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6 Tips On How To Effectively Manage Your iPhone

6 Tips On How To Effectively Manage Your iPhone

Are you an Apple iPhone user? Worried about updating your iPhone now and then?

Well, you are not alone as many people find it difficult to actually manage their iPhone in an effective manner. With each new update, your iPhone’s storage decreases and if it is not a new model, it will definitely slow down.

So what should you do to avoid this?

Here are some tips which can help you manage your iPhone effectively.

1. Deleting the Apps Not Required

One of the obvious methods of freeing up some space on your iPhone is to delete the apps which you no longer need or hardly use.

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Simply delete the apps which are large in size (i.e. apps which are more than 50MB in size) and drain your battery. You can check the storage size of each app in iPhone’s settings.

Apps which run in the background not only drain your battery but chew up space too.

So, your first step should always be to get rid of unwanted apps.

2. Managing Your iCloud Settings Well

Besides having iPhone’s own internal memory, each iPhone comes with 5GB of free cloud storage data.

You can back-up your iPhone through iCloud or you can also use iTunes to back it up on your PC.

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With iCloud settings, you can choose what to save and what not to save.This gives you a lot of flexibility to delete your pictures, documents and app data and access them through iCloud instead of storing them locally on the device itself.

Bear in mind that iCloud and iTunes backups do not contain any of your iPhone music, playlists, or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks. There are other alternatives available to you to backup this iPhone content, such as a Windows and Mac app called TouchCopy, which allows backup of all iPhone content without iTunes.

3. Limiting Background Refreshes 

If you want to improve the battery life and want to keep it for a longer period of time, then try to limit the background refreshes of apps.

Many apps keep on refreshing data and updates on their own.This causes the battery to drain quickly.

4. Controlling the Brightness

You can also adjust the brightness level and keep the phone on night mode during the later hours. Keeping night mode on reduces the intensity of the screen brightness and also improves the temperature on screen.

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This causes the battery to last longer.

5. Turning Off Mobile Data

You cannot update some large apps by using your mobile data. But, if you turn on the update through mobile data, some apps of smaller size will continue to be updated by using your 4G data available on your monthly or pay-as-you go-data bundles.

If you want to manage your data well on your iPhone, the first thing you should do is to turn off mobile data for your apps and iCloud updates.

Some video streaming sites such as YouTube automatically start the next video so to save data, disable the autoplay option from within the YouTube app.

Make sure you also disable auto-download options on messaging apps such as WhatsApp. Downloading media is enabled by default on WhatsApp and files downloaded not only take up more space, but can slow down your device, too.

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6. Stopping Photostream

Apple allows you to save your Photo Stream so that you can see all your photos and videos on all your devices such as Mac.

If you want to keep your Apple Devices free of any unwanted pictures, you should disable photo stream to keep your devices at maximum storage capacity.

You can also download your pictures on your PC instead of enabling Photo stream. By installing iCloud drive for Windows, photos can easily be downloaded.

Latest IOS also allows you to save optimized copies of your pictures on your device and save the originals in iCloud. This way you can also save some storage on your iPhone.

So, if you want to improve the battery life and performance of your iPhone, the above tips can be really handy for you. From time to time, do check your iPhone’s settings and clean up the apps which you hardly use.

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Last Updated on December 30, 2018

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

Let’s dive straight into the list…

1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

    If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

    Download Rescue Time

    2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

      If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

      Download Remember the Milk

      3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

        This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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        Download Focus Booster

        4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

          This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

          Download Toggl

          5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

            There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

            Download Dropbox

            6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

              Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

              Download Evernote

              7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                Download Mind42

                8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                  This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                  Download SnycBackFree

                  9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                    Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                    Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                    10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                      This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                      Download 1Password

                      11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                        When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                        Download Pocket

                        12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                          This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                          Download [email protected]

                          13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                            This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                            Download Launchy

                            14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                              This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                              Download Forest

                              15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                Download Trello

                                16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                  Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                  Download Wunderlist

                                  17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                    This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                    Download Time Tree

                                    18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                      Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                      Download Todoist

                                      The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                      Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                      40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

                                      More Recommended Productivity Experts on Lifehack

                                      • Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
                                      • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
                                      • Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less

                                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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