iPhone Slow? How to Clear RAM on Your iPhone to Make It Faster

To help your iPhone run faster and more effectively, learn how to clear iPhone RAM.

If you're asking yourself, "Why is my phone so slow?" it might be time to learn how to reset your iPhone by clearing RAM. Clearing RAM allows an iPhone to free up any unnecessary processing and is one of the best ways to speed up your iPhone. You can clear RAM on any iPhone model, from older phones like the iPhone 6 to the latest iPhone 12. Here’s how to clear RAM on your phone to make it faster.

Related: 7 Little-Known Tricks to Make Your iPhone Faster

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What Is RAM?

As mentioned in the intro, RAM stands for random access memory, otherwise known as volatile working memory. It's where your phone's processing takes place. RAM is what your iPhone uses to handle active processes like running apps and games, or playing music. If RAM gets overloaded, you'll notice your iPhone starting to lag and perform sluggishly. 

What Does Clearing RAM Do on the iPhone?

This is one of those tricks that rarely gets talked about, but if your phone is feeling sluggish or the apps aren't functioning properly, clearing the RAM can help give it a boost. Clearing iPhone RAM is like sweeping cobwebs from a closet—the information that’s cleared isn’t needed, so we reset RAM to free up usable memory on our iPhones. With less information to process and filter through, your iPhone is free to run faster. When you clear RAM on your iOS device, nothing on the surface changes, but you will see and feel the difference when using it!

What iPhone Do I Have?

To learn how to free up RAM on your iPhone, you need to know which generation of iPhone you own. If you're wondering, "what kind of phone do I have?" don't worry, we have an article that covers all the iPhone generations. Just figure out what kind of phone you have, then follow the steps below.

How to Clear RAM on Older iPhones (iPhone 7, 7 Plus, SE, 6s 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus & older)

If you have an iPhone version listed in the heading above, read the steps below to learn how to clear memory on iPhone.

  1. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button.
  2. When slide to power off appears, let go of the Sleep/Wake Button.
  3. Hold down your Home button.


After a few seconds, your screen will flash blank and then return to the Home screen, which means you’ve cleared your iPhone’s RAM. If Siri comes up when you press the Home button, we recommend turning Siri off to clear RAM and then turning Siri back on when you’re done. For most, this process should go smoothly and be easy to do. If your iPhone has been particularly sluggish, you’ll instantly see the difference in the speed of your iPhone. 

How to Clear RAM on Newer iPhones (iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, 12, 12 Pro)

First, you will need to turn on AssistiveTouch. Open the Settings app > tap Accessibility > tap Touch > tap AssistiveTouch, toggle AssistiveTouch on. A gray and white button will appear on the screen. 

  1. Next, tap General in your Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the General menu, and tap Shut Down.

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  3. A screen should pop up telling you to slide to power off with a Cancel button at the bottom.

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  4. Tap on the AssistiveTouch button and then press and hold on the on-screen Home button until your iPhone flashes and returns to the Home screen.

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It’s good to note that clearing RAM on your iPhone will not quit any of the apps you had open; the app will simply reload. Everything should be as it was, just faster. That's all there is to it! If your iPhone is still slow after clearing RAM, you can also check out these other handy tricks to make your iPhone run faster.

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Conner Carey

Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.