How to Speed Up iPhone / Ipad / iPod and Improve Battery on iOS 11/10
Among other changes, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus features a new mobile operating system. The iOS 10 operating system can also be downloaded to your older iPhone and iPad, while the iOS 10.1 update is expected to be released in October.
The new operating system’s expected to have redesigned maps, photos, music and news apps among other features. Such a powerful operating system may require some give and take, and the “take” in this case is resources. That can make your iPhone sluggish and affect the battery life once you download it.
How to Speed Up iPhone / Ipad / iPod and Improve Battery on iOS 11/10:
#1. Optimize free space
It’s easy to get excited and download every app that you see, especially when you get a new iPhone. A photographer, for instance, may have five or six different camera apps. The thing to remember is these apps and data consume storage. They also affect the CPU of your phone.
If you want to see what apps are taking up the most space and how much storage space you have left, go to settings>general>storage>iCloud usage and then tap on Manage Storage. You will see which apps are memory hogs.
To delete apps and games, press the icon of the app or game until the app shakes and an “x” icon appears in the top left corner of the app. When it does, click on the “x” icon to delete it.
This is especially important if your phone only has 16GB of memory. Having less than 10 percent free space can affect your phone’s performance, and it’s quick to fill up 16GB.
A change from previous versions, the iOS 10 update allows you to remove Apple apps like weather, stocks, sports, and calendar. This will be a blessing for users who love the iPhone but don’t ever use these apps and would rather have other ones they’re more likely to use.
Facebook can also be a memory drain. You can delete the Facebook app and access it through your Safari browser.
#2. Optimize photos and store photos on backup
Of course it’s great that you have a snazzy iPhone to take photos of your family on their vacation, and who doesn’t want pics of you and your friends mugging for the camera? Just remember too many photos can affect your performance. Consider backing your photos up to the iCloud Photo Library and removing them from your phone.
When you turn on iCloud Photo Library, all your devices’ images will automatically be uploaded to iCloud.
You will want to take advantage of the optimizing photos feature if you use iCloud because otherwise you end up with all iCloud photos on your phone, even if they are ones you originally stored on another device and loaded to iCloud. Go to settings>photos and click on “Optimize iPhone Storage.” That will keep only the latest images at full resolution andolder images at thumbnail-size with the option of downloading them to the device if you want them at full resolution. Your photos are safe in iCloud, but aren’t taking up premium space on your phone.
What about those photos that really aren’t that flattering? Consider sprucing up your pictures and deleting the ones you really don’t want to keep. If there are ones you can consider parting with, delete them.
#3. Limit Location Services usage
Location device and its usage of GPS can be a power drain on your phone. You can manage this feature by going to settings>privacy>location services>turn off to turn it off completely. Your other option is to manage each app’s usage of Location Services, not enabling it for each app that offers it as a feature.
#4. Utilize Low Power Mode
Your iPhone will notify you when its battery reaches 20 percent and 10 percent. You can turn on Low Power Mode with a tap or enable it to turn on automatically. To turn it on automatically, go to settings>battery.
The low power mode reduces your screen’s brightness and minimizes system animations. AirDrop, Continuity and iCloud sync will be disabled and apps will not download content in the background. You can still make and take phone calls, send email and messages and access the Internet. The low power mode will switch off when you recharge your phone.
#5. Turn off push notifications
Facebook and other apps include notifications that let you know of updates like that latest message from a buddy. They also wake your display each time you receive one. You can turn them off by going to settings>notifications and set “Allow Notifications to Off.”
#6. Dim the screen
Something as simple as dimming the screen can preserve power. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen so that your control center opens. After you do that, move the brightness slider to the left to make it dimmer. You can also go to settings>display and brightness and turn on auto-brightness which will adjust brightness to your lighting conditions.
#7. Turn off Auto-Update
Automation’s great but sucks your battery juice. Disable it by going to settings>iTunes and app store>turn off aromatic downloads.
While you are at it consider turning off background app refresh by going to settings>general>background app refresh and switching it to off.
#8. Clear Safari cookies and data
Safari’s one of the memory hogs blamed for slow iPhone performance. To help fix this empty Safari data. Do so by going to settings and scrolling down to Safari. Choose both “clear history” and “clear cookies and data.”
There is a downside to this. You won’t be able to find websites you bookmarked and the feature that suggests URLs while you type won’t work. So consider the trade off before you clear your data.
#9. Use Wi-Fi
Using your cellular network takes more power than using your Wi-Fi connection. It’s wise to use Wi-Fi whenever possible, not only to conserve your data usage on your cell phone plan but to conserve your phone’s power as well.
Open up the control center, tap on the Wi-Fi icon and log into a Wi-Fi network if you have one already set up. If you need to access a Wi-Fi network, go to settings>Wi-Fi to find and access networks.
These tips will give you a faster phone and more battery life. Enjoy your iPhone and browse away.