In a way, the iPhone functions like a laptop. It can run an operating system and perform computing tasks just like computers do. Additionally, its basic components share similarities with computer components since it also has a processor, RAM memory, storage unit, video cameras, and various types of connectivity.
Therefore, it is not immune to occasional performance issues, one of the most annoying being the slow execution of applications or the overall operating system.
The sluggish performance of an iPhone usually originates from software-related issues. In this context, it also shares some similarities with the causes of a laptop’s sluggishness: limited storage space, lack of operating system updates, insufficient available RAM, outdated applications, among other situations.
It is advisable in these cases to address potential problems one by one until you find the solution. Follow these steps to wake your iPhone up from its sluggishness.
Free up storage space on your iPhone
An iPhone filled with photos or songs can cause the device not to perform as it should. This condition forces the operating system to work harder to free up temporary space to meet the demand of running applications. Therefore, delete duplicate photos, old downloads, and videos that you no longer need. In any case, use iCloud to back up this content.
Restart your iPhone
Many times, this simple step resolves the sluggishness issues affecting an iPhone. This is because it also restarts the RAM memory, a type of fast and volatile storage used by the processor to carry out tasks at the moment.
Update iOS to its latest version
iOS updates, the operating system that controls the iPhone, usually bring the latest security fixes and performance improvements. Having your iPhone running the latest compatible iOS version minimizes sluggishness problems. To do this, go to Settings > General > Software Update and check if there are updates available.
Delete apps you no longer use
Unused apps consume internal storage space on the iPhone, as well as resources from RAM memory if they are running in the background without you noticing. Therefore, remove them from the device.
Disable visual effects of the iPhone’s user interface
This setting belongs to the Accessibility area of the device. Do it from Settings > Accessibility > Motion. Then, enable the Reduce Motion option.
If, after all these procedures, your iPhone continues to experience sluggishness, it is most likely a hardware issue that needs to be diagnosed in specialized places. In such cases, it is advisable to visit Apple-certified workshops, bearing in mind that your iPhone contains highly valuable information that should not fall into the wrong hands.