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How to fix a problem on delayed touchscreen response on your iPhone SE (easy steps)

Usually, a device would start to show performance issues as it aged. Among the common symptoms to surface would include but not limited to sluggishness or frequent lags, random restarts, constant freezes or unresponsive displays. Nonetheless, these symptoms can also be triggered by other factors like random glitches, corrupted contents and faulty updates. Regardless of the cause, it is but a problem that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Tackled in this post is a similar issue on the iPhone SE, particularly on delayed touchscreen responses. Read on to find out what options you can try on if ever you get to encounter the same problem on your iPhone SE. Scroll down for more details.

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First solution: Restart your iPhone (Soft Reset).

Minor glitches are usually the primary culprits if not insufficient memory on the device. If this is the first time for your iPhone SE to respond very slowly, then most likely it’s just among other random software glitches transpiring on your device. And a simple remedy to address this issue is a soft reset or device restart.

To do so, turn your iPhone off the usual way you do by pressing the Power button then slide to power off. After 30 seconds, turn your iPhone back on by pressing the Power button until the Apple logo appears.

Use your iPhone as you usually do after the reboot then see if the problem is fixed. If not, then try the next applicable solutions.

Second solution: Force quit background apps.

Sometimes, background apps can cause conflict and affect the system function. Just like when any of the background apps crashes. Usually other functions of the iPhone will likewise be affected. To make sure this is not the trigger, clear all your recent apps with these steps:

  1. Quickly press the Home button twice. Doing so will show a list of recently used apps.
  2. Swipe on an app to clear or quit.
  3. Do the same on the rest of the apps on the screen.

Give your iPhone another round of reboot then see if that fixes the problem.

Third solution: Manage internal memory.

A frequent delay on touchscreen responses can be an indication of performance degradation due to insufficient memory. If you are fond of downloading stuff on your iPhone like complex apps and media files, then most probably your phone’s internal memory is already shrinking. As a result, your device is starting to perform sluggishly. If this is the case, memory management would be necessary.

To view available storage space on your iPhone SE, go to Settings-> General-> iPhone Storage. On the next screen, view the used and available memory or scroll down to see how much memory each app is using.

If the memory is running low, then you need to free up some space. To do so, remove all unused contents and unwanted apps from your device. Moving some of your important data to an external drive or cloud storage is also another option to consider.

Fourth solution: Update iOS to the latest version.

One way to keep your iPhone system at its best performance is to keep it up to date. This is why Apple always recommends to install the latest iOS update available for your device. Aside from the new and enhanced features they bring, software updates also contain bug fixes to address existing software problems caused by some bugs dwelling in the current iOS platform. Thus if you haven’t already, check for available software update then update your device to the latest iOS version.

To do so, head over to Settings-> General-> Software Update menu.

An update notification will show up if an update is available. Before your proceed, make sure your device has stable Internet connection and enough battery to last until the update installation is completed. This is to prevent data corruption inflicted by incomplete or unfinished update installation.

Fifth solution: Reset/restore your iPhone to factory defaults.

As your last resort, you may consider a factory reset on the iPhone SE. A factory reset clears everything from your iPhone system and then restores the device to its factory defaults. All system glitches and software bugs are then eradicated in the process along with your critical data stored on the internal memory. This therefore gives your iPhone a clean fresh start. But before you proceed, be sure to backup all your important data as they will all be deleted as the system resets. Once everything is set, follow these steps to reset your iPhone SE to its factory defaults:

  1. Tap to open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and tap Reset.
  4. Select the option to Erase all content and settings. The master reset then instigates.

Wait until the reset is finished and your iPhone reboots. After the reset, proceed to the initial setup and then use your iPhone as usual.

Alternatively, you can restore your iPhone SE through iTunes on a computer. In order to carry this out, you will need to secure a Windows or Mac computer that has the latest version of iTunes software installed. You may then opt to reset your iPhone to factory defaults or restore from an iOS backup. Just follow the onscreen instructions in iTunes to complete the desired procedure.

Seek more help

You may escalate the problem to Apple Support for further assistance on what to do next if the problem persists or your iPhone SE is still responding to touchscreen inputs very slowly. There might be a more intricate system issue that needs to be rectified through a dedicated software on their end. It is also recommended to escalate post-update issues so if the problem instigated after installing a new iOS version on your iPhone and that it persisted, let the Apple people know so they can include it in their next priority problems to fix.

Alternatively, you may take a trip to the nearest service center nearby and have an Apple technician diagnose your iPhone for any apparent indications of hardware damage. If that can’t be helped either, then perhaps it’s time to consider having a device upgrade. After all you’ve got the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X as your next device options. Contact your carrier for official recommendations.

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