The typical device upgrade cycle at wireless carriers in the United States is two years, but Apple’s iPhones tend to remain quite usable for even longer than that. As is the case with any computer, tablet or smartphone though, things tend to slow down over time. There are plenty of factors that contribute to this slowdown, and some of them are beyond our control. For example, as new software updates are applied, older processors and other aging components might not be able to handle the new load as well as they used to.

While hardware limitations are insurmountable, there are some things that can be done to speed up a slowing iPhone.

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CNET on Tuesday shared a video that gives iPhone users quick and easy solutions to three common issues that can plague old iPhones to slow them down (two, actually — the third is a helpful tip to fight freezes, which can become increasingly common as iPhones age). In fact, they can affect newer iPhone models as well, so even iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c owners should probably watch this helpful short video.

The full video is embedded below.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.