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How to give your iPhone or iPad more speed when it starts to feel sluggish

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If you own an iPhone or iPad and have had it over a year or two you might have noticed that it might being feeling a little sluggish and not as zippy as it was on day one. There are a number of things you can do to speed up your iPhone or iPad when this happens and we will guide you through the steps to do it yourself.

Why do iPhone or iPad devices seem to slow down over time anyway? Well, there are a few reasons for that, one is software management and the other is battery management. As you might have guessed, software management affects how you might manage your battery, so let’s start with software management first.

How to manage your software

Update to the latest version of iOS

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to and select the General option
  3. Select Software Update
  4. Your device will now check for an iOS or iPadOS update
  5. On the Software Update page you can enable Automatic Updates in two ways:
    • Automatically Download iOS Updates
    • Automatically Install iOS Updates
  6. This will help keep your iPhone or iPad up-to-date and feeling speedier

Clear your web browser cache

Clearing your cache clears website data your phone stored on your phone to avoid having to download that data each time you visit a site. That data however, can pile up over time and can take precious resources away from your device which can make it feel sluggish. Note: Clearing this data will also sign you out of sites that you have previously logged into. Clearing your cache should be done once every month depending on usage.

How to clear your cache in Safari

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to a select Safari from the apps list
  3. Navigate to Clear History and Website Data
  4. Then confirm your action in the popup box
  5. This will help Safari feel faster and help speed up your iPhone or iPad by relieving some of the resource load

How to clear your cache in Microsoft Edge

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge app
  2. Select the three dots in the toolbar
  3. Select the Settings option
  4. Then select the Privacy & Security option
  5. Now select the Clear Browsing Data menu option
  6. Select the time range you want to clear in the top option
  7. Select only the types of data you want to delete like Browsing History, Cookies and other site data, Cached Images and Files, Passwords and Autofill form data
  8. Finally, select Clear Now
  9. This will help Microsoft Edge feel faster and help speed up your iPhone or iPad by relieving some of the resource load

How to clear your cache in Firefox

  1. Open the Firefox app
  2. Select the hamburger menu in the toolbar
  3. Select the Settings option
  4. Then select the Data Management option
  5. Select only the types of data you want to delete like Browsing History, Cache, Cookies, Offline Website Data, Tracking Protection and Downloaded Files
  6. Finally, select Clear private Data
  7. This will help Firefox feel faster and help speed up your iPhone or iPad by relieving some of the resource load

How to clear your cache in Chrome

  1. Open the Chrome app
  2. Select the three dots in the toolbar
  3. Navigate to and select Settings from the list
  4. Then select the Privacy option
  5. Now select the Clear Browsing Data menu option
  6. Then, select the time range you want to clear in the menu
  7. Select the types of data like Cookies, Site Data and Cached Images and Files
  8. Finally, select Clear Browsing Data
  9. This will help Chrome feel faster and help speed up your iPhone or iPad by relieving some of the resource load

Join the dark side

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Display and Brightness
  3. Enable the Dark appearance option
  4. This will extend the battery life of your device each day and devote fewer resources to powering the display rather than your activites, enjoy!

How to manage your battery on your iPhone or iPad

Battery Health page on iOS
  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate down to the Battery settings option and select it
  3. On the Battery settings page select the Battery Health option
  4. Here you will see the page like the screenshot above
  5. The first piece of info is your total Maximum Capacity of your battery, our unit is an iPhone 13 mini that is relatively new so it shows it at 100%. Depending on your iPhone or iPad’s age you could see different percentages.
  6. The only option on the Battery Health page is to disable the Optimized Battery Charging feature. This feature is supposed to reduce battery aging, but it does this at the expense of your iPhone or iPad’s speed. Choose what is most important to you, the long-life of your battery or the speed of your device in the near term.
  7. If your iPhone or iPad is feeling sluggish Disable the Optimized Battery Charging toggle
  8. Your device should feel a little zippier now, enjoy!

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