How To Speed Up iOS 10 on Older iPhone/iPad – [Tips & Tricks]

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Here are some important tips & tricks to speed up iOS 10 on older iPhone and iPad devices. Older hardware always lag in terms of performance when you upgrade the device to a newer OS version because the hardware is outdated to handle advanced software features such as improved graphics, apps and more. Apple is claiming that iOS 10 is its best iOS version yet and comes packed with many new interesting features which you would surely like to try. If you haven’t upgraded your iPhone or iPad to the iOS 10 then do so by check out direct download links of iOS 10 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. If you have older iPhone and iPad and are experiencing problems with device performance since the iOS 10 upgrade then see helpful guide below to speed up iOS 10 on any iOS device.

By know you must have known all about the iOS 10 mobile OS by Apple. If you want in-depth information then see our iOS 10 review of the main new features. Best new features has to be the revamped Messages app on iOS 10 that now enables you to send and receive animated stickers, gifs and more during chat. This features work well on iPhone 7/7 Plus & 6S/6S Plus, but it can slow down older iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5/5C/5S and older devices. If your device is undergoing a sever performance dip since the iOS 10 upgrade then see following tips to speed up iPhone/iPad on iOS 10.

Hard Reboot

As with any modern electronic device, first reaction to any glitch or error should be to hard reboot the device to see if that fixes the problem. If after updating your older iOS device to iOS 10 results in marked performance decline then try hard rebooting your iOS 10 device. In the link you can see how to hard reboot latest iPhone 7/7 Plus as well as older iPhone/iPad near the bottom of the post in the link.

Adjust Widgets

Apple has introduced a new features in iOS 10 that allows you to put widgets on front and center. This may not be the best feature because after enabling Widgets, you will see them populate every section of the device firmware such as lock screen, home screen, app drawer, hence, everywhere. As we known widget consume system resources to constantly update and run in the background, which can wreck havoc on older device with outdated hardware. Here’s how to manage widgets: Swipe right and keep swiping until you get the last page on the left of the home screen, scroll down to the bottom of the widget section and select Edit to remove widgets that you don’t use.

Free Space on Device

It always recommended to never fully stack up your iOS device’s storage because it puts added load on system resource to manage all those apps. Make sure to keep some space empty on your device to ensure that the device runs at the optimum level. Start by deleting unnecessary apps, music or video files from older iOS devices. Backup apps and files and then delete them to restore them latest if you change your mind. For that go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and delete the app you don’t use often but are consuming plenty of storage space on device.

Disable Animation

Most modern mobile software have animations to make things look flashy and advanced, iOS 10 is no exception. But this features can be an added strain on limited hardware of the older devices which, when enabled, subsequently reduces the performance levels of the device. Users of iOS 10 on older iPhone and iPad devices are better off keeping the animation feature turned OFF. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn the Reduce Motion toggle ON. This will also disable screen effects in the Messages app on iOS 10, so be mindful of that.

Keep Spotlight Search Use to a Minimum

Spotlight search is one of the most useful features that helps you to search apps, files, emails and lots of other stuff without having to navigate the entire device to find the item that you are looking for. You can search everything on your device without leaving the home screen with Spotlight Search. However, as is the case with any top quality feature on modern smartphone software, it also uses considerable system resources that can result in performance lag. Head to Settings > General > Spotlight and turn off spotlight search for the apps that you don’t want Spotlight to look for during search.

Disable Automatic App Updates

Background app update feature is a real sucker, no other feature puts as much load on system resources as this one. Manually installing the updates from the App Store is lot more useful as it allows you to keep app update under your control and gives a chance to read new update changes and notes. All this never happens with automatic updates. You can turn off automatic updates by going to Settings > iTunes & App Stores and turn the Automatic Downloads toggle OFF.

Keep Location Services Use in Check

Many modern apps these days use device’s current location to deliver quality services to users. It tracks your device’s location so that you can find the lost or stolen iOS device. Map apps use location services to give your directions. When you install apps on iOS 10, they ask you to grant location access to be able to function properly, make sure allow location services access to the most important apps such as maps. Head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and turn off this feature for those app that don’t need it to function.

Allow Background App Refresh to the most Important Apps

Just like automatic app update, automatic app refresh can also be a huge strain on older device’s hardware. So keep this feature enabled only for the apps for whom constant app refresh makes most sense like news, social media, messenger apps to get latest update notifications.

Clean Install iOS 10

OK, this may not be the best option and should be reserved as a last resort. If iOS 10 installation on older devices was interrupted or got corrupted by some error, it could prevent it from working at normal speed on device with older hardware. You can do so either by reinstalling OTA update or manually install iOS 10 on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

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