Below you’ll find a fix for your slow & sluggish app store problems on your iOS 6 enabled iPhone or iPad, or your new iPhone 5. I’m slowly uncovering some deep dark secrets hidden within iOS 6, and following up with fixes that are helping a lot of people get back to what they love about the iPhone & iPad.
Are you experiencing a slow app store on your iPhone 5, or recently updated iOS 6 iPhone or iPad? If you are, you are definitely not alone. There are literally millions of people out there who have just recently purchased an iPhone 5, or updated their iPhone and iPad to iOS who are getting pretty ticked off because their App store is dragging and very slow and unresponsive.
How To Fix Your Slow App Store on iOS 6 iPhone’s & iPad’s and iPhone 5
We can pretty much chalk this up to another feature on iOS 6 that absolutely everyone hates, and that is the App Store – by default – automatically enabling the Genius for Apps feature. And because Genius for Apps is an iOS 6 feature, any iPhone or iPad that’s been upgraded, and your new iPhone 5, will all have this enabled by default.
Just on a side note here – doesn’t it seem like Apple has just pulled a Microsoft with iOS 6? Enabling and installing all kinds of features and applications that nobody really wants nor cares about? Sorry, I’m digressing… but it’s a fair question nonetheless.
Speed up your app store on iOS 6 iPhone or iPad and / or your iPhone 5.
#1: Tap “Settings” on the homepage of your iPhone or iPad
#2: Tap “Privacy”
#3: Tap “Location Services”
#4: Tap “System Services” >> you’ll have to scroll all the way to bottom to find this, which I think is a bit deceptive on Apple’s part to be hiding features like this and and tucking them away deep in the crevices of your iPhone or iPad that’s now running iOS 6.
#5: Turn off “Genius for Apps” (see a screenshot from my iPhone above)
As you can tell, Genius for Apps is automatically enabled which means it’s going to run as soon as you open your app store on your iOS 6 enabled iPhone or iPad. And when you are accessing the app store from something like 3G, or on a very slow Wi-Fi network, it will be excruciating slow because, among other things, the Genius function is trying to calculate a bunch of stuff you don’t really care about at the moment.
Finally…. what I recommend doing after you turn off the “Genius for Apps” feature is to reboot your iPhone or iPad. Simply turn it off and it turn it back on again.
This isn’t a necessary step, but I would just make sure that your iPhone or iPad is running cleanly without the Genius for Apps running in the background. And then after your device starts up, go back in and make sure Genius for Apps stayed off.
So that’s the fix I’ve found for my slow app store on iOS 6 iPhone’s and iPad’s, and of course for the iPhone 5 which comes pre loaded with iOS 6.
And I’m thinking there’s going to be more to uncover with iOS 6 as I continue plowing away through these fixes.
P.S. Thank you to all the readers here at Tablet Crunch who keep giving me feedback on all the issues I’ve written about so far. Your input is invaluable and is helping me find the best fixes to all the iOS 6 problems people are facing.
Here’s a list of other iOS 6 fixes that have been helping people:
- How to fix iOS 6 WiFi issues
- How to fix your slow, sluggish iOS 6 iPhone / iPad
- Top 5 complaints with iOS 6 (so far…)