There are many different types of phones on the market, and the most common ones used today are iPhones. Even though some models are more expensive than other phones, there’s just something about having an iPhone that makes us want to go out and spend our money on them. However, there are many things that we are doing wrong when it comes to using our phones.
These mistakes that we make are easy to fix. If you’re someone who thinks your battery is dying too fast, too many people are getting into your phone, or you just don’t know how to properly work your gadget…then you have come to the right place.
Below is a list of 25 mistakes you’re making with your iPhone.
1. Not Using The Low Battery Feature: People use their iPhones for many different things, and this usually leads to the phone dying fairly fast. Apple states that you should enable low-power options on your phone to save it from dying faster. If you don’t know how to do this, here’s how: go into your settings and click on battery. Once in there, click the low-power mode button so that it turns green. Keep in mind that doing this will cause the notifications to halt.
2. Leaving The Phone In Extreme Temperatures: iPhones are not meant to withstand crazy weather temperatures. Emily Shapiro, a representative for Apple resale site iPowerResale, says: “the iPhone can operate normally at temperatures between 32 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit and can function normally, if not in operation, in temperatures of -4 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit.” When an iPhone is stored in temperatures outside of these, it will not work until it has either cooled down or heated up again.
3. Leaving Deleted Photos and Videos In Deleted Folder: Some people don’t know that when they delete a photo or video from their folder, those images and videos move into the deleted folder. So technically they aren’t really deleted and are still taking up storage on your phone. The next time you delete a photo or video from your iPhone make sure you check the deleted folder too.
4. Not Using A Screen Protector: We’ve spent a lot of money to have our precious iPhones and we hate it when we see them get damaged. However, sometimes a phone case doesn’t fully protect your screen because the screen is still exposed and can crack or smash. Try to invest in a good screen protector for your phone.
5. Allowing Location Service On Everything: When you allow location services on all of your apps it contributes to draining your battery faster. The Huffington Post suggests that you should only allow an app to access your location when you are actually using the app. When you are ordering an Uber, turn the location services on for that app during that time. The same goes for when you are using Maps.
6. Not Restricting Your Apps: We have all innocently handed our phones over to a friend or family member without thinking about the private things we have on them. This can backfire in our faces when someone learns more about you than you wanted them too. The next time you are able to hand over your phone to someone else, go into the settings. Click on the general tab and go into restrictions. This lets you restrict certain apps from gaining access without a password.
7. Don’t Wait Until Zero: For some reason a lot of us wait until our phones are on zero battery to charge it. This isn’t a smart thing to do, according to technology website Gizmodo. They state that you should start charging your phone when it hits the 40 percent mark. They even state that charging a phone with a lithium-ion battery when it is at zero can be dangerous.
8. Don’t Charge Your Phone Overnight: A lot of us think that this is a myth, but it’s actually a huge mistake a lot of us make. Gizmodo says that leaving your phone on charge overnight can cause slight damage to your phone and its battery. So the next time you want to charge your phone, don’t wait until you’re going to bed.
9. Not Using a Passcode or Touch ID: We know it can be annoying to have to go in and out of your phone by using a password, fingerprint, or facial recognition. But the truth is, your phone might get stolen at any minute and you will regret it if that thief gets your information. It won’t take that much time out of you day to make up a protection password for your phone, so just do it.
10. Not Updating Your iPhone: Doing software updates on our phones can be really annoying, considering they happen all the time. However, not doing the software updates on your iPhone is a major mistake. Emily Shapiro, a representative for Apple resale site iPowerResale, told FashionBeanz that keeping your phone up-to-date is important. If there wasn’t a good reason for Apple to want this new software update, it wouldn’t happen.
11. Not Backing Up Your iPhone: You make a major mistake when you don’t backup your iPhone onto your computer. This means putting all the information on your phone onto another device, most likely your computer. You want to do this because your phone might die or get stolen at any moment. If you care about the information that is on your iPhone, such as your photos, you might want to back it up.
12. Having Too Many Push Notifications: If you’re someone who is sick and tired of having so many notifications from your apps throughout the day, than listen up. If there is an app that you want to stop notifications from, head to your settings. Once there, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find all the apps on your phone. Click on the app that you want to stop the notifications from and then click the button to stop the notifications from happening.
13. You Never Clean Your Phone: Newsflash: bacteria clings to your phone. One way to prevent this is by washing your hands and keeping your iPhone out of dirty areas. If your phone is already dirty, try investing in a microfiber cleansing cloth and wipe down your phone every so often. Apple says to avoid solvents, abrasives, and aerosol sprays. Apple also states not to spray your phone directly, but to spray the cloth you are using to clean your iPhone with.
14. Buying Non-Apple Cheap Chargers: A lot of us don’t have the money to spend on the proper charger for our iPhones. When this happens we go to the cheap stores that sell us a charger that works for our phones. Emily Shapiro, a representative for Apple resale site iPowerResale, told FashionBeans that those cheap chargers actually damage iPhones. Shapiro continued to say that sometimes these chargers explode or simply die fast due to poor manufacturing.
15. You Aren’t Using iMessage: If you aren’t using iMessage than you are missing out on a really big part of having an iPhone. There are so many different widgets you can use in iMessage that will make you laugh. If you want to turn on your iMessage, go into your settings and do it.
16. You Closed All Your Apps: People used to think that leaving apps open in the background would drain the battery, but that isn’t the case. According to media website CNET, the apps actually remain in a paused state and don’t sync. When you close the app down completely and then open it back up, the whole app needs to start up again. This causes more battery to drain compared to leaving the app paused in the background.
17. Not Protecting Your Phone: The iPhone costs a lot of money. Many of us consider it to be an extension of ourselves. This is why we should all really take more care of our phones. Make sure that you buy a proper case for your iPhone and don’t put it in any position where it can get damaged.
18. Not Turning Off Your WiFi: If you are in an area where there is no WiFi or are in a place where you don’t need to use the WiFi, turn your WiFi off. According to The Huffington Post, leaving your WiFi on all the time causes the battery to drain faster than if it was off. If you don’t know how to do this, go into your settings and click on WiFi. Then turn it off.
19. Don’t Fully Charge The Battery: That’s right. Just as you shouldn’t let your phone completely drain, you aren’t supposed to let it fully charge either. According to Digital Trends, you should always have your phone between 20 and 80 percent. Try to keep an eye on your phone when it is charging to make sure it does not exceed 80 percent battery life.
20. Letting People See Your Messages: When we get a text message from a friend we automatically get it as a notification. If you are someone who leaves their phone out in the open then this may be a problem for you. If you go into your settings and press messages, you can stop these preview messages from happening. Just go to the messages section in the settings and turn off the show preview tab. This way, people won’t be able to see the message that pops up on your locked screen.
21. Never Turning Your Phone Off: A lot of us don’t want to turn off our phones, ever. However, not turning off out phones occasionally can cause damage. CNET states that we should turn our phones off at least once a week. Not turning your phone off can cause damage to the battery. When you go to sleep at night, think about turning your phone off. You aren’t using it then anyways.
22. You’re Connected To Bluetooth: A lot of people don’t properly know how to work their phones. Many people don’t even know how to turn their Bluetooth off. Digital Trends says that constantly being connected to Bluetooth can make your battery die faster. If you find that your battery is draining fast, go into your settings and check if your phone is connected to Bluetooth. If it is, disconnect it.
23. Avoid Wireless Charging: Wireless chargers are tempting to use because they are fairly new and seem cool, but Gizmodo states they are chargers we should avoid using. Wireless chargers have a nasty habit of generating a fair bit of waste heat. Gizmodo says that it’s this heat that can potentially kill the charger altogether.
24. Using Flash When Taking Pictures: If you are using the flash option on your iPhone camera when it’s bright outside, this may be draining your battery. Digital Trends states that having the flash option on your iPhone camera turned on all the time makes the battery die quicker. The reason for this is because the flash takes up a lot of power, especially if you are taking multiple shots.
25. Turn Screen Brightness Down: A lot of the time we don’t realize that our screens are on full brightness. The reason why is because we have become so accustomed to our phones automatically doing this that we don’t even realize it’s happening. The Huffington Post reports that if you want to save the battery life on your phone, turn down the brightness of your screen.