iOS5 has slowed down by 3GS

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by kitenski, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. kitenski macrumors regular


    Jan 30, 2008
    Leeds, UK
    Since upgrading my 3GS it has become really unresponsive.

    From a cold start, opening Messages can take about 7 seconds, with just a white screen whilst it's loading.

    Other times the phone seems to 'pause' before accepting any inputs.

    I've done a restore from backup but the problem still appears to be there.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to what else I could do to improve it, as I read others saying iOS5 is really smooth on their phones.


  2. Salukipilot4590 macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
  3. normwood macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2008
    In a house...duh!
    Sorry....but you are using two year old technology running on the latest gee-wiz software. Nature of the beast.

    Time for an upgrade!

  4. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2009
    Belfast, UK
    On the other hand, my 3GS runs iOS 5 perfectly fine. :confused:

    It runs iOS5 with less lag than my HTC Desire ran Android 2.2.
  5. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    Yeah, I had no real problem running iOS 5 on my 3GS for the week I was using it. Of course it's smoother on my 4S, but it was perfectly useable on my 3GS.
  6. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    I have a 3GS with iOS 5 on it. It some instances it is a little slower than iOS 4 was (ex. Messages takes 1 second longer to open).

    However, overall, it is close to the speediness of iOS 4.
  7. jchilton macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    I have a 3GS too. I just tried launching iMessage after a restart, and it took just under three seconds. Not sure what the problem you might be having is. Is it trying to load up a long conversation, or one that includes pictures? (I'm not even sure if that would make a difference.)

    I find iOS 5 to be just as fast as iOS4 was--no discernible change in speed, extra lags, etc. for me.
  8. draztik macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2011
    3GS with jailbroken iOS 5 here and no speed issues at all
  9. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    OP, try a DFU restore as new. Your backup may of something within it that's clogging up your resources.
  10. polobreaka macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2009
    Huntington Beach, CA
    ^ what he said. you restored from a back up. try to setup as a new phone.

    ios5 runs perfectly fine for me. IMO, it feels smoother than ios4.
  11. Tivoking macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2011
    Upgrading from 3GS to 4S

    Hi All,
    My friend got her new 4S today but has not upgraded her 3GS to iOS5 yet.
    I told her to go through the process and get her iCloud created and then she wont have to sync the 4S with the PC she can just activate it and let the cloud do its thing.

    Was this good advice or is there a better way for her to get her 4S, going without upgrading her 3GS?

    Thanks for your help...
  12. 2000m macrumors member


    Jul 17, 2008
    my 3gs with ios5 is faster now then with the previous version ios
  13. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    Sometimes the rudeness and the arrogance of people on this board amaze me.

    Many people are having this same issue with the 3GS and the 4. When 5.0 came out, everything was snappy and fast, faster then 4.x... But now all of a sudden there is 100% cpu usage and HUGE battery drain even when you're NOT doing anything on the phone.

    This is a known issue, and I hope someone figures out what the hell is causing it because my iPhone 4 is looking more and more like a paper weight.
  14. IJBrekke macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Beach, CA
    My iPhone 4 was running a bit slow, and I took advice on this forum and did this:

    1) Restore
    2) "Reset All Settings"

    The settings reset doesn't get rid of anything, it just wipes out wallpapers, ringtones, etc. For whatever reason, doing this sped up the OS considerably.

    Hope it helps!

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