We use our phones for nearly everything, which is why the slightest bug or glitch can be annoying. If your iPhone feels like it’s running a bit slowly, there’s usually a problem that can be easily solved. Two years of everyday use can take a toll on your iPhone, but these tips and tricks should be able to hold you over until your next upgrade.AAg7JgC

  1. Deleting unnecessary files is another great way to speed up your phone. If you’ve got hundreds of photos on your iPhone, try syncing them to iPhoto on your desktop or backing them up through iCloud and erasing them from your phone.
  2. The more bloated your iPhone is, the slower it’s going to run. To see how much space a single app is occupying, head over to Settings>General>Storage & iCloud Usage>Manage Storage.
  3. If you never delete any text messages (or multimedia messages like pictures and video), it can weigh down the phone’s software. One easy way to make sure old messages don’t clog up your phone is by changing the default amount of time you keep messages: the iPhone offers 30 days, 1 year, and forever. To do this go to Settings>Messages>Keep Messages.
  4. Treat your iPhone like you would a computer. This means you need to empty Safari’s cache to keep it running smoothly. To do this, head over to Settings>Safari, and tap “Clear History and Website Data.”
  5. Treat your iPhone like you would a computer. This means you need to empty Safari’s cache to keep it running smoothly. To do this, head over to Settings>Safari, and tap “Clear History and Website Data.”
  6. Similar to automatic updates, automatic downloads can also bog down your iPhone. If you have automatic app updates turned on, an app that you’ve downloaded on your iPad could automatically begin installing on your iPhone. While useful, it can certainly make your phone a little slower. To turn it off, navigate to Settings>iTunes & App Store. Switch the sliders to off mode.AAg7E9y
  7. Does your iPhone usually ask if you’d like to join nearby Wi-Fi networks? If it does, you may want to turn that feature off. Any time your phone does anything automatically, such as scouting out nearby Wi-Fi or updating apps, it can slow the phone down. Turn this off by heading to Settings>Wi-Fi>Ask to Join Networks. Switch the slider to off.
  8. Again, your phone is a miniature computer, so it should be treated as such. It’s easy to get into the habit of leaving your phone on all the time, but everyone once in a while it’s healthy to restart it. Turning off your phone can help your iPhone let go of some of the resources it might have been holding on to that were weighing it down.
  9. Software updates often include bug fixes, some of which can be related to an issue that makes your phone seem slow or glitchy. If it’s a minor update, chances are it’ll fix a few things. But if it’s a major update, it depends on the phone you’re using. Sometimes the hardware in previous models of iPhones simply can’t handle the software as well as newer phones.
  10. When a phone is running slow, it’s likely due to an issue with its memory. According to Macworld, this Battery Doctor app can show you how fast your phone is running. If it’s running slow, you can tap the Reallocate Memory button to re-distribute the memory in your iPhone. The team at Macworld claims that this is the first thing they do whenever they’re iPhones start to lag.
  11. If you back up your phone regularly, you may want to try restoring it to a previous backup if it keeps giving you trouble. If anything has happened to your phone recently that may be making it more sluggish, restoring it could do the trick. To do this, on iTunes go to File>Devices>Restore from Backup.

Apple also has some helpful instructions here.

This post is an updated version of a post originally written by Lisa Eadicicco.