It’s officially spring this week. In addition to your typical spring cleaning, it’s also time to tidy up your iPhone. You’ve been neglecting this one for a while, haven’t you? A disorganized iPhone is an inefficient iPhone. Check out our tips below for making your iPhone feel like new.
You don’t have the newest iPhone yet, but you’re feeling the age in your current one. Not to fear–there’s plenty you can do to refresh your iPhone and make it feel like new. Small touches such as changing up your ringtones or wallpaper can help your iPhone feel refreshed. It’s like moving furniture around in your apartment–even the slightest differences can make the familiar feel new. And if that’s not enough rejuvenation, another way to make your phone feel like new is to replace your worn-out, broken-down case. You can go for the sleeker, thinner case that speaks to your live-fast style, or you can opt for the thicker, more durable case that meshes well with your practical side.
Restore Order to Your Home Screen
It’s fair to say that most iPhone users’ home screens are a mess. Maybe you have Tinder on the first page and your Mail on the second (talk about priorities…), or perhaps you accidentally put the NBA app in a folder with your Wells Fargo banking app. Clean that up, man. You can move apps anywhere you like simply by pressing down on an app, waiting until the apps start shaking, and then dragging it where you like. There aren’t any hard rules for organizing, but suffice to say, like-minded things belong near other like-minded things. If you want to make folders to group similar applications–like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar–drag your desired app on top of another and voilà, you have a folder that can be named and moved around as one unit.
Your photos take up a lot of space, and let’s be honest, you probably have way too many selfies lingering on your phone right now. Transferring them over to your computer will free up some of that precious, precious storage. Just hook your iPhone up via USB and transfer your photos to the Photos app on your computer, which should automatically launch when you first link up. Make sure to check the box next to “Delete Items” when you’re importing so that your iPhone gets rid of all the photos you transfer over. If you’re on the move, you can email yourself pictures you want to save and then delete them off your phone.
You’ve probably seen–and ignored–the popup message: “Your iPhone has not been backed up in X weeks.” You wouldn’t want to lose that number you artfully scored last night. You have two options: backing up via iCloud or iTunes. If you’re going the iCloud route, all you need is an internet connection and an iCloud account. Go to Settings → Storage → Backup, then turn on iCloud backup and click “Back Up Now.” iCloud provides up to 5 GBs of free storage. To back it up directly onto your computer with iTunes, simply hook up your iPhone via USB and go to your iTunes; then go to File → Devices → Transfer Purchases.
Hands are gross. So are pockets. Your iPhone has a lot of contact with both of those things, and no one wants a reflective pool of oil buildup covering their screen. A good physical cleaning every once in a while keeps your iPhone looking sharp and sanitary. You can use a kitchen rag or a clean sock–or you can go the more professional route and use the free official totallee cleaning kit. What’s that? “Free?” you ask? “How do I get it,” you say? Simply shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set you up.