How to fix slow internet browsing issue on iPhone XR

You’re surfing the internet, but it’s too long to load websites and pages. If it’s not a server error, then you might be experiencing slow browsing issue on your phone. There are several reasons causing this problem. It can occur as a symptom of a browser app, software bugs, network connectivity issues, and other problems on the device. Firmware issues on the router are also a factor to cause the problem.

It’s a software-related issue, hence it can be dealt with by some workarounds. Based on the causes, fixing slow browsing problem requires you to do some actions on both the router and the affected device. Here are workarounds you should try on your new iPhone XR as potential solutions. Keep reading this post to fix slow Internet browsing problem on your iPhone XR.

How to fix slow internet browsing issue on iPhone XR

Before proceeding, you should check and make sure that your iPhone XR is running on the latest iOS version, which is currently the iOS 12.1. If not, then you should update your iPhone first. If the problem comes from built-in network apps, then the latest iOS version will be a good solution to fix that.

Should all your devices encounter the same problem at the same time, you should contact your Internet service provider to get further assistance about the account-related issues. However, some carriers could impose data capping on accounts that are unsettled balances, so you should take care of that. If the symptom is only on your new iPhone XR, then try these following possible solutions.

Solution 1: Reboot wireless router/modem.

As we mentioned earlier, the problem might come from the modem or wireless router in use. To fix this problem, you should consider rebooting the wireless router/modem as the first solution. Rebooting means that you need to turn the device off for a few minutes and power it back on. This method will help to clear errant data segments from the network equipment, causing slow Internet problem. Here is how to get it done:

  1. Press the Power button to switch the router/modem off.
  2. Next, unplug the AC adapter and wait for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. After that, plug the AC adapter back into the power and power it back on.
  4. Wait until all the light indicators on the router/modem become stable, particularly the Wi-Fi signal indicator.

When the Wi-Fi signal resumes, the connected devices to your Wi-Fi router will also re-establish the Internet connection. Wait until your iPhone is reconnected, open a browser app and start loading websites and pages. If the loading speed is still low, then move on further solutions.

Solution 2: Reboot your iPhone XR.

Random software glitches on your new iPhone can also trigger the occurrence of slow internet browsing. To rule this out, reboot your iPhone is a good idea. A restart can remove minor errors that affect your iPhone system as well as refresh the phone memory. Junk files stored in cached files from apps will be cleared out in the process. So if you haven’t yet, just follow the below steps to restart your iPhone XR:

  1. Press and hold the Power button for a few seconds.
  2. When you see the Slide to Power Off command, release the Power button.
  3. Drag the slider to the right to power your phone off
  4. After 1 minute, press and hold the Power button to boot up your phone.

Apart from a soft reset, you should also clear cache and temporary data stored on your browser app. Clearing cache and data can be done through app deletion and reinstallation, but if you use Safari as your primary browser, you can clear cache and cookies directly in its settings. Here is how to clear cache and browsing data in the Safari app:

  1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone XR
  2. Scroll down and tap on Safari.
  3. Then tap on Advanced.
  4. From available options, choose Website Data.
  5. You can also check how much space is used up by website data and then select Remove All Website Data option.

Wait until Safari completes clearing cache and browsing data on your iPhone. Reboot your device, and then retry browsing different websites to check if the slow internet problem has gone.

Solution 3: Forget Wi-Fi network then reconnect to it

Forgetting the Wi-Fi network will remove the network to which your iPhone is connected. This method should be used when you deal with internet problems due to a corrupted Wi-Fi network. To clear out corrupted Wi-Fi network from causes of slow browsing problem, give this method a try. Here’s how to forget Wi-Fi network on your iPhone and reconnect to it:

  1. Open Settings app on your iPhone XR
  2. Tap on Wi-Fi > information icon (i) next to the name of the Wi-Fi network that you want to forget.
  3. Tap on Forget This Network option
  4. When you are prompted, tap Forget to confirm again
  5. If there are other saved Wi-Fi networks, also forget them to prevent them from causing conflict with the current one.

When you complete with deleting all saved Wi-Fi networks, reboot your iPhone XR to apply this change and to refresh its memory. After your phone boots up, return to Settings-> Wi-Fi menu, enable Wi-Fi and choose the Wi-Fi network to join or connect to. When you are asked, make sure to enter the correct password.

Solution 4: Reset network settings on iPhone XR

This method is required when you deal with network connectivity issues attributed to incorrect network settings on your new iPhone XR. This will clear all your current network settings and then restore to the default network configurations. Network-related errors will also be eliminated during the process. However, before getting started,  you should keep your Wi-Fi password handy since you will need to re-enter it when reconnecting your iPhone XR to the Wi-Fi network. Here’s how to get it done:

  1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on General > Reset.
  3. Choose Reset network settings.
  4. Enter your passcode when prompted.
  5. Then tap on the pop to confirm network settings reset.

Your iPhone will then reboot automatically once the process is completed. After it boots up, enable Wi-Fi and try reconnecting to your Wi-Fi network and the problem will go away.

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