates, you can try deferring them until you find a fix for whatever underlying issue.
Therefore, monitoring the number of apps we use at any given time goes a long way in keeping your iPhone snappy and efficient. Frequent closing of apps keeps your iPhone from lagging.
However, in extreme cases where your iPhone becomes unresponsive and shuts down from time to time, use the Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS) toolkit for a factory reset.
Lastly, we would urge you to share this article on phone lagging issues with your friends and loved ones.
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