11 Ultimate Tips for Speeding up iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad

11 Ultimate Tips for Speeding up iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad

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Hello, dear readers!
Have you heard the rumor that iOS 11 works a bit slower after updating? People say that tasks performance like interacting with apps as well as opening programs became worse after they updated to iOS 11. Though, many other Apple users are quite pleased with a new operating system and notice that its performance has become more effective.
I don't know what it depends on, but finding out the reason is not my main task now!

If your iPhone or/and iPad work slower after upgrading to iOS 11, try a few tips and tricks I've collected for you in this material. After you do everything like it is outlined in the tutorial, you'll be enjoying a fast functioning of your mobile device.
By the way, many tips that improve performance can influence battery positively. So, you achieve both purposes at one time, and it's great!

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So, let's speed up your iOS!

Before we start, I'd like to remind that I have collected tips that may potentially help to speed up your iPhone and iPad. The first two tricks include installing the software updates, and then you should wait a while patiently, and if they don't help, proceed to the next steps in any order you want, not obligatory in the order I've written them.


1. Install all the software updates for your apps and iOS 11

At first, you should check if there updates available for iOS and every app that is installed on your device. Very often software can be the cause of a slower performance and freezes, such bugs can be fixed by updating your system and programs.

How to get iOS 11 updates (iOS 11.02 or iOS 11.1, and so on)?

  • Open 'Settings', proceed to 'General', then go to 'Software update'. Choose 'Download and install any updates to iOS 11'.

How to update applications?

  • Visit 'App Store', find the 'Updates' tab and find available updates for your apps.


2. Wait some time, if you've just upgraded to iOS 11

​If you've just done the installation of iOS 11, have a patience. It needs time for getting all software updates to re-index Photos, Siri, Spotlight, and work with background task. You may think that the device is working slower, but in fact, too many background processes are taking place.​

The best option is waiting for a few days. Just leave your iPhone or iPad plugged into an outlet for one night. It may complete all the tasks it needs. There is a great chance that it will perform better after waiting a night or two. This variant can also fix your battery problems.


3. Turn off the app refresh on the background​

​Background applications refresh lets apps updating themselves without interfering your work, in the background. It is good for quick and multitasking performance. Though, sometimes it can lead to a hit in the overall system performance.

You can easily turn it off, and see that the device is speeding up.

  • Go to 'Settings', open 'General', choose 'Background app refresh' and toggle it to 'OFF'.​

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4. ​Inactivate Siri lookup and Siri suggestions​

​You can speed Spotlight and your system by disabling some Siri features such as Suggestions and Lookup​.

  • Open the 'Settings' app, find 'Siri & Search', choose 'Suggestions in search' and 'Suggestions in lookup' and change them to 'OFF'.

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5. Force device reboot

If some incorrect process is running somewhere in the background, or some app is out of control, force reboot may be an effective solution.

Hold the POWER BUTTON and the HOME BUTTON together until Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7 and 7Plus, hold the VOLUME DOWN and POWER BUTTONS together until the logo appears on the screen.

After doing this, wait for your smartphone to boot again.


6. Use simple wallpapers

​Using a plain and small size pictures as wallpapers can speed up your device as well. Such images require less system resources and memory, that's why it can surely speed up redrawing of the main iOS screen.

  • Change your wallpaper by going to 'Settings', finding 'Wallpaper', and selecting some simple plain image you want to be put on the home screen.​

Of course, it may look a bit boring with such a simple image, but it will be faster anyway. So, choose some gray picture​ like on the screenshot​, if you like, or find something more bright.


7. Reduce Motion and disable the Parallax UI effects

iOS 11 uses interesting and well-looking effects for making the UI better, but it requires resources for drawing and rendering them properly. Disabling them can speed up system's performance​​, as it won't have to render all those animations.

  • Launch 'Settings', find 'General', choose 'Accessibility', and turn the 'Reduce motion' option ON.​

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You can also turn off the 'Auto-play message effects' feature as well, as Messages animations can be a bit sluggish from time to time.

The zooming and zipping effects of opening/closing applications will be replaced ​by a fading animation after you turn on 'Reduce motion'.


8. Reduce transparency effects in iOS 11.

Such effects as blur and transparency can be found everywhere in iOS, from the Notifications panel and the Dock to the Control center and even more. They are nice-looking and cute, but they eat system resources what may make it a bit sluggish. Deactivating them can help your device to perform better:

  • Go to 'Settings', choose 'General', find 'Accessibility', and in the 'Increase contrast' settings turn 'Reduce transparency' ON.

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Using the 'Increase contrast' feature may make the images a bit plain, but the performance should become faster.​


9. Increase free space on your iPhone or iPad​

​The amount of free space for storing files ​surely affects the performance of your device. The best option is having more than 10% of free storage space. For instance, free 3Gb is an ideal option for a 32Gb device. It should be done for having space for the iOS itself, caches, apps updates, and other things.

  • In 'Settings', find 'General', choose 'Storage' It can be labeled as 'iPhone storage' or 'iPad storage'.

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Once you have entered to the 'Storage management' section, free up some space. You can also delete unused applications, files, documents to clear some space.​

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​If your iPhone or/and iPad are always lacking free storage space, performance will lower.​ You won't be able to get and install necessary updates to the system software or applications. But this is not the only possible problem you can face. The lack of space for incoming emails, mysterious removing of data from the device, and other issues can appear.

So, that's why it's always a good idea to have enough of free space.


​10. Reset the system settings of iOS 11

Some users may get the performance increase by resetting the device. But be careful, remember that you will need to configure your device from the custom settings to your own again.

  • You can to resetting by opening 'Settings', choosing 'General', than going to 'Reset' and tapping on 'Reset all settings'.


11. Backup and restore iOS 11

Backuping a device to iCloud or iTunes and restoring iOS is a usual troubleshooting trick. It may help, if none of other methods worked.

Always backup prior to restoring your device, so choose whether you will use iCloud, iTunes or both for this.

Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or MacBook, choose 'Restore'. Or restore it directly on the device, with selecting an iTunes or iCloud backup for restoring.

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Some Apple users can try to set up their device as new, and it means that there's nothing on it at that point.

The main disadvantage of this approach is practically the total loss of any data: photos, pictures, apps, notes, contacts, and any other information. That's why the majority of users usually backup instead of setting up as a new device. Nevertheless, if you don't mind having a blank iPhone or iPad, proceed this way. They say, starting all over again makes it feel a bit snappier sometimes. :)


Why not revert from iOS 11 back to the previous iOS 10?

Some iPhone and iPad users prefer to downgrade to the previous version of the operating system.

In fact, it was possible for a while but for most devices, this is not an option now. The Apple company has stopped signing iOS 10.3.3.

I hope that my list of tips and tricks helped you in speeding up your mobile device and now you can really enjoy it's fast and efficient work!

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