How to best use the iPhone

4 simple tricks to take advantage of it for longer
Ever since it exists, the iPhone is, par excellence, the smartphone that ensures greater longevity. Apple has been providing updates for over 5 years since the release of the device – for example, the new iOS 14 operating system 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 is not just about using it and then buying a new one after one or two years: 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 begin to be felt.

  1. Eliminate unnecessary apps

How to best use the iPhone: 4 simple tricks to take advantage of it for longer
It may seem like an obvious tip, but in the action of eliminating unnecessary, unused apps, there is much more complexity than you can imagine. To eliminate apps that are no longer used, it should be remembered that there may be apps that, from time to time, no longer make sense to populate the homescreen. So it is good to plana periodic review of their apps, perhaps creating a recurring appointment on the calendar, and taking time to delete the superfluous and leave room for what is otherwise important. With iOS 12, released in 2018, the process is even simpler: 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 it to load 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 much more sense to keep the messaging and video call apps. It may be helpful to repeat this procedure onceevery 3 months .

  1. Freeing up space from photos and videos
    Media 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:

How to best use the iPhone: 4 simple tricks to take advantage of it for longer

  • 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 needed, automatically deleting photos and videos already uploaded to the cloud ;

How to best use the iPhone: 4 simple tricks to take advantage of it for longer

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

How to best use the iPhone: 4 simple tricks to take advantage of it for longer
Optimizing not only means making it go faster, but also consuming less battery. For statistical purposes and to improve some services, Apple basically activates some location services which, however, can dramatically decrease the battery life. Many of these services can be deactivated, keeping the functionalities useful for road 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 in which they are presented: Apple Ad from location, Alerts from location, Compass calibration, Share my location, Time zone setting (which, when traveling, can be reactivated as needed), System customization, Networks and wireless, Cellular network search, Location suggestions, Relevant locations, iPhone analysis, Routes and traffic, Popular near me(the latter three can be deactivated if Apple Maps is not used). 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 localization. To reduce the GPS services of the apps too, just go back one screen, in Location Services , and check the apps one by one, clicking on each and preferring While using the app as a setting. A useful way to understand which apps really need GPS to work is to set Maias a location setting on each app and then open them one by one to understand if the app is unusable. Rarely does an app always need location services – except for road navigation apps and device tracking apps , such as RescueTime and Exist.io .

  1. Reorder the homescreen

How to best use the iPhone: 4 simple tricks to take advantage of it for longer
Rearranging the 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 others and therefore to drain the battery and waste time. Having the right apps at your fingertips makes it easier and faster. After deleting all the superfluous apps, just select the 20 or 24 (depending on the type of iPhone) apps that you use or want to use more, and arrange them in the way you check them in the morning or evening. For example: if you use email a lot on your smartphone, the Mail app may be in the center of the screen, because it is easier to get there with your finger and is clearly seen when you unlock your smartphone. If in a particular period you want to do more meditation, maybe you move the related app to the front page.

This method also works in reverse. The apps that are used the least 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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