How to best use your iPhone: 4 simple tricks to use it longer

Since its existence, the iPhone is, par excellence, the smartphone that ensures greater longevity. Apple guarantees updates for over 5 years from the release of the device – for example, the new operating system iOS 14 arriving next September will still support, in 2020, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus , available to the public at the end of 2015.

But using an iPhone doesn’t just mean taking advantage of it and then buying a new one after a year or two: Apple products are supported for many years and there are some simple but not trivial routines that help keep the iPhone in shape, even when the signs of obsolescence are starting to be felt.

  1. Delete unwanted apps

It may seem like obvious advice, but in the action of eliminating superfluous, unused apps, there’s a lot more complexity than you might imagine. To delete apps you no longer use, remember that there may be apps that, from time to time, no longer make sense to populate the homescreen. It is therefore good to plana periodic review of their apps, perhaps creating a recurring appointment on the calendar, and taking the time to delete the superfluous and make room for what is otherwise important. With iOS 12, released in 2018, the process is even easier: the system deletes unused apps and adds a speech bubble next to the writing under its icon, making it easier to identify. Or you can go to Settings -> General -> iPhone Space, wait a few seconds for loading and scroll down to find the apps that, under the name, have the words Never used. Obviously this process is totally variable from person to person, or from context to context. During the pandemic, for example, it made little sense to keep travel apps on the iPhone, but it made a lot more sense to keep the messaging and video calling apps. It may be helpful to repeat this procedure onceevery 3 months .

  1. Free up space from photos and videos
    Multimedia files are often the main cause of running out of memory space. To get around this problem, just move everything to the cloud, using iCloud Photo Library, included with iCloud subscription plans, or Google Photo, which is free if you agree to slightly compress your files. In both cases, you can then delete the photos that have been uploaded:

– With iCloud Photo Library, just go to Settings -> click on your name -> iCloud -> Photos -> Optimize iPhone space , and the system will free up space when you need it, automatically deleting the photos and videos already uploaded to the cloud ;

– With Google Photo, just enter the app, click on your profile in the top right corner, then go to Photo Settings -> Manage storage -> Free up space . The app will delete all the photos, but you will still need to make a further step in the Recently Deleted folder in the Photos app to permanently delete them.

  1. Reduce location services

Optimizing doesn’t just mean running faster, but also consuming less battery. Apple, for statistical purposes and to improve some services, activates some basic location services which, however, can dramatically decrease  battery life. Many of these services can be disabled, while retaining the features useful for street navigation and Find My iPhone.

Just go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services , then scroll to the bottom of the page and go to System Services. You can disable, in the order presented: Apple Ad from Location, Location Alerts, Compass Calibration, Share My Location, Time Zone Setting (which, when traveling, can be reactivated as needed), System Customization, Networks and wireless, Cellular search, Location suggestions, Relevant locations, iPhone analytics, Routes and traffic, Popular near me(the latter three can be deactivated if you are not using Apple Maps). To understand if there are apps that use localization when we don’t want to, it is better to activate the Status Bar Icon, which will show a purple arrow in the status bar when an app is using the localization. To reduce the GPS services of the apps as well, just go back one screen, in Location Services , and check the apps one by one, clicking on each one and preferring While using the app as the setting. A useful way to understand which apps really need GPS to work is to set Neveras a location setting on each app and then open them one by one to see if the app is unusable. An app rarely needs location services all the time – except for street navigation apps and device tracking apps , like RescueTime and Exist.io .

  1. Rearrange the homescreen

Reordering apps on the homescreen makes the iPhone a more valid and efficient tool: scrolling through the pages in search of the right app can lead to distraction on other things and therefore to drain the battery and waste time. Having the right apps at your fingertips makes everything easier and faster. After deleting all the superfluous apps, just select the 20 or 24 (depending on the type of iPhone) apps you use or want to use the most, and arrange them in the way you check them in the morning or in the evening.. For example: if you use email on your smartphone a lot, the Mail app may be in the center of the screen, because it is easier to reach with your finger and you can clearly see it when you unlock your smartphone. If in a particular period you want to do more meditation, maybe you can move the related app to the front page.

This method also works in reverse. The apps that are used less must be moved to the last pages: to avoid, for example, excessive use of Facebook, you can delete the app or move it to the queue. If you don’t see it, you are less likely to use it.

 

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