This trick frees up your iPhone’s memory without the need to reboot.
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If you’ve been noticing a slight drop in your iPhone’s processing speed, there’s a pretty good chance apps and processes running in the background may be choking your phone’s memory. Fortunately, thanks to tech writer Marc Forrest, we know a quick way to free up some RAM in only a few seconds without having to reboot your phone.
First off, we should mention that newer devices such as the iPhone 6S and 6S plus tend to be pretty unaffected by RAM intensive apps as they both come with 2GB of available memory (twice the amount in the iPhone 6). This trick is unlikely to have much of an affect on these devices.
For the iPhone 6 and older (including iPads and the iPod touch), here’s what you want to do to quickly free up some processing power:
1. With your phone on, hold the power button until the “power down” slider appears. Do not power your phone down.
2. Once the slider has appeared, hold the home button down for roughly 5 seconds or until you are returned to your menu screen
3. That’s it! Your phone has cleared unused internal processing memory and will likely be noticeably quicker.
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If your phone still seems uncharacteristically slow, there may be other things going on. Try closing open apps or even deleting apps you don’t need. It may also help to kill automatic background processes such as automatic updates (done in your “settings”). Auto updates are continually checking to see if any new versions of software are available and continually require processing power to do so.