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How to Speed Up iOS 9 on iPhone 4S, iPad 2 & Other Older Devices

Many of us have been there, being at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to new iOS versions. Being the minimum supported device, one will experience noticeable lag, choppiness, delayed response and other performance issues. This is certainly the case with iOS 9. If you have an iPhone 4s or iPad 2, there’s a good chance that you’ve noticed these performance issues with iOS 9. This is the cold hard truth with supported devices but there are some steps that can help speed up the user experience in iOS 9 for older devices. Many of these tips apply if you experience slow performance on iOS 9 despite having newer hardware.

How to Speed Up iOS 9 on iPhone 4S, iPad 2 & Other Older Devices

How to Speed Up iOS 9 on iPhone 4S, iPad 2 & Other Older Devices:

Terminate unused apps and games in the background

By the end of the day, you will have opened plenty of apps and games. The problem is, many of them are still running in the background, although to a lesser extent. But still, they can still take up valuable resources. Regularly terminate all unused apps and games through the App Switcher. Just double click the Home button and slide the app cards upwards to terminate them.

Uninstall unused apps and games

Just how many apps and games do you have installed? And how many of them are being regularly used? Chances are, you have multiple apps that barely get used. Uninstall these apps and games to free up some valuable storage and system resources. You could really use the lesser amount of clutter.

Delete large files

Additionally, you might want to delete large files that are taking too much space. Running low on storage space can slow down your device running iOS 9. Large media files like photos, videos, audio messages can be safely deleted. Junk files like cookies and web caches are fair game as well. Here are some tips to free up space on your iPhone.

Disable auto downloads and Background App Refresh

Automatic app updates and apps refreshing in the background can be rather resource intensive. Disable both of these features to speed up your iOS 9 experience. To disable Background App Refresh, go to Settings > General > Usage > Background App Refresh and toggle the setting to OFF. To stop automatic app updates, navigate to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads and toggle the option to OFF.

Enable Reduce Motion

There are special animations and effects that look great on iOS 9. However, they can be rather resource intensive especially on older devices. To disable these fancy animations, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion > and toggle the option to ON.

Restore via iTunes

If you have updated via iCloud and experiencing performance issues, then it’s a good idea to do a full restore to iOS 9. This means using iTunes and an IPSW file to restore to the latest version of iOS 9. You are basically starting with a clean slate and hopefully speed up your iOS 9 experience. NOTE: Make sure you perform an iTunes backup before restoring.

What’s your experience in iOS 9? If you have more tips, please share them in the comments!

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