All of a sudden your iPhone stops working. The screen no longer responds and freezes. This is a common problem with iPhones, and if it occurs when you are in the middle of an important business event, you might not be able to place important calls or read your emails on the go. There are certain solutions for unfreezing or speeding up your slow phone.

Restart or Reset

Press the “Sleep/Wake” button till the “Slide to power off” message appears. Once the power is off, turn the phone back on by pressing the “Sleep/wake” button till you see the Apple icon. If this does not solve the issue, try resetting the phone. Simultaneously, you can try to press and hold the “Sleep/wake” button and “Home” button for at least 10 seconds and forcefully restart.

Close applications

Your phone might become slow or freeze when you use some applications. Close them by holding down the “Sleep/Wake” button till the “Slide to power off” message appears. Now hold the “Home” button for 6 seconds till the app shuts down and the home screen appears. If the device is slow when running multiple apps, close the unwanted apps to speed it up.

Un-freeze the screen

Is your phone not sensing the touch screen instructions, or is it black so that it appears to be turned off. Then try pressing the “Home” button to resolve it. If it doesn’t work on the first tap, hold it for at least six seconds till you are taken back to your home screen and everything will work normally in most cases.

Update the iOS

Running the phone on previous versions might make the performance of the phone slow or might freeze it, especially when using apps designed for the latest version of the OS. Apple also releases software updates that resolve the issue of freezing. Plug the phone to your computer. In iTunes, click ‘update’ in the device summary menu. For iOS 5 or later versions, you can update by going to ‘Settings -> General -> Software update’, and choosing ‘install now’. But this will take more time than doing it via iTunes.

Use a system monitor

There are many apps available in iTunes, which tell you your memory usage, cache, system logs and other data that affect the performance of the phone. Download them and identify the problematic apps or settings that cause the phone to freeze or slow down. It will also tell you the apps that you can change. They also allow you to free your memory space, speeding up the phone.

Restore your iPhone

This should be your last resort, when none of the above helps. Connect your phone to the computer through USB. Select iPhone from the ‘Devices’ menu and go to ‘Summary’ tab. Now choose ‘Restore’ and create a back-up. Once the phone is restored, the iOS from the previous backup can be installed. If you still face problems, restore the device and set it up as new. This way, you can avoid software bugs affecting your phone from backup.

Use these simple tricks and speed up your iPhone today.