We all pick up bad habits in life, especially when it comes to using software and technology, which we learn to use on our own, most of the time without proper guidance. These habits can be difficult to shake, particularly when you don’t even know they’re harmful in the first place!
Luckily, we’re here to help, so here is a list of the most common iPhone related bad habits and how you should change them:
1. Using your phone without a password
If you’re a typical smartphone user, it’s safe to assume that almost all the services you utilize can be easily accessed from your device. And while this can be very convenient for you, it becomes a huge problem if your phone is lost or stolen.
Someone with malicious intent having access to your email address, social media accounts, and PayPal is definitely not a scenario you want to imagine, let alone experience!
Thankfully, there’s something you can do which can give you a little bit of peace of mind, and that’s setting up a passcode for your device.
Starting with iOS 9, the passcode can be six digits long, which means there are now one million possible combinations, a huge increase from the 10,000 you could have previously. This makes guessing the code or brute force hacking a lot more difficult.
You can also go to Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode and set Simple Passcode to Off to enable you to set up an alphanumeric passscode, for an even higher level of security.
2. Searching through folders for apps
Folders are a great way to organize your apps, but don’t expect them to be much helpful when you’re actually trying to find something.
For that, you should use the iPhone’s built-in search feature instead. To access it all you have to do is pull down on the home screen (which contains your list of apps) and type in your query.
It’s as simple as that! Also, to make the feature even more helpful, you can put applications at the top of your search results (and deselect results you want to omit) by going to Settings -> General -> Spotlight Search.
3. Emailing yourself reminders
Sending emails to your own address is an easy way to send yourself a reminder – after all, you probably check your email all the time, so there’s little chance of it going unobserved. Nevertheless, this isn’t exactly the optimal way of going about things: the message can get lost among other emails, or you could forget about it after you read it the first time.
This is why you should use an organization tool which is designed precisely for that purpose, something like Evernote or even the iPhone’s own Notes app.
Not only will these tools allow you to take notes and organize them, you can also set them up to provide you with reminders, so your tasks and messages won’t get lost in your hectic schedule.
4. Allowing too many notifications
Push notifications are a great way of keeping up with everything you need to know about your phone, but this can quickly turn into a case of “too much as anything is bad for you.”
When you receive too many notifications, you tend to become somewhat insensitive to them, and you could miss something important just because you’ve become used to being notified about a lot of useless things.
Thankfully, you can set what notifications you receive and how you receive them by going to Settings -> Notifications. Consider carefully what you want to be notified about, and don’t forget to do the same in the future when a new app asks for your permission to do that.
5. Swiping up to kill apps
One of the most common mistakes iOS users make when using their smartphones or tablets is swiping up to kill apps. When you minimize and app by pressing the home button, that particular process doesn’t just go on in the background indefinitely, instead iOS puts a stop to if after 10 minutes. Exceptions to this include apps with access to GPS information, VoIP apps, and music playback apps.
This means that programs with access to GPS information can stay open indefinitely, and some take advantage of this to remain open in the background more than you’d want them to.
Dropbox, for example, uses location data to keep the app active and continue uploading images from the Camera Roll in the background, something which can drain your battery quicker than normal. If you find it doing that, you can revoke its access by going to Settings, then Privacy, and finally Location Services.
The task switcher isn’t a list of currently running programs, but more of a tool which lets you quickly access programs you’ve been using recently.
And while you could use it to kill unresponsive processes or GPS apps (in order to prevent them from trying to stay active once you no longer need them), you’re probably doing more harm than good by removing the ability to pick up where you left off and restart whichever apps you were in.