That old iPhone or iPad doesn’t have to be sluggish

October 3rd, 2013

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

No Updates

We know that you want to keep your iPad or iPhone updated. But in his Lifehacker story Gordon says that the owners of older devices should avoid the lure of Apple updates. The reason? Those new versions of iOS or those latest upgrades can prove too cumbersome for older devices. And they could make those older devices run even slower.

No Third-Party Apps

The more you trust in Apple's own apps -- say, by using Safari instead of Firefox to surf the Web -- the faster your phone or iPad will function. Apple's own apps are made to run faster on your iPad and iPhone.

Freeing up Storage

Your iPhone or iPad may simply have way too many programs stored on it. Gordon recommends uninstalling any apps that you never use. You can also remove music or videos that you no longer access.