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

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

That helps with iPad air 2 too. But it looks extremely ugly after that(bottom dock at homescreen becomes grey), especially if you have a colored wallpaper. I hope they fix it soon.

7. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I only experience lag on my iPhone 6 when swiping down on the home screen to open spotlight search. That already happened on my iPhone 5s. Apart from that, everything is lag free for me.

13. TyrionLannister unregistered

How about that stutter when you select an app from multitasking ribbon. It happens on my air 2.

16. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Just tested it on my iPhone. It usually re-loads the app. And yes, there is a lag as well. This is certainly a RAM issue on the iPhone. I can't test it on an iPad though.

27. TyrionLannister unregistered

The re-loading is a RAM issue. The lag is optimization issue. iPad air 2 has 2 GB of RAM and still the stutter is there.

29. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Agreed. You convinced me.

47. engineer-1701d unregistered

This is one of the whole reasons why the switch into 3 gig of ram on the next one because of too many things going on with the stream the processor and the screen frame rate couldn't keep up it's one of the reasons why Apple never went large screen

55. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

That's what happened with Touchwiz. Takes up all the Ram, leaving with nothing, then lags and stutters appear.

65. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

That's Touchwiz 2013... the 2015 version is fine.

58. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Apple is like the government a huge LAG!!!

48. engineer-1701d unregistered

This is one of the whole reasons why the switch into 3 gig of ram on the next one because of too many things going on with the stream the processor and the screen frame rate couldn't keep up it's one of the reasons why Apple never went large screen

2. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

To their credit, At least Apple actually updated last year's iPhones to iOS 9, even if it slowed them to a crawl. Meanwhile, there are countries where Android 5.0, LAST YEAR'S ANDROID VERSION, is not even released for the LG G3, and when it was released, it practically crippled LG G3's to near uselessness with debilitating performance issues and reboots, when iPhone 6's had minimal reports of such debilitating problems...!!!

5. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Dont you see the patern here? Maybe its good thats some phone NOT be updated! In my nearly 10 years experience in cellphone industry over 75% of OS update on ALL mobile OS screw up the phone. I am tired of ppl saying its a good thing thats Apple update old phone ITS NOT as its probably the OS with the most broken phone after OS update. I know lots of iphone 6 and 5S user with pretty bad bug making the phone almost unusable after 9.0 update. No wifi signal , no network , rebooting phone , phone bricked on a white screen ect. So stop been blind unless you work in the industry all you see is the nice marketing crap said by Apple and the lie spread by tech website. I work directly with the clients and i see the reality!

6. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Then you may as well say that all software development should END AS WE KNOW IT if it will ruin every single device on the planet, right?

8. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

It WILL ruin the OLD device EVENTUALLY especially with newer updates. What he meant is that you don't need to force updates to old devices as it is likely to become slower and more painful to use since the hardware can't keep up.

11. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Apple does not force updates on older devices.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes they do. Because newer apps won't work unless you have the latest update if it is an app you want. Or an app that has been updated to only work with the newest version of iOS. If you want the updated app you much uograde. Not saying others don't do the same. I can say Android updates tend to be less of a lroblem. Most Oems won't update a phone more than 3 years old on average. What the point to update a phone that is working great to ruin it? Yet you all scream at how Android you may not get an uodate. Yes fine. Even without an uodate, most older Androids still do more than any iPhone with the latest updates. Most nips updates are mostly for stuff they broke that was working fine before the update. Apple has always been terrible at software vs a company like Microsoft. All amicroosft makes is software and for the 1000s of applications they make year on year, they have far less issues than Apple does who only has OSX, iOS,QuickTime ,iTunes and a handful of others.

36. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No update, no Apple Music, no this or that, with android all apps and services are updated without OS update (and even Knox is updated with Samsung), not with Apple so it's a forced update just to use Apple Music and so on (I have the new play store software on android 5.1.1 and so on

59. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Of course not, it's all about the supposedly huge sales?? So they only focus on new, funny thing the updates help older models not the new from what I heard?

17. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

So we shouldn't develop any software anymore? Why not update a kill switch to really, really, REALLY old devices (iPhone 4) to brick it and then force people to update to an iPhone 6 now, huh? Of course there will be a performance compromise, it's a matter of how bad it is every successive year...

40. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

how about you try building a company that releases A LOT of phones for different markets and be able to update them ALL for a long period of time while making a profit at the same time?

15. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Then why do people upgrade? It still can call and send message and function. Thats what a phone should do. Upgrading then bugs appear. These updates are for techies, not for average consumers.

19. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

People want to upgrade because they want to use some of the new features. That does not have anything to do with techies. Techies usually upgrade through buying a new phone every year or even every couple of months (poor them).

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What new features. What do features did the 4S get? Did you update it to ios9. How many iPad got splitscreen? One so what do lid the others get? Nothing. Most guys here just update because they can, not because they need too. As Microsoft stated, if you want to enjoy the benefits of a new OS, you should buy hardware that comes pre-installed with it.

37. maverick7526

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 27, 2015

Android does not need to be on the latest version to get new features. Since pieces of the OS are in the play store, they get updated weekly, unlike ios where you need an os level update for new features.

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: 688; 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: 688; 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.

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