January 26, 2012 at 11:44 am

A Restart a Day Keeps Apple’s iPhone Doctor Away?

restart iphone to speed it upI learned my lesson about writing about Apple Genius Bar employees after nearly costing a friend his job, by merely reporting about how Apple rescued John Stewart’s laptop. Apple’s PR machine is tight-lipped, to say the least, and was apparently rather displeased to have it known that any Apple laptop had malfunctioned, let alone the one that held the prized digital photos of the host of The Daily Show.

However, I occasionally find it useful to grab tidbits of what Apple Genius Bar employees say (here’s another example) so long as I don’t identify them by name or branch, which is how I put together this latest tip.

Apple’s iPhone is capable of multitasking, or running several apps at once. Most of these apps don’t do much in the background, although if your phone is running slow, you might try killing those processes manually. To do that, you double-tap the Home button to bring up the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. In the taskbar, you can tap and hold the screen until the app icons start jiggling, and then X out the ones you don’t want to run in the background.

An Apple Genius Bar employee recommended going one step further, if your phone is running sluggishly: Just restart it, the same way you would a computer that’s been on for too long.

You probably know how to restart your iPhone already, but in case you don’t, it’s simple: Just press the Home (on the front near the bottom) and Back (on the top edge to the right) buttons simultaneously. That shuts the phone down. Then you just turn it back on again by holding down both buttons.

According to this anonymous Apple Genius Bar employee, doing this once per day — as he or she told us he or she does — will keep your iPhone running fast, although practically speaking, we’d just recommend giving it a shot once in a while if you notice sluggishness.

And… that’s it. (Simplest tutorial ever.)

  • http://twitter.com/OpenAmazing Daniel Strickland

    Actually, no. Killing processes in the background won’t help – the iPhone doesn’t work at all like our laptop or deskop computers. Those apps aren’t actually running in the background, that list is just a list of “recently used” apps. For the ones that are (playing music, for example), they are tightly controlled by iOS and killed automatically if needed.

    If your iPhone hangs or is stuck, restart it. But killing apps and restarting once a day won’t help.

    See this article:
    http://daringfireball.net/2012/01/ios_multitasking

  • http://mrtunes.ca/blog Mr. Tunes

    dont you turn off the phone by holding the on/off button at the top right corner? i’m confused what the home button is used for here. EDIT: these instructions must be for the 4s or something

  • Ihawrlso

    Instructions are incorrect. Pressing the home button and the “power” button, not the “Back” button which doesn’t exist on an iPhone, on the top right of the phone will do a force restart of the phone. Just press and hold the power button until a red bar slides down from the top of the screen and slide it to power it off.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EANX5OAKFO6LQLRXAQNUPQRZWM Aaren Browns

    Hi, Apple’s products are very amazing.I like its must when it hang any problem it just restart as computer.good features of this phone.

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