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4 Facts for Savvy iOS Users

Updated on August 18, 2016

Apple is renowned for hip and innovative technology that many people can't imagine living without. Yet this technology can often cause just as much trouble as convenience. There are a few things about your iOS device you may want to know about to get the most out of it. As a former IT specialist, I hope this info helps you.

1. Apple Care is NOT an extended warranty! Apple care can be purchased within the first year of owning your iOS device and AppleCare Plus can only be purchased in conjunction with your device. It doesn't give you all the perks of an extended warranty like Dell or HP offers for your personal computer. It just extends technical support for your device and waves the expedited shipping costs if you need to have it replaced. ONLY AppleCare Plus covers accidental damage and only a couple of times!

2. Your iOS device can't function without a computer. Even if you've updated to the most recent software, work with WiFi and the Cloud, if your phone has a serious problem it's probably going to need to be hooked up to a computer with iTunes. In most cases your phone won't be replaced by Apple until you've gone through all the troubleshooting steps which requires using a compatible computer. So make sure you have access to a compatible computer with the most recent version of iTunes installed before getting an iOS device or attempting to fix any issues with your device.

3. Your iOS device is a multitasker. The multitasking feature on Apple mobile products means that all apps are open until you manually close them. Just because you can't see the screen for an app anymore does not mean it's closed. Even if you've put your phone to sleep, it's still open in the background using up battery, bandwidth and the like, making your device run slower over time.

To close apps or see what is open, double tap the home button to bring up the multitasking menu. All the applications shown along the bottom after this are currently open. Hold your finger down on the app you want to close until they all start wiggling. Then hit the minus sign in the corner of each app to close them. Don't hit the X symbol while in this mode, that will delete the application instead of merely closing it. Make sure to slide through every screen to get every open application and improve your device's performance.

4. Have you tried turning it off and on again? Just like a conventional computer your iOS device needs to be turned off every once and a while. To properly turn your device off you need to hold down the sleep/wake power button located at the top until it asks you to "slide to power off." Slide the red bar across the screen. Wait for the screen to go completely black before turning the device on again. If you tap the screen after turning it off and something shows up, like an apple logo or it says "slide to power on", you didn't do it right and need to try again to turn it off correctly. The first thing to try when your phone is acting strange is to turn it off and on again. Doing this every once and awhile should help it run more smoothly.


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    • Alexandria Joy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexandria Taberski 

      6 years ago from Loveland, CO

      Thank you all so much, Android Software is a bit more reliable than iOS I'd say :)

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      6 years ago

      Good stuff, I'm staying with my Android Galaxy Nexus :-)

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      6 years ago

      Useful info on iphone care, voting up and sharing

    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      I don't own and have never owned an iphone but I can't help but support you, because you're awesome! You have some great tips here for iphone users and the hub itself is very well written. Voted up and shared.


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