Continuing on from my recent Hardware (General Hardware Advice / Tips) and Software Tips (General Software Advice / Tips), I thought it would be helpful to provide some iOS specific tips to maximize Performance and Stability. I’ve been using djay on iPad and iPhone exclusively for my gigs for over 5 years now. Using the tips in the links above with the ones below, I rarely experience djay or iPad crashes.
- Delete Unnecessary Apps. I treat my iPad as a professional piece of hardware dedicated to DJing and try not to install anything on I don’t need for performing. I realize this is pretty extreme for most people, but I recommend you remove as many apps as you can.
- Free up Storage. Delete photos, videos, large message attachments and anything else unnecessary to maximize free storage space on the device.
- Disable Auto-Lock. I’ve had djay crash a lot in the past when the auto-lock screen engages. I only use manual screen lock and never when performing.
- Turn Low Power Mode OFF. This mode reduces performance to maximize battery life.
- Disable Background App Refresh
- Reduce Visual Effects. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Motion > Reduce Motion and turn this off to improve device performance.
- Turn Bluetooth OFF
- Turn WiFi OFF. If you’re not using streaming services, turn WiFi off. For me, I leave this on because I mainly use Beatport LINK Professional.
- Set Focus to Do Not Disturb during your set to disable all notifications.
- Close all other Apps. Only run djay and anything else necessary for your performance.
- Restart Device. I always do a system restart a few hours before my set to ensure things are running as smoothly as possible.
- Keep the Device Cool. Overheating hinders performance and can cause automatic device shut downs. If you’re playing an outdoor gig, at a bare minimum, keep your device out of direct sunlight.
- Consider Upgrading Your Device. I put this one last because most of the above things should make a big difference. However, if you make money DJing, it’s worth it to purchase the most powerful device that’s within your budget. Especially if you use Neural Mix or 4 Deck Mixing.
Anyway, I hope this is helpful… happy mixing!