why is my iphone xr connection so slow

When your browser takes a long time to load a page or website, you have a slow surfing problem. If the symptom is not prevalent, it may be limited to specific sites or pages. This post addresses a relevant issue with the iPhone XR. Continue reading to find out what to do if your iPhone XR’s internet connection is extremely slow.

However, before we get started, if you have any other problems with your phone, please visit our troubleshooting page, since we’ve previously handled some of the most common issues with this device. Fill out our iPhone difficulties questionnaire and hit submit to contact us if you need more assistance with your problem.

Method 1: reboot (power cycle) your wireless router/modem

Slow internet connections are frequently caused by broken network equipment, thus conducting a power cycle on the modem/route is one of the first probable solutions to explore. A power cycle or reboot of the wireless router/modem aids in the removal of erroneous data segments caused by small firmware crashes on network devices. This is how it’s done:

  1. To turn off the wireless router/modem, press and hold the Power button.
  2. Once the equipment has been turned off, unplug the AC adapter from the power outlet.
  3. After at least 2 minutes, reconnect the AC adapter to the power socket and then click the Power button to restart the wireless router/modem.

Wait until the lights on the equipment, particularly the Wi-Fi signal indicator, become stable. When the modem/Wi-Fi router’s signal has stabilised, your iPhone should re-establish network connection. Once it’s been reconnected, use your browser app and browse through many websites to see whether the loading speed has improved.

Method 2: Restart (Soft Reset) Your iPhone XR

Random system faults are other common factors that may have hampered your iPhone’s browsing speed.  Simply conduct a soft reset on your smartphone to remove these faults. This also removes corrupted data from your phone’s internal memory and refreshes the complete operating system. Here’s how you do it:

  1. For a few seconds, simultaneously press and hold the Side/Power and Volume buttons.
  2. When the Slide to Power Off command displays, release the buttons.
  3. Then, to totally switch off the device, move the power off slider to the right.
  4. Wait at least 30 seconds before pressing and holding the Side/Power button until you see the Apple logo.

Wait until your iPhone completely restarts before attempting to connect to the internet again to see if the soft reset repaired the slow internet connection issue.

You may also clear cache and cookies from the Safari app. While cached files are useful for reloading similar sites and pages, they can also cause browser problems, such as slow browsing, if corrupted Internet files are collected. This is why it’s also a good idea to clean the browser cache and browsing history from time to time. Here’s how to accomplish it on your iPhone XR’s Safari app browser:

  1. From the Home screen, select the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and click Safari.
  3. Then select Advanced.
  4. Choose the Website Data option.
  5. Examine the entire space utilisation of the website data, and then select Remove All Website Data.

Restart (soft reset) your iPhone XR once it displays a confirmation notice indicating the cleaning of cache and the Safari app’s browsing data has been completed. Launch the Safari browser app as soon as it boots up and try surfing different sites and pages to test its browsing performance. If it is still unable to get the optimal browsing speed, you must proceed and troubleshoot further.

Method 3: Disable And Re-Enable Wi-Fi On Your iPhone

Refreshing the Wi-Fi connection or turning off and on the Wi-Fi switch can also assist resolve minor wireless connectivity issues such as slow surfing. Corrupted network data and transient internet files that created problems when loading web pages are also removed throughout this process. 

Here’s what you should do then:

  1. Navigate to Settings from the Home screen.
  2. To disable the feature, go to the Wi-Fi menu and tap the switch.
  3. Restart (soft reset) your iPhone XR while the Wi-Fi capability is turned off.
  4. Go to the Settings-> Wi-Fi menu and toggle the switch to re-enable the Wi-Fi capability.

The Airplane Mode toggle is another way to restart and refresh wireless functions on your iPhone. Many people have discovered that performing this old tweak whenever something is wrong with their phone’s Internet feature works wonders. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Navigate to Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Select the Airplane Mode menu.
  3. 3 Tap the Airplane Mode switch to enable it. Wireless functions on your iPhone will be disabled as a result.
  4. While in Airplane mode, restart (soft reset) your iPhone.
  5. Return to the Settings-> Airplane Mode menu and toggle the switch once more to turn the feature OFF. Your iPhone XR’s wireless features will then be re-enabled.

When your phone indicates that it is already connected to a wireless network, open any internet-enabled apps or navigate websites using the Safari app to see if the Internet speed has improved.

Method 4: delete or forget your Wi-Fi network and reconnect

When dealing with a corrupted Wi-Fi network connection, the so-called forgetting of the Wi-Fi network is another option. This is frequently required to remedy troubles caused by a corrupted Wi-Fi network. It works by uninstalling the Wi-Fi network from your phone’s network directory and then re-adding it to reconnect as if it were the first time. This is how it’s done:

  1. Navigate to Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Select the Wi-Fi menu. If the feature is still turned off, tap the switch to enable it.
  3. Then you’ll be shown a list of available networks. Tap the information I symbol next to the SSID or Wi-Fi network name to select your Wi-Fi network.
  4. Then select the Forget This Network button.
  5. When asked to confirm network deletion, select Forget.

If you have Many Wi-Fi networks that were saved on your phone, you should delete them all to prevent them from interfering with the Wi-Fi network that is currently in use.

After you’ve deleted/forgotten all saved Wi-Fi networks, restart (soft reset) your iPhone to clear away any rogue network caches and refresh the system.

After your iPhone has completely restarted, return to the Settings-> Wi-Fi menu and toggle the switch to enable Wi-Fi. After that, your phone will search for available Wi-Fi networks. Choose your Wi-Fi network and then follow the onscreen instructions to rejoin or reconnect to the network.

Method 5: Reset The Network Settings On Your iPhone XR

Misconfigured network settings can also cause slow internet browsing on your iPhone. A network reset is often helpful in resolving the problem. This works by deleting your existing network configurations and then restoring them to their default values and choices. If you want to try it and follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and select Reset.
  4. Then select the Reset network settings option.
  5. To proceed, enter your device passcode when prompted.
  6. Then, to confirm the reset, tap Reset network settings once more.

After the reset, your phone will reboot. Because the process not only restored the original values and options on your phone’s network settings but also removed the Wi-Fi networks, you must set up your Wi-Fi network again and reconnect. Launch your browser and check to see whether your internet speed increases once you reset the network settings.

Still Have A Sluggish Internet Connection On Your iPhone XR?

The procedures outlined above are usually sufficient to remove any software-related factors that may have slowed your iPhone’s internet connection. If the issue persists, it is most likely the result of an issue with your Internet service provider. You should call your service provider/carrier at this time to check the current status of your Internet. There may be some temporary outages or network issues affecting network services in your area. All you have to do in that scenario is wait till the outage is ended, and your Internet connection should be restored.

If you suspect a problem with your modem or router, request that your carrier reset the network equipment on their end. This aids in the resolution of random firmware crashes affecting the modem or router system. If the problem began after installing an iOS update and persisted, it is possible that this is a new iOS bug that requires a dedicated fix patch. In this case, you must contact Apple Support so that they can conduct further investigations.


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