How to Speed Up a Sluggish iPhone

Michael Hyatt:

Here’s what you can do to speed up your iPhone when it gets bogged down:

  1. Delete all your text messages. Go to the Messages application. Display the screen that lists all of the people with whom you have exchanged messages. Press the “Edit” button and then delete every conversation. Or, alternatively, you can swipe your finger to the left on each name and then press the “Delete” button.
  2. Shut down all open applications. Double-click your Home button to display your open applications. Now press on one—it doesn’t matter which—until it begins to shake and a red minus button appears in the upper left-hand corner. Press that button to close the app. Repeat this with every open app. (One person told me this step was unnecessary, but two Apple Geniuses advised it.)
  3. Reset your iPhone. Now hold the Home button down with your left thumb while simultaneously pressing the Power button with your right index finger. Keep pressing for 12–15 seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

That’s it!

Good advice. My iPhone has come to a crawl a few times, and there’s a few other steps I’d like to add to Michael’s.

My iPhone’s Usage

1. Check your Usage
Open Settings, go to General, then tap Usage. Usage shows where all of your iPhone’s capacity is going.

The Usage breakdown is super helpful because it shows how much space you are using and how much is left. For instance, if you have 7 gigs dedicated to music, you might want to trim out some unwanted tracks you hardly listen to.

3. Remove photos and video clips
In my steps paired to Michael’s, this comes right after ‘Delete all your text messages’, and ‘Shut down all open appications’ becomes step 4.

I take a lot of media of my kids — a problem Michael doesn’t have since his children are older and have left the nest. I like to take photos in HDR, and record videos in HD. A few minutes of footage and about 100 photos should never be left on your phone for more than 24 hours, in my opinion. They will probably take up valuable space for other photos and videos you want to take later.

So, when possible, sync your iPhone with your computer and copy the photos and video clips to it. Then delete the copies on your iPhone. 

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