How to Speed Up iOS 13 Slow Performance on iPhone and iPad

Disappointed by the slow performance of the all-new iOS 13 on your iPhone? 
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Are you disappointed by the slow performance of the all-new iOS 13 on your iPhone? 

Since the launch of iOS 13, Apple has been releasing a sleuth of updates to fight the various bugs and problems found in the system. Although the many updates released are good, the issue of iOS 13 behaving unusually slowly compared to the previous iterations has been a doubting concern for some users which has been putting off updating to iOS 13 or the all-new iPadOS for performance purposes.

In this guide, we will guide you by the hand and help speed up iOS 13 slow performance on your iPhone or iPad (iPadOS) with eleven tips. These tips, just so you know, may or may not significantly improve your iOS 13 but it can optimize the device to be at it’s most efficient self.

Let’s jump right in!

How to Speed Up iOS 13 Slow Performance: 11 Ways


1. Deactivate Unutilized Features.

There are a lot of features iOS 13 and iPadOS that you can use. But the most common features that you tend to forget are the communication protocols. Turn off those features when you are not using it to offload unnecessary processes. Here’s how you can do it on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Swipe down from the upper right end side of your device’s screen to pull up the Control Center.
  2. Next, long press on the first set of buttons (as shown below).

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  1. Now, consider turning off the options that you do not need here: Personal Hotspot, AirDrop, Bluetooth or Cellular Data (if you’re using Wi-Fi, vice versa).

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Another notable feature that you tend to forget is the Location Services. If you are not using any third-party application that uses this feature at the moment, disable it. The steps are as follows:

  1. Jump into your Settings app and then tap Privacy.

Privacy Settings on iPhone

  1. Next tap on Location Services.

Location Services on iPhone

  1. Disable the Location Services setting and then when prompted hit the Turn Off button the option to confirm the process.

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By doing this, you will be offloading a lot of unnecessary background processes from your iPadOS or iOS 13 running device.

2. Enable Reduce Motion Feature.

Animations such as the parallax effect of app icons on your iPhone or iPad can be cool but it takes a lot of power to achieve it. Thus, if you want to optimize your device for functionality, you will want to eliminate the excessive use of animations. This can be achieved by enabling the Reduce Motion feature and its job is to do just to do that – reduce the animation effects. 

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go into your Settings app and then tap Accessibility.
  2. Next, tap Motion.

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  1. Toggle Reduce Motion to enable it.

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Right away, you can know the difference in the way your device response. It is more straightforward and no bouncy actions. You can turn it back off if you don’t as the option enabled but you should see an improvement to iOS 13 performance. 🙂

3. Enable Unread Emails Only View in Messages.

When you are checking your email, it will show all the messages by default. That means all the email messages will take temporary storage in your device in order for you to see the summary of the email. To enhance email experience, you can just show the unread messages. By doing this, only a small amount of storage is required to load the email. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go to the Mail app on your iPad or iPhone.
  2. In the Inbox view, go to the lower bottom corner of the screen and tap on the tiny round button with three lines.

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  1. Choose Display only unread email messages in the current Mail inbox.

After that, you will only see unread emails in the iOS mail inbox. If you want to return to the initial view, just go back to Step 3 and undo the Display only unread email messages option. 

Choosing this option will give your device a faster response when displaying your email.

4. Disable Background App Refresh Feature.

This feature of Apple allows your application to update its content even if you are not using it. By the time you open it, it already has the updated content. Since it will only take a few seconds to update content when you are using the app, it is better to disable this feature. This will unload unnecessary background tasks from your device. Here’s how you can do it: 

  1. Jump into your Settings app and then tap General.
  2. Next, tap on Background App Refresh.

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  1. Tap on Background App Refresh and then turn it Off.

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If ever you needed selected applications to be updated in the background, you can still disable unwanted apps to use the Background App Refresh feature. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Jump into your Settings app and then tap General.
  2. Next, tap on Background App Refresh. Make sure that Background App Refresh is turned On by tapping on the Background App Refresh and then selecting Wi-Fi & Cellular Data.
  3. Go back over to the list of applications that are enabled.
  4. Lastly, slide the button of the unwanted app to the left to disable it. Do this for all the other unwanted apps.

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Now that you have unloaded a significant number of background processes, your device will speed up. If you still experiencing slow responsiveness in your device, proceed to the next method.

5. Clear Cache and History on Safari.

Website data also uses your device storage for caching and history settings. This feature gives your device fast data loading of common website data because it is stored locally. Your device becomes laggy when the data becomes too much for your storage space to handle. Removing website cache and history will free the used space in your storage. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go into the Settings app, scroll down and tap Safari.

Safari App on iPhone

  1. Find and tap Clear History and Website Data. Take note that this will clear your search history.

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  1. Tap the Clear History and Data option to confirm the process. 

Clear History and Data on iOS

Since your device has more room to store fresh and relevant data, your device process is now much faster.  But if you still experiencing slow response in your device, proceed to the next method.

6. Clear Application Data and Documents.

Your device app might have been accumulated a lot of data and documents that slow down your device. If the application has been used for a very long time, it stores a lot of data. For instance, ever find apps like Discord or WhatsApp tend to bloat up in storage over time? That’s because documents and data are stored in the apps themselves. This contributes to take up a lot of storage space on your device.

Here’s how you can offload your device of these data and documents:

  1. Find and tap Settings and then tap General
  2. Next tap on Storage.
  3. Find the app that has high storage information.

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  1. Check the application’s Documents & Data entry. If it is more than 500MB, you need to delete the app. Tap Delete App to remove the application including the data and documents associated with it.

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  1. Go to the App Store and re-download it. The app will be installed and clear of all the data and documents.

Now that you have cleared the data of your applications, you will experience a significant speedup in your device responsiveness. But if you still feel that your device is slow, proceed to the next method.


7. Delete Unwanted Applications.

Every application uses storage space in your device. If you find that you have a lot of apps and your device’s storage is limited, then the performance of the device will be reflected to behave much slower. You can see this is in action where if you’re on let’s say a 64GB iPhone and you download around 100-200 apps (roughly speaking), you would start to find as the storage reaches near its full capacity the device will slow down, until to the point you will not be able to open any apps or take photos because the device is too full.

I, for one, used to be a huge culprit of this because I used to love hoarding apps where and which I don’t end up ever using it. This practice is not really great for your device because the performance of your device will tend to slow down since it doesn’t have any room for the more important tasks.

So here’s how to delete unwanted applications on your Apple device:

  1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Choose General, then iPhone (or iPad) Storage.
  3. Find the unwanted app in the list and tap to select.
  4. Find and tap Delete App.
  5. Tap Delete to confirm the process.
  6. Repeat Step 3 to Step 5 for the other unwanted apps on your iPhone or iPad.

Now that you have freed some space on your device, it will be able to process tasks much faster. If you still feel that your device has a slow response, proceed to the next method below. 

8. Delete Large Files and Applications.

Most of the large files that occupy your storage space are music and games. Maximized storage space can slow down the performance of your device. if you’re not using these applications too often, you can delete it. But before you do that, you can backup these files in your iCloud account and re-download it if you want to use it again. Here’s how to delete your applications:

For your music files

  1. Backup your data, including your music and application. You can learn more about how to backup your Apple devices here.
  2. Go to Settings, then General, and then iPhone (or iPad) Storage.
  3. Tap Manage Storage to view the list of applications installed on your Apple device.
  4. Find and choose Music.
  5. You can either choose to delete individual songs or all your music.
  6. Tap the Delete button to confirm the process.
  7. You opt to restore your music files in the future. You can learn more about how to restore your backup here.

For your games and applications

  1. Backup your data, including your music and application. You can learn more about how to backup your Apple devices here.
  2. Find the icon of the application that you want to delete on your home screen.
  3. Tap and hold the app icon until it starts to wiggle and an (x) appears at the upper left corner of the icon.
  4. Tap the (x), then tap the Delete option to confirm the process.
  5. Delete other large apps by repeating Step 3.
  6. If you are finished deleting the apps, tap Done at the upper right corner of your screen.
  7. If you want to restore the apps in the future, you can restore it from your backup.

Now that you have freed a large space in your device storage, you will experience a significant change in the performance. But if your device still has a slow response, the next method will be able to help.

9. Restart the Device.

If your device has been running for a very long time, it also stores a lot of data in the temporary storage. Just like caching, this feature enables your device to access common data right away fast response. But what if the storage is already full? This slows down your device and needs to be refreshed. You can do that by restarting your device. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Find and tap General, then tap Shut Down.

Restart iPhone

  1. Once your iPhone or iPad shuts down, you may turn it back on by pressing on its Power button.

If you cannot do this, you can always hard restart your Apple device. By doing this process, you have freed your temporary storage of data and refreshed device memory.

10. Update Device iOS to the Latest Version.

Apple has stated that more iOS 13 stability updates will be released over the next few weeks in order to combat (damn, what a word) and patch up stuff that’s causing iOS 13 to be slow.

Here’s how you can update your iPad or iPhone (if you didn’t already know)

  1. Backup your Apple device using your iCloud or iTunes. Learn more about how to backup your device here
  2. Plugin your device into power and connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi to avoid interruption.
  3. Tap Settings, then General, then Software Update.
  4. Tap Download and Install. You will be prompted to enter your device’s passcode before restarting the device.

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If you do see an error message while trying to update your device wirelessly, you can learn what to do here. If you need more space for a wireless update, you can update using iTunes or delete content manually from your device. Whether you use iTunes or update wirelessly, you’ll have the same amount of free space on your device after you update.

11. Update Apps to the Latest Version.

If you have successfully updated your OS, you need to update your applications as well. If you don’t, your new OS version might have compatibility issues with the current version of your app. To avoid this here is how you can update your app according to Apple Support:

  1. Go to the App Store.
  2. Tap Your Profile icon at the top of the screen.

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  1. Scroll down to see pending updates and release notes. Tap Update next to an app to update only that app, or tap Update All.

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This wraps up our guide on how to speed up your iPadOS and iOS 13 slow performance on your iPad and iPhone. We hope this has solved the issue with your Apple device.

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