11 easy tricks to make your iPhone run faster

We use our phones for nearly everything, which is why the slightest bug or glitch can be annoying.

If your iPhone feels like it’s running a bit slowly, there’s usually a problem that can be easily solved.

Two years of everyday use can take a toll on your iPhone, but these tips and tricks should be able to hold you over until your next upgrade.

Get rid of old photos.

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Deleting unnecessary files is another great way to speed up your phone. If you've got hundreds of photos on your iPhone, try syncing them to iPhoto on your desktop or backing them up through iCloud and erasing them from your phone.

Delete apps that take up a lot of space.

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The more bloated your iPhone is, the slower it's going to run. To see how much space a single app is occupying, head over to Settings>General>Storage & iCloud Usage>Manage Storage.

Erase old text message threads.

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If you never delete any text messages (or multimedia messages like pictures and video), it can weigh down the phone's software. One easy way to make sure old messages don't clog up your phone is by changing the default amount of time you keep messages: the iPhone offers 30 days, 1 year, and forever. To do this go to Settings>Messages>Keep Messages.

Empty Safari's cache.

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Treat your iPhone like you would a computer. This means you need to empty Safari's cache to keep it running smoothly. To do this, head over to Settings>Safari, and tap 'Clear History and Website Data.'

Turn off auto app updates.

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If your iPhone is running a little slow, that's because it may be trying to update apps in the background. Try updating your apps manually instead. To change this in your settings, head over to Settings>iTunes & App Store. Then switch the sliders to off mode where it says Updates.

Turn off automatic downloads.

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Similar to automatic updates, automatic downloads can also bog down your iPhone. If you have automatic app updates turned on, an app that you've downloaded on your iPad could automatically begin installing on your iPhone. While useful, it can certainly make your phone a little slower. To turn it off, navigate to
Settings>iTunes & App Store. Switch the sliders to off mode.

Basically, if you can do something manually, do it. Avoid setting your phone to automatic.

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Does your iPhone usually ask if you'd like to join nearby Wi-Fi networks? If it does, you may want to turn that feature off. Any time your phone does anything automatically, such as scouting out nearby Wi-Fi or updating apps, it can slow the phone down. Turn this off by heading to Settings>Wi-Fi>Ask to Join Networks. Switch the slider to off.

Check for software updates, and update your phone if necessary.

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Software updates often include bug fixes, some of which can be related to an issue that makes your phone seem slow or glitchy. If it's a minor update, chances are it will fix a few things. But if it's a major update, it depends on the phone you're using. Sometimes the hardware in previous models of iPhones simply can't handle the software as well as newer phones.

Try reallocating your phone's memory with this app

When a phone is running slow, it's likely due to an issue with its memory. According to Macworld, this Battery Doctor app can show you how fast your phone is running. If it's running slow, you can tap the Reallocate Memory button to re-distribute the memory in your iPhone. The team at Macworld claims that this is the first thing they do whenever they're iPhones start to lag.

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