If you’ve got an iPhone and you’ve recently made the decision to upgrade to iOS 7, you may find that your smartphone isn’t quite so smart anymore.
There are plenty of reports all over the place that show that iPhone 4 and 4S models are struggling with the new operating system. So if this is getting in the way of your gaming, your instagramming or even your betting on X Factor at http://www.freebets.org/ – yes, millions of people are doing just that – then you’re going to need a few pointers on how to tweak your phone to make it work faster.
Can you go back?
Sadly not – Apple have made it impossible to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6 so your choice is either to carry out some tweaks of your own or upgrade to an iPhone 5. The new OS was designed expressly for the new models (iPhone 5S and 5C) but it doesn’t feel quite fair to have to upgrade as Apple had said that everyone with Apple devices would be able to use the new system.
While you can still use the older handsets, they don’t work very well with the new software and although there’s nothing you can do to make your older phone as good a an iPhone 5, you can help it run better.
Why doesn’t iOS 7 work on an old phone?
It’s all down to the processor. The new OS works with the most powerful chip they’ve come up with yet, the 64 bit A7, which is in the iPhone 5 models. The iPhone 4 works with the A4, which most definitely doesn’t support iOS 7.
The iPhone 4 models also have less RAM, meaning you can’t access data quickly. The iPhone 5 models have 1GB of RAM whereas the iPhone 4 gets by with just 512 MB.
So how does the new OS work at all with the older models? Apple basically got rid of some features, including things like translucency effects and Maps Flyover. While some people may not mind this, others might just want to be able to use everything on their phone.
Many people are finding apps are crashing, the screen swipe doesn’t work so well, the keyboard is slow and launching, closing or downloading apps is extremely slow.
How to improve your iPhone 4 and 4S
Concentrate on freeing up space, keep processes to a minimum and get rid of features you don’t use. Get rid of Apps you don’t use a well as files that are lingering for no reason. Making the weight of data stored on your phone less will help it run better. To see how much space you have and to work out which Apps are taking all the room follow these steps:
Launch Settings, go to General, go to Usage and see the section under Storage. You will find your Apps listed from large to small – if you don’t use some of the bigger ones then uninstall them. Aim to have at least 15% space free.
Automatic processes should be deleted. This includes the automatic App updates – just make them manual. Also get rid of automatic downloads, it means you’ll have to manually sync going forward but then at least it’s under your control.
What if that doesn’t help?
If you still feel your phone is useless then you can try wiping it and starting all over again. If you go back to the beginning you will know for sure that you don’t have anything working away in the background and slowing it down. Hopefully it won’t be necessary and you’ll be able to use iOS 7 on your older phone and not hate it!
All you need to do is go to Settings, go to General and hit Reset. You can either reset certain bits of your device or get rid of all content and settings.