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How to Make Older Devices Run Faster after iOS 7 Update

Just updated to iOS 7 on your iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad 4 or other older iOS devices? Stuck with current devices, which are acting a bit sluggish after upgrading to iOS 7? Good news is that there are a few things you can do to improve an old iOS device’s performance somewhat.

Clear up iDevice, Keep Only Needed Apps

Deleting unnecessary apps could help you save a lot of space on iPhone, iPad or iPod. If your device’s hard drive is near capacity, reducing the amount of data stored on it could result in a speed boost.

You can check how much free space you have, go to Settings > General > Usage. We’d suggest keeping at least 1GB free just to make sure there’s some free space for iOS to shunt files around without having to do too much juggling. To delete an app, find it, tap and hold until it starts wiggling, and tap the X in the upper-left corner.

Also, you can delete unwanted photos which takes up a large number of space on iDevices. If you accidently deleted the wrong photos, use iTunes Data Recovery to restore the deleted photos.

Stop Background Update

iOS 7 runs more processes in the background to make it more convenient to use. For starters, apps now update by themselves in the background, which saves you the trouble of updating your apps manually.

Turn off Automatic Updates: Tap Settings > iTunes & App Store > and turn Updates off. If you spend a lot of time uploading Music, Apps and Books you might want to turn off those as well.

Turn off Background App Refresh: Tap Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Turn Background App Refresh off and tap Disable Background App Refresh.

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Turn Off Motion, Transparency, and Other Effects

iOS 7 introduced new animations, which quickly lose their luster when they result in a choppy motions and lag. you can turn them down if this setting is available your device. For instance, iPad 2 supports this motion effect but iPhone 4S doesn’t.

Turn off Motion: Tap on Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and set Reduce Motion to On. This turns off the parallax effect of icons and alerts (many people find it easier to use in this setting).

Hopefully these tips could help your device run faster after iOS 7. If you have other problems after updating iOS 7, such as battery drain, check How to Fix iOS 7 Battery Drain

How to Preserve and Boost iOS 7 Battery Life

Some of iOS 7’s new features might be hurting your battery life, like AirDrop or the Notification Center — it’s the stealthy settings buried beneath a stack of menus. If you’re noticing a quickly draining battery, or just want to get more juice out of your battery, read the tips below.

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Lock your device timely

It’s a good habit to lock your device each time you finish using it. Even if you are just checking the time of day or messages, leaving the screen on for five or even three minutes at a time can add up. Set the auto lock to more quickly turn off the screen can help preserve battery life.

Leaving every service up and running for all apps all of the time will certainly run your battery down. As a result, you’d better turn off the apps as soon as you finish using them.

Turn off AirDrop

AirDrop enables you to quickly share files, photos, map points and links with other nearby iOS devices. Leaving it turned on will have your device look for nearby devices ever time you access the share option in your apps. AirDrop is accessible on the Control Center, you could turn off AirDrop when you are not using it.

Disable Automatic updates

The automatic update feature of iOS devices save you a lot of time, but it also consumes battery juice. According to Apple, it’s designed to be power-conscious, but if you know you’ll be without a charger for a long time, it’s best to disable it.

To do so, head to Settings > iTunes and Apple Store, and disable the Updates option. Just don’t forget to check the App Store for new app versions.

Frequent Locations (and other location services)

Turn off location service

A huge battery hog for any device is the use of location-based apps and services. Usually, that applies to mapping apps, but hidden in your Settings are a slew of location services that could be doing more harm than good.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Scroll down and choose System Services. Some of these options are designed to improve your experience, but they come at the cost of your privacy (and battery). Disable any options you don’t actually need, like iAds. Then, head to the Frequent Locations feature, and disable that, too.

Turn off Spotlight 

Spotlight Search will keep an updated index of all of the information you have collected on your iPhone. Maintaining this index can conserve power. Located under the General section of the Settings app, you can turn Spotlight Search off completely by not checking any of the data types listed. You can also choose the types of information you want to search for, and adjust the order that the results are displayed.

Those who rely heavily on Spotlight should skip this option, but if you can live with only a partially indexed phone, un-index some items. To achieve this, go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search, and uncheck the items you don’t absolutely need indexed.

If your iOS 7 device is still suffering from battery drain, you can have a look at the post How to Fix iOS 7 Battery Drain.

5 Reasons That You Should not Upgrade to iOS 7 Now

iOS 7 has been available to update for a week, many users have updated to the newest iOS and reported a lot of error messages during the update. Before you accept the automatic software upgrade on your device, or head to iTunes to download the software, think twice. There are some reasons that suggesting you should not upgrade to iOS now.

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 1. Some apps won’t be compatible

Though iOS 7 has added a lot of new features including Airdrop and frequent location, there are also some apps that were previously available now may not be compatible with iOS 7.  As with almost every new software version, apps often require a modest update at most to remain compatible. But some apps will fall behind simply fail to work — or fail to appear in the update list — because of an incompatibility issue.

Or in other cases the apps are still being developed so that the next update version will be compatible with iOS 7. 

2. No jailbreak for iOS 7 now

Jailbreak gives iPhone users the chance to run customization tweaks and features that non-jailbroken devices would lack. However, for the moment there is no way to jailbreak on iOS 7. As the saying goes you cannot sell the cow and drink the milk, you have to choose between jailbreak and iOS 7. For many, they’d rather stay with jailbreak than updating to iOS 7.

3. There are still bugs to be fixed

The previous iOS 7 betas have fixed a lot of bug in iOS 7. While, obviously there are still bugs to be fixed in the next few weeks as complaints fly around Apple forums. Just like previous years, updates will likely be coming to iOS 7 in the trailing weeks after its initial release to fix anything that users are struggling with.

Some of the bugs might lead to iPhone, iPad or iPod data loss during update. In case of such tragedy, use iPhone Data Recovery for Mac to restore data from iPhone, iPad and iPod to your Mac.

4. No Way to downgrade to iOS 6

They say the iOS 7 update is a one-way trip. Though beta and pre-release versions of iOS 7 allowed developers and software testers to downgrade to the latest stable iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 build, Apple is not expected to extend the same courtesy with the final “gold master” version of iOS 7.

5. Older devices cannot update to iOS 7

iOS 7 doesn’t come with all iOS devices. It is only compatible with the iPhone 4, iPod touch (5th generation), and iPad 2 tablets and later. For instance, if you are an iPhone 3GS user or iPod touch 4G usesr, you’ll not be able to upgrade to iOS 7.

Older compatible devices may still not see the full performance one might expect with the latest editions to Apple’s smartphone and tablet lineup.

If you’ve read through the post and still want to update to iOS 7, check the post How to Upgrade to iOS 7 for detailed steps.