If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is crashing, freezing, or lagging and you’re running iOS 10.3.2, iOS 10.3.3, or any other version of iOS 10, there are a few things to try before downloading the device. to the Apple Store for treatment
iOS 10.3.3 has gone through an extensive beta process, but performance issues are already starting to appear for some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.
In the hours since the iOS 10.3.3 update was released, we’ve heard of an abnormal amount of UI lag, random reboots, freezes, hangs, and app crashes.
Whether your initial inclination is to contact Apple Support or schedule a Genius appointment at an Apple Store, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to fix these iOS 10.3. In fact, it may only take a few seconds.
Today we want to share some tips that have worked for us in the past. Here’s how we managed to fix bad iOS performance in the past and these may work for you and your iOS 10.3.
These tips will also work for performance issues on devices running iOS 10.3.2, iOS 10.3.1, iOS 10.3, and older versions of iOS 10.
Restart your device
If you start noticing poor performance on your device, the first thing we recommend is a simple reboot. This will only take a few seconds, but can have a significant impact on your device’s performance.
Most of you already know how to do this, but if you’re new to iOS, hold the power button, slide your phone or tablet to turn it off, and then hold the power button again to turn the device back on.
Reset Your Network Settings
If you are seeing slow downloads on the internet, apps or the App Store, we recommend resetting your network settings to see if this fixes the problem.
To do this go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will cause your device to forget your Wi-Fi passwords, so make sure you have them all at hand before you start the process. It should only take a few minutes to complete.
If that doesn’t help fix your connection issues, you can find more solutions in our fix list for common iOS 10 issues.
Clean Your Device
If you’re running out of space on your iPhone or iPad, do some spring cleaning. Reducing clutter on your device can give a nice boost to your device’s speed and overall performance.
If you’ve owned your device for a while, chances are good that you have accumulated tons of items that you no longer use. Maybe videos you no longer watch or need. Maybe it’s just one application. Or maybe it’s a long list of them.
Whatever the case, it’s a good idea to keep track of and delete these files and apps. You might be surprised how much space you’ll free up.
To quickly check how much space you’re using on your internal storage, go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage and select Manage Storage.
Update Your Apps
If you’re dealing with poor app performance, you’ll want to check to make sure your apps are up to date.
Keeping up with app updates can be difficult if you haven’t turned on automatic updates. Developers are pumping updates in the first half of the year, and you may have missed an important release.
Go to the App Store and see what you can find. Be sure to read the reviews before installing a new version.
Stop Automatic Downloads
Automatic app downloads are extremely helpful if you’re the type of person who can’t keep up with app updates. However, the feature will keep your device’s GPU running which can result in poor performance or weird battery drain.
If you’re having trouble manually updating your apps, at least temporarily, try disabling Automatic Downloads on your device.
To do this, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. Once there, you’ll want to toggle the switch to turn off Updates located in the Automatic Downloads section.
Widgets are everywhere in iOS 10. While they can be useful, they can also consume valuable resources of your device. If you have a lot of active widgets, try getting rid of the ones you don’t use to see if it helps improve iOS 10 performance.
To do this, you’ll want to swipe right while on the home screen. Scroll all the way to the end of your widgets and select Edit. This is a small apartment.
You should see a long list of services and apps. To remove a widget, tap the red circle with the white line and then tap Uninstall. Remove them as needed.
Stop Background Refresh
Background Refresh is another useful feature that can hinder your device’s performance.
When this feature is turned on, your apps will be refreshed with new information while the app is in the background. For example, your Facebook feed will be constantly updated without you having to actually open the app.
Turning this function off can help your device’s CPU, so it’s worth a try if you don’t need instant access to your data.
To do this go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn off Background Refresh. This will turn it off completely.
You also have the ability to scroll down your list of apps one by one and choose by case if you want to do it that way.
Disable Spotlight Search
There’s no guarantee it will help, but you can try disabling Spotlight Search indexing to see if that helps improve your device’s speed.
Spotlight Search allows you to easily search for content on your phone: apps, emails, messages and more. It’s useful, but turning it off can be helpful.
To turn it off, go to your Settings. In general, choose Spotlight Search. From here, you can close all or a few apps under Search Results.
Reduce Transparency and Motion Effects
If you notice choppy animations and transitions, try reducing the transparency and motion effects on your device. Let’s start with Motion Effects.
iOS 10 gives you a sense of depth when you tilt your device and open and close your various apps. A little tweaking of this feature can help improve performance on your phone or tablet.
To reduce Motion Effects, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on Reduce Motion. Note that reducing Motion Effects will disable some features in the Messages app, such as the bubble effect.
Now that you’re in the Accessibility section of your device’s settings, you’ll want to try reducing the transparency. This will reduce transparency and blur effects. You can help your device’s GPU by reducing these features.
Tap Increase Contrast to Decrease Transparency, and then tap the toggle to turn on the Reduce Transparency function.
If nothing here helps and you can’t find a fix anywhere else, you may want to factory reset your phone.
If you can’t take your device to an Apple Store, try wiping your device and starting over. This is known to have a positive impact on performance, especially on older devices.
Before resetting your phone factory defaultsYou’ll want to make sure you’re fully backed up. You will also need to set aside an hour or two of free time to make sure the process goes smoothly.
If you’ve backed everything up and are ready to clean your device, go to Settings > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to get started.