Why Is My iPhone 7 Plus Slow? Here's The Real Fix!

Why Is My iPhone 7 Plus Slow? Here’s The Real Fix!

In iPhone 7 Plus by David Lynch

I'm often asked, “Why is my iPhone 7 Plus slow?“ The iPhone is a powerful device, so it's natural to be frustrated when it's not working quickly. In this article, I'll explain why your iPhone 7 Plus is slow and recommend seven tips that will help speed it up!

Why Is My iPhone 7 Plus Slow?

There are many reasons why your iPhone 7 Plus is slow, most of which are software related. Although the iPhone 7 Plus is the most powerful iPhone Apple has ever launched, we can't rule out the very slight possibility that your iPhone is defective.

The first seven steps below are tips that you can use to try an speed up your iPhone 7 Plus. If your iPhone 7 Plus is still slow a little while after implementing these tips, you may want to visit your local Apple Store to get a diagnosis.

 

How To Fix A Slow iPhone 7 Plus

1. Turn Your iPhone Off And Back On

  • Turn Your iPhone Off And Back On
Turning your iPhone off and back on again can fix simple problems with your iPhone's software.

Why Should I Turn My iPhone Off And Back On?

When you turn off your iPhone, the operating system shuts down all the little background programs that keep your iPhone running. When you turn your iPhone back on, all those little background programs start fresh, and sometimes that’s enough to fix a simple software glitch.

How Do I Turn My iPhone Off And Back On?

  1. Press and hold the power button until “slide to power off” appears on the screen.
  2. Use your finger to swipe the red power button across the screen from left to right.
  3. Wait for your iPhone to turn all the way off. This may take up to 30 seconds.
  4. To turn your iPhone back on, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
  5. Let go of the power button and wait for your iPhone to turn on.

Pro Tips

  • In Apple jargon, the power button is known as the Wake / Sleep button.

2. Close Out Of Apps You Aren't Using

  • Close Out Of Apps You Aren't Using

When you don't close out of your apps, they stay loaded in the background so they'll be ready to go as soon as you open them back up. Problems really begin when one of those apps you have open in the background crashes, which can make your iPhone battery drain fast and possibly cause other apps to malfunction as well.

Apps left on in the background of your iPhone can also still send and receive data, which may slowly drain the amount of data your iPhone can use.

How Can I Check If One Of My Apps Has Crashed?

If you're ever wondering if an app is crashing on your iPhone, you can look for confirmation in the Settings app. Tap Privacy -> Analytics -> Analytics Data and check to see if any apps underneath LatestCrash.  If there are any apps listed here, then there may be a problem with those apps which is making them crash.

How Do I Close Out Of Apps I'm Not Using?

  1. Double-press the Home button to activate the App Switcher on your iPhone, which will display all the apps you currently have open.
  2. Using your finger, swipe up on the apps you want to close out of.
  3. You'll know the app has been closed when it's no longer displayed in the App Switcher.

Pro Tips

  • Have an iPhone X or newer? Closing apps is a little bit different. Check out our other step to learn how to close iPhone X apps.
  • Make sure you are double-pressing the Home button, not double-tapping it. When you double-tap the Home button, you may activate Reachability mode, depending on which model iPhone you have.
  • You can close two apps at the same time in the App Switcher by swiping up on two apps at a time.
  • You won't lose any data when you close out of your apps. There's no downside to closing out of your apps!

3. Update Your iPhone Software In The Settings App

  • Update Your iPhone Software In The Settings App
When you update your iPhone software, you are installing the most recent iOS update. iOS is an operating system used for mobile devices made by Apple.

Why Should I Update My iPhone Software In The Settings App?

Apple puts out new software updates to improve efficiency, fix bugs, and introduce new features. Updating iOS can fix problems with your iPhone's software.

How Do I Update My iPhone Software In The Settings App?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Software Update.
  4. Tap Install Now.
  5. Enter your passcode.
  6. The update will begin once it is verified.
  7. The update is complete after your iPhone restarts.

Pro Tips

  • You'll know there's a new software update if you see a red circle with a white "1" update available icon in it next to Software Update in Settings -> General.
  • To install the latest software update, your iPhone will either need to be plugged in or have 50% battery.

4. Turn Off Background App Refresh

  • Turn Off Background App Refresh
When Background App Refresh is turned for a specific app, that app has permission to download new information even when it's not open on your iPhone.

Why Should I Turn Off Background App Refresh?

Leaving Background App Refresh on for many apps can significantly drain your iPhone's battery life because the apps will use your connection to Wi-Fi or data network to constantly download new data or information.

I recommend going through your apps one-by-one and determining which ones you want to allow to download new content even when you're not currently using it.

How Do I Turn Off Background App Refresh?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Background App Refresh.
  4. Tap the switch next to the apps that you want to turn off Background App Refresh on. You'll know Background App Refresh is off on a particular app when its switch is gray and positioned to the left.

5. Free Up Storage Space On Your iPhone

  • Free Up Storage Space On Your iPhone

When your iPhone is low on available storage, it may operate slowly. You also may not be able to download more apps, music, pictures, or software updates. Freeing up storage space on your iPhone can be a fix for both of these problems!

How Do I Free Up Storage Space On My iPhone?

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap iPhone Storage.
  4. At the top of this menu, you'll see how much storage space is available. If you have less than 1 GB of space available, it may be making your iPhone slow.
  5. To quickly free up some storage space, tap Enable next next to some of the features under the Recommendations submenu (see image 2).

Pro Tips

  • Deleting apps, photos, videos, music, and other files you don't need will help free up storage space on your iPhone.

6. Clear Safari History and Website Data

  • Clear Safari History and Website Data
Clearing Safari history and website data on your iPhone removes history, cookies, and other browsing data.

Why Should I Clear Safari History and Website Data?

When your iPhone has saved a lot of data from the Safari app, your iPhone's speed may slow down significantly. By clearing Safari history and other website data, you can increase your iPhone's speed when it's slow.

How Do I Clear Safari History and Website Data?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Safari.
  3. Scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data.
  4. Tap Clear History and Data when the confirmation alert appears at the bottom of your iPhone's display.

Pro Tips

  • If you use another iPhone web browsing app (e.g. Google Chrome of Firefox), you can try clearing your browsing history in those apps as well.

7. Reset All Settings

  • Reset All Settings
Reset All Settings doesn't erase any of the personal information from your iPhone, but it does restore everything in the Settings app to factory defaults. You'll have to optimize your battery settings, choose your favorite background image, and enter your Wi-Fi password again, but all of your apps, photos, and contacts will still be on your iPhone.

Why Should I Reset All Settings?

Many iPhone problems are caused when Settings isn't set up correctly or by corruption within individual Settings app files. Restoring the Settings app back to factory defaults doesn't fix every iPhone software problem, but it is a go-to fix for Apple technicians because it does solve a lot of problems that would be very difficult to to track down by hand.

How Do I Reset All Settings?

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Use your finger to scroll down to Reset. It will be the last option in Settings -> General.
  5. Tap Reset All Settings.
  6. Enter your passcode.
  7. Tap Reset All Settings. You'll be prompted twice.
  8. A progress bar will appear on the screen.
  9. Your iPhone will automatically turn back on when the reset finishes.

8. Repair Your iPhone With Apple

  • Repair Your iPhone With Apple

Apple repairs iPhones at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores and through their online mail-in repair service. Apple repairs are high-quality, but out-of-warranty repairs can be much more expensive than third-party solutions. If you're looking to save some money you're not covered by Apple's warranty, you may want to check out our other recommendations.

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Apple?

How To Repair Your iPhone With Apple's Mail-In Service

  1. Visit Apple's support website to begin the online mail-in repair process.
  2. Alternatively, call 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753) to set up a repair.

How To Repair Your iPhone At The Genius Bar Inside Your Local Apple Store

  1. Visit Apple's website to make a Genius Bar appointment before you go into the store. Apple Stores are extremely busy, and if you don't have an appointment, you may have to wait for hours or end up being turned away. (Editor's note: I'm a former Apple tech and we're not exaggerating — please, do yourself a favor and make an appointment first!)
  2. When you arrive, go to the Genius Bar to check in for your appointment.
  3. Genius Bar appointments always include free diagnosis. If you're under warranty, many repairs can be done on the spot, but it all depends upon which parts are in stock. If you're not under warranty, the Genius will give you a quote for the cost of a repair.

Pro Tips

  • If you're not sure whether your iPhone is still under warranty, you can find out on Apple's website.
  • Apple repairs are covered by a 90-day AppleCare warranty.
  • If you've ever used a 3rd-party service to repair your iPhone, or if you've ever replaced a part of your iPhone with a non-Apple part, then the Apple Store may not repair your iPhone. (Shhhh!)
  • In some cases, Apple will not repair devices that are older than five years old. These devices are classified as vintage or legacy.

9. Repair Your iPhone With Puls

  • Repair Your iPhone With Puls

Puls is a “we come to you” iPhone repair service that will meet you at your home, office, or Starbucks to repair your iPhone in as little as 30 minutes. Every Puls repair is backed by a lifetime warranty and their prices tend to be a lot less than Apple's.

Puls repairs broken iPhone screens, batteries, speakers, cameras, charging ports, and more. The only drawback at this point is that Puls isn't available everywhere (they're mostly in major US cities).

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Puls?

  1. Visit Puls.com.
  2. Select iPhone.
  3. Select the model of your iPhone.
  4. Enter your ZIP Code.
  5. Select the color of your iPhone.
  6. Select the repair you need completed and fill out any additional information you want the technician to know.
  7. Schedule a repair time and date.
  8. Enter your address and personal information.
  9. Click “have a coupon code?” right above Submit Repair Request.
  10. Enter the coupon code PF10ND18 to save at least $10 on your repair.
  11. Click the button that says “Submit Repair Request”.

Pro Tips

  • Every certified Puls technician has passed a background check, so you'll know they'll do a great job!

Your iPhone: Once A Tortoise, Now A Hare!

You've followed the seven tips above and now your iPhone is as fast as a hare! Next time someone asks you, “Why is my iPhone 7 Plus so slow?”, you'll know exactly what to tell them! Thanks for reading and let me know how these tips worked for you in the comments section below.

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