iPhone 12 mini Lagging? Here’s The Real Fix!

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Is your iPhone 12 mini lagging? Find yourself screaming “how do I speed up my iPhone 12 mini?” You may be able to improve it by performing a few tricks that can speed up your iPhone.

If you’ve ever asked yourself “why is my iPhone 12 mini slow?” this guide is for you. iPhone may slow down after an iOS update, but there are things we can do about it.

Why is my iPhone 12 mini lagging? This is one of the most commonly asked questions about gnu handsets. It seems our phones almost inevitably transform from fresh and nimble into bloated and sluggish without any obvious reason why.

There are a number of possible causes for your iPhone 12 mini laggy issue. Fortunately, a number of them are fixable or preventable with the right knowledge. Here are some things you can do.

iPhone 12 mini lagging – Close Background apps

You’ve probably heard this one before but too many apps running in the background is a key cause for slow iPhones. We all accumulate apps over time and probably forget to delete the many we seldom or never use. Many of these apps require background resources, refreshing their data, connecting to the net, or monitoring some part of the iOS in the background for when it might be needed.

iPhones have limited resources (RAM, CPU, and the like), which have to be split among all the background and high priority tasks. So lots of stuff running in the background can slow down your iPhone 12 mini when it comes to a more demanding application like gaming. iOS is pretty good at managing resources, but it can’t work miracles on a bogged down system.
closing unused applications is an important and super simple maintenance practice. Fortunately, The process is quick and easy. Here is how:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, pause for a moment, then release when you see the app cards.
  2. Swipe right or left on the cards to find the app you want.
  3. Swipe up on the app’s card to force it to close.

iPhone 12 mini lagging – Delete or offload unused apps

Like me, you probably have way too many apps on your iPhone. We all download applications without even thinking about it. After some testing we realize they are no good, and it’s normal to simply forget about these applications and leave them roaming around the app library.

This is fine when you have a lot of storage, but some may need to save that precious space. Not to mention, this software may be running in the background at times. Unused apps are definitely resource hogs, so just get rid of them! You can do this by following the steps below:

  1. Start the Settings app.
  2. Head to General > iPhone Storage. This shows all of the apps on your iPhone and how much storage space they use.
  3. Tap the app you want to delete. On the next screen, tap Delete App.
  4. In the pop-up that appears, tap Delete App.

While you are here, enable the switch next to Offload Unused Apps. Now, iOS will Automatically offload unused apps when you’re low on storage. Your documents & data will be saved.

iPhone 12 mini lagging – Clear the cache data

Don’t know what cached data is? Well, it’s a good thing to have it, as it actually speeds up your iPhone. By saving some data locally, the iOS can reduce loading times and avoid the need to grab the same bits from the Internet every single time you enter a website or app.

The issue is that cache can build up and become pretty heavy on your iPhone’s internal storage. Try to clear it from time to time, as it can also get old. The option is available for individual apps through the iPhone Storage settings, or you can look for a cache cleaning application in the App Store.

Here is how to clear cache on iPhone 12 mini in Safari and other apps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Safari.
  3. Scroll down again and tap Clear History and Website Data, tap it once again to confirm.

iPhone 12 mini lagging – Clean your device storage

Got too much music, videos and other files around? Filling up your internal storage can affect performance, so try to keep your iPhone memory as tidy as possible. Go through all your files and decide what you will actually use and what is just taking up space for no good reason.

iPhone 12 mini Lagging – Get rid of widgets!

Widgets are very cool, but they can be huge resource hogs and slow down your iPhone 12 mini. These windows of information are constantly fetching data and looking for updates. Try to limit your widget usage as much as possible. Of course, don’t sacrifice your whole experience either; after all, widgets are among of the coolest things the iOS 14 offers. Just keep it limited to what you will actually take advantage of.

To remove widgets on iPhone 12 mini:

  1. Touch and hold the widget that you want to remove.
  2. Tap on Remove Widget.
  3. Tap Remove again to confirm your action.

iPhone 12 mini lagging – Dump the live wallpaper

And here’s another awesome iOS feature that is not exactly the best at keeping your iPhone 12 mini clean and smooth. Live wallpapers sure are fun, but they affect performance and battery life. Unless you are willing to sacrifice a bit for those fancy animations, just go grab a regular image.

To delete Live Wallpa from your iPhone 12 mini, Follow these steps:

  1. On your homescreen, Tap and hold Live Wallpapers Plus HD 4k until it starts shaking.
  2. Once it starts to shake, you’ll see an X Mark at the top of the app icon.
  3. Tap on that X to delete the Live Wallpapers Plus HD 4k app from your iPhone.

iPhone 12 mini lagging – Keep your phone’s software up to date

Have you been putting off installing that update that keeps nagging you in the notification center? Remember software updates are not always about new features. In fact, most times the main purpose of these OTA upgrades is to squash bugs and introduce performance enhancements. Make sure your iPhone 12 mini software is always on the latest version available.
To update your iPhone 12 mini:

  1. Plug your iPhone into power and connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi.
  2. Head to Settings > General, then hit Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and Install.
  4. To update now, tap Install.
  5. If asked, type in your passcode.

iPhone 12 mini Lagging – Factory reset your iPhone!

Phones get old, but that isn’t exactly why they get laggy with time. New iPhone models including iPhone 12 mini also get lucky as well. A lot goes on within your handset’s software, so giving it a clean start from time to time is never a bad idea. Sometimes even trying all the previous tips will get you nowhere. In which case the best bet would be to just go ahead and do a factory reset on your iPhone.

What is iPhone factory reset? It’s pretty much a method in which you wipe your phone clean and leave the software just the way it was the first time you turned the phone on. Keep in mind this will delete everything in your iPhone, so back up any important files first!
To factory reset your iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset.
  2. Tap ‘Erase all content and settings’
  3. Enter passcode/Face ID.
  4. Tap ‘Erase iPhone’
  5. Type in Apple ID password.

Your iPhone will now factory reset.

Wrapping up

Now, if none of this works, it might be time to contact Apple support for further help.

Hit the comments and let us know which of these are the most effective tricks for you. Do you know of any other ways to fix iPhone 12 mini that keeps lagging?

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