Software Updates Might Slow Down Your Device

Having trouble with snail speed performance? Maybe your update is why.

It’s a given that when software updates become available for your smartphone, you want to use them. Sometimes the updates can seriously slow down your device, though, and this has proven problematic for customers time and time again.

Some customers reported that their iPhone 4 would take around 30 seconds just to unlock after they downloaded the iOS 7 update. This is unacceptable for a lot of people who rely on their device for quick communication. There were many reports that it would take 20 to 30 seconds for the iPhone to read that an iMessage was simply being typed. This completely goes against the fast communication that Apple is supposed to provide.

Anything less than fast, top-notch service can have a truly negative impact on smartphone and tablet users, affecting their ability to get work done quickly, to do research for class, and numerous other tasks. The fact that software updates can slow down smartphones is nothing new, but it is something that you should keep in mind. You shouldn’t have to reboot your phone on a daily basis after downloading something that is supposed to make it better.

Is it just age?

It can be difficult to know if it is just slowing down because the device is aging, or if the “snail speed” is a direct effect of downloading new software. However, a quick online search reveals that many people have had problems after downloading new updates, such as iOS 7, and iOS 4 (at the time of its release). We will have to wait and see what users have to say after downloading newer updates, such as iOS 8. Hopefully, Apple will address concerns about quick performance with future software modifications.