How to deal with iPhone 6/6 Plus lag and stutter (iOS 9 tutorial)


Apple has long been synonymous with great user experience: the company has always taken pride in its exorbitantly high customer satisfaction ratings, but one particular aspect of its most popular product - the iPhone - has been frustrating in the past couple of years.

Ever since we got the great-looking iOS 7 design and visual overhaul with gaussian blur and transparency all over the place, it seems that every now and then a little stutter creeps in the otherwise commendably fast iPhone experience.

And if you are using an iPhone 6, or even worse, the iPhone 6 Plus, updated to the newest version of iOS 9, you surely must have noticed that there is quite a bit of annoying lag and stutter in some key places like the multitasking app switcher and the Spotlight search.

Is there any way to get rid of it? Well, Apple says that it knows about the issue and has been hard at work on a fix in an upcoming iOS 9.2 update, but you can do something simple to reduce the issue with your current version of the platform. The secret trick is to simple 'reduce transparency', a move that will take away a bit of the visual flare of iOS, but will help get rid of that stutter to some degree. Follow the few simple steps below to deal with lag on the iPhone 6/6 Plus (you can of course use the same if you want smoother performance out of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but there the issue does not appear to be so noticeable).

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67 Comments

52. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Great job Tim crook,, idiot

56. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Yeah, what a stupid dumbass.

57. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

He gearing up for his next pride parade lol

45. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

I have the the 6s plus it freezes occasionally after unlocking the phone using TOUCH ID. It happens at least twice a week, especially when I needed to use the phone urgently.it takes up to five seconds or more

43. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I have a friend with an iPhone 6 Plus. It lags every time he gets a notification. Will this help?

41. T-rex unregistered

iPhone lag an stutter? never heard that from phonearena

61. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

You get the point Apple SUCKS!!! Nuff said!!

28. meloth1991

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

I have noticed spotlight lag quite a lot of times on my iPhone 6 but the things r much worse on my iPad Air ( 5th generation ). There is quite a lot of lag in the overall interface

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How do the Ian's say it, what good is a feature if you have to turn it off to make the phone work right? IOS doesn't lag, only Android does. It's users says, we never noticed that all Apple keyboards lag and get stuck and even crash apps, because we only type one letter every 5 seconds. We never notice the stutter in animations. Lol The iPhone was a phone which had less features than most. This is why iOS tries to use hardware features over software ones because software features will cause some lag while hardware ones typically dont. This is why it won't ever have full multitasking because such a feature takes power and dual cores and 2GB of ram isn't going to cut it. iOS 7,8 and 9 have all been buggy, crashing, stuttering, half-baked release that have been worth that the previous ones combined. Data shows its crashes more apps vs android. That it's as vulnerable or more vulnerable than Android or any other mobile OS. These facts have been spoke and shown more than once, but yet the fans don't except it and every chance they get they want to ridicule other platforms just like Cook and company. Before you point a finger, make sure there aren't any skeletons on your closet.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"Before you point a finger, make sure there aren't any skeletons on your closet" Oh right you mean like in TouchWiz and how much lag and stutter it has? Or the severely aggressive RAM management in the S6 and the Note 5? Don't be a hypocrite techie.

68. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

iOS = MobileOS - TouchWiz = Front-end touch interface and NOT OPERATING SYSTEM! You comparing a OS against just a front-end touch interface? Just take the hit dude. Instead finding excuses and point finger at others wrongly too.

44. AlikMalix unregistered

Techie you cannot be that knowledgable (as you are - not sarcasm) and speak like android isn't littered with problems from low end to high end. I use an android device (flagship) for two weeks and get frustrated of inability to do things simply and the stutters and things that start doing tasks on its own is outright frustrating. My 6s is butter smooth. There are a few UI issues like misaligned buttons or text that I've seen early on ios8 and a couple rotating screen glitches on ios9. But it's nothing compared to an android device. None of that makes iOS or android a bad device - but just because it's easy to report iOS problems - one manufacturer and no forked skins) does not mean that Apple is horrible - but android is multilied by how many phones there are and manufacturers. Let's not be so blind. All said above with outmost respect to android users and their powerful devices.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well spoken Alik. That's the thing that gets me, people report problems on iOS and act like it's the end of the world, yet they never want to admit the problems Android has. For all it's worth, the Note 4 is a great phone. However it's still not devoid of its own problems, particularly lag and stutter.

64. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My Note 5 acts up, just like with my iPhone, I overlook the bad for the good that they do. Idiots like techie simply come here to start trouble. I wonder why they come here each day, and spend countless hrs attacking ios each day, each article. We all come here a lot, but to simply come to be trouble makers is plain stupid.

4. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Do they test the update before pushing it? I am starting to think that's Apple OS quality is going down the drain.. They will fix it in 9.2 by making the transparency and such go away.. why not do it right away for iphone 6 ? Crappy OS update from Apple :)

10. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 734; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

No power to trolls!

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

To all those who said 1GB RAM is "good enough" for iOS, the iPhone 6 appeared to be proof it isn't. No complaints of lag on my 6s, but I'll probably switch back to a Nexus next year (or a Pixel phone PLEASE GOOGLE PLEASE!)

9. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 734; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Dude, you need to compare Apples with Apples and not with Bananas. The statement that 1GB RAM is enough for iOS comes from a couple of years ago. For iOS 5, 6 and 7, 1GB RAM was fine. For iOS 8 and 9, 1 GB is not sufficient anymore. Of course, it is a shame that Apple has not upgraded the RAM already with iPhone 6.

12. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

So what if they didn't. They don't care. As long it has the logo, thats more than enough. But the ip6s has 2gb Ram.

14. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 734; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I don't think it is the Apple logo. I think, it is iOS that makes Apple's success.

18. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

It's certainly the logo that people flock and show off.

21. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 734; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Maybe in a 3rd world country. Since Android Flagships cost the same as iPhones, no one in the 1st world can show off with an iPhone.

25. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

This right here. Due respect to people in countries where an iPhone costs a kidney, but where I live at least people stand out by NOT having iPhones. iPhones have practically become a commodity in the US. Everyone I know with an iPhone simply bought it because it is a good phone.

26. maherk

Posts: 7097; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No doubt it is more about the logo, or else people won't be going crazy trying to get the latest model even when at times there is absolutely no need to upgrade. I know many who gets an Apple product mainly because of their OS, but I know a lot more who has to get the latest model even without knowing what is new in it.

31. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 734; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Lets be honest, no one who buys a flagship device really needs to update his device for 4 years. Everyone who does buy a new device earlier, does so because he or she simply wants to.

32. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The people you see "going crazy" at product launches may be about 1% of the total iPhone buying population. I'm not going to argue THAT you know more ifans than not (because I don't know you at all), but if that's the case I think you probably associate with an odd assortment of people. Of the dozens of people that I personally know with an iPhone, literally only one could be classified as an "iFan."

42. maherk

Posts: 7097; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I wouldn't call them iFans either, they are just a brand wh0r€. And just because I know them, doesn't mean they are in my closest friends circle. It is how our society work. For example, here in Lebanon, a 16GB latest iPhone would cost you $1200+ for the 1st 3-4 weeks it is released, when every other flagship would cost you roughly a $700. It is a bragging right now to own the latest iPhone, and the saddest part, is that with iPhone 6s, even guys are going with the pink color just to make sure people won't mistake it with the "old" 6.

60. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

That's sad too 2 gb ram?? Androids are up to 4 gb ram like I said apples innovation ha ha

23. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm fairly positive I've seen plenty of commenters over the past year (since iOS 8) say 1GB is perfectly fine.

30. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 734; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Of course. iFans exist but I think that there are not as many of them as some users here claim.

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