Would restoring my iPhone 3GS optimized it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kitki83, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. kitki83 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    My mobile has been really sluggish and performing badly. I wanted to know if I restore the phone to factory settings, update it and then restore my apps would it make it run faster?

    Also how can I avoid loosing personal data like game progress, office files saved and such?

    I can't wait for the next iPhone generation model to come out!
  2. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Did you clear the apps in the multitasking bar?
  3. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    You might get some zip added back to that old model phone with a restore, but I don't suspect much. People complained about the 3GS with 4.x and it's gotten even worse with 5.x. It's just a thing you either deal with, or upgrade.

    It's one of the reasons why I laugh when I see those charts showing how the 3GS is getting updates nearly three years after launch while many Android phones don't. That's cool and all, except that the phone is so pig slow you find yourself wishing you had the newer model anyway.
  4. kaielement macrumors 65816

    Dec 16, 2010
    My mom got the 3GS right after it came out and she loved. So much so I got an iPhone. At the time I got the 3G because I got a really good deal on it. I did notice that my 3G ran really slow even on 4.2.1 which is the highest that fun can run. I used it until I got my 4. My 4 runs IOS 5 great. After my mom did the update to IOS 5 she said her phone has been running a but sluggish but not to the point of anything crazy (but every now and again she does complain). I don't know why she doesn't up grade because at this point she could get the 4 or 4S and I think the added speed would be great and she would be happy. So restoring might help but also if you have a lot of apps try deleting some you don't use that has been know to help. Also as mentioned above if you have apps running in the multitask bar sometimes just by closing them that can help. You can do that by holding down the icon until it wiggles and you see the red minus sign. Anyway hope this helps good luck.
  5. Prof. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
    I doubt it. While it's not the same, I have the first gen iPad with iOS 5.1 and it's slooooooow as hell; even after a clean install of the OS and Apps. I would recommend saving up for an upgrade. I'd buy the new iPad, but I think the iPad has no practical use for me.

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