iPhone Slow? What’s Up with iOS 10 Performance

Why is my iPhone slow after installing iOS 10? Is it a conspiracy by Apple to convince users to buy the new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus?

Soon after the iOS 10 update arrived we started to see users wondering if slow iOS 10 performance is something Apple does to convince users to upgrade to a new iPhone.

Apple is now offering iOS 10.0.2 to users as an over the air update. It includes bug fixes and the stability of your iPhone and iPad as well as specific fixes for Lightning headphones, crashes in Photos and with app extensions.

We hear this every year with a major iOS update, and perhaps more so this year with Apple’s decision to offer the iOS 10 update on aging devices like the iPhone 5 and and iPhone 5c.

Some users are already saying they will wait for iOS 10.1 to arrive before updating since later updates typically fix speed issues on some devices.

Join us for a look at the complaints about a slow iPhone and how you can try to fix slow iOS 10 performance without buying a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

What you need to know about slow iPhone performance on iOS 10.

What you need to know about slow iPhone performance on iOS 10.

Slow iPhone issues appear frequently after updates, partially due to the phone needing to re-index items, but also due to other upgrade challenges and out of date apps.

We are also hearing about complaints from iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 owners who feel that iOS 10 slowed down their iPhone and trends show an increase in search for “iPhone is slow” near each major release of new Apple software.

iPhone Slow: Is it a Conspiracy?

When you start using a new version of iOS on your older iPhone it may suddenly seem much slower. In fast, it may be slower in some areas due to the challenge of running new software on an older device.

Is Apple intentionally slowing down your old iPhone to make you upgrade to a new iPhone? There is no proof that the company is doing this, and it seems unlikely considering that users can simply choose not to install iOS 10.


Another important thing to consider is that Apple doesn’t need to use slow performance to get users to upgrade, when they purposely keep features limited to the new iPhone. Some times we see new features that should in theory work on older iPhones only show up on the newest model.


Instead of relying on crippling older phones, Apple adds in new iPhone 7 specific features to iOS 10 and adds new features to the phone like water resistance, a new home button and upgraded cameras.

iOS 10 Performance

In our time testing the iOS 10 update on the iPhone 6s we didn’t run into slowdowns that some users complain about. We are in the process of testing iOS 10 on other Apple devices to see how it handles.

Sure, there are iOS 10 problems, but slow performance isn’t one of the major complaints just yet. Watch the iOS 10 vs iOS 9.3.5 speed test video below showing the iPhone 6 to see any speed differences.

On an older device like the iPhone 5c or iPhone 5, there is often a greater chance of experiencing slow iPhone problems. Below you can see iOS 10 vs iOS 9.3.5 on the iPhone 5.

It’s a good idea to check out the performance of your iPhone on iOS 10 before you update.


How to fix Slow iPhone iOS 10 Performance

How to fix slow iOS 10 performance.

How to fix slow iOS 10 performance.

Learn how to fix slow iPhone performance on iOS 10. This will work on your iPhone 5 or your iPhone 6, it doesn’t matter which iPhone you have, these three options allow you to improve slow iPhone performance after installing iOS 10.

Reset Settings

The easy solution to slow iPhone performance is to reset all settings on your iPhone. This will not delete your apps, data or music, but you will likely need to re-setup WiFi connections and you will need to customize your iPhone settings again.

To start, go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings -> Enter Your Passcode. Now, wait for the iPhone to restart.

Reset Your iPhone

The next level solution to completely reset your iPhone. If you are using an older iPhone and you have not ever started over from scratch since you bought it, this is a good time to try starting over. This will wipe all of your data from your iPhone and you will need to sync it back or to restore from a backup.

Use these options to fix slow iPhone problems on iOS 10.

Use these options to fix slow iPhone problems on iOS 10.

If you restore from a backup you may bring some problems back, but it is the easiest way to get all of your data on to your iPhone again after a reset.

Once you are done backing up, you can go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings and Content -> Enter a Passcode.

This will restart your iPhone and wipe it clean. This will take some time and you cannot use your iPhone while it happens.

Go Back to iOS 9

You can still go back to iOS 9 for a limited time. This normally only lasts a week or more so if you are concerned, now is the time to go back to iOS 9. You can only go back to iOS 9.3.5, but you can go back and wait for iOS 10.0.1 or iOS 10.1.

What’s New in iOS 10.1

What's New in iOS 10.1

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What's New in iOS 10.1

This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad. 

Camera and Photos

  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library

  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes

  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch
  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes
  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup
  • For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:  https://support.apple.com/HT201222 

Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.

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