How to Speed Up iOS 12/11 and Make iPhone XS/XR/X/8 iPad Faster

By Alice Yang to iPhone Tips , iOS 11 Tips | Last Updated on Dec 18, 2018

Indolence is one of the universal attributes of human beings. Generally, we prefer the once-for-all solution to the specific solution. For instance, to make iPhone faster, we choose to upgrade iOS 11.4 to iOS 12 to expect faster performance new iOS brings to iPhone XS/XR/X/8 and more. Yet, the truth is that efficiency doesn't get enhanced if you only pin your hopes on upgrading to iOS 12 rather than do something else to accelerate iPhone XS/XR/8/Plus iPads. That means updating iPhone to iOS 12 is just the very begining; you still need to use other iPhone tips and tricks to speed up iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6s/5s on iOS 12.

Well, the focus is how to improve speed of iOS 12 iPhone XR/XS/X/8/7s/7/6s/6/Plus/SE/5s? Read on! There are a few tips and tricks you can use to improve iPhone performance and make iOS 12 iPhone XR or iPhone XS (Max) faster than ever.

iOS 12 features up to 40% faster app launch, 50% faster keyboard display and up to 70% faster to camera. You are suggested to update to iOS 12 to boost speed of your iPhone iPad. For more information about iOS 12, check how iOS 12 differs from iOS 11 here.
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iOS 12/11 iPhone Slow? Large Space Occupied?

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1. Bulk delete unwanted files, e.g. delete cameral roll from iOS 11 iPhone 8 iPad;
2. Transfer large-size music, video, photos, iTunes items, ringtones, ebooks, etc;
3. Clean iPhone files & transfer iOS 12/11 contents in a flash;
4. Save 50% or more storage to speed up iOS 12/11 iDevices.

Part 1 - iOS 12/11 Specific Speed Up Tips

In most cases, the potential reason of your iPhone XR/XS/8/7s/7/6s/6 sluggish performance is related to iPhone space congestion. If your iPhone is at the edge of full, how could it run fast when updating iOS or updating apps. So to make iOS 11 iPhone faster, one of the effective ways is to free up space on iOS 12/11 iPhone XS/XR/X/8/Plus etc. And luckily, the latest iOS 12 has the fascinating new features to help you auto save space on iPhone 8/7s/7/6s/6/Plus/SE/5s.

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1. Update to the Latest iOS (iOS 12)

It seems that Apple has been aware of the performance slowdowns on older iPhones. With iOS 12 (iOS 11.3 in iOS 11), odler iPhone users is offered the option to stop the controversial plower management feature to quicken iOS 12-iPhone and iPad. Also this feature will help users check more detailed information on battery health for the iPhone 6 and later. So if your iPhone is running very slow, you can try to update your current iOS 11 verions to the latest iOS 12.

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2. Delete Unused Apps Auto on iOS 12/11

Multiple guides on Google tell you how to delete unused apps to speed up iPhone iPad running on iOS 12/11. Yet, what they don't tell you is that the iOS 12/11 can automatically delete unused apps to make iOS 11 iPhone faster once you set up your iPhone XR/XS/X/8/7s/7/6s/6 in this way:

Way 1: Open "Settings" > "iTunes & App Store" > Enable "Offload Unused Apps".

Way 2:
(1) Go to "Settings" > "General" > "iPhone Storage".
(2) Turn "Offload Unused Apps" to green under Recommendations.
(3) Manually uninstall iOS 12 64-bit apps one by one. Select apps from the displayed list and click "Offload App" on the app detailed info page.

Note:
(1) Double benefits: save iPhone space & give iOS 12/11 iPhone a speed boost.
(2) Any file data on the deleted apps will still be saved on your iPhone.
(3) Available to restore deleted apps by clicking icons on desktop if needed.

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3. Auto Delete Old Conversations on iOS 12/11

Another useful tip to clean iPhone memory and expedite iPhone iPad on iOS 12/11 is to use iOS 12/11 new feature "Auto Delete Old Conversations", which will clear all messages and attachments that were sent or received over 1 year ago. Thus, your iPhone running speed will not be affected by the huge message data. To enable,

Still head to "Settings" > "General" > "iPhone Storage" or choose "Messages":

In iPhone Storage:
* Enable "Auto Delete Old Conversations" to remove old messages after a year.
* Other recommendations "Review Large Conversions/Attachments" tell you how much space they eat in your iPhone. So you can choose to delete them or not.

In Messages:
* Click "Keep Messages" > Choose "1 Year" (30 Days & Forever available) > Enable "Auto Delete Old Conversations" under recommendations.

Use HEVC/HEIF formats

4. Take Pictures in iOS 12/11 HEIF/HEVC

Your photos taking too much space? Now set up your iOS 12 iPhone XS/XR, iPhone X/8/7s/7/6s/6/Plus/SE/5s and iPads to take pictures in iOS 12 new formats HEIF & HEVC to save iPhone space up to 50%. Thus, you have enough space to smoothly update iOS 12/11 or update iPhone apps without lag. The detailed steps are:

① Access to "Settings"
② Choose "Camera"
③ Tap "Formats"
④ Select "High Efficiency"
⑤ Take a picture or record a video on iOS 11 iPhone
⑥ Check photo or video format and file size

empty photos on iOS 11

5. Empty Recently Deleted Album on iOS 12/11

Your iPhone XR/XS/X/8 will run faster after deleting unwanted photos on iOS 12/11? Not really. Because what you delete on iPhone 8 is still stored on "Recentely Deleted" album on your iPhone. So to completely remove deleted images, you need to:

① Open "Settings"
② Tap "General"
③ Open "iPhone Storage"
④ Empty "Recently Deleted" album under Recommendations.
⑤ iOS 11 automatically detects clearable large files and clear them up at full speed.

Note: If you wanna bulk delete thousands of photos from iPhone XR/XS/8/7s/7/Plus/6s/6, you can free download iPhone manager to No.1 fast speed to backup iPhone photos to PC and bulk delete iPhone photos at one stroke.

Part 2 - Common Tips & Tricks to Accelerate iOS 12/11

The part 1 is just the tip of the iceberg on in terms of methods to speed up iOS 12/11 iPhone iPad. To make slow iPhone run faster, you can also use the below common tips and tricks to keep iOS 12/11 iPhone running faster.

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1. Shut Down All Apps Running in Background

Similar to your computer, if you open too many applications in your background, your iPhone will get really slow even on the latest iOS 12 operating system. To make iPhone faster on iOS 12/11, please:

Step 1: Double clicks on Home Button on your iOS 12/11 iPhone XR/XS/7/6s/6/SE/5s to activate "Multitasking" on your iPhone.
For iPhone 8 users or users whose iPhone Home Button isn't working, you can go to "Settings" > "General" > 'Accessibility" > turn on "AssistiveTouch" on Interaction and then go back to iPhone desktop to click AssistiveTouch icon > "Device" > "More" > click "Multitasking".

Step 2: Slide the apps upward to close the iPhone apps one by one.

restart iPhone to make iPhone run faster

2. Restart iOS 12/11 iPhone XR/XS//8 iPad

When I use my iPhone to do the high-demanding tasks like download movies to iPhone, play video games for a long time, it would become sluggish sometimes. In such case, the most common way I use to improve iOS 11 speed on my iPhone 8 is to restart it.

Still head to "Settings" > "General" > "iPhone Storage" or choose "Messages":

In iPhone Storage:
* Enable "Auto Delete Old Conversations" to remove old messages after a year.
* Other recommendations "Review Large Conversions/Attachments" tell you how much space they eat in your iPhone. So you can choose to delete them or not.

In Messages:
* Click "Keep Messages" > Choose "1 Year" (30 Days & Forever available) > Enable "Auto Delete Old Conversations" under recommendations.

turn on Reduce Motion

3. Turn on Reduce Motion

This is a tip for iPhone 8/7s/7/6s/6/SE/5s users to speed up iOS 11 via Motion (graphics) change. It may not help you a lot, but it does make its contributions to fix your iOS 11 iPhone painfully slow performance problem.

Step 1:
Access to Settings > tap General > hit Accessibility > click Reduce Motion and turn on Reduce Motion.

Step 2:
Still in Settings > General > Accessibility > tap Increase Contrast and turn Reduce Transparency to green.

speed up iOS 11 via settings

4. Turn Off Auto App Updates & App Refresh

Apple designs a thoughful feature to allow iPhone apps update themselves in the background. Yet, every coin has two sides. It's convenient, indeed. But it's also to blame for slowing down iPhone speed. The same applies to background app refresh. So to accelerate iOS 11 iPhone 8 iPads, you'd better turn them off.

Turn off Updates:
* "Settings" is your landing port > tap "iTunes & App Store" > turn off "Updates" in the Automatic Downloads area.

Turn Off Background App Refresh:
* Head to "Settings" > tap "General" > "Background App Refresh" is your target and turn the switch button off. Thus, when your iOS 12/11 iPhone 8 is connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data, the apps are unable to refresh their content in the background.

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5. Reset iOS 12/11 iPhone XR/XS/8/Plus iPad

Any other methods you have already tried but still fail to fundamentally boost iOS 11 iPhone 8/Plus? Well, try this silver bullet - reset iPhone to factory settings.

Step 1: Go to Settings > choose General > tap Reset > tick Erase All Content and Settings.
Step 2: Enter your passcode when asked.
Step 3: Confirm that you want to delete all media and data and reset all settings.
Step 4: You'll be greeted with a welcome screen when you first start up your iOS 11 iPhone iPad.

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6. Upgrade iPhone to New iPhone XR, iPhone XS (Max)

Last but not least, the method to make iOS 12 iPhone faster is just to upgrade to new iPhone XR or iPhone XS (Max). The reason is simple. Smartphone has its own lifespin, iPhone included, too. After several years usage and abrasion, it's time for your old iPhone to retire. Plus, the iPhone XR and iPhone XS (Max) sport with 3GB RAM in internal memory, a big step forward from its predecessor iPhone 7/6s/6/SE/5s 2GB RAM. So if you upgrade to iPhone XR/XS, your iPhone performance will be 100% faster than any new iPhone 7/6s/6/SE/5s, let alone older iPhone models.

Certainly, if you don't make your decision on which iPhone to buy, you can have a check on Apple Fall Event in 2018 as well as iPhone 10-year evolution to deeply know about each iPhone model and their pros & cons.

Part 3 - Save Space to Speed Up iOS 12/11 iPhone XR/XS/X/8/7s/7 iPad

Well, iOS 12/11 new features allow iPhone iPads automatically empty recently deleted albums, delete old conversations in message and unused apps to clean iPhone space for imporving iPhone speed. But that's not enough. Your iPhone is filled with tons of photos, videos, music, ringtones, etc. How to clean and make iPhone faster? Easy if you use an iPhone manager MacX MediaTrans. Cuz it can:

> Save Space: Bulk delete any files from iPhone xr/xs/x/8/7s/7/6s/6/Plus/SE/5s iPads, e.g., delete photos, remove iPhone 8 videos, clean unwanted iPhone music, ringtones, iTunes purchases, eBooks, podcast, etc. to dramatically free up iOS 12/11 device space and make iPhone run faster.
> Speed No.1: Intel QSV hardware acceleration tech to accelerate iPhone files deletion, transfer, backup speed up to 5X faster than any iPhone manager.
> Backup all iPhone files (pics, music, videos, iTunes purchases...) to Mac/PC before resetting iPhone to factory settings if your iCloud is out of free space.
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How to Delete Files from iOS 12/11 iDevices to Make iPhone Faster

Step 1: Connect iPhone to PC
Connect your iPhone XR/XS/Max, iPhone 8/Plus, etc. to computer via USB cable. Afterwards, do what the pop-up message asks you to do to adjust iTunes settings lest iPhone file data is missing during file sync. BTW: the whole process will not use iTunes to do the iPhone cleanup stuff. It just needs iTunes to detect iPhone.

iOS 11 iPhone manager

Step 2: Choose iPhone Files
Click Photo Transfer/Music Manager/Video/Book/Voice & Ringtone or Remove DRM on the main interface according to your specific needs. Here we choose "Photo Transfer" to delete iPhone XR/XS/X/8 photos as an example.

Choose the pictures you wanna remove from iPhone XR/XS/X/8/7s/7 or older iPhone. Select picture one by one or just tick "Select All" sorted by Day/Month/Year.

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Step 3: Click Delete Photo
Tap "Delete Photo" button and this iPhone cleaner will begin to delete photos from iPhone to save storage on iOS 12/11 iPhone iPads.

System Requirements:
macOS: Mac OS X 10.7 or above (macOS High Sierra included)
iOS: iOS 8 or above (iOS 11 included)
iTunes: iTunes 12.6 or higher

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