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Refurbished iPhone Hacks: Tips and Tricks for Optimal Performance


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Welcome back to the Used Mobiles 4 U blog! Today, we’re excited to share some insider tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your refurbished iPhone. Whether you’re a seasoned iPhone user or new to the Apple ecosystem, these hacks will surely enhance your device’s performance and improve your overall user experience. So, let’s dive right in!

1. Optimise Battery Life

Battery life is a crucial aspect of any smartphone experience. To optimise your refurbished iPhone’s battery life, follow these tips:

  • Enable Low Power Mode: This feature reduces power consumption by disabling certain background activities and visual effects.
  • Adjust Display Brightness: Lower your screen brightness or enable Auto-Brightness to conserve battery power.
  • Disable Push Email: Instead of having your iPhone constantly fetch new emails, switch to manual fetch or fetch them less frequently.
  • Close Unused Apps: Double-click the Home button and swipe up on the app cards to close any apps running in the background.
  • Limit Background App Refresh: Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and select which apps can refresh in the background. This prevents unnecessary battery drain.

2. Clear App Cache

Over time, apps accumulate cache data that can take up valuable storage space and slow down your refurbished iPhone. To clear app cache, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
  • Scroll down to see a list of apps and the amount of storage they use.
  • Tap on an app you want to clear cache for.
  • Tap on “Offload App” to remove the app but keep its data, or tap on “Delete App” to remove the app and its data completely.
  • Repeat this process for other apps as needed.

3. Manage Storage

Running out of storage on your refurbished iPhone can affect its performance. To manage storage effectively, try these tips:

  • Offload Unused Apps: Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage, and tap on “Enable” under “Offload Unused Apps”. This will automatically remove infrequently used apps while keeping their data intact.
  • Delete Unnecessary Files: Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage, and tap on “Review Large Attachments”. From here, you can delete large files that are taking up space.
  • Use iCloud Storage: Consider using iCloud to store your photos, videos, and files. This frees up space on your iPhone and allows you to access your data from multiple devices.

4. Enable Find My iPhone

Keeping your refurbished iPhone safe and secure is important. Enabling the Find My iPhone feature can help you locate your device if it gets lost or stolen. Here’s how to enable it:

  • Go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud.
  • Scroll down and tap on “Find My iPhone”.
  • Toggle on “Find My iPhone” and “Send Last Location”.
  • You can also enable “Find My network” to help locate your device even when it’s not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data.

5. Customise Control Center

The Control Center on your refurbished iPhone gives you quick access to various settings and features. You can customise it to include the controls you use most frequently. Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings > Control Center > Customise Controls.
  • Tap on the green “+” button next to the controls you want to add to the Control Center.
  • Rearrange the order of the controls by tapping and holding the three horizontal lines next to each control, then dragging it to your desired position.

6. Enable Night Shift

If you find yourself using your refurbished iPhone at night, enabling Night Shift can help reduce eye strain and improve your sleep. Night Shift adjusts the color temperature of your display to a warmer tone. Here’s how to enable it:

  • Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift.
  • Toggle on “Scheduled” to automatically enable Night Shift during specific times. You can also manually enable it by tapping on “Manually Enable Until Tomorrow” or set a custom schedule.

7. Use Low Power Mode

If you’re running low on battery and need to make it last as long as possible, Low Power Mode can help. It reduces power consumption by disabling certain features and background activities. Here’s how to enable it:

  • Go to Settings > Battery.
  • Toggle on “Low Power Mode”.
  • You can also enable Low Power Mode from the Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen and tapping on the battery icon.

8. Clear Safari Cache

Over time, your refurbished iPhone’s Safari browser can accumulate a lot of cached data, which can slow down the browsing experience. Clearing the cache can help improve performance. Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to Settings > Safari.
  • Scroll down and tap on “Clear History and Website Data”.
  • Tap on “Clear History and Data” to confirm.

9. Update Software

Keeping your refurbished iPhone’s software up to date is important for security and performance improvements. Here’s how to check for software updates:

  • Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  • If an update is available, tap on “Download and Install”.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.

10. Reset All Settings

If you’re experiencing persistent issues or want to start fresh with your refurbished iPhone, you can try resetting all settings. This will reset all system settings to their default values without deleting your personal data. Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset > Tap on “Reset All Settings”.
  • Enter your passcode if prompted.
  • Tap on “Reset All Settings” to confirm.
  • Your iPhone will restart and all settings will be reset.

11. Use AssistiveTouch

AssistiveTouch is a useful feature for those who have difficulty using the physical buttons on their refurbished iPhone. It adds a virtual button to your screen that allows you to perform various actions. Here’s how to enable it:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch.
  • Toggle on “AssistiveTouch”.
  • You can customise the actions performed by the AssistiveTouch button by tapping on “Customise Top Level Menu”.

12. Enable Reduce Motion

If you’re sensitive to motion effects on your refurbished iPhone, such as parallax and transition animations, you can enable Reduce Motion to minimise these effects. Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Motion > Reduce Motion.
  • Toggle on “Reduce Motion”.

13. Take Advantage of Siri

Siri is a powerful voice assistant that can help you navigate your refurbished iPhone efficiently. Here are a few ways you can use Siri to enhance your experience:

  • Activate Siri by pressing and holding the home button or saying “Hey Siri” (if enabled).
  • Use Siri to make calls, send messages, set reminders, and more by simply speaking your commands.
  • Ask Siri for information, such as the weather forecast, sports scores, or directions to a specific location.

14. Use Low Power Mode

If you’re running low on battery and need to conserve power, you can enable Low Power Mode on your refurbished iPhone. This feature temporarily reduces power consumption by disabling certain background activities. Here’s how to enable Low Power Mode:

  • Go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode.
  • Toggle on “Low Power Mode”.
  • Note that some features, such as mail fetch, Hey Siri, and background app refresh, will be temporarily disabled while Low Power Mode is enabled.

15. Monitor Data Usage

To avoid exceeding your data limit and incurring extra charges, it’s essential to keep an eye on your data usage. Here’s how you can monitor your data usage on your refurbished iPhone:

  • Go to Settings > Mobile Data.
  • Scroll down to see a list of apps and the data they have consumed.
  • You can also enable the “Low Data Mode” to reduce data usage further.

16. Enable Wi-Fi Assist

Wi-Fi Assist is a handy feature that automatically switches your refurbished iPhone to cellular data when the Wi-Fi signal is weak. This ensures a seamless internet experience. To enable Wi-Fi Assist, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings > Mobile Data.
  • Scroll down to find the Wi-Fi Assist toggle and turn it on.
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