How to fix iPhone XR iOS 13 delayed touchscreen response issue

Delayed touchscreen response is one of the common symptoms of performance issues that’s usually manifesting in earlier devices. This problem is usually tied to memory issues like when the phone’s memory is running low or fully used up. New devices can also succumb to the same problems due to data corruption, random bugs, app glitches, and malicious software. In worst cases, delayed touchscreen response is inflicted by a damaged physical component on the device. Tackled in this post is a similar issue on the iPhone XR, after updating iOS. Read on to find out how to deal with the iOS 13 delayed touchscreen response issue on your iPhone XR.

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Troubleshooting a problem on iPhone XR iOS 13 delayed touchscreen response?

The following solutions can help eliminate software-related factors that caused your iPhone XR to experience delayed touchscreen response in iOS 13. If none of these solutions is able to fix your device, that’s when you should consider seeking aid from an iPhone technician. You may start troubleshooting whenever you’re all set to mend your device.

First solution: Force restart your iPhone XR.

A forced restart may be all that’s needed to keep your phone back up to its optimum performance. Some apps that were left suspended or running in the background might have crashed and eventually caused the system to slow down or halt completely. To stop these apps from causing havoc, force restart your iPhone XR. Running apps and system services are forcibly ended through this process. If you haven’t already, just follow these steps to force restart your iPhone XR:

  1. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
  2. Then quickly press and release the Volume Down button. 
  3. Finally, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo shows up on your iPhone display.

Wait for your iPhone to complete its reboot sequence and then boot up to the Home screen. Then try using your device as you normally do to test and see how it performs. If your iPhone is still experiencing delayed touchscreen response, troubleshoot further and try to eliminate other factors.

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Second solution: Manage memory storage to fix iOS 13 delayed touchscreen response problem.

As explained earlier, memory issues like low storage may also be the main reason as to why your iPhone is slowing down or responding late to touchscreen input commands. To clear this out, check and manage your iPhone’s internal memory by heading on to its memory storage menu. Just follow these steps:

  1. From your Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap iPhone Storage. 

Navigate to the upper section where the total available storage space is shown. If the available storage is less than a gigabyte, that denotes that your iPhone is running low on storage is more likely causing performance issues including the occurrence of delayed touchscreen response.

Third solution: Install all pending app updates.

Apps that aren’t up-to-date are more prone to acting up from a major system update. If this happens to any of your apps, then it is very likely that this app is the main culprit and so it must be mended. And this is when installing app updates is needed. If you haven’t configured your apps to auto-update, follow these steps to check and install pending app updates on your iPhone XR iOS 13:

  1. From the Home screen, tap to open the App Store app.
  2. Tap on your Apple ID profile picture located on the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down to the Pending Updates section. This section is only available if there are pending updates on your phone. A list of recent updates to your apps will then show up underneath this section.
  4. To apply pending updates manually, tap the Update button next to the name of the app. Doing so will install individual app updates.
  5. Otherwise, tap the Update All button to prompt the device to download and apply all updates to your apps in the background. 

You will then see the recently installed updates under the Updated Recently section. 

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Fourth solution: Delete then reinstall rogue apps.

If your iPhone XR is only responding slowly when using a certain app, then that app might be to blame. There might be some complex in-app errors inflicted by software bugs from the recent system changes. To correct these apps, deleting and reinstalling them can help. Here’s how:

  1. From the Home screen, tap and hold on an app icon until the icons start jiggling. 
  2. Tap the X on the app you want to delete.
  3. Select Delete to confirm the deletion of the selected app. 
  4. Soft reset your iPhone XR once you’re done deleting rogue apps.
  5. After it’s finished rebooting, open the App store from the Home screen. 
  6. Navigate to Updates-> Purchased menu. 
  7. Tap the Not on This iPhone tab.
  8. Select the app that you want to reinstall on your device.
  9. If you don’t see the app from the selected tab, try switching to the  All tab.
  10. Then tap the download icon (cloud button) or Get to start downloading the application.

Wait for your apps to finish installing and then give your iPhone another restart to refresh your apps and to clear out memory space on your device.

Fifth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone.

Settings that are not properly configured may also cause conflicts and ruin your apps or the phone’s system functions. When this happens, there’s a tendency for your phone to act up and slow down. To make sure this isn’t what’s causing a delayed touchscreen response on your iPhone XR, follow these steps to reset all settings. Doing so will erase all customized settings including automatic iOS 13 settings overrides that contain some errors. Just follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Reset.
  4. Choose the option to Reset all settings.
  5. Enter your passcode when asked to proceed.
  6. Then tap the option to confirm that you want to reset all settings on your iPhone XR.

Wait for your phone to finish resetting all settings and then reboots on its own. As soon as it’s done rebooting, manually enable necessary features that you want to use on your phone again.

Sixth solution: Erase your iPhone and restore it in iTunes.

If the problem on delayed touchscreen response continues after performing all prior solutions, your next option would be a master reset. This is usually needed to clear and rectify major system flaws after the iOS 13 update installation. But before you do, be sure to back up all your critical files from the iPhone storage to iCloud or iTunes because they will all be deleted in the process. Once you have secured your backups, follow these steps if you wish to proceed and resort to a factory reset:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Reset.
  4. Tap to choose Erase all content and settings from the given options.
  5. If prompted, enter the correct passcode to proceed.
  6. Then confirm that you want to factory reset your iPhone XR.

Your phone will then start erasing all system files including downloads and saved contents. After the reset, your phone restarts and then loads up its factory defaults. To use your phone again, use the start-up wizard to set it up as new.

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Is the iOS 13 delayed touchscreen response issue on your iPhone XR fixed?

In most cases, software-related issues inflicting sluggishness on the device are addressed by any of the above solutions. If the problem isn’t resolved, then it’s more likely caused by some complex system errors or major data corruption that require more advanced solutions. Should you wish to troubleshoot further and rule out major system flaws that might have slowed down your iPhone, restoring iOS in recovery mode or DFU can be considered among the last options. All you have to do is secure a computer with the latest version of iTunes app. Be sure to note though that both these methods will delete all your iPhone data permanently, thus backing up files would be necessary. 

If you think the problem is hardware-related, then that’s when you should consider setting up a technician visit. You can take a trip to the nearest Apple Genius bar and ask an authorized iPhone technician to scrutinize your device. While the symptom has instigated from the iOS 13 update, it doesn’t always denote that a faulty software is to blame. What you’re dealing with could also be an indication or hardware damage and the symptoms had just coincidentally occur after installing the iOS 13 update on your iPhone XR.

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