Your iPhone 4/S slowing down? This tip could potentially fix that

By on March 20, 2012
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The tricks of Black/White.

For the past six to seven months, I noticed my iPhone 4 deteriorate in speed. I thought this was pretty normal as I used up more memory and RAM to support the army of apps that I had installed on my phone. To still try that theory (geek alert), I swiped my iPhone clean to see if performance would return to normal. It didn’t. Intrigued, I prowled on Internet forums to see if there was a solution. One of the top tips to solve such problems was to perform a restore; but that did not help. Disheartened, I began to wonder if it was a hardware problem, specifically the home button. Why else would my apps quit slower than my colleague Taimoor Hafeez’s iPhone 4? That was the most prominent performance drop that I had noticed.

Of course, it wasn’t a hardware problem, as I found out yesterday. I randomly stumbled upon this piece of trick that restored the performance on my iPhone 4. I am afraid I do not remember where I found the solution, so no links here.

The solution was to turn off iPhone 4′s triple-click home button setting. You can find it under Settings > General  > Accessibility > Triple-click Home. You will find a number of options to choose from, all responsible of slowing down your phone. I had ‘Toggle White on Black’ selected. I just turned it ‘Off‘. And profit!

This tip depends on if you had any of the triple-click settings selected, so mileage depends. For me, my iPhone 4 has returned back to its speedy days. I have also noticed faster app-launch times, but I will chalk that down to placebo.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.



    My iphone 4S was really letting me down since a few months, I tried everything to make it run fast again… I turned the triple-click feature off and BAM it was fast again I love you man…

  • benny

    I got excited when reading this to then find out my triple click was off already, shucks

  • Don McDickie

    spot on Mufaddal…! Worked a treat – all back to normal. Thanks

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