Is iOS 17 Slow on Your iPhone? Here’s the Fix

Sep 22, 2023 - 8 Comments

Here is how you can fix iOS 17 if it feels slow on your iPhone or iPad

Has your iPhone or iPad been feeling a bit sluggish since updating to iOS 17 or iPadOS 17? You’re not alone, this happens to many users after major system software updates. Normally, updating should make your device faster, but not right away, especially if you have an older device, or you have tons of stuff stored on your iPhone or iPad.

If your device feels slow after updating to iOS 17 or iPadOS 17, don’t worry. We’ll explain why and provide some tips to speed up your iPhone or iPad again.

1. Have Patience After Updating to iOS 17 / iPadOS 17

• After a major update, your device performs background tasks to index the content including things like photos, contacts, files, videos, and other media. It also scans through your photos to identify objects, people, pets, and more. All of these background tasks can make your iPhone or iPad feel slower than expected. This is temporary and normal.
• These background tasks can also drain the battery faster, but it will return to normal once they’re done.
• Be patient and let your device finish these indexing tasks. Leaving it plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi overnight is a good solution, sometimes it takes a night or few to complete.

2. Update Your Apps

• Some apps may not work as smoothly as expected with iOS 17 until they’re updated by the developer.
• Go to the App Store, tap your profile icon, and select “Update All” to update your apps.

3. Disable Background App Activity

• Apps running in the background can slow down your iPhone or iPad. Turning off Background App Refresh can help.
• Go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh and set it to OFF.

4. Clear Up Storage

• iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 need free space to perform well. Aim for at least 5GB of free storage, but more is better.
• Go to Settings -> General -> iPhone/iPad Storage to remove unneeded apps or large files.

5. Check Battery Health

• Poor battery health can affect your iPhone performance.
• Go to Settings -> Battery -> Battery Health for any messages about battery degradation. Replacing the battery can help improve performance considerably.

6. Disable the Animations

• Older devices can feel much faster with animations disabled. Enable Reduce Motion to remove unnecessary animations and reduce eye candy on the device.
• Go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Motion -> Reduce Motion and turn it on.

7. Force Reboot Your iPhone

• Many performance issues and glitches can be fixed by force restarting your device.
• For Face ID iPhones and iPads, press volume up, then volume down, and hold the side/power button until you see the Apple logo. For devices with home buttons, hold the power and home buttons simultaneously until you see the Apple logo.

8. Install Future iOS/iPadOS Updates When They Arrive

• Most performance issues are not related to bugs or defects in software, but if they are, Apple will address them quickly with software updates to iOS and iPadOS. Therefore, keep on top of available updates to iOS and iPadOS.
• Install any system software updates if you see them available. You can always check in Settings > General > Software Update.

These tips are focused primarily on iPhone with iOS 17 that feels slow after updating, but can also apply to iPads facing sluggish performance after updating to iPadOS 17.

Give them a try, and your device should feel smoother and faster.

Share your experiences with iOS 17 in the comments below!


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Posted by: Ali Khan in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. My iPhone 13 Pro Max is very slow to do anything.
    To give it a chance Ihave removed all the apps that I don’t get round to using just to see if It will speed up!

    But no that is no t the fix that is needed.
    Please come back to me soon.

    Thanks Derek Evenden

  2. auramac says:

    “Woke features?” Musk phone? Are you able to breathe consciously? Have you considered suing your parents?…

  3. Old Mac Phart says:

    “ For devices with home buttons, hold the power and home buttons simultaneously until you see the Apple logo.”

    Does nothing on my SE2 with iOS 17.1.2

  4. Old Mac Phart says:

    iOS 17 ruined editing iPhotos. And didn’t give us photo management tools we need (or for Files)

    Contacts is still amateur hour.

    Languages aren’t downloaded and taking forever.

    I’ve been apple since 1989 but I’m praying for Musk to make a phone soon. Fed up with stupid woke features.

    PS – why doesn’t this page bring up Hide My Email option for signing (HME still runs like a dog. WTH is Cook doing with the billion$?)

  5. Echo says:

    None of this helped. Phone is slower than molasses. Ugh

  6. Susan M Grimes says:

    No, what it’s doing is now stopping me from printing to my printer. I had to download a separate app for now.

  7. robert reed says:

    Good advice but not written by someone knowledgeable about latest Iphones:

    For disabling animations Accessibility is not via General but is part of the main settings after the General tab, so no need to go to General at all.

    For forced reboot just go Settings-General and then all the way to the bottom you come to Shut Down. No need to fuss with the rather uncouth advice above. Simple and less likely to produce mistakes.

    Folks can figure out the other errors in the article.

    • Paul says:

      Thanks for the correction regarding disabling animations.

      The force reboot is a different procedure than the software reboot, though sometimes a software reboot can do the trick too.

      What are the other issues you have with this article?

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