Common Mistakes Of iPhone Users
Are you sure, that you are doing everything right with your iPhone? Since the release of the first iPhone in 2007 a lot of typical mistakes and numerous rumors about the usage of iPhones have been built up. The opinions about the “proper” usage of iPhones can drift apart widely within the iPhone community. We will shed light on the dark and clarify, which common mistakes iPhone users do and why you should better stop doing these faults.
Closing apps with the App Switcher and saving battery
The assumption to save battery by using the app switcher to close apps is a widespread misconception. Even the Apple manager Craig Federighi, who has been in charge of the software development, denied this assumption recently. According to this, the forced closing of apps in the multi-tasking view has no advantages, because the background apps are put in an efficient standby mode. The manual closing of the apps will cost even more battery for the next usage, because iOS has to load all data again.
Performing an iPhone jailbreak
An iPhone jailbreak is handy, if you want to exempt the iPhone from the usage restrictions of the stiffed Apple operating system, so that third-party apps, which are not available in the App Store, can be used. Thanks to the tweaks you can configure your iPhone individually and personalize it according to your needs. The disadvantage: As soon as the iPhone is jailbroken the security mechanisms are deactivated. So it will be easier accessible for hack attacks. Because of this, we recommend to avoid jailbreaks and keep the security functions on your iPhone. In the meanwhile Apple has adopted some features to iOS that only had been available for jailbroken iPhones. Hence, the topic jailbreak will lose its importance in future.
Installing an antivirus app
Virus protection apps are pretty unnecessary, because of the unity of iOS, the security of the system and Apple’s strict control behavior in relation to apps. The built-in security mechanisms in Apple’s operating system are working as an automatic antivirus protection. So you can spare the installation of an additional antivirus app. Even though they promise protection for your iPhone, they have no purpose at all.
Exploiting the iPhone storage space
iPhones with a small amount of storage space are often filled with images, videos and apps until the capacity is reached. If you reached the limit, you might not be able to even update your iPhone to the latest iOS version. We recommend to keep at least 10% of your storage capacity free to always have the space for updates. In Settings → General → Storage & iCloud Usage you can keep an eye on your available storage space. In this article we have summarized gadgets that expand your storage space, if you have more problems in leaving some space on your iPhone.
Creating no backup
You usually have a lot of apps, music and photos on your iPhone, as well as personal data, information and setting configurations. It would be annoying, if all of it disappears because of an error or iPhone loss. Many iPhone users are not aware of this instance and create a backup rarely or not at all. Don’t make this mistake and create a backup regularly via iTunes or iCloud. This way you always have your data and information available in case you have to restore your iPhone or get a new one because of a defect or loss. If you don’t want to create a backup manually in iTunes every time, you can activate the automatic backups via iCloud in Settings → iCloud → Backup. To create an backup is super easy as our backup tricks show.
(Dis-)Charging iPhone battery fully
Another popular mistake is to (dis-)charge the iPhone completely. The electrodes inside the lithium-ion battery are strained, when the battery is very low, as well as when it is fully charged. This can deteriorate the battery lifetime significantly. A battery status between 30 and 70% is recommended. Within this percentage the battery is not strained as much and has a higher amount of charging cycles in total. Generally a constant high battery level strains the lifetime and durability of the iPhone battery.