Turn Off Spotlight Search For Performance Boost on iPhone 3G Under iOS 4

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdk2cJpSXLg

If you’re having issues with sluggish iOS 4 performance on your iPhone 3G, Apple’s apparently launching an investigation, but according to Boy Genius Report, there’s a stop gap solution. Just go into settings and turn off Spotlight Search.

Here’s how you do it. Go to Settings, tap on General, then Spotlight Search. Now untick everything. Apparently, turning off all the Spotlight indexing solves the sluggishness issues… although I don’t have an iPhone 3G to test myself, so corroboration from our readers would be welcome.

Although an official fix from Apple would be welcome, this seems like a pretty good band-aid to me: I barely use the Spotlight search option on my iPhone, and I’d certainly be willing to sacrifice it entirely for a performance bump.

  • Guest

    This advidce helped performance quite a bit. It took a little more digging to find where to shut off the “spotlight search” though. On my 3G I had to go to settings> general> home button> spotlight search>.. At this point I was able to uncheck all the items. Hope this helps, and thanks for the great advice.

  • ryan23_23

    am about to try

  • ryan23_23

    can i unlock iphone 4 on ios 5

About the author

John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)| Read more posts by .

Posted in iOS, iPhone 3G, Tips & Tricks |