10 Tips to help keep your iPhone working at its best
By Brian Schoedel, Publisher | Mobile Case Direct .com | Dec 30,
Restart Weekly: Why turn off your iPhone weekly? Well it will shut off running
applications and conserve your memory improving your smart phone’s performance.
How do I turn off/turn on my phone? Press & hold button located at the top
of your phone. Then slide to turn off. Wait for it to completely shut down then
press & release button to turn on. It will take about 20-30 seconds for
complete shut down/turn on.
iOS Software Update:
Avoid slow & unresponsive iPhone by updating your operating software. Apple
will frequently make improvements to iOS with security patches, enhanced
capabilities or fixing bugs that slow your phone’s performance. How do I update
my software? 1.Settings 2.General 3.Software 4.Update
Protective Cases & Screen Protectors: Protective iPhone 5 cases
screen protectors can save you from costly repairs due to impact, dirt and
scratches. Many of the newer enhancements with iPhone 5s case design &
strengthened LCD guerilla glass helps. However anyone who has experienced “the
drop” without a case will tell you walking around with a damaged iPhone till
you qualify for an upgrade sucks. Avoid costly repairs, protect resale value
and enjoy your fully functional iPhone.
Buy latest iPhone model:
Having the latest model will ensure you have the fastest, most up to date iOS
& enhanced capabilities. Buying your iPhone on launch date isn’t any
cheaper than a year later. Why not enjoy the latest technology? You can also sell
your old phone at the highest resale value to “late adopters.” In many cases I
have personally made money selling the old phone out of contract when I bought
the newest model.
Avoid Weak Signal & Improve iPhone Battery Life: Weak cell reception and Wi-Fi can reduce your
battery life by hours. Avoid auto Wi-Fi connections that are not secure or in
public places. If you phone is constantly trying to connect to Wi-Fi at your
local restaurant or in bad carrier connection will drastically reduce battery performance.
Keep a back up charger handy for the car or office.
Shut Down Your Running Apps: Shutting down your iPhone weekly will turn off many apps and memory
hogging resources. However throughout the week it is good to shut down apps you
don’t use daily. When you click the home button the app doesn’t turn off it is
running in the background, which eventually slows your iPhone’s performance.
How do I shut down apps? Double tap the home button. You will see a pop on the
tray of apps along the bottom of the screen. Press & hold the app you wish
to turn off and press the – to turn off.
Please note only do this when using the double tap home button and not
just on your iPhone. Otherwise you will accidentally delete the app off your
iPhone versus turning it off.
Inspect & Clean Regularly: Inspecting your phone for damage, dirt, and moisture. Many people put
off fixing that damaged LCD screen after leaving their iPhone naked exposed to
the elements. Electronics hate moisture and that cracked LCD screen or damaged
button can take a toll on your phone’s performance & resale value.
Avoid Video & Music Streaming: Being unplugged while using your favorite music
streaming app at the office or extensive video sessions will reduce your
battery to just a few hours. Keep your iPhone docked or connected to the
adapter while at the office or in the car.
Location services are great for social media status updates, Google Maps or
Apple Maps navigation but did you know that your iPhone is constantly updating
your geo positioning which slows your phone and reduces battery performance? How
do I change my location Services preferences? 1. Settings 2.Privacy 3. Location
Services 4. On/off
Notifications & E-mail: Social media is great but those notifications & text reminders
constantly popping up will kill your battery. Turning off the auto push on your
email will also conserve battery life and improve your iPhone’s performance.
How to change my iPhone’s notification settings? 1. Settings 2. Notifications
3. Click into app and adjust
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