How to Speed Up Your iPhone If It Starts Slowing Down

Is your iPhone starting to bog down? Is it running slower and slower. Is this an Apple conspiracy to get you to buy their next phone?

A Stethascope on an iPhone - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/MacXever, Image #19604763

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Probably not.

This morning, my wife Gail complained to me that her iPhone seemed to be getting slow. She asked if I was experiencing the same thing.

“Now that you mention it,” I said, “yes!”

Both of us then did what we do when we want to solve a problem—we crowd-sourced it. We asked our Twitter followers for their advice.

We combined a few answers and then tried it on our own phones. We noticed an immediate improvement. We also asked our followers to validate our solution. Most reported similar results. Your mileage may vary.

Here’s what you can do to speed up your iPhone when it gets bogged down:

  1. Delete all your text messages. Go to the Messages application. Display the screen that lists all of the people with whom you have exchanged messages. Press the “Edit” button and then delete every conversation. Or, alternatively, you can swipe your finger to the left on each name and then press the “Delete” button.
  2. Shut down all open applications. Double-click your Home button to display your open applications. Now press on one—it doesn’t matter which—until it begins to shake and a red minus button appears in the upper left-hand corner. Press that button to close the app. Repeat this with every open app. (One person told me this step was unnecessary, but two Apple Geniuses advised it.)
  3. Reset your iPhone. Now hold the Home button down with your left thumb while simultaneously pressing the Power button with your right index finger. Keep pressing for 12–15 seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

That’s it!

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  • Tim

    Hi Michael, 
    My iPhone is also running very slowly but that’s probably due to it being a 3GS. I’m hanging on until the iPhone 5 later this year. I often use tips 2 and 3, but I’ve never considered deleting all the text messages. I’ll give it a go (once I’ve backed up the phone or seen if it’s possible to export the messages).
    In my office I used to manage all the sales team’s iPhones. It’s surprising how many of them never fully closed their apps and didn’t realise that they run in the background after exiting the app. 

    The iPhone may be fairly intuitive but I’ve always felt they should include a proper instruction manual rather than the “finger tips” guide included in the box. I don’t know many people that can look at the manual included on the phone (or even knew it existed).Social media is a great way to reach out and get answers, but sometimes I think that the answers should have been given to begin with and you shouldn’t have to reach out.While typing this I’ve noticed how slow my iPad is running too!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I hadn’t thought of deleting the text messages either until someone mentioned it on Twitter. Boy, did I have a ton!

      • Jacob Vanhorn

        According to the genius that recommended clearing text messages the oldest text messages are the main culprits. He said something about the old text messages dating the system and holding on to older bits of data from older iOS versions. In my case I had been restoring my new phones user data from the backup everytime I got a new phone. It was then attaching old data to a new iOS that was optimized for the way the phone was handling text messages in newer versions. I was doing it this way just so I could keep old messages since there is no other way to keep them. So start by deleting the oldest ones first and see what you get.

  • Bruce Geerdes

    As an iOS developer I can assure you that shutting down “open” applications shouldn’t make any difference. With very few exceptions, an app that isn’t running in the foreground is suspended, doing absolutely nothing. It may be taking up memory, but iOS will harvest suspended app memory when it runs low.

    In any case, turning your iPhone off and on again will completely clear these apps, as will reseting your phone. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I hear you. However, I am getting conflicting information on this. The good news is that it doesn’t hurt anything to go ahead and shut them down.

      • Bruce Geerdes

        Yes, it’s been a source of consternation to us developers that Apple Geniuses have been known to make this recommendation. I don’t know if it’s because these individuals are uninformed or they just want to cover an edge case where it actually makes a difference.

        I guess I’d say do it if you’re desperate to try to get your phone working better but don’t feel obligated to do it regularly.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Here’s an article I found where a guy tested is free memory before and after. http://www.imore.com/2011/05/12/speed-laggy-ios-device/

          • Bruce Geerdes

            Yes, clearing out the app tray will free up *some* memory. iOS by default keeps an app in memory as long as it can. But as soon as it feels it’s running low, it automatically clears memory of one or more apps in the tray. If you have 16 apps in the tray, chances are only a couple of those are still in memory.

            iOS is supposed to handle its RAM needs automatically, though perhaps it’s not doing this as well as it could.

          • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

            I have definitely been told this at the Genius bar that too many open apps will slow memory.  Who knew that it was such a  debatable topic! ha.  Seems like it’s a “go-to” for geniuses to point to something? they are not wrong or right?

          • Kenneth Plas

            that’s the beauty of apple OS, works the same on mac. you have used memory and free memory. when an app ‘closes’ it is still in the memory so it can start again quickly but if you run low on memory for a new app, the os frees up the memory used to launch earlier used apps faster.

            i am glad to hear that an apple developer finaly says this because in apple stores they indeed tell you to shut down the background apps. Apple should give them better training in this?

          • Adam Tuliper

            background apps can still run, for ex. location service based apps. Take Strava for example, I go for a run, when the app isn’t active its still tracking. Ex http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6347503/how-do-i-get-a-background-location-update-every-n-minutes-in-my-ios-application

        • James

          It’s because most Geniuses don’t check their resources.
          http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4211?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

          • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

            I don’t think that resource is conclusive. It says:

            “Double-clicking the Home button displays a list of recently used apps. These apps are not necessarily actively in use, open, or taking up system resources. They will instantly launch when you return to them. Certain tasks or services can continue to run in the background. You can distinguish most of these by checking the status bar:”
            Note the words “not necessarily,” so in other words, they might still be in use, open, or taking up system resources. This seems like a big hole that is subject to interpretation.
            Thanks.

          • James

            You’re right.  The second line does leave a little wiggle room.  Here’s a video that goes through a few different scenarios for multi-tasking using an application similar to Activity Monitor for your Mac.

            http://vimeo.com/34660348

            It’s about 16 minutes.

        • http://bretwortman.com/ Bret Wortman

          You’re both right — what those “open application” icons represent are the memory consumed by the “state” of the application the last time it was running. When it next launches, it refers back to that bit of memory in order to pick up where it left off, in most cases.

          So deleting those does free up some memory, but it also makes your apps start from scratch every time they start up. If that’s not a concern, then by all means, shut ‘em down and get back your memory! For me, I prefer to have the state preserved, so I leave them there and look elsewhere for performance gains. The biggest one I’ve found is, as you pointed out, rebooting the phone after any new software installation or update.

          And completely coincidentally, I had gone on a purge of my text messages when I realized I had conversations on my phone that were years old with phone numbers I no longer recognized even from the context of the conversation!

          Great post, Michael — thanks!

    • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

      Just did a complete a ‘slide to power down’, and a reset, and neither time did the 20 something apps get closed.

      I want to add this: How much of the slow down is in our heads? And how much of the perceived speed up after doing a couple tweaks is also in our heads? :) Either way, if it keeps us from buying new hardware, it may be worth it.

      • Bruce Geerdes

        Erik, the app icons remain as a sort of “app history” but they’re no longer in memory. 

        If you watch closely, you can tell if an app is still “in memory” by how quickly it resumes. “In memory” apps resume immediately, otherwise they take a couple seconds with the startup screen.

      • Daleb123

        Having just had a hardware failure on my new 3GS I’ve moved to an older one sat in the office after a full reset etc on the handset I can tell you it’s not in your head hence my searching on the subject

    • http://www.facebook.com/cal.habig Cal Habig

       Bruce:
      I have no reason to doubt your expert status, but I have found that closing those “open” apps consistently speeds up the functioning of my iPhone. If it is indeed as you say, why does my phone work faster when I have closed them?  (Not challenging, just wondering).

      • Bruce Geerdes

        Hi Cal -

        All I can say is why architecturally this shouldn’t be happening. iOS doesn’t run background apps willy-nilly like Android or a desktop computer does. And most of the apps in the tray aren’t even in memory, let alone running.

        That said, there are a couple exceptions to this “apps do not in the background” rule:

        - Some apps let you continue playing audio content even after you’ve exited.
        - Some apps let you continue tracking your path via GPS even after you’ve exited.

        Closing these (or just re-entering them to stop the audio/tracking) would make a difference.

        Another exception is that apps are allowed to request more time to finish what they’re doing when you exit them. This is for things like finishing the send of an email or an upload of a photo. But iOS only allows this for a limited time, 10 minutes at most. If you’re experiencing sluggishness because of an activity like this, it should clear itself up eventually. Closing an app doing this would make a difference.

        If closing all your apps definitely makes a difference, I’d suggest experimenting a little to see if it’s one app in particular that’s the problem. At the very least, if you can narrow it down to one app you can either stop using that app or you’ll know the one that you need to close.

        Bruce

    • James

      This is the best advice you’re going to get.  Turning off the iPhone and restarting it will clear out any cached memory.  

      iOS multitasking doesn’t actually run any processes in the background unless it is an app like Maps or the Music player.  You will know an app is running in the background by a green, red, or blue bar at the top of the display, or you’ll see the little arrow or play icon in the top right corner.

      As it turns out the Genius that told you if you close out the apps in your multi-tasking bar to speed up the device is wrong, and doesn’t check his work email.  It’s an urban myth that has gotten out of hand.  The only time you’ll ever need to close an app out of the multi-tasking bar is if you’re running into an issue with a specific app.  i.e. it’s freezing at the loading screen, etc.

      Safari on the iPhone however can slow down if you have a ton of browser tabs open. It can also also cause the app to crash as well because you’re taxing the system resources.

      The biggest thing to think about is the iPhone is actually a computer that happens to make phone calls.

      • craigbooker

        James, you are correct.  I worked at a technician for Apple and this is misinformation.  You should not have to force quit apps on a regular basis.  It is only in isolated incidents.  I am now a developer and have learned the developer side of things, but it does work in edge cases.  iOS handles memory management and continues to move in that direction.  I would expect this to get better as more apps go to automatic garbage collection.  A complete restore is also an option.  This used to be the default go to for certain software issues.  What this means is you have to do a clean restore and not restore from backup.  Some things have changed I am sure in the year I have been away from Apple tech support, but this is what I understand to be true.

        • crankyotter

          A complete restore should almost never be a primary “go to” option.  It’s completely unreasonable for an average user to have to wipe the device clean and start over, particularly users who get this tool because they don’t have to know “computer things”.

          And since hundreds or thousands of people apparently have problems with phone slowing, there’s a problem.

          • craigbooker

            crankyotter,
            You are correct.  It shouldn’t be the end user performing this repair.  This is something an Apple technician would do for certain software issues. I understand users often get the iPhone for its simplicity.   That is one of the brilliant things about the iPhone.  This type of fix would not be something I would expect the average user to perform at all.  For those who find technology challenging or even a tech pro, I always recommend an appointment at an Apple Store to have a certified Apple tech troubleshoot the device.I recently had a battery issue and took it to the Apple Store to have a tech run a diagnostic.  I was aware it was either the installation of the OS or the battery was bad.  It turned out to be one of the situations where I needed a clean install.  I was able to bring back my contacts and calendar, etc.  Afterwards, my phone performance was fast and had no issue with the battery since.There are some devices which will have defects, but overall the majority of issues can be remedied with fixing the software. 

  • Ingridvansteenkiste

    What à usefull tip. I did not know about the open applications. When i clicked the home button, i saw lots of open apps .
    Thanks !

  • http://www.atlumschema.com Andy Mort

    Wow, just did number 2. Virtually ALL my apps were open – even ones I haven’t used in weeks. It’s made a complete world of difference! Perhaps a part of my daily routine right there.  Thanks for this, Michael! Really useful practical advice. Much needed.

    • Bruce Geerdes

      Hi Andy, most of those apps are not in memory. iOS clears the memory as needed but leaves the app icon there regardless for convenience.

      • http://www.atlumschema.com Andy Mort

        Ahh, thanks Bruce. That’s interesting, and relieving! Was thinking it was a surprise anything was working at all the number of apps there! 

  • http://actuallykatie.com/ Katie McAleece

    Deleting your text messages also saves a lot of the battery life! (:

  • http://charlesjaymeyer.wordpress.com/ Charles Meyer

    As being a recently former employee of Verizon Wireless, those are the troubleshooting things I have done to customers phone anytime they mention their phone is running slow.  I recommend they do all of these on a regular basis.  Many people forget that their phone is like a mini computer and it needs to be shut down and have any old things deleted that could cause problems. It amazes me how often people don’t delete really old text messages and emails or even don’t turn their phones off.

  • http://www.justcris.com/ Cris Ferreira

    I’ve read a lot of people mentioning to free up some space, specially if you use Siri. I’ve just migrated from a 3GS with 32GB to a 4S with 64GB, so everything seems pretty fast and I still have a lot of free space left. And I haven’t used Siri much either (I have to get used to it), so I can’t tell if what I’ve read is a fact.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Number two works great on an iPad too… even though they say it shouldn’t. You can test this by opening and closing a lot of apps. After a couple dozen, you’ll see your machine slow to a crawl. Close the open apps and it speeds back up.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It is amazing how conflicting the information is on this. It worked for me too.

  • Bruce Geerdes

    For those interested in some of the technical details of what apps are doing (and not doing) in the background, this is a good overview:

    http://speirs.org/blog/2012/1/2/misconceptions-about-ios-multitasking.html

    • http://www.winningagent.com/ Richard M. Hartian

      That was a good article, however, I do notice a pickup in speed after closing the apps …perhaps it’s because they are one of the apps that are permitted to run in the background, such as text, email or messenger. 

      Adding to that thinking, if you have a large amount of email folders, I wonder if that can slow the phone down if your phone is set to push email or check email frequently.  

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

       Thanks, Bruce!

  • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon Gilliland

    They also have apps that diagnose what is making it run slowly. My bro is the apple apps expert.

  • Willlarry

    I recently had my 3Gs totally shut down and wouldn’t come back on.  I took it to the Genius Bar.  She did option #3 to get it to come back on.  Then did #2 and found nearly every app icon on; then she turned them all off and recommended doing it regularly.  She said that ate up RAM which ultimately shut it down, and also eats up battery power.  I do #2 daily, and have never had it shut down again.  Battery seems to last longer too.  If battery is getting low and I can’t charge it, I do #2 to conserve juice. 

  • http://www.AuroraVPhotography.com/ Aurora

    As someone else mentioned, freeing up some space on your iPhone may help, as well–if you’re close to your hard drive limit.   It’s unlikely to help much if you’ve plenty of free space, though! (Ie, I have a 16GB phone…and the other day it had slowed to a crawl, and was having problems opening simple text emails, or even deleting emails, despite my closing all open apps, and resetting the phone.  When I realized that wasn’t solving the problem, I checked the settings on my phone–and saw I only had 50mb of free space left on the phone.  Deleting some photos I’d taken on the iPhone got me back to 128mb of free space–and suddenly it was back to its old, zippy self!)

    I had also noticed that my phone had slowed considerably (prior to this) after downloading the latest OS, and the battery consumption seemed to be much higher.  It turned out that the OS download had re-enabled a few things I’d disabled when I first got the phone, and disabling them made a huge difference in battery life–and a bit of difference in speed.

    Ping, Facetime and Location Services were all offenders which seemed to be sucking up battery life.  For good measure, I disabled iCloud, although I will undoubtedly re-enable that eventually.

    There are quite a few excellent articles out on the web that offer step by step instructions for disabling services you may not need, and that may be slowing your phone down, or reducing battery life!  :)

  • Markus Watson

    Love it!  Super practical!  Thanks!

  • George Luft

    Shutting down open apps clearly makes a difference.  There are times when you try to open another app–especially YouTube or Netflix–and it just closes.  I find that closing some or all open apps generally fixes this.  I never thought to clear text messages.  Wish there was a way to export them…

    • Chris

      If you’re a mac user you should look into an app called Phoneview. I’m sure there are windows equivalents but I’ve found this very useful for a number of “little things” I feel I should be able to do with my phone.

  • Jim Hunt

    All good suggestions, one other to add is to periodically delete your deleted phne messages. When you delete them after listening to them they are archived in a deleted folder on the iPhone that will eventually fill up.

    Appreciate your continued provision of insight, intel and online leadership.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. This is a good one to remember. Thanks.

    • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

      I just did that.  Thank you Jim.

      K, bye

    • Vaughan Granier

      How do I do that, please?

  • http://www.lighthealingjourney.com/ Julien Blanc

    Worked perfectly for iPhone as well as iPad. For iPad the impact was tremendous on gaining speed… Thanks a lot!

  • http://www.fieldofdebt.com/ Jen McDonough

    Thank you for the helpful hint of deleting all texts to speed up iPhone! VERY helpful and would have never thought to do.

  • Jason

    Regularly visit your settings, goto safari and scroll down to delete cookies and delete cache. I’ve found this helps as well.

    Best,
    Jason

  • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

    I had to convince my sweet wife to clear her photo’s once she downloaded them on her macbook pro. She was continuing to  keep them because she wanted a backup, and becuase she wanted to show off her kids! (even though we have a icloud and external backups) she had like 4,000 picks of our 6 kids on her phone! When she would complain that her phone was slow I have been telling her it’s because she loves her kids too much! :) So, if you want a faster phone don’t have a lot of kids? :)

  • Anil Mehrotra

    Thanks for simple tips. I found that all my applications were open.

  • Jim

    I have another issue that may have been resolved by this. If I don’t delete all of my text messages does that also use up my storage on my iPhone? I keep getting messages saying my storage is reaching maximum capacity. I usually end up deleteing less used apps or pictures, could this also be caused by too many stored text messages?
    Please let me know.
    Jim
    jhmabie@gmail.com

    • Bruce Geerdes

      Hi Jim, it depends on what capacity you’re being warned about. 

      The latest version of iOS included online “iCloud” storage which defaults to 5 GB, I think. This is pretty easy  to bump up against if you’re synching everything up there. In this case, unless you’re deleting apps that are the biggest culprits as far as synching goes, it won’t make a difference. More likely is you’ve set up the iPhone to back everything up there; turning iCloud back-up off and backing up to a computer instead would help.If, on the other hand, the capacity it’s warning you about is the iPhones, deleting apps, messages, photos definitely helps.

  • http://www.shawnjroberts.com/ Shawn J. Roberts

    Michael,

    I appreciate the post, as usual, you provide interesting and useful material.  Question:  Do you believe closing the “running” apps has any effect?  I have heard several people say that it does not because those apps in a “suspended state” and therefore are not taking up any phone resources.

    Thank,

    Shawn Roberts

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You might want to read through the comments, Shawn. I have heard conflicting information on this. It definitely seems to affect my iPhone. The good news is that it can’t hurt anything by closing them out.

  • http://www.bradleycoaching.com/ Deon

    You
    may also enhance performance by deleting extra saved podcasts, music and pics.
    You can keep them stored on your desktop or laptop for future use.
    @Coach_Bradley   wwww.bradleycoaching.com

  • Tdry

    My phone will not give me new emails without updating. My emails do not arrive at the time they are sent even with the settings set as an automatic push. I have.not changed my settings, the changed happened a out a month ago, my emails are delayed. Is anyone else having the same issue?

  • JasonEC

    This stuff works. I try to “clean out” my iPhone every month or so. It’s amazing how many apps I find running even though I haven’t used them more than once since the last clean out.  I will say, though, that I notice no issues with the text messages slowing things down. I’ve never done that or felt that system was slow. Now, my home button seems to be suffering from near-end-of-life syndrome. Have to push it several times to get it to work sometimes.

    How many text messages do you guys feel make it start bogging down? I have 10′s of thousands and probably 40-50 different people I text and don’t see an issue. Then again, it seems to me that old texts are archived to some extent on my iPhone. Don’t remember a setting for this, but it works nicely.

  • JeffHolder

    It’s a huge help.  I’ve learned to ALWAYS shut down the iPhone map feature when done.  If not, it sits there and keeps “finding” where I am at the expense of battery and efficiency.  

  • McNair Wilson

    THANX, Michael…Tried this when you Tweeted about it. (I had 4,873 APPS open and 122, 441 text mssgs on file. This “Clean sweep” is a life savor. Like I HAVE stepped up to next generation iPhone. [Apple should put this on a little sticker on the back of EVERY iPhone.] This is like nasal spray for iPhones.

  • scooter77

    Could you elaborate on which one is the “home” button you are referring to ? Thanks.

    • Bruce Geerdes

      The “home” button is the round button with a square near the bottom of the phone.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      The one on the front of the phone, just below the screen.

  • http://www.theworld4realz.com/ Andi-Roo

    Excellent! Just did all three steps, plus saw in the comments to delete old voicemails & purge pictures too. Now my ipod is sailing along almost like new! Thank you, everyone!!! :)

  • http://www.baptisteducation.org/ Joshua Rivers

    Thanks for sharing this! There was a lot of things stored on my phone!

  • Matt_c_taylor

    Also to increase speed and free ram you can disable all spotlight search criteria as it runs in the background at all times By going to settings> general > spotlight search and uncheck them all
    Also under advanced in location services you can uncheck unnessecary things which also increase battery life. In addition unless you desire it, disable fetching under mail as that will also help with battery life and make sure to close down apps that use location services after you use them

  • Cmance

    Michael, 

    I’m jumping in to comment not about iphones but your servant leadership. 

    I briefly spoke with you first thing in the morning at the writer’s conference in West Palm Beach, FL.  I enjoyed the day very much and I want to thank you and encourage you with the following: 

    Two nights before the ADAB conference,  I opened my Bible and it fell open to the first page of Ezra.  As I am sure you know his name in Hebrew means “help” and his whole life was devoted to serving God and His people.  I believe God was letting me know I was about to meet His modern day “Ezra”. In fact,  I am certain  your name, written in the book of life, has Ezra in it  somewhere.

     I have this vision that one sweet day, you will be escorted to God’s” heavenly platform” with the original Ezra and all those whose lives you have touched, will watch as Jesus Christ says your name:  Michael Ezra Hyatt. Knowing that day is a long way off because of the lives you will continue to touch, a simple and sincere thank you will have to do.

    Also, I noticed the speaker’s conference in Beaver Creek.  I hope this doesn’t freak you out, but upon returning from the ADAB conference, my parents informed me they are selling their lovely Beaver Creek timeshare at the St. James just a few doors down from the Hyatt Hotel. 

     I could never thank you enough for sharing yourself June 23, but I can offer you first right of refusal.  If you and Gail are not interested, perhaps one of your friends would be.  The dates are the last week of August and the first week of September.  No pressure, just a sincere offer for you or to pass on. If interested, leave a reply at http://www.carolynmance.com 

    Happy 4th,

    Carolyn

    ps My daughter just popped into the room to  inform me that Spain won the UEFA soccer champion league finals and had this bit of  trivia to share with me: the trophy was 23 inches tall… my  favorite number.  God is the best. 

     

     

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement and your offer of your condo. I am going to be reviewing my calendar with Gail while on our vacation. We’ll get back to you. Thanks again!

  • http://www.markanthonyly.com/ Mark Anthony Ly

    What’s helped me the most was erasing my cache and browsing history. It really sped my phone up, tremendously fast.

    Also, to update on my previous comment several posts ago, I got my site up and running! I’m currently posting more and more so I can get the hang of it. I wondered if any of you guys could provide any feedback?

    Greatly appreciated :)

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    Deleting pictures may help too. 

  • Tina(:Lee

    A customer service rep from AT&T advised me to keep inbox messgaes in email & social sites cleaned up. This cuts down on data stored on your phone. It does help!

  • http://twitter.com/BruceRoller Bruce Roller

    It remains to be seen whether the phone really works faster, but it felt good to DO something to try and make it better; it helped to know that others are sometimes caught behind a slow iPhone too; and I was getting really tired of seeing all those old messages clogging up my message queue. I’ll let you know in a week or so if it really made it faster. Even if it didn’t, it helped me emotionally. Thanks, Michael.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordanpfowler Jordan Fowler

    When I had a Iphone 3 running the newest iOS it was very boggy. A friend told me to disable the spotlight search on everything (which I never used anyway) and I saw speeds increase rapidly. Don’t know if this would work on newer versions. 

  • Anne Cody

    Appreciated the tips!  Does anyone know how to delete all the e-mails I have piling up on my iPhone?  I can’t find a way to delete more than one at a time…

    • JasonEC

      Anne,
      In your message list on the iPhone there is an “edit” button in the top right corner. If you click that, it will allow you to select multiple messages and delete them all at once.

      You can also slide left-to-right (or vice-versa) on an individual message title and it will bring up “delete” on the right. That way you can delete messages without opening them. It’s a little quicker than opening the whole message.

  • Stephengulley

    Turning off my iPhone a couple times per week and then turning it back on after a minute is a great way to keep your device connected to the towers in your area. The apple genius I spoke with called this a preventative measure. It keeps your iPhone “on it’s toes.”

  • craigbooker

    Resetting your phone is also an option, but try to simply power down and power back on (aka power cycle) before doing a hard reset.  The power cycle is always a preferred method according to Apple prior to a hard reset. 

  • Troy Hooper

    Worked for me on my 4s…thx for the tips!

  • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

    Thank you Michael.
    I just deleted all my old voice mails.
    I keep texts for now.  Some are from people who have gone to Heaven and I just like having the whole history, but I see how it could help.  I may weed through them sometime.  

    K, bye  

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.kosberg David Kosberg

    I wonder if deleting all your emails will speed up the phone as well? Just like deleting texts does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.kosberg David Kosberg

    I wonder if deleting all your emails have a same speeding up effect as the texts do?  I’m an emails pack rat!

  • David Entermann

    Slow iPhone … what a wonderful metaphor … the great leveller of us all … 

    Hard to feel too special when ‘we all got it’

    A sense of entitlement want make the thing go one bit faster!

    Appears there is ‘neither Jew nor Greek … bond nor free … male nor female’

  • Ferrari Dino007

    it worked like a charm…..

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  • Paul

    I found something else worked. I took it out of my Skoda and put it in a Ferrari and it really sped up. Expensive fix though.

  • gokhangokalan

    worked

  • Roddis39

    Thats done the trick, my iphone is much faster now

  • Stephen Distasi

    Does having a lot of saved pictures and videos slow things down as well? Seems like those would take more space then text messages

  • OlykinsT

    Since installing iOS 6 my iphone 4 has become sluggish with apps taking ages etc and really getting on my nerves. I’ve been trawling the forums to see if anyone else had the same problem and trying to get an instant ‘fix’ to get back to the way it was. No luck – then I found this one. I did as suggested – except for the text messages bit as I don’t keep any old text messages at all and, so far so good. It does all seem to be working properly again. Maybe it just needs a little ‘kick’ now and then to keep it running happily. Thank you.

  • Uranidiot

    U r an idiot…

  • Sarge62436

    Thanks for the tip! I would never have guessed that all my saved iMessages would slow the works down!

  • JoJo

    I completed all three of your suggestions to speed up my partner’s old iphone – now it is much faster.  Thanks for these simple tips – saved us from visiting Apple shop!

  • Iqracut

    if this works ur amazing 
    #

  • Jasba

    ur a miracle worker thnx a lot lve u man my fones better now ####

  • Baller8737

    does reseting it delete content?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Nope.

  • Vibhu Pandey

    Go To general settings and reset your settings (not data ;)) from time to time.
    This will surely speed it up.

  • Vibhu Pandey

    Going to general and resetting all settings (not data!!) will make a hell of a difference.
    Also, if you have a jailbroken iphone, just go to cydia and download the ‘speed intensifier’ application. Really works if your iphone has turned into a one with slow animations.

  • Daniel

    Instead of always closing all those little icons, I use this wonderful yet obscure little app called ‘system for your device’. If the phone seems slow you open the app and you can stop all apps running, I.e. a ram refresh and your on your merry way.

  • Ronaldh720

    Found this resource by Goggling  the fact that my iPhone would “lock up”  when someone was leaving a message as I talked to a client.  It would freeze for 1-3 minutes.  Just did  1&3 and much improved!
    My kids have loaded my iPhone 4 with many game apps and I am going to ask them to  selectively delete…So many are programmed with the annoying popups. Found that if I took the time to go to notifications for each; turn off alert style to none, turn off other options as you choose…the phone resources usage would decidedly drop.
    I hope my two cents helps some other frustrated user.

  • Tpeery

    I am an iPhone4 user and have too many photos on my phone. I need to take them off because I am about exceeding my storage limit. I have deleted most of my kids games and apps because of it. Do I have to delete each photo individually? After I sync my phone is there another option for saving my photos?
    Thanks
    T. Peery

  • Patrick Doherty

    Hi,
    This worked a treat. Took ages to delete the messages though (5 years worth). Thanks.

    Patrick

  • Elcee22

    Excellent list of the fixes to speed up your phone.  I followed the list exactly and now have the I 4 running as fast as the day it came out of the box.  Thanks. 

  • B Freckles

    Nope dd all of this and didn’t help at all.
    I also noted that even though I closed all aps as you mentioned, they were still active according to my SYS-activityapp.

  • Y.Yamamoto

    Great it worked, Amazing! Thanks a lot.

    Moto

  • Jesus

    Didn’t work for me mate

  • Frederloosxoxo

    Fabulous! Worked wonders on my phone! Thanks so much!

  • Sundaro

    Thank you for helping me speed up my iphone.

  • Alankrummy

    This so far seems to have helped a lot…thank you so much!!! I was surprised to see how many open apps there were!

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  • Cheryl

    Thanks for the advice – absolutely helped !  My iPhone 4 had definately slowed down to the point of almost freezing – which makes sense since every single app was running in the background & I hadn’t deleted a text message in 2 years.  I guess I treated them like baking soda in the fridge (your supposed to change it ?) And here I sort of considered myself tech savy – embarrassing.  :o)

    So my phone is better &  I learned a couple of things I didn’t know – always a good day when that happens.

    Thanks again !

    Cheryl

  • M0rd3ca1

    As a response to all of the stuff stated on this post, I can say that while I worked as an Apple Genius we would often debate as to whether manually force-quitting apps was necessary or not. The Apple article referenced above doesn’t make sense as it shows how to force quit a single app, yet I can tell you that the “Apple Internal” information shown in that article says to never advise a customer to delete them all, which is counter-intuitive. You don’t always know which app is causing the problem.
    Pretty much everything that has been stated here is true, however the problem is solely relying on iOS to clear up memory as needed. Yes, iOS is designed to quit suspended apps in order to free up memory for newly opened apps as needed, and thus should be able to “juggle” memory without any input from the user. However, iOS isn’t perfect. Actually far from it. I am jailbroken on my iPhone and am constantly monitoring available memory in the status bar. Yes, clearing out the multitasking bar and restarting the phone BOTH clear up memory exactly the same way, so it’s your preference as to which one you’d rather do. But when iOS clears memory, it is usually in the form of a crash. Go check your logs at Settings>General>About>Diagnostics and Usage>Diagnostics and Usage Data and see if you have any “Low Memory” logs. If you see reoccurring low memory logs, then an app is crashing because there is not enough free memory (because iOS was not able to make enough in time). I see it happen with facebook all of the time. My available memory will read something small like 25 MB. I will open Facebook, see my memory go down to 3-4 MB, then my screen will flash and return to the homescreen, and all of the sudden, I have 150 MB of free memory. From there Facebook will open normally because it has enough memory. Facebook crashed during launch, and suspended processes were cleared as needed.The way to combat against this: clear your multitasking bar or shut off your phone regularly (once a day). I would usually tell customers to shut off their phones once a day or so if they were randomly crashing/running slow. Most people don’t want to have to clear out apps but are fine with shutting the phone off once at night. I am jailbroken so I set my phone to respring with a triple-click of the homebutton, which refreshes my available memory.

  • Jack

    You can also go to settings then general then spotlight search and uncheckmark all of them

  • Julz999

    MY IPHONE WORKS LIKE NEW NOW

  • Donna

    Thank you so much! I had tons of apps open and a lot of messages. So far it seems to be running better!

  • Audtree

    I totally believed in that Apple conspiracy. These tricks totally worked though and now I’m not forced into buying up. Thanks!

  • Rripslin

    This completely worked! My phone is so much faster than it was before. I also deleted over 700 photos as texts before I did the reset.

  • Anonymou

    Wow thanks for the tips! My phone is working so much faster. Simple and yet very effective.

  • Kayla Williams

    I have an iPhone 4S and my power button on the top is broken. how else can I reset it without deleting all my info, etc?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am not sure. I recommend checking with Apple. If you live near one of their stores, go in and speak with a Genius.

  • Xavier

    Dunno about some of you but it sped up my iPhone 4. Thank you!!

  • Stacey

    Thank you Michael! I followed your steps and my iPhone 4 is much faster now!

  • S

    My phone isn’t necessarily running slowly, it’s just that when I try to view a picture or video that my friends send me, I can’t. It starts “loading…” and then doesn’t stop.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I would take it to the Apple Store if you have one available. The Geniuses there seem to be able to fix almost anything. Thanks.

  • luvbunnies

    Thank you! All it took was closing the open applications and now it’s back to normal:) It does work!!

    • Adam

      Michael, thanks so much. Sorry Bruce, but I have to report that I tried
      step 2 only and my phone is like new. The difference is unbelievable. My
      phone was on it’s knees for weeks despite the fact I have shut it down
      several times recently. Shutting it down didn’t make any difference at
      all. Step 2 about worked like magic. All those geniuses must have been
      right after all.

  • Louis245

    We all know that iPhone’s screen is not made of Gorilla glass like its competitors. And once iPhone 5 is released, we can safely assume that it will give us the same or maybe just a little better quality, type of screen. A cracked iPhone screen is a usual problem that makes it a real pain for the owners. It is not covered in the warranty of either Apple or the service provider and the cost can really reach the high heavens. It usually costs around $200 to repair a broken one and with this amount of money, you can actually buy a new iPhone. So what should you do when you have an iPhone that has a cracked screen?

    • mcnairwilson

      My iPhone was knocked out of my hand by a kid running out of the market and crashing into me. I took it to the Apple Store, they checked my timeline and handed me a new phone for one of the same model and memory size…no charge. I sync my iPhone 5 days a week so loading up my “Stuff” to the new phone was easy. Not sure about warranty, Apple Care, etc. Just sharing my experience.

  • K8gold

    Brilliant! It worked well but still have a problem with the keyboard catching up as I type. Any ideas on why that stayed slow? Thanks

  • Geraldine

    My IPhone 5 is sending me the text messages at the time it is supposed to, but the alert is coming in much later, what can I do to change that?

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  • JD

    Text clearing always seems to work for me. Thanks for the reminder

  • Darrien

    I’m surprised how much quicker my iphone 3gs responded IMMEDIATELY after deleting texts spanning the last year. Apps which are in memory such as mail, have been taking 5-10 seconds to display even when actively toggling between apps. Mail was the first app I tried after deleting the texts and, having been active in memory, it displayed in less than a second. My camera also loaded noticeably quicker than it has been in the last few months.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m so glad it worked. Awesome!

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  • Jennah

    I tried the tips it sorta Worked when U reset Your Iphone what Does It Do what does It Delete ?

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  • vicky

    hi friends i have iphone 4s 16 gb it become very slow and wifi is grayed out i try many tricks to boost it and try to work wifi but there is no effect .and when i open setting then it takes 4 to 5 mins to open it then we want to open cellular data it also takes 4 to 5 mins to open it so please suggest me some tricks to boost it up and how can i use my wifi my phone became like scrap…its should be shame full for the apple employees apple like phone occur this type of problem ….please friends suggest me some tricks please……………………………..:-(

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  • Wh

    Thanks for the tips, I use tips and tricks App for usage, hadn’t heard or seen the #3 tip. I’ve gained speed, yahoo !
    Your time and consideration is appreciated.