How to improve performance of iPhone 4, 4s, iPad 2 and iPad mini with iOS 7

How to improve performance of iPhone 4, 4s, iPad 2 and iPad mini with iOS 7
So, you have an iPhone 4s, an iPhone 4, or maybe an A5-powered iPad, such as the iPad 2 or the first-gen iPad mini? Well, in this case, you've probably found out that the fresh, new iOS 7 experience by Apple has caused the performance of your iDevice to no longer be as buttery smooth as it used to be. With iOS 7, Apple has implemented some neat visual tricks, like the ubiquitous blur effect that can be seen every time when something pops up in front of something else. Sadly, though, it appears that as cool as these graphical goodies are, they are causing the frame-rate to drop unpleasantly with some of Apple's older smartphones and tablets. What makes this issue potentially experience-spoiling is that it can actually make some completely ordinary apps, such as Messaging, seem somewhat laggy and slowish.

But fear not - there is a way to fix all of this, albeit through the sacrifice of some of these visual enhancements that came with iOS 7. Here are the very simple steps that you need to follow in order to improve the performance (and even battery life) of your iPhone 4s, 4, iPad 2 or iPad mini with iOS 7:

1. Open the Settings app;

2. Go to General;

3. Go to Accessibility;

4. Enter the Increase Contrast field and enable it - this will get rid of the blur effects;

5. Go back, then enter the Reduce Motion field and enable it - this will get rid of the parallax effect;

6. Hit the home button and enjoy a faster, smoother experience with iOS 7!


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iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)
iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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79 Comments

1. t_dawg

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

Worked for me! Much better now, was worried that I had to go and spend $800 on a new one

20. mturby unregistered

How to improve performance of iPhone 4, 4s, iPad 2 and iPad mini with iOS 7? ---buy an android.

24. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

Amen!

30. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think you misread, he is looking for an improvement

40. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Ah yea, he was being too specific, I think he meant get anything from 2010+ that is not an Apple product.

47. toondewachter

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I needed an improvement of performance of my Android. So I bought an iPhone. No regrets!

79. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

wp8 is faster

2. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

This actually makes a huge difference. My 4S was a little laggy, but not anymore. The flow in and out of apps is so much smoother now, Well done, PA.

42. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That is all artificial as hell. You are telling me that these phones can run full 3d games with all those fancy effects but they can't do a few transition animations between 2 static pictures...And that you have to shut it off to make it do about the same animations with about the same static images without frame skips....seriously...

49. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Who would have thought, adding android features on low hardware would show things down?

63. SairS

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

Happy to hear that it worked. I tried this and I even tried turning off Documents and data in icloud. This trick helped with motion sickness. but Iam still having issues if I have more apps..

3. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Apple supports the iphone 4 and 4s.. fandroids are shaking their heads in disbelief... is not all the features but some is better then none.... take that Nexus...

5. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nobody is shaking anything. You have to turn off the only original new features that weren't copied off someone else. Add in the fact that each generation back you're already losing features that they don't include by default, and you're left with the same phone you had before the update, essentially .

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. So to get better performance on older iPhones....you have to make iOS 7 a lil more like 6 or 5. What is there to shake heads at?

43. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

When you can removed the carrier bloatware that default should not be there then you can be a critic… other wise and unless you are not in the US ..well you guys have other issues like the Play Store not reaching every country the sells Android, that by default should… I can keep going on how Android is ripping their customer by not having default settings…

6. ilia1986 unregistered

THE ANDROID COMMUNITY - comprised of dozens of linux gods on xda - which is infinitely more powerful than any OEM or manufacturer - supports devices as old as the Nexus one!! I find your excessive ignorance disturbing.

44. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I find your devotion to Android.... disturbing... for the record .. you rely on a 3rd party developers as your own will operating system will not..

50. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol what up g-king good to see you on here putting some in their place. he brags about linux gods to keep a phone powerful when it should be that way out of the box. got 16 likes tho so i guess people agree

54. ilia1986 unregistered

Yes I do. Because their devotion is not driven by economic considerations but by their love of the platform and it's possibilities.

57. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

aww you almost made me a believer

60. ilia1986 unregistered

You almost caused me to forget that you don't really have any actual arguments vs my original reply. Community support >>> OEM support when it comes to open-source software. Always was, always will be.

64. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

thje thing here is illia is that nothing I do or say or how many facts I present to you.. will make you change your mind.. and viceversa so all you have presented is your own opinion on a praise on third party developers to keep your phone running intact... good for you and good for me that we both happy with our phones..right... and last community support do not include parts as Apple does to my iphone, I get all from Apple can't say the same

61. SairS

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

What do you mean by 3rd party developers. Developer is a developer .. In that case all ur apps are not published by apple.They are built by other parties. And please dont again support ios 7.. kitkat is released to run on 512 MB rams and ios 7 OMG I threw off my iphone 4 and I am surprised that apple is not even signing ios 6 . Is that a stragegy or ripping of?

65. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

The updates you get, do not come from Google or the carrier, you have to download outside of the Playstore making it a 3rd party,and honestly Android does not care about your 11\2 phone, so just run off to those developers and get your phone up to date..

7. taikucing unregistered

Android Gingerbread is enough to destroy the sh*tty iOS 7, 8, 9, ....

22. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Gingerbread? Are you kidding? That was just garbage it didnt get any better until ics.

11. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I'll give you that. ...a non so happy Nexus 3 owner :(

15. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I have a Gnex and I assume the official suport from Apple is way better than Google, luckly we have a lot of developers that helps us to have newer versions of android without relying on Google or another OEM, but of course, being officially suported is always better, for that I congrats Apple

23. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

It is true but apple has one thing for sure, the day they release the update it hits all the devices, even on the nexus end only the latest will get it, and then a couple of weeks/months the next device that was released within 18 months, nothing beyond 18 months. Which would mean the gnexus wouldnt get kit kat, of course you can always get a rom, so is ok but for some people that cant do that is a better option.

26. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

That what I was talking about

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