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Is iOS 4 Slow On Your iPhone 3G? Here’s A Simple Fix

Ever since the new iPhone and iOS launched, Apple has been facing one issue after another. Of course, we have seen issues with poor reception and proximity sensor. But there have also been several other issues including slow 3G upload, unreliable Wi-Fi network,etc. If this was not enough, several iPhone 3G users have been complaining since the launch of the new iOS 4 about facing an extremely slow system performance post the OS installation.

Recently, Apple acknowledged the issue and has promised to look into the solution. But before the company comes up with a solution few weeks later, here is a simple fix that will see your iPhone 3G start performing blazingly fast again. Here is what you need to do

1. On the iPhone home screen, tap Settings.

2. Navigate to Settings -> General -> Home Button -> Spotlight Search

3. Deselect all the options under Spotlight search

You are done. It is being noticed that the system sluggishness may be due to the presence of spotlight search and disabling it can temporarily solve the issue. Do you see similar improvements? Write back in the comments.

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Comments

Comment from Jason
Time August 2, 2010 at 10:23 am

These instructions don’t make sense. If you go to Settings > General > Home Button > Spotlight Search you’re presented with a list of items to be included (or not) in a Spotlight Search, but no way to “Swipe to turn the option off.” You could deselect all the items one by one. Is that what you mean? Or am I missing something?

Comment from Anand Srinivasan
Time August 2, 2010 at 10:51 am

You are right, Jason. The post has been updated.

Comment from Damien
Time August 3, 2010 at 8:03 am

Thanks! I saw instant speed results.
I was contemplating going back to IOS 3.x on my Iphone 3G (non s)

Comment from Andrei Rotenstein
Time August 3, 2010 at 10:33 am

Hi. Thanks for posting this suggestion. I’ve also noticed a marked improvement. Other issues remain, but things are much more responsive.

Comment from Oliver
Time August 5, 2010 at 9:41 pm

This has somewhat worked for me as well. Thank you. I’m hoping Apple releases a new firmware update soon because this is pretty annoying. I’m jealous of other 3G users who have reported speed increases.

Comment from Gil
Time August 7, 2010 at 3:15 am

HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!! THANK THE LORD FOR THE MAN WHO POSTED THIS!!! THIS WAS SO SIMPLE AND WITH A HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEE SPEED INCREASE! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU =]

Comment from dave.the.rave
Time August 9, 2010 at 3:09 am

helps a lot. still nothing compared to iphone4 unit but a load better. thanks.

Comment from MsJ
Time August 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm

I was hoping for the same reaction as Gil but mine is still kind of slow but somewhat improved which is better than nothing so THANK YOU! :)

Comment from Dave Dawson
Time August 19, 2010 at 3:55 am

iPhone 3GS IOS4 was working fine except networking very slow (3G and WiFi) or even timing out for no apparent reason. This fix immediately had the networking flying. Well done!

Comment from kelmen
Time August 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm

thanks for sharing this, will try it for 3g, let’s see any improvement…

Comment from nbregi [pt]
Time August 23, 2010 at 4:14 am

I read somewhere that two hard resets could do the trick too. I’ve deselected all the options under Spotlight search and made two hard resets and my iPhone 3G is flying now.
Muito obrigado.

Comment from Andy Knoxvie
Time August 29, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Thank you so much! It was taking forever to open anything on safari, now it runs so quickly it’s unreal!!!

Comment from Nuru
Time September 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I too noticed a significant improvement. However its still not as good as it was before installing OS4..

Comment from YD
Time December 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm

It helps. Thanks.

Comment from dapo
Time March 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

This is a great piece…….absolutely fanstastic. I can see an immediate improvement in speed as I have been gutted for sometime thinking it was due to space issue.
Thanks

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