Many iPhone users have reported that their iPhones suddenly started lagging behind in performance and speed recently. Many suspect this might have happened after they upgraded their iPhone to the latest iOS 16.
It is disappointing to many iPhone users that this is making their work or browsing experience quite difficult. Do you know the reasons why your iPhone is getting slower and slower day by day? We have listed a few of them below.
- Some software bugs/minor technical glitches within the iPhone
- Outdated iPhone OS (In some cases)
- Due to the location services feature being turned on
- Virus attack on the iPhone
- Low Power Mode being enabled
- Lack of internet connection
On researching the factors mentioned above, we came up with some best possible solutions in this post that will help in resolving this problem easily.
Check your Internet connection
When iPhone users are not having a good stable internet connection on the iPhone, most apps installed on the iPhone might not work efficiently as expected. Therefore, it is really necessary to ensure that you have strong internet connectivity on your iPhone.
Firstly, you need to open the YouTube or Chrome app on your iPhone and try accessing a video or browsing some web pages to check the strength of your internet connection. If you are finding it difficult to load the video/webpages, the internet is weak on your iPhone.
We suggest trying to restart the Wi-Fi router and reconnecting the Wi-Fi signal on your iPhone. This refreshes the Wi-Fi signal and would get a strong internet connection on the iPhone. If not, switch the internet from Wi-Fi to Mobile Data by going to Settings > Mobile Data and tapping on the Mobile Data toggle button to enable it.
Update the iPhone
If your iPhone’s OS is out of date, this might also lead to a lagging problem. Therefore, we advise our iPhone users to update their devices from time to time in order to avoid such issues.
In order to update your iPhone, you have to open the Settings app on the iPhone and choose the General option. Next, you have to go to the Software Update option on the General page and wait for some time till it searches online for the updates and loads them. After you see any updates available, please download and install them on your iPhone to update it.
Restart your iPhone
When there are some software bugs within the iPhone, it might create errors and issues on the iPhone such as lagging issues, etc. Therefore, to fix this issue, you may have to restart your iPhone.
To restart your iPhone, first, you need to go to Settings > General. Now scroll down the general page to the bottom and tap on Shut Down and move the slider to the right side to completely shut down the iPhone. Next, you have to press and hold your iPhone’s volume up and power buttons together until you see the Apple logo on the screen. This restarts your iPhone.
Reduce the Screen Brightness
When the screen brightness is too high, it might also affect the battery life which in turn causes the iPhone to lag behind in performance and speed. So try reducing the screen brightness accordingly and see if this improves the iPhone speed.
To do so, you need to launch the Control Centre on the iPhone by swiping down from the top right corner. After the control center screen appears, swipe the brightness slider up or down to adjust the brightness of your iPhone screen.
Fix 1 – Remove Unwanted Widgets
Usually, many iPhone users have a habit of adding many different widgets to their iPhone’s home screen for better convenience. But this can in turn cause several problems including the one discussed above in the article above.
So we recommend our users try removing the widgets from the home screen using the steps mentioned below.
Step 1: Unlock your iPhone first and after reaching the home screen, keep swiping the home screen to the right side till you get the widget home screen.
Step 2: Now long tap on the Widget that you want to remove from the home screen.
Step 3: There appears a context menu pops up on the screen.
Step 4: Please click on the Remove Widget option from the context menu as shown below.
Step 5: Finally, click Remove on the Remove Widget confirmation window as shown.
Step 6: This removes the widget from your home screen.
Step 7: Repeat the same procedure to remove all the widgets you don’t necessarily use often.
Fix 2 – Disable Background App Refresh
When we close any application on the iPhone, it still keeps running in the background, and if any user has enabled the Background App Refresh feature, it will constantly check if there is any change in the application and notifies users.
This affects the performance of the iPhone and the Background App Refresh needs to be disabled for fixing it using the steps below.
Step 1: For this, you need to launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: After the Settings app is launched, look for the General option and tap on it as shown below.
Step 3: Once it opens, scroll down a bit and click on the Background App Refresh option.
Step 4: Now you need to choose the Background App Refresh option at the top of the page as shown in the image below.
Step 5: At last, click Off from the list.
Fix 3 – Make some space on your iPhone
When there is not much space left on the iPhone, the performance and speed of the iPhone will start decreasing and you will notice a lag on your iPhone. Clear the iPhone storage on your iPhone to make some space using the steps below.
Step 1: Open the Settings page on your iPhone first.
Step 2: After that, select the General option from the settings menu as shown below.
Step 3: Now tap on the iPhone Storage option on the General page.
Step 4: It might take some time to load the iPhone Storage page.
Step 5: Follow the Recommendations on the iPhone Storage page and clear some apps, files, images, etc. to make some space.
Fix 4 – Check your Battery Health
When the health of your iPhone battery is not good and not up to the recommended level, it might decrease the performance or speed of the iPhone. So check your battery health and if you find that the health of the battery is below 80%, you need to replace the battery immediately to improve the iPhone’s performance.
Step 1: To check the battery’s health, you need to open the Settings page on your iPhone.
Step 2: Then scroll down and look for the Battery option from the list.
Step 3: Tap on the Battery option as shown in the below screenshot.
Step 4: Now select the Battery Health & Charging option on the Battery page as shown below.
Step 5: Here check for the Maximum Capacity value.
Step 6: If it says below 80%, you need to change the battery. If it says 100%, there is no need to change.
Step 7: Also, make sure you enable the Optimised Battery Charging option by tapping on its toggle switch as shown in the image below.
Fix 5 – Install any App Updates Available
If many applications installed on your iPhone are not updated to their latest version, this might lead to iPhone lagging issue and it can be resolved by checking on the App Store if there are any apps ready for the update.
Follow the steps below on how to update the apps on your iPhone.
Step 1: Unlock your iPhone first and go to the home screen.
Step 2: Search for the App Store on the home screen and long tap on it.
Step 3: Select the Updates option from the list by clicking on it as shown below.
Step 4: This opens the Updates page on the App Store where it will show the list of apps under the Updates section that is ready for updating.
Step 5: Please click the Update All option to start updating all the apps on your iPhone.
Step 6: Once done, close the App Store.
Fix 6 – Disable Low Power Mode
The Low Power Mode feature when enabled on any iPhone deactivates some features to save battery consumption and this causes your iPhone to get slower. Now to fix this, you have to disable the low power mode option on your iPhone by following the steps below.
Step 1: Open the Settings page on your iPhone first.
Step 2: Scroll down and search for the Battery option and tap on it as shown below.
Step 3: On the Battery page, you will find the Low Power Mode option.
Step 4: Please tap on its toggle button to disable it as shown in the below image.
Fix 7 – Turn Off Reduce Motion Settings
At last, if nothing else is working for you, you can try turning off the Reduce Motion settings on your iPhone using the steps explained below.
Step 1: Open the Settings app page on your iPhone first of all.
Step 2: Once the Settings page is open, type reduce motion in the search bar at the top of the Settings page as shown below.
Step 3: Select the Reduce Motion option from the search results dropdown as shown.
Step 4: This takes you to the Motion page that falls under the Accessibility page as shown below.
Step 5: Now tap on the Reduce Motion option’s toggle switch to disable it as shown in the screenshot below.