How to Improve Performance of iOS 8 On Older Devices

When I installed iOS 8 on my older iPad 2, I noticed something. It got a bit slower. Launching or switching between apps just didn’t seem as fast and animations didn’t seem as smooth. Although I can’t expect my older iPad to keep up with a newer model, there are a few small tweaks that I can make. So here’s what I did.

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change a few settings to improve performance

Reduce Motion

Turning on the reduce motion feature in iOS removes some animations and the parallax effect, which frees up resources and can add a small boost to performance. To turn on this feature go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. Tap to turn Reduce Motion on.

Reduce Transparency

The next thing  you could do is reduce the transparency. Reducing the transparency will replace the frosted glass look of some areas and replace it with a solid gray. To change this go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast > Reduce Transparency > On.

Check Storage

It is possible to see reduced performance if the  storage of your iPad is becoming full. If you notice your iPad’s performance suffering, check the amount of storage you have left. To do this go to Settings > General > Usage > Look at the Available Storage section. If you see that your storage is close to capacity, try deleting a few unused apps.

These tips should help to increase performance if your experiencing trouble after updating.

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