With the recent announcement of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, many iPhone users, generation 5 and below, may be tempted to shell out some cash for the newest one—especially if your old device is acting slow, crashing, and generally misbehaving. Before you go breaking your bank on the newest device out there, try a few of these steps to boost the speed on your old phone to save some cash. Sure, you may not get the newest features of iOS, and running through these steps won’t make your device feel totally new; it will simply keep it running for a little while longer. But if you’re trying to save some money or just keep your apps from crashing, these tips can be useful.
Don’t Update iOS (or your apps)
Oddly enough, when your device starts nearing the end of its life, updating to the latest version of iOS can actually slow it down a lot. All those new features require more resources, and when your device reaches a certain age, it doesn’t always have the resources to give up. So, if your device is around two years old and has one last update coming in, it may be best to ignore it. The same thing goes for your apps—if you have an app that does everything you want it to do, it may be best to avoid future updates (especially major ones). As apps grow more mature and feature-filled, they become harder and harder for your old device to run.
Use the Built-in apps
You may prefer Chrome to Safari, but chances are Safari is just going to run faster on your device. Not only do third-party apps update and slow down over time, but a lot of Apple apps have access to certain resources that third-party apps do not. So if your device is starting to feel a little slower, it may be best to bite the bullet and use the stock apps for the time being.
Free up Storage Space
This one is simple. If your device is full of data, there is a good chance that it’s probably going to move a bit sluggishly and crash from time to time. Head over to Settings > General > Usage and see how much space your device has. If you have less than 500MB or 1GB of space left, you may want to uninstall some apps you don’t use, remove music you don’t listen to, or otherwise free up some of that space. You should also delete old text messages if you’ve let them build up, since that can slow down the Messaging app quite a bit.