iPhone Life Magazine - - Top Tips - BY CON­NER CAREY

f you keep an iPhone for more than a year or two, you may no­tice it run­ning slower over time. If that's the case, this is a good ar­ti­cle to save and ref­er­ence when­ever your de­vice slows down too much. These tricks should work for every model of iPhone run­ning any ver­sion of iOS. The next time you need to speed up your iPhone, we've got you cov­ered. Here are seven lit­tle-known tricks to make your iPhone faster. One thing to note is that de­pend­ing on your iPhone model, up­dat­ing your iOS (and apps) can ei­ther slow down or speed up your de­vice. If you have an iPhone 5S or 6, it may very well be true that up­dat­ing could slow down your iPhone fur­ther. But for most peo­ple, the update will ac­tu­ally im­prove your over­all speed, es­pe­cially since Ap­ple switched to a new file sys­tem ever since iOS 10.3 that takes up less space on the iPhone. Since Ap­ple has fo­cused on per­for­mance with iOS 12, chances are up­dat­ing your soft­ware on all com­pat­i­ble de­vices will make your de­vice run faster.

1 Know Your RAM; Boost Your Mem­ory

The more free RAM (work­ing mem­ory) you have, the faster your iPhone is likely to run. On my Mac, I have a soft­ware that quickly clears mem­ory and speeds up my com­puter. It's be­come the best forty dol­lars I've ever spent. But! You can get a sim­i­lar pro­gram for free from the App Store on your iPhone. Meet Bat­tery Saver (free). The is an older app but it still works great. It shows you how much mem­ory you've used and how much free mem­ory is avail­able. There's a big green Boost Mem­ory but­ton that you can tap to get your iPhone into op­ti­mal shape. I had about 60 MB of mem­ory be­fore us­ing the app; af­ter­ward I had close to 400 MB of free mem­ory. The app is also a great way to mon­i­tor how well the rest of these tricks work for you, which is why I made this tip num­ber one.

2 Delete Un­needed Mu­sic, Pic­tures & Apps

Your Mes­sages app of­ten har­bors tons of im­ages, GIFs, and videos that are slow­ing down your de­vice. To ad­dress this, open your Mes­sages app and delete any­thing you don't need hang­ing around. To do this, you can open your Mes­sages app and ei­ther swipe left on a mes­sage thread and tap Delete, or you can open in­di­vid­ual threads, tap the info icon, and view and delete me­dia from there. To au­to­mat­i­cally take care of this step in the fu­ture, you can choose how long texts are saved: open Set­tings, tap Mes­sages. Scroll down un­til you find Mes­sage His­tory. Tap on Keep Mes­sages and se­lect ei­ther 30 days or 1 year in­stead of For­ever.

Delet­ing mu­sic, pho­tos, and apps can help as well. Open Set­tings and se­lect Gen­eral. Choose iPhone Stor­age. Here you will see how much space your apps, mu­sic, pho­tos, etc. are tak­ing up. Un­der Rec­om­men­da­tions you may see op­tions such as Op­ti­mize Pho­tos, which if en­abled will save low-res ver­sions of your pho­tos on your iPhone and pre­serve the hi-res orig­i­nals in iCloud. Be­low that you'll see a list of how much stor­age each app is us­ing. If an app uses a large amount of space, it's prob­a­bly us­ing a lot of RAM too. Tap on any app in the list in or­der to off­load it or delete it, or man­age its data. Delet­ing the app will per­ma­nently delete it. Of­fload­ing the app will delete the app but pre­serve the data in case you want to re-download it later. For Mu­sic, you can delete songs right here or go back to the main Set­tings, tap Mu­sic, se­lect Op­ti­mize Stor­age so you can limit the num­ber of songs you have stored on your iPhone (this will not limit the num­ber of songs in your Mu­sic Li­brary.)

3 Close All Nonessen­tial Apps

This is the most pop­u­lar yet de­bat­able tip in this roundup. In the past, I've told ev­ery­one to stop clos­ing apps all the time, be­cause it uses up bat­tery. But ac­cord­ing to our tests, those back­ground apps do take up iPhone mem­ory. So if you're in­ter­ested in clear­ing mem­ory, try clos­ing all nonessen­tial apps but leav­ing open the ones you con­sis­tently use through­out the day. That way your iPhone will use less bat­tery open­ing up those es­sen­tial apps and will still save on mem­ory when you close out a game you're fin­ished play­ing or a so­cial me­dia feed you don't need to check again for a while. To do this, swipe up half­way on your screen and re­lease (on older phones dou­ble click your Home but­ton) to ac­ti­vate the app switcher. Swipe up to close out any nonessen­tial apps. This is a good time to check back at the Bat­tery Saver app to see how much mem­ory you freed up.

4 Try Our RAM-Clear­ing iPhone Restart Trick

This isn't the same as sim­ply restart­ing your iPhone or pow­er­ing it down. For what­ever rea­son, this is the spe­cific method for clear­ing your iPhone's RAM. To do this, press the vol­ume up, then the vol­ume down but­ton, and then hold the Side but­ton (on iPhone 6S and older hold the Home and Side but­tom si­mul­ta­ne­ously in­stead) un­til your screen goes black and then pops back up. I checked the Bat­tery Saver app af­ter­ward; I freed up about 120 MB of mem­ory with this trick.

5 Clear Sa­fari Cook­ies & Data

It's good to note that clear­ing Sa­fari data will mean the browser won't sug­gest URLs when you're typ­ing un­less they're book­marked. Some web­sites may also for­get cer­tain pref­er­ences, but it's gen­er­ally good prac­tice to clear your cook­ies and data every now and again re­gard­less. To do this, open Set­tings and tap Sa­fari. Se­lect Clear His­tory and Web­site Data, then con­firm. I only got about 50 MB more mem­ory do­ing this, but I also do it pretty reg­u­larly.

6 Turn off Au­to­matic Down­loads & Back­ground App Re­fresh

This is a trick that can speed up phone per­for­mance and im­prove bat­tery life. Since both these fea­tures run in the back­ground, turn­ing them off means there's less hap­pen­ing out of sight that could be slow­ing down your de­vice. To turn them off, open Set­tings and se­lect Gen­eral. Tap Back­ground App Re­fresh, and se­lect Off. Then go back to Set­tings and tap iTunes & App Store, then tog­gle off Apps and Up­dates un­der Au­to­matic Down­loads.

7 En­able Re­duce Mo­tion

I saved this one for last, be­cause, in my mind at least, it's the most ex­treme. The iPhone does a beau­ti­ful job of seam­lessly tran­si­tion­ing be­tween apps with an­i­ma­tions. But these an­i­ma­tions take up bat­tery life and can con­trib­ute to a slow iPhone. If you don't mind the dif­fer­ence, you can eas­ily choose to turn off these an­i­ma­tions in Set­tings. Open the Set­tings app, tap Gen­eral, and se­lect Ac­ces­si­bil­ity. Se­lect Re­duce Mo­tion, and tog­gle it on. This didn't cre­ate any ex­tra mem­ory ac­cord­ing to the Bat­tery Saver app, but I wouldn't ex­pect it to. In­stead, the iPhone feels faster be­cause no time is be­ing used on the an­i­ma­tion of zoom­ing in and out of apps. The screen just changes. Con­ner Carey is a writer (cre­ative & SEO), on­line busi­ness con­sul­tant, and vi­sion plan­ner. You can sched­ule a free con­sul­ta­tion or join her email list at con­ner­carey.com. She's cur­rently garage-sell­ing all of her stuff to hit the road in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan, and dog, Jodi. Fol­low their ad­ven­tures on in­sta­gram @geor­giatheRV.

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