iPhone or iPad slow? Take these steps

Is your old iPhone or iPad sluggish? Have you detected that it’s not loading videos, playing games or scanning the Web as quickly as it used to? This isn’t unusual: Devices often slow as they age. Fortunately, you don’t always have to invest in a new iPad or iPhone. Lifehacker writer Whitson Gordon in a recent story offers tips to speed up a sluggish machine.

No Updates

It’s commendable that you’d like to stay updated on the latest offerings from Apple. But downloading that latest version of iOS might make your iPad or iPhone even slower. Simply put, the newest operating systems and upgrades are often too cumbersome for older devices. Refrain from the updates until you purchase a newer iPhone or iPad.

No Third-Party Apps

You might like third-party apps, too. But Whitson again offers some advice: Rely as much as possible on Apple’s own apps. They’re the ones created to work best with your iPhone or iPad. And if you instead rely on outside apps, you might exacerbate the sluggishness of your device.

Prune the Fat

Finally, if your iPhone or iPad is too slow, it’s time to take a critical look at the music, videos and apps you have stored on your device. Whitson suggests erasing any apps, programs or music files that you rarely access. A bit of pruning on your behalf could inject new life into your sluggish device.