How to Optimize iPhone, iPad and iPod Performance for Free

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2023-10-25 / Update for  Optimize iOS

Just owning an iPhone is not enough you have to keep it with care. Apple's app store offers thousands of apps, game music and videos for you to easily download and use on your iPhone. Over the time your iPhone might have slowed down and you need to optimize iOS so that the apps, music, games, etc. could run smoothly. In this case, you can read on to learn how to free optimize iOS.

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Top 5 Free Ways to Optimize iOS Devices Usage

Optimizing your iDevice's memory means faster apps and smoother game play. Here are the top 5 most reliable free ways to optimize iPhone, iPad and iPod. The method below works for all iOS devices including iPhone (iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4S, etc.), iPad (iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3/2, iPad 4, etc.) and iPod (iPod touch 5G/4G, etc.).

1. Close Apps Running in the Background

On an iOS 17/16 device, when you tap the home button to leave an app, you do not "close" that app. In fact, all apps continue to run in the background, and certain apps (social media, apps with "push" notifications, streaming music apps) take up a good chunk of battery when they are running. If you close them when they're not in use, you could save more battery and RAM to make sure other apps run smoothly. To close them:

  • Double click Home to launch the multitasking cards interface.
  • Touch and hold a card and then toss it up and away.
  • Touch and hold multiple cards to toss multiple cards away. (Up to three - the maximum shown on screen at any time).

2. Fix iOS System Problems and Run iPhone Faster

After using your device for some time, your devices will run slower and have iOS bugs. Then how to get rid of these problems? Tenorshare ReiBoot could come to your rescue. It's an easy to use software that helps to optimize your iOS devices and makes them perform better.

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3. Turn Off Location Services/GPS

The use of Location Services is very large drain on your iPhone battery, especially if you are in an area with a poor GPS signal. The only feature that Location Services provides is tracking your route. If you can do away with this novelty, you will be rewarded with a large bump in battery life. If the GPS signal is weak, your phone will have to continually search for a signal, draining battery in the process.

To disable location services, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services, and switch to OFF. Or else you can disable apps that don't need to access your GPS information.

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Note: If the Location service is turned off, you can't use Find My iPhone any more.

4. Turn Off Spotlight Search

Being able to search for almost anything in your device is a big productivity-booster. However this also means that Spotlight is constantly crawling for new data, then indexing it and drains the battery. This also put lots of pressure on RAM which in result slows up your handset.

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5. Disable Background App Refreshing & Automatic Updates

Background app refreshing makes apps stay active while you multitask. The trouble is that by default all apps are set to refresh, consuming precious battery life. To fix that, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. You can choose to disable all the settings, or just turn it off for the apps that don't need refreshing.

A similar feature -- iOS's automatic updates -- keeps your apps up-to-date so you don't have to update all by yourself. To disable this feature you should head to Settings > iTunes and Apple Store, and disable the Updates option. Just don't forget to check the App Store for new app versions.

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