How To: Fix Lag And Slow Performance On iPhone 3G Running iOS 4.0 And 4.0.1

When Apple released iOS 4 recently, most iOS device owners rushed to upgrade their phone with the latest OS offering. However, the latest release of iOS seemed to have certain issues with older phones i.e. iPhone 3G and 3GS. In addition to OS limitations (such as lack of multitasking support on 3G), there were certain other quirks too, including a very noticeable lag and slow performance on iPhone 3G. Though we have some good news for all iPhone 3G owners who upgraded their phone to iOS 4 but were disappointed to see such extremely slow and laggy performance. Continue reading for more details and the complete guide.

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iPhone hacker and developer Comex has posted a fix that apparently works for most of the iPhone 3G devices updated to iOS 4.x. including 4.0 and 4.0.1. This fix removes the lag and slow performance issue, making it a smooth experience. While the end result will likely not be as good as iOS 4 running on iPhone 4 due to very significant hardware differences, it should become noticeably smoother after applying this fix.

Here is the step by step guide to fix the slow speed and lag issue on iPhone 3G running on iOS 4.

  • The first step is to launch “Settings”.
  • Now navigate to General > Home Button.
  • After you are in Home Button tab, turn off the “Spot Light Search”.
  • Now reboot your device and there you go! You now have an iPhone 3G running iOS 4.x without lag.

In our experience, applying the fix on our iPhone 3G immediately made us feel the difference. The phone just seemed to have been brought back to life. It felt more responsive and performed much better. Many others have tested this tip and so far we haven’t received any negative response. Do let us know if it fixes the lag and slow performance issue on your iPhone 3G after restoring to iOS 4.0 or 4.0.1.

[Via iPhone Download Blog]

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  • Guest

    It works a treat, thanks very much!
    I’ve done a restore, deleted all my apps, music etc. but still the same. This works and is so simple. My phone is back to normal :oD

  • pao13071

    it still lags have i done something wrong i disabled spolight and then reboot but it stills lags

  • wildparadise

    Thank you totally fixed the lag issues. Im so happy again

  • Mj

    Can’t turn off spot light search. No turn off button. My phone is 3GS after
    Upgrade V4.01. Can help?

  • http://www.rpldriving.com Rob – Chelmsford

    Definitely improved my 3G, still lagging a little but much improved, thank you.

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  • Mar

    Unfortunately it didn’t work for mine :( lagging very badly. I have a 3G on OS 4.2.1 and firmware 06.15.00, any suggestions? I’d appreciate the help as am nearly tearing the hair out of my head with frustration!!

  • buster916

    Freeing up some space on your phone will also give 4.2.1 the elbow room it needs especially on the 8gb iphone. I was able to free up a lot of space by installing DropBox http://db.tt/XJvOZy1 it helped me keep my photos on my phone without taking up the local storage. My phone seems to be working better since I did this.

  • Guest

    Not great but much better. It did help though but I would like to completely fix lag issues. Thanks anyways!!

  • ronnie

    my brother gave me his older iphone 3g model with 4.2.1 because he had a newer model and he wasn’t using it. at first i hated it because everything was soooo slow, the lag was frustrating, and safari/maps would crash often. thank god i found this tip. now it works great!

  • Guest

    OMG, iPhone OS 3.1.2 was fast but I needed more compatibility so I installed iOS 4.2.1 but it was so slow, after doing this, it’s SO MUCH FASTER, thank you very much. 10/10. extremely awesome tip!