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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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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