Speed up your old iPhone, iPad

Does your iPad routinely crash as you surf the Web? Does your iPhone struggle to pull up videos and Web pages? The chances are your device is getting old. And that often means slow performance. There is hope, though. Lifehacker writer Gordon Whitson in a recent feature presented several tips for owners seeking to inject new life into their sluggish iPhone or iPad.

No More Upgrades

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

Avoid Third-Party Apps

The more you depend on Apple’s own apps — say, by using Safari instead of Firefox to browse the Web — the faster your phone or iPad will function. Apple’s own apps are designed to run faster on your iPad and iPhone.

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 saved on your device. Whitson suggests erasing any apps, programs or music files that you seldom access. A bit of pruning on your part could inject new life into your sluggish device.