IDevices (Disarmed) If You Think iOS 7 Feels Slow Heres How to Speed It Up

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IDevices (Disarmed) If You Think iOS 7 Feels Slow Heres How to Speed It Up

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IDevices (Disarmed) If You Think iOS 7 Feels Slow Heres How to Speed It Up

By Paul Horowitz

October 15 2013

Note from Dan: I did all of these except for the system restore, and I do
notice a bit of an increase of reaction time from my Iphone 4S.

Most users are satisfied with iOS 7 performance, but some iPhone and iPad
owners have

discovered the major update has impacted the speed of their devices. If you
feel like iOS 7 has

made your hardware slower than it was before the update, there are some
changes you can

make that will likely speed things up a bit. These tricks will make the
biggest difference on older

device hardware running iOS 7, so if your device feels a bit sluggish after
updating take a

moment to make a few settings adjustments. The first few tricks may also
boost your battery

life too.

Use “Increase Contrast” to Eliminate Transparency & Blur Effects

The widespread transparencies, blurs, and fancy overlays throughout iOS 7
look fantastic, but

on older hardware they can also make devices run slower by using up system
resources.

* Open Settings and go to “General” then to “Accessibility”

* Choose “Increase Contrast” and toggle it to ON

This makes the Notification Center, Control Center, folders, and some other
UI elements a bit

less attractive since it takes away the eye candy, removing the transparent
effects and changing

their respective backgrounds to a solid color. If you notice any sort of lag
with opening the

aforementioned features, you’ll notice a nice speed boost by turning the
contrast on.

Note that some hardware doesn’t support as many transparencies to begin
with, but you can

still toggle the setting to reduce it further.

Turn Off Background App Refresh

This feature lets apps update in the background, and while it’s handy, it
also slows down older

iOS devices and is one of the biggest battery draining elements of iOS 7
with devices we’ve used

it on. so sorry Background App Refresh, you have to go:

* From “Settings”, go to “General” and choose “Background App Refresh”

* Switch “Background App Refresh” to the OFF position

Turning this off basically means that apps will only refresh once they are
active, which is the

same behavior that existed prior to iOS 7 anyway. Toggling this setting has
a noticeable impact

on iPhone 4 performance in particular.

Turn On Motion Reduction

Like most other eye candy, the snazzy motion effects in iOS 7 are pleasant
to look at but can tax

system resources a bit. Thus, turning the feature off will reduce the system
load and can speed

up performance on some hardware:

* Back in Settings, head over to “General” and then on to
“Accessibility”

* Select “Reduce Motion” and flip the toggle so that it’s ON

Note that some older iPhone and iPad models won’t even have this setting
available to them,

because it’s turned OFF by default. If you don’t see the “Reduce Motion”
setting in your

Accessibility panel, it’s because it is not supported on your device –
likely for performance

reasons.

Lose Automatic Updates & Downloads

The reason for turning this off is simple: anything running in the
background uses system

resources to do so, the same theory behind disabling Background App Refresh.
Turn off

Automatic Downloads and Updates for everything:

* Go to Settings and then to “iTunes & App Store”

* Choose “Automatic Downloads” and toggle everything to OFF

Turning these settings off means you will have to manually update your apps
through the App

Store, and you will also need to manually download songs and apps on this
particular device if

you started downloading the same apps on other iOS devices. Three useful
features indeed, but

ones that aren’t hard to live without in the name of better device
performance.

Consider a Complete Restore to Factory Defaults

A bit extreme, but sometimes you can boost performance on virtually any
iPhone, iPad, or iPod

touch simply by clearing off everything and resetting it to factory default
settings. Be sure to

back up your device before you do this, and then you can restore from a
backup when it’s

finished, or just start with a clean slate.

Admittedly this is a pain in the rear, but there is a long history of
positive reports ever since the

earliest days of iOS (and OS X or Windows for that matter.) of wiping
everything out and clean

installing an operating system.

For extreme cases this may resolve some lingering performance issues, but
for most users we

would not recommend this simply because it’s a nuisance.

Update to iOS 7.1 (or Whatever) When It Arrives

iOS 7 is a major update and there are some bugs and performance issues that
shipped with the

first release. This is why we recommended some users hold off on the first
7.0 release, since

history has long informed us that initial releasees of major updates are
often buggy and can

impact performance in a negative way. Whether you’re waiting to update or
not, be sure to

jump on the iOS update releases when they come out, as it will almost
certainly contain

significant improvements and bug fixes, refining the iOS 7 experience
considerably.

This article came from the Gateway For the Blind LLC.

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Denny Huff

Gateway For the Blind LLC.

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