• iPhone running slowly after the iOS 7 update? These tips will speed up the iPhone.

  • Speed up the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 running the iOS 7 operating system.

  • Fix iPhone keyboard, battery life and crashing app problems .

iOS 7 is the most advanced operating system ever to appear a mobile phone. It’s the heart of the iPhone and iPad and is the software responsible for running all your apps, notifications, and every other feature of the phone.

One thing that’s clear is that iOS 7 is a lot happier on the latest 64-bit A7 processor then it is on older iPhones. iOS 7 is compatible all the way back to the iPhone 4 and iPad 2, but owners of iPhone 4 devices claim to find iOS 7 especially sluggish. Its older A4 processor isn’t as capable to mask any problems as the lightning fast new A7.

But there are a few iOS 7 tips that can help speed up your experience. With this in mind we’ve written this guide to getting iOS 7 working properly on older iPhone devices. These tips should keep you up and running.

Also: Master iOS 7

Speed up iOS: Ditch the clutter

First of all get rid of all all your unused apps, files and any other flotsam and jetsam on your iPhone. We’re not suggesting you run an iPhone on empty, but make sure you’re not running it on full. This has always slowed down the iPhone but on iOS 7 with an older device the difference becomes especially noticeable.

  • Head in to Settings > General > Usage to check how much space is free on your iPhone or iPad.

We’d suggest keeping at least 1GB free just to make sure there’s some free space for iOS to shunt files around without having to do too much juggling.

iOS 7 Disable Background App Refresh

Kill Automatic Background Processes

Getting rid of automated features will help keep your iPhone running faster, and help extend your battery life as well.

  • Turn off Automatic Updates. Tap Settings > iTunes & App Store > and turn Updates off. If you spend a lot of time uploading Music, Apps and Books you might want to turn off those as well.

  • Turn off Background App Refresh. Tap Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Turn Background App Refresh off and tap Disable Background App Refresh.

Both of these are luxury items. You don’t need them and you’ll see a big boost in battery life as well as a noticeable increase in performance.

iOS 7 Turn Off Automatic Updates


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Speed up iOS 7 by turning down the graphics

You can also get a speed  boost in iOS 7 by turning off some of the fancier new visual effects:

  • Turn off Motion. Tap on Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and set Reduce Motion to On. This turns off the parallax effect of icons and alerts (many people find it easier to use in this setting).

  • Increase Contrast. Tap on Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast and set Increase Contrast to On. This disables the see-through background effects, which speeds up iOS 7. It’s most noticeable on Control Centre which will now have a solid background and should work much faster.

Both of these will help with battery life, but are especially helpful for speeding up iOS 7.

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

As Roy from the IT Crowd always says: “try turning it off and on again”.

  • Hold down the Sleep/Wake button until Slide to Power Off appears, then slide the Red button to power down the phone. Give it a few seconds then hold Sleep;/Wake again to power up the phone.

You should haven’t to do this very often, but when you do it’ll clear out the memory pace and can often fix unruly apps. The occasional power cycle help keep iOS 7 ticking over.

iOS 7: speed up the keyboard

Many users of iOS 7 on older phones have complained that the iPhone keyboard isn’t working as fast as they like it to. ONe way to fix this is to restart documents and data.

Be warned! This will wipe any keyboard shortcuts you may have.

  • Go to Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data and tap Documents & Data off. Tap Turn Off Documents

  • Now turn Documents & Data back on.

Hopefully this will help fix some of the keyboard troubles you may be having.


iOS 7 iTunes Store keeps crashing

Some people have noted problems with the iTunes Store running slowly and crashing. One way to fix this is to sign out and back in.

  • Click Settings > iTunes & App Store and tap your Apple ID.

  • Now tap Sign Out.

  • Tap Apple ID and enter your user ID and Password and tap Sign In.

This should take you back into the iTunes & App Stores and refresh your account. Both the iTunes Store and App Store apps should tick over a little more reliably from now on.

Hopefully these tips make using iOS 7 on an older iPhone device a little more pleasant. Feel free to add any more tips in the comments. It’s worth bearing in mind that Apple often fixes and speeds up these issues over time, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the  next few updates to iOS 7 fixed many of these problems so be sure to keep checking Software Update and try turning features back on over time to see if it’s made any difference.

See: Apple testing iOS 7 updates