Nine changes you should make to your iPhone before the New Year

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Just as you service your car to keep it running smoothly, an annual review of your iPhone can prevent a lot of problems in the long run. Phones accumulate a lot of digital stuff, and since a more well-organized device works better for longer, take the start of the new year as your chance to ditch it all. Your iPhone might feel brand new by the time you’re done.

Delete apps that you no longer use

We all download a bunch of apps that are almost never used. If you have a group, consider uninstalling it to save space and bandwidth. Unused apps can sometimes make your phone slow, and keep downloading updates automatically, which can affect your internet plan’s limited bandwidth.

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You can go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and choose Maybe next to Offload unused apps. This will save a lot of space. Then, you can scroll down the Storage settings page, swipe left on the apps you’re not using, and then make the selection delete to remove them.

Alternatively, you can go to your iPhone’s home screen, then tap and hold an empty part of the screen until the icons start to jiggle. Swipe left until you reach the App Library. You can now tap the “X” next to apps you don’t use to quickly delete them.

Change your wallpaper

When was the last time you changed your iPhone wallpaper? go to the Settings > Wallpaper To get you started — and if that wasn’t enough, try downloading an app like Dynamic Notch, which allows you to create minimalistic designs around your iPhone’s temperature. While you’re at it, get a custom lock screen, too.

Delete unwanted old photos and screenshots

Most people don’t bother deleting photos from their iPhone, but you probably don’t need to keep thousands of screenshots, memes, and other random images around. Go through your photo library and delete unwanted photos and videos.

Clear shared calendars, reminders, and notes

You may have created shared notes or added people to your calendar entries and reminders. After a point, you should remove them from the unused shared data to protect your privacy. go to the Settings > Privacy and Security > Security Checkup > Manage Sharing and Access. Follow the steps on the screen and you’re done.

Set screen time

If you want to pass less, go to Settings > Screen Time on your iPhone. handle See all activity To check the apps you used the most. Then you can click on each of them and set a daily usage limit. You can also select a file Stop Option to remind yourself to put the phone away after a certain time.

Free up your iMessage space

iCloud is amazing if you want to back up your phone, but backing up your messages is a double-edged sword: It backs up all kinds of junk and media files you’ll probably never need. We have a complete guide on how to clear iMessage clutter from iCloud, which will help you free up some space quickly. This will also make sure that when you move to a new iPhone, your iCloud restore won’t carry years of junk to your new device.

Delete your unused subscriptions

We’re all guilty of starting subscriptions we don’t use, and you might save a lot of money by kicking the habit. go to the Settings> [YOUR NAME] > Subscriptions And get rid of the ones you don’t need.

Take a look at your phone’s battery

Before you consider iPhone battery replacement or buying a new iPhone, go to Settings > Battery To see which apps are consuming battery power. Maybe this page can help inspire New Year’s resolutions like using Instagram less. You can also delete some of your most addictive apps and switch to mobile websites instead. Instagram is less addictive than Safari.

Clear your app’s permissions

It’s never a bad time to review how much data your apps are using. go to the Settings > Privacy and Security on your iPhone and check each option to see which apps are using different sensors on your device. Google Maps probably wouldn’t work well without location access, but TikTok probably doesn’t need location access at all.

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