My friend is convinced that the slowing of his iPhone 4S is part of a vast Apple conspiracy. I'm not completely convinced.
I mean, sure Apple has sent out updates to iOS that are arguably a step in the wrong direction, like that whole Apple Maps fiasco. But I believe the main culprit for decreasing smartphone performance (from any phone) is software cruft. Sometimes, you just have to do a little housekeeping.
So here's what I suggest. First, take a minute to boot off any bulky apps you never use. Dive in to Settings>General>Usage and look at the list of the apps installed on your phone. You'll see them listed in order of the size of the app, which makes it easy to spot the serious offenders. I'll bet you'll be surprised.
Time to clear out those apps you never use.
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