CAR­ING FOR YOUR DE­VICE

iPhone Life Magazine - - How To -

If you don't start tak­ing care of your iPhone and iPad now, chances are you'll end up with some prob­lems down the road. These tips will en­sure that you and your beloved iDe­vice get the most out of your time to­gether.

BAT­TERY MAIN­TE­NANCE

For long-term main­te­nance, avoid ex­pos­ing your iPad or iPhone to tem­per­a­tures higher than 95 de­grees Fahren­heit, since this can per­ma­nently dam­age your bat­tery. You can con­serve energy by turn­ing down the bright­ness on your dis­play or turn­ing on Auto-Bright­ness by go­ing to Set­tings > Dis­play & Bright­ness. Also con­sider dis­abling the 3D par­al­lax ef­fect Ap­ple in­tro­duced in iOS 7 by go­ing to Set­tings > Gen­eral > Ac­ces­si­bil­ity > Re­duce Mo­tion. If you're not in range of a Wi-Fi net­work, turn­ing off Wi-Fi in Set­tings makes it so your de­vice is not con­stantly look­ing for an avail­able hotspot.

APPS AND UP­DATES

Out­dated soft­ware can oc­ca­sion­ally cause is­sues with your iDe­vice, so if you are notic­ing prob­lems, con­sider up­dat­ing to the latest ver­sion of iOS by go­ing to Set­tings > Gen­eral > Soft­ware Up­date and check­ing for any avail­able up­dates. How­ever, if you have an older iPhone model such as the 4s, then choos­ing to up­date isn't al­ways the best de­ci­sion, as up­dat­ing has been known to cause some se­ri­ous lag­ging is­sues. If you would like to con­tinue us­ing your de­vice, then opt out of the usual up­dates.

UN­FORE­SEEN AC­CI­DENTS

If you drop your iPhone in wa­ter, power it off and don't turn it on or charge it again un­til it is com­pletely dry. To re­move any trace of mois­ture, wipe the phone down with an ab­sorbent cloth and then place it in a jar of un­cooked white rice for a cou­ple of days. Once it's dry, try turn­ing it back on. With any luck, your de­vice should work just fine! Also con­sider pur­chas­ing a pro­tec­tive case and screen pro­tec­tor to en­sure that you don't crack or scratch your screen the next time you drop it.

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