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After I Read This, I Know How To Make My iPhone Run Faster

After I Read This, I Know How To Make My iPhone Run Faster

What is one thing that is your TI-84 calculator, MacBook, and iPhone all have in common? They all perform like computers, and one thing that occurs the more you use a computer, storing more and more information on the memory, is that it starts to run slower. This is seriously put a hinder on your experience, but this doesn’t mean that you have to throw in the towel and accept that a slow iPhone comes with age. There are things you can do to have your iPhone run faster and today we will look at ten ways you can optimize your iPhone’s performance.

Perform a Device Cleanse

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    The biggest culprit for a slow system is one filled with unnecessary material. However, even those who clean out their app collection still find that they have a slow device. It is because there are various other things you need to clean out of your iPhone to ensure optimal performance. Aside from applications and even photos, go through the Messages app and delete old conversations.

    Those that include multimedia can still weigh down on your device. Additionally, clear the cache from your iPhone. Cache is memory that is stored in your iPhone’s Safari browser for future usage. Many times, you can find yourself with cache that isn’t even necessary anymore. Go to Settings, then in your Safari settings click on Clear Cookies and Data.

    Turn Off Auto Updates and Downloads

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      When you device is constantly checking for updates and downloads, it not only puts a hamper on your device’s battery life, it also affects your device’s speed. To prevent your iPhone from always having this task run, go to Settings, then check off Music, Apps, Updates accordingly in the iTunes & App Store page, based on which updates you want to disable.

      Close Running Apps

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        As you will begin to notice, constantly having tasks running, from downloads to unnecessary material, is the largest culprit for a slow device. This means that you should develop a habit of closing applications after every use. Being an iPhone user since well before the page swipe mechanism was developed, I’ve gained a habit of double-pressing the home button, and sliding up each application that I will not make use of.

        Update Your Software

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          Making use of the old software on your iPhone not only makes you behind the times on the great features Apple releases in every iteration, it also prevents you from taking advantage of a faster device. New updates show an improved processing speed for various aspects of your phone, from Safari to improved calling. In the Settings folder, regularly make a trip to the Software Update tab in General. While Apple does notify you when a new update is available, this is an added measure to ensure you have the most updated iPhone out there.

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          Perform Some Tweaks

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            There are some aspects of your iPhone that you don’t always think or adjustable off the bat. One of these things is the background motion that your iPhone does. Take your iPhone, locked or unlocked (sans any notifications), and stare at the screen. Now, while staring, move the iPhone up and down. You will see that the background will move as well. This is an effect that is cool, but unnecessary. You can disable it to ensure that you will always have optimal device speed. To disable, simply go to Settings, then General, followed by the Accessibility. From there, simply turn on Reduce Motion.

            Other things you can do include turning off Background App Refresh. This is what keeps application content updated, even when not in use. There’s a dedicated folder for Background App Refresh in the General folder of Settings that allows you to tick off each application that you’d like/disable from updating in the background.

            Restart and Reset

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              You may find yourself rarely having to restart your iPhone. Unless there is a problem that needs solving, you’ll find that the only time your iPhone is even off is when it’s out of battery. Dedicate a day every month to allow your iPhone to restart or even simply rest completely off. In addition, you can recalibrate your iPhone’s battery by charging to 100 percent, letting it be used until it reaches 0% and dies, then charge to 100% again.

              Resetting settings and your device is also a great idea. In Settings, you can reset your device to factory settings by clicking Reset in the General folder. Click Reset All Settings and your content will still be on your device, but iPhone settings will revert to those on your iPhone from day one.

              Adjust WiFi and Bluetooth

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                If you find that you aren’t making use of WiFi or Bluetooth regularly, adjust the settings so that when you are making use of either service, it will connect and when you aren’t it will simply be disabled. By sliding your finger from the button up to revel Control Center, you can easily turn on/off Bluetooth or WiFi with a tap of their respective symbols.

                Download ‘Battery Doctor’

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                  The Battery Doctor application allows you to identify and make adequate changes to ensure that your battery life is extended to it’s optimal performance. It’s a free application and allows you, in real time, to see your battery’s status and even has a UI that is so minimalistic and attractive that you’ll want to keep it open regularly. From CPU and memory information to a beautiful wallpaper and wealthier information, you’ll always find a use of Battery Doctor.

                  Restore Previous Backup

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                    Restoring your iPhone to its previous backup is a great way to also combat the problem of a slow device. You will be able to address a catch-all approach to your problems because the backup will bring back the previous material that was on your iPhone from your last back-up, along with all of its previous settings.

                    When all else fails…

                    If you find that even a backup, settings adjustment, or even backup restoration doesn’t do the trick, then you might have to do your last ditch effort and erase all content and settings and start from scratch. This isn’t as daunting as it seems. If you background important photos and applications, this can be a bit seamless.

                    Let us know in the comments below if you have seen any noticeable differences in the speed of your previously slow iPhone after incorporating some of these tips. Additionally, if you have any tips of your own, let us know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your tips!

                    Featured photo credit: Inferse via inferse.com

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                    Published on September 20, 2018

                    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                    In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                    Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                    In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                    Minimizing Tabs

                    Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                    Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                    Incognito Mode

                    Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                    1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                    2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                    3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                    This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                    Save Webpages as PDF Files

                    Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                    Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                    Open Recently-closed Tabs

                    Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                    One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                    The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                    Solve Mathematical Problems

                    Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                    For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                    Play Media Files

                    Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                    In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                    Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                    With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                    Stay Focus(e)d

                    Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                    Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                    With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                    This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                    Grammarly for Editing

                    Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                    You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                    Loom

                    There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                    There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                    With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                    Chrome Calendar Extension

                    No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                    Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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