How to make your iPhone run better in 10 seconds


iPhone power off
Sure, you'll still use this screen. But you won't be staring at that apple forever.
Photo: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

Pro_Tip_Cult_of_Mac We love our iPhones, but sometimes they act up. Apps slow down or crash, things don’t run as smoothly as we’d like, or things just get weird — and we don’t know why. Usually, the solution is to power off and restart the device, but if you inexplicably only have 10 seconds to sort out your iPhone’s issues, here’s a handy trick to help you out.

All you have to do is zap your phone’s RAM, and you don’t even have to leave your Home screen to do it.

This tip comes courtesy of Gizmodo (via Marc Forrest), and it couldn’t be more simple. All you do is hold down the Power button on your iPhone until the “Slide to power off” prompt appears. Then, just park your thumb (or finger of choice) on the Home button until the phone bumps you back to the Home screen.

And that’s it. Just make sure your phone is unlocked because otherwise, all you’ll do is open Siri. And Siri can’t quite tell the difference between the words “cache” and “cash,” so it will be no help there.

This isn’t just for iPhones, obviously; it’ll work with any iOS device like an iPad or iPod touch. You shouldn’t need to do it too often, but it’s a decent way to start fresh after you install a new app or notice some weirdness going on with your device.

Check out our video of this great tip:


  • Kevin

    I’m no techie, so I’m courious to know, what happens when you do it that the phone gets more speed?

    • macguy59

      I’m guessing you get the same effect as you would closing all app then doing a warm reboot

  • Marc Forrest

    Thanks for the props :) Appreciated!!

  • Stetch

    I heard that you need to open one of Apple´s native apps when you do this. Weather or stocks would do the trick. Why? I have no idea. Just spreading the word.

  • Leon Wokke

    I just did this and when I hold down the home button Siri turns on. Is that what supposed
    to happen? After that for 1 minute the home screen shows and hopefully the
    phone is reset.

    • Chris Jones

      Ditto, but it didn’t take a minute for it all to happen.

    • xXmaltoXx

      I think you are doing it the wrong way.. The post stated the phone need to be “HOME SCREEN UNLOCKED” first…

    • Leon Wokke

      Just did it with Apple’s native app stocks open and it worked!

  • Jason

    Doesn’t work for me either. I go to the “slide to power off” screen, hold the home button… After a few seconds it prompts Siri.

    • xXmaltoXx

      I think you are doing it wrongly.. The post stated the phone need to be “HOME SCREEN UNLOCKED” first…

  • 2oh1

    Bad writing. By “park” do you mean press the home button, or do you mean to place your finger on the home button as if you were doing a touch ID?

    • Agreed. Exactly what does “park” mean in this context?

  • kool!

  • Lisa

    I did it but it still didn’t fix the problem I’m having on my iPad. The most recent notifications won’t clear when I pull down the notification screen. Any help would be appreciated, please and thank you :-)

  • Damon

    This is doing the same thing as swiping up on an app in multitasking. This is how one used to force quit an app before multitasking existed.