Although the official iOS 12 update is released to the public, iOS 12 users are still dealing with several problems such as freezes, lag, app, random reboots, and more. These are common problems have been seen after every iOS release. Although these issues might require contacting Apple customer support, others can be fixed in a minute from the comfort of your couch. In this post today, we’ll like to show full instructions to fix bad performance on your iOS 12 iPhone/iPad if you are encountering one or more of these issues on your device.
Restart Your Device
If you notice the bad performance on your iPhone/iPad, the first thing you can do quickly is doing a simple restart. If your iOS device has not been restarted for a couple of days, it might affect the overall performance. Power it off, wait a few minutes, and then turn it back on.
Update Your iOS Device
After a couple of weeks, Apple usually releases for a new patch update. The changelogs might be different, but they include the potential to fix the performance problems you’re dealing with. New updates come with their collection of issues and you should preview it before upgrading your device.
Reset Network Settings
If you notice the speed of your phone is slower than normal, you should reset your network settings. Here’s how you can do this:
- Launch your Settings app.
- Tap on General > Reset.
- Choose Reset Network Settings.
The process will make your device forget your Wi-Fi passwords, so ensure you get them handy. If this method doesn’t work, you can try resetting all your settings from the same menu by tapping on Reset All Settings. It will reset your device settings to factory defaults so make sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy.
Update Your Apps
If your apps start causing issues in iOS 12, you should update them. App developers are slowly releasing iOS 12 updates for their apps and these updates will help to stabilize the performance of your device’s apps. Before installing an update, open the App Store and read comments from users. If you see good feedback, then install the latest version of the app.
Stop Automatic Downloads
While the automatic update feature is very useful, the constant stream of updates causes your phone to work in the background. If your phone works hard, you can see a dip in performance. If you manually update your apps on the App Store, try turning off Automatic Downloads on your device and then check the performance again. To do so:
- Launch the Settings app.
- Tap on iTunes & App Store.
From there, toggle Updates option in the Automatic Downloads section off. You can also toggle the other options off.
If you are using your device for a while, there will be a ton of clutter eating up space. Removing this clutter will help you speed up your device. In iOS 12, you can check exactly how much space left on your device. Here’s how to check:
- Open your Settings app.
- Tap General > Storage & iCloud Usage.
- Choose Manage Storage.
Here you can see a detailed rundown of apps that are taking up the most space on your internal storage. Although Apple shows you a few recommendations based on your utilization, you can through each section manually and erase data you no longer use.
Widgets are very useful in many cases, but if there is a ton of them enabled on your phone, they will absolutely tax on your device’s hardware. So you can try disabling some of them and then check if it improves the performance on your device
From the home screen, swipe to the right and scroll down to the bottom of the list and select Edit. You will then see a long list of services and apps, which are your widgets. To disable one, simply tap on the red circle with the white line and remove it.
Clear Browser Caches & Data
Apart from freeing up space, clearing your browser’s cache and data will also have a great impact on the overall performance of your device.
If you usually use the default Safari browser, just head to Settings > Safari, and scroll down to Clear History and Website Data section and then tap on it. It will then remove your browsing history, cache, and other data. Tap on Clear History and Data again to confirm your selection.
Disable Background Refresh
The Background App Refresh feature helps to keep your apps always updated with fresh data. While it’s a nifty feature, you feel it’s not too important, you should disable it to improve your device’s performance.
To do so, go to Settings, tap on General > Background App Refresh and toggle the switch next to Background Refresh off. It will turn the feature off for all apps.
You can scroll down your app list one-by-one and make selections. Although it is tedious, it’s the route to try if you want to keep the Background Refresh active for your specific applications.
If you notice choppy UI animations and transitions, then you should tone them down. iOS offers a sense a depth when you tilt your device, open and close your apps. However, minimizing this feature could sometimes improve the performance of your device.
To reduce Motion Effects on your iOS 12 iPhone, iPad, follow the below steps:
- Open the Settings app on your phone
- Tap on General > Accessibility.
- Enable Reduce Motion option.
Before doing so, you should note that turning off Motion Effects will also disable some features like the bubble effect in the Messages app. We also recommend you to reduce transparency and blur effects. To reduce transparency:
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > Increase Contrast.
- Toggle the Reduce Transparency switch on.
Start from Scratch
If nothing helps you, and you could not find a fix from Apple, you should downgrade to iOS 11.4.1 version or start factory resetting your iPhone/iPad.