In order to become efficient Smartphone users, most people store as little information as they can on their iPhones and save all their data on cloud. They also think that this would allow their phone battery to last longer. Although transferring your information on cloud is a good idea, but it is really really risky as the data over there has a greater chance of getting breached by expert hackers. Moreover, it is a misconception that you cannot store large amounts of data in your iPhones. Apple has designed a really user-friendly phone from which users can benefit a lot.

Following are the 5 worst habits that iPhone users need to get rid of, in order to get the most out of their user-friendly mobile phones.

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1. Killing Apps by swiping them up

Iphone swipe

This is one of the most common mistakes that iPhone users make, especially the ones who’ve recently shifted from Android. Previous models of Androids required their users to swipe away the apps after they had used them in order to stop them from running in the background and consume phone battery. This is not the case with Apple iOS. iPhone does not let the apps run in the background for indefinite period or until they are swiped up.

In an iPhone, when the user minimizes the app, it stops running after ten minutes and becomes part of the phone memory. Hence, if any activity is in process on any app, it has several minutes to finish up before iOS stops it. However, there are a few apps that do not stop running even after closing. These include:

Those apps that require GPS data.
Apps that provide users with maps and directions.
Apps that are built-in iPhones such as Skype, FaceTime, Calls, Messages, etc.
Music player or audio recording apps.

Note that these apps that run even after you have closed them show a red bar on top of the phone in order to keep the user aware that the app is running and he/she needs to close it to stop it.

Applications such as Dropbox take advantage of such features of iPhone and keep running in the background even when the user is not using it.  You can stop such apps from running by going in to settings, tapping on privacy and then location services.

The newer version such as the iOS 7 does not allow most apps to simply run in the background after they are used. In addition to that, it does not allow the in-built apps such as the GPS ones to consume a lot of battery even when they are running in the background. Therefore, it is not necessary that you need to close such apps every time you use them. In fact, it will save you the hassle from stopping and restarting the process all over again.

2. Setting Reminders via Emails


Most people still set reminders and writing down notes in emails even though they have in-built apps that allow them to write down notes, save reminders and offer other versatile features. This may be because most users still do not know how to make the most of their reminders apps. There are lots of apps available now through which you can conveniently set reminders, set audio recordings or even attach files.

In addition to that, the new iOS 9 will have an amazing Notes app such as Evernote, which has similar features such as Microsoft’s OneNote in terms of support and compatibility. Evernote has features such as the attachments of photos, videos as well as other files. On the other hand, Simplenote is also a great notes app that iPhones can benefit from.

3. Searching through different folders to find a particular app


iPhones come with a large memory space, hence you must have downloaded lots of apps in it. With so many apps altogether, it might get difficult to find a particular app quickly when needed. For this purpose, most people search through all the folders in order to find that relevant app – this is completely wrong. What they can do it simply open the built-in search feature in their iPhone and then write down the name of the app they want to open quickly. In order to make the search more efficient, go to settings, tap on general and then spotlight search.

4. Not setting a Passcode on your iPhone


Most iPhone users do not realize that it is very important for them to set a password on their phones no matter how annoying it may be for them. We travel everywhere with our phones and if it gets in the wrong hands, then that person can steal your sensitive data by using your email account. Hence, always put a passcode otherwise you are making information such as your bank account details, PayPal information or Amazon Account information highly unsecure. Always try to use complex combinations when setting a passcode, in order to make your phone more secure.

5. Allow receiving all notifications
Notifications may seem a really useful way to stay in the know-how of important updates regarding your emails, social media pages, etc. However, after sometime they can become quite distracting and take your concentration away from what you are doing. In addition to that, most people would not be aware of the fact that allowing so many notifications has a detrimental effect on the life of the battery and it drains quite quickly.               

In order to allow only a few apps to send you notifications in a day, you need to go to settings and then over to notifications. Over there, you need to remove the right clicks from the apps from which you do not want notification. This will definitely help your phone battery to last longer than before.

What are yours?
These are just few of the many worst habits of iPhone users that they have become prone to without even realizing it. In order to get rid of these habits and make your iPhone work faster, you need to keep educating yourself with the help of such articles and similar information. Let us know, what are your worst iPhone habits?


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