Friday, March 31, 2017

10 Ways to Fix Bad iOS 10.3 Performance

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If your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is locking up, freezing, or lagging after the iOS 10.3 update we have a few things to try before taking the device down to the Apple Store for treatment.

Apple’s iOS 10.3 update delivers an impressive set of changes including new features, a ton of security patches, and some useful tweaks. It’s a solid update but iOS 10.3 is far from perfect.

iOS 10.3 problems are starting to popup and some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are noticing performance issues. We’ve heard about UI lag, random reboots, apps locking up, and more in the days since the iOS 10.3 update’s release.

While your first inclination might be 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 your iOS 10.3 performance issues yourself. In fact, it might take you just a few seconds.

Today we want to share some tips that’ve worked for us in the past. Here’s how we’ve managed to fix bad iOS performance in the past and these might work for you and your version of iOS 10.3.

Restart Your Device

If you start noticing poor performance on your device, the first thing we recommend is a simple restart. This will take you just a few seconds but it could have a significant impact on your device’s performance.

iOS 10.3 is now out for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Most of you already know how to do this but if you’re new to iOS, simply hold the power button down, slide to power down your phone or tablet, and then hold the power button down again to power the device back on.

Reset Your Network Settings

If you’re seeing slow downloads on the internet, in apps, or in the App Store, we recommend resetting your network settings to see if that clears up the issue.

To do this, go to your Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will cause your device to forget your Wi-Fi passwords so make sure you have all of those handy before you start the process. It should only take a few moments to complete.

If this doesn’t help fix your connectivity issues, we’ve got some more remedies available on our list of fixes for common iOS 10 problems.

Cleanup Your Device

If you’re running out of space on your iPhone or iPad do some spring cleaning. Reducing the amount of clutter on your device could provide you with a nice boost to your device’s speed and overall performance.

If you’ve owned your device for awhile there’s a good chance you’ve accumulated tons of items you no longer use. Maybe it’s videos you no longer watch or need, maybe its an app or 10.

Whatever the case, it’s a good idea to track these files and apps down and delete them. You might be surprised at how much space you’ll clear up.

To quickly check how much space you’re using on your internal storage, head into your 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.

If you don’t have automatic updates turned on it can be hard to stay on top of app updates. Developers have been pumping out updates in the first half of the year and there’s a chance you might’ve missed an important release.

Head into the App Store and see what you can find. Just make sure you read reviews before you install a new version.

Stop Automatic Downloads

Automatic app downloads are extremely useful if you’re the kind of person that’s unable to stay on top of app updates. That said, the feature will make your device’s GPU work which could lead to poor performance or weird battery drain.

If you’re fine with manually updating your apps, at least temporarily, try disabling Automatic Downloads on your device.

To do this, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. Once you’re there, you’ll want to toggle the switch to turn off Updates located in the Automatic Downloads section.

Stop Background Refresh

Background Refresh is another useful feature that could be hampering your device’s performance,

With this feature turned on, your apps will be refreshed with new information while the app is in the background. For example, your Facebook feed will constantly be updated without having to actually open up the app.

Shutting this function down could help your device’s CPU so it’s worth a shot if you don’t need instant access to your data.

To do this, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and toggle Background Refresh off. This will shut it down completely.

You also have the ability to go down your list of apps one-by-one and make a selection on a case-by-case basis if you wish to do it that way.

Reduce Transparency & Motion Effects

If you’re noticing choppy animations and transitions try reducing transparency and motion effects on your device. Let’s start with Motion Effects.

iOS 10 provides you a sense a depth when you tilt your device and when you open and close your various applications. Adjusting this feature a bit could help smooth out iOS 10.3’s performance on your phone or tablet.

To reduce Motion Effects in iOS 10.3, go to  Settings > General > Accessibility and toggle Reduce Motion on. Note that reducing Motion Effects will disable some features like the bubble effect in the Messages app.

Now that you’re in the Accessibility part of your device’s settings you’ll want to try reducing transparency. This will reduce transparency and blur effects. By reducing these features, you could help your device’s GPU.

To Reduce Transparency, tap Increase Contrast and then tap the toggle to turn on the Reduce Transparency function.

Downgrade to iOS 10.2.1

If you’re ok with hopping off iOS 10.3 completely you might try downgrading to the iOS 10.2.1 update. If you were having an excellent experience on iOS 10.2.1, it’s definitely worth a shot.

For a short time, Apple is signing off on iOS 10.2.1 which means you can transition your device to the older version of iOS 10.

The iOS 10.2.1 downgrade will close up in the near future so you’ll need to move quickly if you think this might help.

For more on the iOS 10.2.1 downgrade, take a look at our walkthrough.

Try the iOS 10.3.2 Beta

Beta software can be problematic but there are times where users actually see improvements over the official software. If you’re desperate, you might try the iOS 10.3.2 beta to see if it helps your device’s performance.

iOS 10.3.2 is a small release (as of right now) so don’t expect to see any new features or tweaks. Apple hasn’t announced an official iOS 10.3.2 release date yet so we’ll be moving through the beta without a timeline.

Start Over

If nothing here helps, and you can’t find a fix anywhere else, you might want to factory reset your phone.

If you can’t take your device into an Apple Store, try erasing your device and starting over from scratch. This has been known to have a positive effect on performance, particularly on older devices.

Before you reset your phone to its factory defaults, you’ll want to make sure you’re completely backed up. You’ll also need to put aside an hour or two of free time to make sure the process goes smoothly.

If you’ve backed everything up and you’re ready to wipe your device clean, head into Settings > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to get started.

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