5 Simple Tips to Speed Up iOS 8 on Your iPhone or iPad
Along with the launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last month, Apple also released its new mobile operating system, the iOS 8, after a stint in beta program. Though the latest OS brought tons of great new features and lots of improvements, the update caused problems to certain iPhone and iPad users. Especially some old devices, namely iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPad 2, may feel pretty sluggish after the update.
Apple released two quick updates to resolve the issues that had plagued the iOS 8, and the update did work to fix some of the performance issues, but still the iOS 8 behavior is outright slow for many users compared to the previous version. So if you’ve upgraded your device to the latest iOS version and are really feeling that sluggish performance, there are a few tips you can follow to speed up your iOS device.
1. Hard Restart Your Device
If you’re feeling occasional and random slowdowns, meaning you experience that slowing down of device only sometimes when performing a simple task as opening or closing an app, this might be the case that you haven’t rebooted your device since you updated it to iOS 8. You can easily fix this issue by simply hard restarting the iPhone or iPad.
To hard restart an iOS device, you just have to hold down the Power button and Home button simultaneously, until the Apple logo appears. It usually takes 10-15 seconds to initiate, and once it’s done, leave both buttons.
2. Turn Off Spotlight Search
Spotlight is used to search for the files and other content on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. In iOS 8, this feature also uses numerous data sources around the Internet, such as Wikipedia, News, App Store and more, to get you the desired results. In doing so, however, it can use a majority of memory chunk on the older devices, so it’s recommended that you turn it off by tapping Settings > General > Spotlight Search.
If you really want to use this feature, then at least disable the sources that are of no use to you.
3. Turn Off Background App Refresh
Some apps continue to run in the background, and this is the feature that allows those apps to refresh themselves. Background App Refresh worked without any trouble for older devices running iOS 7, but considering the fact that iOS 8 is already a heavy update, this feature can take its toll not only on the battery, but processing power as well.
So it’s better to disable this feature by tapping Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn the slider to Off.
4. Turn On Reduce Motion
In iOS 8, the motions and animation effects also degrade the performance of your device, and disabling the effects can make your iPhone or iPad feel fast. You simply need to turn on Reduce Motion feature, which actually enables the alternate fading effect to reduce the motion of the UI. Go into Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and turn the slider to On.
Even if your device is performing normal and there is no slowing down of time, enabling the fading effect does make it feel faster.
5. Wipe & Restore iOS 8
If you are experiencing consistent performance problems after upgrading to iOS 8 (or iOS 8.0.2), and every single action feels much slower and sluggish, then it’s time to wipe and restore iOS 8. For that, you’ll first need to back up your iOS device, so either back it up to iCloud or iTunes, and then reset the device to factory settings.
Once the process is completed, you can go and restore the iPhone or iPad from the backup you made earlier. The wipe and restore procedure really does work to offer smooth functioning of the device if it’s experiencing glitches after the update.
What’s your experience with the latest iOS version? Did you feel any post-update slowdowns and lag? In case you did, let us know if these suggestions helped improve your device performance.
Gohar is the lead editor at TechFrag. He has a wide range of interests when it comes to tech but he's currently spending a big chunk of his time writing about privacy, cyber security, and anything policy related.