Sometimes my iPhone gets sluggish and doesn’t respond as quickly as I’d like it to. Or it runs out of battery power more quickly than expected. I’ve learned a few tricks that might help you too.
- Turn your iPhone completely off. To do this, hold down the power button on the top right of your iPhone until it says “Slide to power off”. Slide the button over, wait five or ten seconds, then power it back up again. I know Steve Jobs said that only Microsoft computers need to be turned off to reset themselves. But sometimes Apple products need to be reset too.
- Close down any applications that your iPhone is running, but you’re not using. Double click on the Home button and it will show you all the apps you’re running. (The Home button is the one on the bottom of the screen, in the center.) Select the apps you want to close and, with your finger, simply slide it up and off the screen.
- If there are apps on your iPhone that you’re not using, delete them entirely. That will free up some space. Find the icon for the app on your screen. Place your finger on the icon until it starts wiggling and a small “X” appears in the top left corner of the icon. Press the “X”. Your iPhone will ask you to confirm that you really want to delete it. Remember to press the Home button when you’re done.
- You can free up a lot of space by deleting photos and videos after you’ve backed them up to your computer. Photos are generally saved under “My photos”
- Put your iPhone in Airplane mode. Click on Settings and slide the button over. When your phone is in regular mode, it is constantly checking the location of nearby towers. It doesn’t do that in Airplane mode, so you can charge your phone much faster. If you know you’ll be in an area without reliable cell service, putting the iPhone in Airplane mode also conserves your battery. Remember, you can still use WiFi even with the cell service turned off!
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Chris Eddy of Geek For Hire, Inc. has been providing computer service to families and small businesses with Mac’s and PC’s for the past fourteen years. His company is highly rated by both the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and by Angie’s List. You can find more at www.GeekForHireInc.com. Geek For Hire, Inc. provides onsite service to the Denver / Boulder / Front Range area. They can provide remote service throughout North America.