How To Fix Bad Performance On iPhone XS After iOS update

While Apple’s flagship, iPhone XS, has received positive reviews, but there are still many complaints. Those who have even adopted the iPhone XS still encounter a variety of issues like fast battery drain and several performance issues.

Freezes, random reboots, and other performance issues are affecting iPhone XS devices even when there were a number of iOS updates released. If you notice the performance issues on your iPhone XS, and you don’t have time to make an appointment at your local Apple Store just, you can read on this post to fix the issues of your iPhone.

This post will show you how to fix the common performance issues on your iPhone XS. These fixes have been effective for many users and there’s a high chance they’ll work for you.

Solutions to fix performance issues on iPhone XS

Restart Your iPhone XS

If you start random reboots, lockups, or lag on your iPhone, the first thing you should do is performing a simple restart. Power your iPhone XS off, wait a few minutes, and then turn it back on.

Update Your Phone XS

If you’re running on an earlier version of iOS 12, you should upgrade to the latest version. It could enhance the performance of your phone. Connect your phone to a stable Wi-Fi network, and then head to Settings > General > Software Update and check if there is a new one available.

Take A Look At Your Storage

If you restore your iPhone from a backup, it could come with a ton of trash files/data over from your old phone. If you don’t manage your device’s storage, there will be a ton of clutter eating up space on your phone storage, which also slows down your device. So, it’s necessary to manage your data and remove files, apps, and others that you no longer use.

You can easily view the data stored on your iPhone XS’s internal storage. To take a look:

  • Go to your Settings.
  • Tap on General > iPhone Storage.

From there you will see a detailed look at the files eating up space on your phone. Check if you can’t find some files to remove.

If you don’t know how to start, you can see some recommendations. For example, if there is a ton of apps you don’t use, you will be prompted to “Offload Unused Apps.”

You’ll get a list of the apps that are taking up the most space on your iPhone. All you need is to tap on an app and a storage breakdown and personalized recommendations will show up for you.

Update Your Apps

If you see your apps act up on your phone, then you should check the App Store to update them to the latest versions.

Developers have been rolling out updates for their apps that work with iOS 12 and these updates could stabilize the third-party apps on your iPhone. Before installing the latest version, it’s recommended to read reviews from users. However, an update is usually better than harmful.

Toggle off Auto Downloads

The auto download feature will handy if you forget keeping apps updated. However, in some cases, it can hinder the performance of your iPhone if it’s updating apps in the background.

If you don’t mind updating your apps, you should disable automatic download feature on your iPhone XS and check if it helps improve your iPhone performance. To do so:

  • Open Settings app on your phone
  • Head to iTunes & App Store.
  • From there, toggle Updates in Automatic Downloads section off.

You can also disable Music, Apps, and Books & Audiobooks options as well.

Clear Browser Cookies & Data

Clearing out cookies and data of your browser could not just save up memory, but also improve your device’s overall performance.

If you are using Safari browser:

  • Head to your Settings.
  • Tap on Safari and scroll down to Clear History and Website Data section.
  • Tap on Clear History & Data again.

It will then remove the browsing history, cookies, and other files from your Safari browser. All your history will also be removed from other devices that are signed into the same iCloud account.

If you’re using  Chrome browser:

  • Open Chrome browser
  • Tap on the three horizontal circles in the bottom corner.
  • Tap on Settings > Privacy.
  • Choose Clear Browsing Data.
  • Select the things you want to delete. If you want a start fresh, tick on all.
  • Tap on Clear Browsing Data again.

Also see: How to fix Siri suddenly not working on iPhone XS after iOS 12.1.4 update

Close Background Refresh

If Background App Refresh is enabled on your iPhone XS, it will always work to keep all apps updated with the fresh data. So, toggling it off could have a positive effect on your device’s performance.

To toggle Background App Refresh off:

  • Navigate to Settings.
  • Tap on General > Background App Refresh.
  • Toggle it switch off.

If you don’t want to disable the feature completely, scroll down your list of apps and whitelist the apps to refresh in the background.

Disable Widgets On Your iPhone

While widgets are helpful, if you don’t use usually them, then you should turn them off and check if it can improve your device’s performance.

From your home screen, swipe to the right. Here, you can see the list of active widgets. Simply scroll all the way down until the Edit button appears.

Tap on it and you’ll see a list of services on the screen. These are both active and inactive widgets, on your iPhone XS. To disable a widget, just tap on the red circle with the white line and select Remove. Delete the widgets you don’t use.

Reset All Settings on your iPhone

You can also reset your device’s settings if none of the prior methods helped you. To do so:

  • Navigate to Settings app
  • Tap on General > Reset.
  • Select Reset All Settings option and enter your passcode when prompted if you have one enabled.

The process will take a few minutes to complete. Once done, all your settings will return to the factory defaults. Before proceeding, you should make sure your Wi-Fi passwords are handy since the process will cause your phone to forget known networks.