There are practices that seem normal and not harmful that iPhone users normally make. Unfortunately, like the famous saying “Ignorance is no defense,” these practices are normally punished. Here are thirteen common mistakes iPhone users are making.
1.. Using Third-Party Password Managers
With so many services and accounts to keep track of, and considering that you need to avoid common password mistakes like using your pet’s name, password managers have become increasingly popular. However, before you start searching for the best third-party password managers for your device, you should know you have a convenient and secure solution on your iOS device called iCloud Keychain.
iCloud Keychain is Apple’s built-in password manager that can help you create and store strong passwords for all your accounts, as well as autofill them when needed. Furthermore, it supports two-factor authentication, which adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. It also provides you with security recommendations and can detect compromised passwords.
To start using iCloud Keychain, go to Settings, tap on your name at the top, select iCloud, and scroll down to Keychain. Toggle it on. If you want to add or view saved passwords, go to Settings and scroll down to Passwords.
2. Neglecting iOS & App Updates
Apple frequently releases iOS updates to your iPhone. How often do you update your device? If your answer is not often, then you are doing this very wrong. These updates normally have security patches and bug fixes that not only improve the performance of your iPhone but also improve its security. Go to Settings > General > Software Update and update your iOS to the latest update right now. It is also important to make regular updates to the apps on your iPhone as these updates also come with bug fixes, security patches, and new features.
3. Not Using the Ring/Silent Switch
One of the most useful hardware features on the iPhone is the Ring/Silent switch. It’s located on the left side of the device, just above the volume buttons.
Considering that Apple typically favors a minimalistic approach, as seen with the removal of the home button and headphone jack, you might find it surprising that they have kept a dedicated hardware switch for such a simple task, more so if you made the switch from Android.
On your previous Android phone, you had to use the software button or volume rocker on the side to put the phone into silent mode. However, this poses two main problems:
You might not always want to wake your display to put your phone in silent mode. For example, it can be rude to do so in a meeting or might affect your sleep when you are in bed at night.
If you are watching a video or listening to music, using the volume rocker can unintentionally lower or raise the volume of your media.
This is where the iPhone’s hardware switch comes in handy, as you can quickly and easily silence your device without interacting with the display or affecting the volume of your media. In addition, you can just glance at the switch to see whether your device is in silent mode, since you will see the orange line when in this mode.
4. Using Unlicensed Accessories
So, you have misplaced or damaged your iPhone’s charger and need a replacement as soon as possible. You get to the nearest electronics store, and you are pleased to find off-brand accessories that are significantly cheaper than Apple’s official chargers. You might be tempted to buy one of these unlicensed accessories, but you should know that doing so might damage your smartphone, which will cause you to spend more in the long term.
These unlicensed chargers or accessories might not have been subjected the same rigorous safety testing as Apple’s official or licensed accessories, putting your device at risk. To ensure that you are using a safe and compatible third-party accessory, make sure it has the MFi (Made for iPhone) logo, which lets you know that Apple has approved it.
5. Jailbreaking Your iPhone to Install Unsanctioned Apps
If you have switched to iPhone from Android, you might be missing all the customization options and the ability to sideload apps.
You have also likely heard about jailbreaking an iOS device to enjoy these benefits. If not, jailbreaking your iPhone means removing the restrictions imposed by Apple, allowing you to install unsanctioned apps from third-party sources.
However, you should know that jailbreaking your iPhone can void its warranty and might make it more vulnerable to malware and other security threats. Jailbreaking your device also makes it more challenging to install future software updates, exposing you to new security vulnerabilities.
Therefore, unless you know exactly what you are doing, we recommend that you avoid jailbreaking your iPhone.
6. Not Using the Optimized Battery Charging Feature
Lithium-ion batteries, which we use in most modern devices, including the iPhone, degrade over time. This means that your battery will not be able to hold a charge as long as it did when it was new. Although this aging process is inevitable, some factors contribute to faster battery degradation, including extreme temperatures (both high and low) and charging for extended periods.
One way to maintain your iPhone’s battery health is to use the Optimized Battery Charging feature. This feature uses machine learning to track when you usually connect your phone for extended periods and when you use your device. It then uses this information to delay the final stages of charging until you actually need to use your device, which helps to reduce battery aging.
To enable Optimized Battery Charging on your iPhone, go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and toggle it on.
7. Not Paying Attention to App Permissions
Each time you install an app on your iPhone, it will ask for permission to access certain features of your device, such as the camera, microphone, or your location. In the same way that you probably don’t read terms and conditions or user manuals, you might simply tap Allow without a second thought.
However, you should know that granting an app access to sensitive data such as your location or microphone can pose a privacy and security risk. Besides, paying attention to this only takes a few seconds, unlike reading those long and boring terms and conditions.
That said, if you want to review the app permissions you have granted, go to Settings > Privacy, and select the relevant category.
8. Not Configuring the Find My Feature
This is one feature you hope you will never have to use, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. The Find My feature allows you to locate your device if lost or stolen.
To set up Fine My, go to Settings, tap [Your Name] at the top of the screen, and select iCloud. Then, scroll down and turn on the Find My iPhone feature. You can also enable the Send Last Location feature to send your device’s location to Apple when the battery is low.
9. Not Backing Up Your Device Regularly
As your go-to companion, your iPhone contains important data, such as your contacts, photos, and messages. Losing this information can be devastating, especially if you don’t have a recent backup. If you use the iCloud Backup feature, your data will be backed up automatically as long as your smartphone is connected to Wi-Fi and a power source.
You can do this by going to Settings, tapping your Name at the top of the screen, and selecting iCloud. Then, scroll down and turn on the iCloud Backup feature.
10. Force-closing Background Apps
Do you often close all the apps running in the background on your iPhone to improve its performance? Well, that’s actually not necessary and can even do more harm than good.
It’s easy to believe that having several apps running in the background when you are not actively using them can slow down your iPhone. However, an iPhone is designed to handle such workloads, keeping them in a low-power state until they’re needed.
It’s better to leave them running in the background than to force-close them because an iPhone uses less power to switch from an active app to a background app, allowing you to resume from where you left off more quickly and putting less strain on your device.
On the other hand, an iPhone requires more power to restart an app from scratch than resume it from a low-power state. This is similar to the heater, which requires more energy to heat up than to maintain the desired temperature.
11. Bad Charging Habits
Although your battery’s capacity will degrade over time, some bad charging habits can speed up this process.
For example, allowing your battery to run down or fully charge to 100% is not ideal for its long-term health. This is so because your battery has a limited number of charge cycles, and repeating this process over time reduces its performance.
Ideally, aim to keep your iPhone charged between 30%-80%, as you will use fewer charge cycles and improve your battery’s lifespan.
In addition to this, the iPhone typically heats up when charging, which is okay to some extent. However, if it gets too hot, this can cause permanent damage to your battery. So, try to charge your iPhone in a cool or well-ventilated place and avoid putting it under your pillow or in direct sunlight.
12. Never turning your iPhone off
This tip may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s true. While you shouldn’t let your battery die completely between charges, you should completely power off your iPhone and leave it off every once in a while, according to Apple Genius Bar staff. Note that this is different than letting your iPhone die — you’re not waiting for it to power off by itself.
Think of an iPhone like a car idling. Even though it’s not operating fully, it’s still running. And that, Apple says, can stress your iPhone’s lithium-ion battery. Periodically turning off your iPhone for a short time lets your iPhone’s software refresh and it can do wonders for your battery life. While you don’t have to turn it off every night, try to power-down at least once a week.
13. Not cleaning your iPhone
Most typical iPhone users have really dirty devices. It’s true, and it’s nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, your phone likely has more germs per square inch than pet food bowls and toilet seats. But even beyond the sanitation issue, not maintaining your device can lead to other problems.
If you keep your iPhone in your pocket, for example, it’s likely that lint and other debris will get caught in the charging port. This can cause charging issues that are bad for the battery, or just simply prevent you from connecting via the port entirely. To keep your device clean and lint-free, use a soft cloth to wipe it down and a thin, non-metal (like a toothpick) to clear out your port.
Avoid These Mistakes to Make the Most Out of Your iPhone
As a first-time iPhone user, you might be making some mistakes that can reduce your device’s life span or simply fail to leverage some of its key features. These tips provide you with a good starting point to get the most out of your iPhone and enjoy using it for many years to come.