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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 August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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    ohlife

      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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