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How To Speed Up Your Apple iPhone

Updated on February 9, 2015

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Apple iPhone. Most of us know all about them and many of us have one at our beck and call. Some swear by them as the best cell phone/hand held electronic device available. Some would just as soon throw them in the ocean in favor of a competitors product. Each of us have our preferences. However, one thing is certain. Like them or hate them, the apple iPhone is here to stay.

I personally am an Apple guy. I have tried other devices, but always gravitate back to the iPhone for its ease of use, and for its dependability. I am by no means a technology guru, but am an average consumer who, for the most part, knows enough to get around the ever changing world of technology. I do not like to read overwhelming, confusing and cumbersome technology manuals, and must confess that, although I can usually figure things out on my own, on more than one occasion I have asked my fourteen and thirteen year old children how to do something, with regards to technology, instead of trying to read those boring manuals. With that said, I often find myself wishing that someone would just spell things out in a straightforward manner without all the fluff to sort through. That is what I am going to do for you here. Below I am going to give you some simple tricks that you can do to speed up and maximize your Apple iPhone.

1. Ditch the Junk

If you are like most people, you probably have loads of apps on your phone that you have not used in months, or longer. Some apps you may not even remember downloading. Never the less, these apps take up valuable space and, if left running in the background, can slow down your device.

To see what kind of space each app is occupying on your device, go to Settings, then General, then click on Usage. It will take a minute or two (depending on the storage capacity of your device and how many apps you have) to show everything that is taking up space. Once this is loaded, scroll down to see what each app is using. Remove any unwanted apps by clicking it and following the delete prompt. You have just created extra space to hopefully accommodate the next step in speeding up your device.

2. Update Your Software

If you have not done so already, you should update your device so that it is using the latest operating system. On the iPhone 5 you should be running with iOS 7.1. The de-junking step hopefully cleared enough space to handle downloading this operating system. When you try to download iOS 7.1 it will let you know if you have enough space on your device. If not, you may want to take another look to see if there is anything else you can delete. If you can't find any additional apps to delete, you can look at your pictures and/or music to see if you can clear up some space by deleting any unwanted songs or pics.

Once you have enough space, update your software. You should have a notice in your settings that will prompt you to do just that.


3. Clear Your Cache

The iPhone is basically a hand held computer and cell phone all in one. As such, it should be treated much like a computer to keep it running smoothly. You should clear your history and cookies from time to time, just like on a computer. This can do wonders for speeding up your device.

To do this, go to Settings, then click on what ever browser app you use, usually Safari. Scroll down and you should see "Clear History" and "Clear Cookies and Data." Click on each one of these to clear them. That's it. You now have a clean slate and have just made your device operate faster.


4. Texts

This may sound simple and like a no brainer, but you would be surprised at how quickly the amount of texts being stored on your device add up. Especially if you do a lot of texting.

Simply go to your messages and click edit and delete any chats that you no longer need. These unwanted texts can take up valuable space and slow down your device.

5. Location Services

Many apps today use location services to determine where you are. It is not necessary to have this service turned on in order for the app to work. Location services can effect the speed of your device as well as your battery life. To turn these services off go to Settings, then Privacy then Location Services. From there you can turn off location services completely, or just turn it off for certain apps. Certain apps, like Maps, obviously need to know where you are, so they can be left on if desired.

It's That Simple

That's all there is to it. Just a few short minutes and a few simple steps and you can clear the clutter by de-junking and cleaning out unused apps, texts and more, opening up valuable space on your iPhone. You can speed up your device by updating it's software, clearing the cache and turning off all unnecessary location services. I hope these simple steps help you to maximize your iPhone and derive even more enjoyment out of it than you already do.


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    • Howie Watts profile imageAUTHOR

      Howie Watts 

      4 years ago

      Thank you Sassy. Yes that is a good one as well. Thanks for sharing :-) For those that do not know how...double click your home key. All of the apps that you have open will appear on your screen and you will be able to scroll across to see them. To close them, simple slide them up and off of the screen. This closes the app.

    • sassypiehole profile image

      Lisa RenĂ© LeClair 

      4 years ago from the ATL

      Oh no... You forgot one: Close the open apps! Took me a while before learning THAT one! ;-)


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