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Is your iOS working slow? Before any major update on your iPhone or iPad, it is a good practice to read up on a forum to hear what other people have had to say. Some updates are minor fixes, and others are huge. Zoe at Computer Coach Australia will share with you the information that can help you become proficient in using your technology. The iOS 11 update was a big one, and therefore it was important to back up your phone before proceeding. If you are unsure how to do any of these basic operations check out the YouTube channel for Computer Coach Australia. We will record short one minute videos that can save you countless hours and days in frustration.

iOS Working Slow – What to Do Before Updating

There are mixed reports that updating to iOS 11 has slowed down some iPhone and iPad hardware. Some also claim the performance of tasks like opening and interacting with apps is slower after installing iOS 11. If your iPhone or iPad feels slow after installing iOS 11, then you might want to try a few of the tricks we have outlined in this tutorial to speed up your device again.

We’re going to cover a wide variety of tips to help speed up a device potentially. Aside from the first two tips involving installing software updates and then having some patience and waiting for a while, you can follow the others in any particular order.

1: Install Any Software Updates for iOS and Apps

Before going any further, check for software updates both to iOS and to your apps. Software updates can often remedy performance issues and are not to be skipped. This is particularly important if your iOS working slow is due to a bug or some other problem that has been resolved in an available update.

For installing any updates to iOS 11 (such as iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.1, etc)

  • Open the “Settings” app and go to > General > Software Update > and choose to Download & Install any update to iOS 11

For getting updates to apps:

  • Open the ‘App Store’ app and go to the Updates tab, and install any available app updates

    iOS Working Slow

    iOS Working Slow

2: Just Updated to iOS 11? Have Some Patience and Wait

If you just updated your iPhone or iPad’s software and noticed your iOS working slow, have some patience. When a major software update arrives on your device, iOS will re-index everything for Spotlight, Siri, Photos, and perform other background tasks. This can lead to the feeling the device is slow because of the increased background activity being performed.

The best thing to do is wait a few days. Leave the device plugged into a wall outlet overnight, and let it complete whatever system behaviour is necessary. After a night or two, things usually work normally again, and performance is often better. Furthermore, this usually fixes battery life problems too.

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iOS 11 Update – iOS Working Slow

3: Turn Off iOS Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh allows apps to update themselves in the background. This is nice for multitasking quickness, but it can also lead to a hit in system performance. Turning it off is easy, and most users won’t notice the difference in how apps function anyway.

  • Open “Settings” and go to > General > Background App Refresh > OFF

    Background App Refresh

    Background App Refresh – iOS Working Slow

4: Disable Siri Suggestions & Siri Look Up

You can often speed up how fast Spotlight behaves, as well as the Notifications screen and elsewhere, by turning off Siri Suggestions and Siri Lookup features.

  • Open “Settings” and go to > Siri & Search > “Suggestions in Search” to OFF and “Suggestions in Look Up” to OFF

    iOS Working Slow

    Siri Suggestions – iOS Working Slow

5: Force Reboot the Device

Sometimes forcibly rebooting a device can help performance, mainly if some errant process is going haywire in the background. It could also be some app or another event that is out of control.

For most iPhone and iPad devices, hold down the POWER BUTTON and the HOME BUTTON concurrently until you see the  Apple logo appear on the screen.

On iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, hold down the VOLUME DOWN BUTTON and POWER BUTTON concurrently until you see the  Apple logo appear on the screen.

Then wait for the device to boot back up again.

iOS Working Slow

iPhone Reboot – iOS Working Slow

6: Use a Simple Wallpaper

Using a plain or simple wallpaper originating from a small file size image can help to speed things up sometimes. The idea behind using a simple or plain wallpaper is that it requires less memory and system resources to display. Thus it can help speed things up if you notice your iOS working slow.

  • Open “Settings” and go to > Wallpaper > Select a boring wallpaper, either of a single colour or a tiny file size


The Home Screen might look a bit duller when a simple background wallpaper picture, (or not, depending on your taste) but it also might feel a tad faster. Try it out, you can use the simple tiny grey image wallpaper below if you’d like, or find your own.

iOS Working Slow


7: Disable Parallax UI Effects and Reduce Motion

iOS uses various visual effects which look snazzy but require more system resources to draw and render correctly. Disabling those system user interface visual effects can improve the performance or at least the perception of improved performance by disabling the animations.

  • Open “Settings” and go to > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and turn ON


* While in Reduce Motion settings, you might want to turn off “Auto-Play Message Effects” too. Those animations in the Messages app can also make things feel a bit sluggish sometimes.

When you turn on Reduce Motion, the zipping and zooming effects of opening and closing apps is replaced with a simple, subtle fading animation too.

iOS Working Slow

Disable Parallax UI Effects and Reduce Motion – iOS Working Slow

8: Reduce iOS System Transparency Effects

Transparency and blur effects are scattered throughout iOS, from the Dock to Control Center, to Notifications panels, and more. They look nice, but rendering those blur effects can use system resources have your iOS working slow. Turning them off may help the device feel faster:

  • Open “Settings” and go to > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast > Reduce Transparency to ON

Using Increase Contrast can make things look a bit plain, but using things like Control Center should feel faster as a result.

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System Transparency Effects

9: Make Sufficient Free Storage Space Available on the iPhone or iPad

Having sufficient free storage available is ideal for optimal performance of an iPad or iPhone. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to have 10% or more free storage available. So if you have a 32GB device, then having 3 GB of free space or more is desirable. This is so there is plenty of available space for caches, updating apps and iOS itself, and performing other system functions.

  • Open “Settings” and go to > General > then choose “Storage” (now labelled as iPhone Storage or iPad Storage, respectively)

Once you’re in the Storage management section of your device, you can either follow the recommendations to free up storage space or delete unused or old apps. Take any action necessary to free up storage on the iPhone or iPad.

This is important, and if your iPhone or iPad is full or very low on storage, performance will suffer. Plus you won’t be able to install updates to apps or system software, and other strange behaviours can occur. This includes locking a user out of their email, data being mysteriously removed from the device, etc. Always aim to have some storage space available to avoid your iOS working slow.

iOS Working Slow

iOS Working Slow – Free Storage Space

10: Reset iOS System Settings

Resetting your iOS device settings may speed up performance for some users. Be aware if you reset device settings, you will need to make configurations to all of your custom settings changes again, like many covered previously in this article.

  • Open Settings and go to General > Reset > Reset All Settings

    iOS Working Slow

    iOS Working Slow – Reset System Settings

11: Backup & Restore iOS

A common troubleshooting trick is to back up a device to iTunes or iCloud, then restore iOS. This can sometimes fix complex performance issues, and if you contact Apple to troubleshoot a device, they will likely want you to perform this action as part of their process.

You can backup to iTunes, or iCloud, or both. Always backup before beginning a restore process.

Using iTunes with the device connected to the computer, you then choose to “Restore” the device. Or you can choose to Restore directly on the device itself and select either iCloud or iTunes backup to restore from.

Some users may also try setting up a device as new which means nothing is on the device at that point. An obvious flaw to that approach is the iPhone or iPad would be lacking any data, images, notes, apps, contacts, or any other personal information. This is why most users choose to restore from a backup instead of setting up as new. Nonetheless, if you don’t care about that, setting up a device as new can sometimes make it feel faster.

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iOS Working Slow – System Backup

What About Reverting From iOS 11 Back to iOS 10?

Some users may wish to downgrade iOS 11 back to a prior version of system software on their iPhone or iPad.

While reverting to the prior iOS release was possible for a while, unfortunately, this is no longer an option for most devices. It’s because Apple has stopped signing the iOS 10.3.3 firmware. You can learn about how to check iOS IPSW firmware signing status if the topic interests you.

For more information on this and other articles: osxdaily

Have you noticed your iOS working slow? Did these tricks help to speed up your slow iPhone or iPad? Do you have any tips to help speed up a slow iPhone or iPad? Have you had other iOS 11 problems to troubleshoot? Let us know your experience in the comments below!

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