Why is My iPhone 14 So Slow and Laggy?

Frustrated with your iPhone 14’s sluggish performance? You’re not alone. Even the most powerful smartphones can experience slowdowns over time, leaving you with a laggy experience. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially considering the iPhone 14’s reputation for being a speed demon.

This article dives deep into the potential reasons why your iPhone 14 might be slow and laggy. We’ll also explore various troubleshooting steps you can take to get your phone running smoothly again.

Common Causes of a Slow iPhone 14

Several factors can contribute to a slow iPhone 14. Here are some of the most common culprits:

  • Storage Running Low: iPhones, like all devices, rely on sufficient storage space to function optimally. When your storage fills up, your phone struggles to juggle tasks efficiently. This can lead to app crashes, slow loading times, and overall sluggishness.
  • Outdated Software: Apple regularly releases iOS updates that contain bug fixes and performance improvements. Failing to update your iPhone to the latest version can leave you vulnerable to software bugs that contribute to lag.
  • Background App Refresh: Background App Refresh allows apps to update content in the background, keeping them fresh when you open them. However, this feature can also consume resources and slow down your phone if you have too many apps enabled.
  • Resource-Intensive Apps: Certain apps, particularly games and graphics-intensive programs, can eat up your phone’s processing power and RAM. Running multiple such apps simultaneously can overwhelm your device, causing lag and slowdowns.
  • Hardware Issues: While less common, hardware problems can also lead to a slow iPhone 14. This could be due to a faulty battery, overheating issues, or even internal damage.

Troubleshooting Tips to Speed Up Your iPhone 14

Now that you understand the potential causes of your iPhone 14’s sluggishness, let’s explore some solutions to get it back up to speed.

1. Free Up Storage Space

The first step is to check your iPhone’s storage usage. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. This screen will show you a breakdown of how your storage space is being used.

  • Identify Storage Hogs: Once you see the breakdown, identify apps and data taking up significant space. These could be large games, downloaded videos, or music files.
  • Offload Unused Apps: Consider offloading unused apps. Offloading removes the app itself from your device while keeping its data and documents. You can easily re-download the app later without losing any progress. To offload an app, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage, tap on the app you want to offload, and select Offload App.
  • Delete Unnecessary Photos and Videos: Photos and videos can consume a significant amount of storage. Delete unwanted photos and videos, or consider using cloud storage services like iCloud Photos to free up space on your device.
  • Clear Safari Cache: The Safari cache can also accumulate over time, taking up valuable storage space. To clear the cache, go to Settings > Safari and tap Clear History and Website Data.

2. Update Your iPhone to the Latest iOS Version

Outdated software is a common culprit behind slowdowns. Apple regularly releases iOS updates that contain bug fixes, performance improvements, and security patches. Updating your iPhone to the latest version can significantly improve its performance.

Here’s how to update your iPhone:

  • Back Up Your iPhone: Before updating, it’s always a good practice to back up your iPhone. This ensures you don’t lose any data in case of an unexpected issue during the update process. You can back up your iPhone to iCloud or your computer using iTunes.
  • Connect to Wi-Fi: It’s recommended to connect your iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi network before downloading the update. This will help ensure a smooth and uninterrupted update process.
  • Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  • Download and Install: If an update is available, tap Download and Install. Your iPhone will download the update and prompt you to restart your device once complete.

3. Manage Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh allows apps to update content in the background, keeping them current when you open them. However, this feature can also consume resources and contribute to slowdowns, especially if you have a large number of apps enabled. Here’s how to manage Background App Refresh:

  • Go to Settings > General.
  • Scroll down and tap Background App Refresh.
  • Choose between Off, Wi-Fi Only, or Wi-Fi & Cellular Data. Selecting “Off” will completely disable Background App Refresh, while “Wi-Fi Only” will only allow apps to refresh in the background when connected to a Wi-Fi network.

4. Close Unused Apps

While iOS automatically manages background app refresh to some extent, it’s also a good practice to manually close unused apps. This frees up memory and processing power that can be used by the apps you’re currently using.

Here’s how to close unused apps on iPhone 14:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen (and hold briefly) to open the App Switcher. This will display thumbnails of all recently used apps.
  • Swipe up on the preview of any app you want to close.

5. Disable Unnecessary Animations

iOS uses animations for various actions, such as app launching and screen transitions. While these animations can be visually appealing, they can also contribute to slowdowns on an overloaded device. Disabling animations can improve performance, especially on older iPhones or those with limited storage space.

Here’s how to disable animations on iPhone 14:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility.
  • Scroll down and tap on Motion.
  • Toggle the switch for Reduce Motion to the On position. This will disable most animations on your iPhone.

6. Restart Your iPhone

A simple restart can often resolve temporary glitches and software bugs that might be causing slowdowns. Restarting your iPhone clears the system’s memory and allows it to start fresh.

Here’s how to restart your iPhone 14:

  • For iPhone 14 and 14 Plus: Press and hold the side button and either volume button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to the right to turn off your iPhone. Then, press and hold the side button again to power it back on.

7. Reset Network Settings

Corrupted network settings can sometimes interfere with your iPhone’s performance. Resetting network settings will erase all saved Wi-Fi passwords, Bluetooth connections, and VPN configurations. However, it can also resolve network-related issues that might be contributing to slowdowns.

Important Note: Before resetting network settings, ensure you have the passwords for your Wi-Fi networks readily available, as you’ll need to re-enter them after the reset.

Here’s how to reset network settings on iPhone 14:

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset.
  • Tap on Reset Network Settings.
  • Enter your passcode when prompted.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings again to confirm.

8. Check for Hardware Issues

If the troubleshooting steps mentioned above don’t resolve the issue, your iPhone 14 might be experiencing a hardware problem. Some potential hardware issues that could cause slowdowns include:

  • Faulty Battery: A failing battery can struggle to provide enough power for smooth operation, leading to slowdowns and sluggish performance.
  • Overheating: Excessive heat can throttle your iPhone’s performance to prevent damage. If your iPhone frequently gets hot, it could indicate a hardware issue.
  • Internal Damage: Physical damage to your iPhone, such as a drop or water exposure, can also lead to performance issues.

If you suspect a hardware issue, it’s best to take your iPhone to an Apple Authorized Service Provider for diagnosis and repair.

Additional Tips for Maintaining Optimal iPhone 14 Performance

Here are some additional tips to help you maintain optimal performance on your iPhone 14:

  • Avoid Downloading Apps from Unverified Sources: Only download apps from the official App Store. Apps downloaded from untrusted sources may contain malware or be poorly optimized, leading to performance issues.
  • Disable Location Services for Unnecessary Apps: Location services can be a significant battery drain and can also contribute to slowdowns. Disable location services for apps that don’t require them.
  • Use Low Power Mode: Low Power Mode reduces background activity and throttles performance to conserve battery life. While this can make your iPhone feel slightly slower, it’s a good option when you need to stretch your battery life.
  • Consider Upgrading to a Higher Storage Tier: If you consistently run out of storage space, consider upgrading to a higher storage tier on your iPhone. This will provide more breathing room for your device to operate smoothly.

Seeking Professional Assistance

If your iPhone 14 continues to experience performance issues despite these steps, it may be beneficial to seek assistance from Apple Support or visit an authorized service provider like Computer Emergency Room. We can diagnose hardware issues, provide repairs, or offer further recommendations to optimize your device’s performance.


Understanding why your iPhone 14 is slow and laggy involves considering both hardware and software factors. By implementing the strategies outlined in this article, you can often resolve or mitigate these issues, restoring your device to optimal performance. Remember, regular maintenance and staying informed about updates and best practices can go a long way in ensuring your iPhone 14 remains a reliable companion in your daily life.