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Why my iPhone 4S run slower now, what should i do?


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my iphone 4s run slowly now, but it's not before. why this happen? and what should i do?
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Maybe you could tell use why you think it is running slower. For example...what was installed or updated to make you think that it is running slower.

Also...how full is your iPhone?

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iPhone 4S 16G, and there are some games install on. everytime i restore it from backup it would run faster at first days. but several weeks it still run slowly! especially when i play with games!
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Try powering it off and back on once in awhile.

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Close down all your Apps when you have finished with them. Double Click the Home button, brings up the Multi Tasking tray, and flick up the Apps to close them in iOS 7 and in a lower iOS, hold until they shudder and tap the cross.
You could have 20 Apps open using up the RAM in the phone, which like a computer would make it slow.

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i spend much of time to find a answer, when i googling i find someone talk about 'other' file on iphone. then i connect my iPhone with iTunes, just find about 3GB of other files.
i think maybe these files make my iphone work slowly!
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Close down all your Apps when you have finished with them. Double Click the Home button, brings up the Multi Tasking tray, and flick up the Apps to close them in iOS 7 and in a lower iOS, hold until they shudder and tap the cross.
Now I know why you have those three stars! I didn't realize how many apps I had open on my 5c until I double clicked the home button. Would you believe I had between 10 and 15 apps open at once. Closed them all with the flick up move. Maybe my battery will last a bit longer...

Thanks Brent, good tip for a new iPhone user like me.
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Thanks Brent, good tip for a new iPhone user like me.
Who is Brent?
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Who is Brent?
"Brent" is "TattooedMac"...the MacForums member who suggested closing all open apps.

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"Brent" is "TattooedMac"...the MacForums member who suggested closing all open apps.

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OK, thank you.
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Close down all your Apps when you have finished with them. Double Click the Home button, brings up the Multi Tasking tray, and flick up the Apps to close them in iOS 7 and in a lower iOS, hold until they shudder and tap the cross.
You could have 20 Apps open using up the RAM in the phone, which like a computer would make it slow.
There is a lot of misperception about how iOS works and manages its resources. Most apps are automatically paused in the background and eventually closed completely if iOS decides it needs the RAM that app is using. The list of apps in the launch tray is NOT a list of all open apps. It's a list of recently used apps, in the order they were last opened, and not necessarily actually open anymore. An extremely simple way to verify this is to open one of the apps that is further back in the list. Does it take time to re-launch (showing, say, a progress meter or splash page), or does it almost immediately show that it has been "paused"? If it is re-launching, then it's not open.

Here's a good explanation:
How multitasking really works on Android and iOS | ExtremeTech

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multitasking_(iOS)
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One additional note: micromanaging the apps running in that tray risks increasing your battery drain. An app that is in a proper "paused" state uses no or virtually no battery power and resuming from paused is much more energy efficient that re-launching it from scratch.

Back to the OP's problem... doing a hard reset once every couple weeks may help (notice... if you do a full hard reset, all those apps are still in the tray!). What part of the problem could be is too little free space. If the iPhone is chock full, then there may not be enough free space for caching and temporary files. Here's how to check:
Running out of storage space on your iPhone or iPad? Here's how to fix it! | iMore

EDIT: Here's a good article with some tips on how to improve performance in iOS 7 on older devices:
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-sp...-older-device/
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also someone say after upgrade iphone 4s to iOS 7, it will run slower than when iOS 6. what about this?

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also someone say after upgrade iphone 4s to iOS 7, it will run slower than when iOS 6. what about this?
It's very possible. Older hardware + latest iOS can sometimes mean slower performance. I have heard some folks mention slower performance with this combination. But if you want the features of iOS 7...then you have to upgrade or get an iPhone 5.

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also someone say after upgrade iphone 4s to iOS 7, it will run slower than when iOS 6. what about this?
I had iOS 7 on my 4S before upgrading to a 5S. It was a little more sluggish than iOS 6 was, but I didn't think it was unbearably so. What are you running anyway? I don't think you mentioned yet. And just how much space is being used for apps, photos, etc? How much free space do you have?
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