Keep Your iPhone Running Like New

A few simple steps can ensure your device works faster and lasts longer—even if it’s an older model.

Didn’t trade in your iPhone this year? Totally understandable. People are holding on to their Apple smartphones for nearly three years before upgrading. If you decide to wait that long, follow these steps to keep your phone running smoothly for as long as possible.

Conserve Battery

Every time you let your phone die, you’re reducing the lifespan of the battery. Try plugging it in before your power gets down to 20 percent.

Letting your phone charge overnight isn’t bad for it. Once the battery reaches 100 percent, it stops charging automatically.

You should also avoid forcing apps to close (that’s what happens when you swipe them away). When you force-quit an app, it takes longer to load the next time you open it, which drains more power. Here’s a better way:

  1. Go to Settings > General.
  2. Tap Background App Refresh twice, and then tap Off. This keeps your apps from syncing new content when they aren’t in use.
  3. You can tap Wi-Fi if you want your phone to refresh background apps without draining mobile data.

Finally, don’t expose your phone to extreme heat or cold; both can shorten your battery life.

Free Up Storage

If your phone is running slowly or freezing up, that could be a sign it’s low on storage space. Use the cloud to keep important files like photos and videos safe, and back up your device regularly. You can also free up space by deleting apps you don’t use.

To see which apps are taking up the most space, go to Settings > General and tap iPhone Storage. On this screen, you’ll see your phone’s remaining storage and how much each app is using.

Keep Your Phone Dry

Even water-resistant devices can be damaged if they stay wet for too long or sink too deep. For extra protection, try a waterproof case, and avoid exercising with your phone close to your skin.

Don’t Wait to Update

Keeping your phone’s software current will protect it from security threats, fix known bugs, and make sure you have the latest features. Here’s how to update your device:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  2. If you see an update available, tap Download and Install.
Some updates can slow down older phones. If you notice a change in speed, contact our experts for help.
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