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How to speed up iOS 7 on older devices

Niamh Lynch

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If you’ve recently updated an older iOS device to iOS 7, you might find that its performance is struggling with all the new, fancy graphics. That’s because your old phone’s small memory and graphics card aren’t properly equipped for the task. Luckily for you, with one of the improvements in iOS 7.0.3, you’ll now be able to use a simple trick to speed things up.

How to speed up iOS 7 on older devices

Whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you’ll be able to nix the parallax effect introduced in iOS 7. The parallax effect uses your phone’s built-in accelerometer to give the icons a 2D impression of depth. If you disable this effect, you’ll put less stress on your phone’s already maxed-out resources, helping it run more smoothly.

To disable parallax:

  1. Open Settings and navigate to the General section.
  2. Scroll down to Accessibility and find the Reduce Motion option.
  3. Once you find the option, enable it, thus shutting off the movement

Watch the video below to see these steps in action:

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It’s a very simple tip, but one that might just take your iOS 7 experience from frustrating, to smooth as silk!

Do you know any other tips to speed up iOS 7 on older phones?

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