Whether your phone is about to die or your charger is frayed, this year's best iPhone hacks can solve all of your smartphone-related woes. Try these handy shortcuts as shared by Facebook users, tech experts and more.
IT Guru Marc Forrest tweeted out a trick that had everyone skipping with joy. To rid yourself of crashing apps and web pages that take a million years to load, clear your random access memory (RAM) in mere seconds with this easy hack: Bring your phone to the home screen, and hold down power button until "Swipe to Power Off" appears. Then switch your finger to the home button, and hold for five seconds. Voilà!
Your battery is at a low percentage, and you're no where near a charger. Don't panic just yet. If your phone is running on iOS9, go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode. (Siri can do this for you too.) By going into Low Power Mode, non-essential tasks are disabled, giving you up to FOUR more hours of battery life.
In September, ER worker Katherine Jarmy informed Facebook users about iPhone's Medical ID application. Her post went crazy viral, now with close to a million shares. In emergencies, the app can be accessed even with the phone on lock and lets officials know your full name, DOB, medical conditions, emergency contacts and more.
When it comes to technology, there are few things more frustrating than having a device reboot on you while you're in the middle of a task. Despite Apple's many advancements, iPhones tend to restart quite often. To keep random reboots at bay, try these fixes:
-Turn mobile data off and back on.
-Reset your iPhone.
-Get rid of buggy apps.
-Restore your phone on iTunes.
-Get a new battery for your phone.
While iPhone alerts keep you in the loop of important information, their blaring, siren-like sounds can create an unpleasant experience if you're in a meeting, at church or at a wedding. To turn them off, go to Settings > Notifications > Switch off 'Amber Alerts' and 'Emergency Alerts.'
If you're spending time at places you shouldn't be, your iPhone could spill all your secrets if it got into the wrong hands. Facebook user Melody Puckett discovered a hidden iPhone menu, showing your frequent locations. Not only does it show those addresses, but also the exact dates and times you were there. TMI, right? The good news is that there's a simple way to clear your history and turn off your Frequent Locations.
Wi-Fi Assist is meant to automatically switch your device from Wi-Fi to 4G whenever your Wi-Fi connection is poor. While that's convenient for online browsing, you could be burning through your data plan a lot faster than you thought. To turn it off, go to Settings > Cellular > Switch off Wi-Fi Assist.