3 Tips to Keep Your Old iPhone Running Smoothly

There's always a lot of hype around each new iPhone release. New exciting features such as faster processors and improved camera technology are being released every year.

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This is all good, but there are those of us who don’t need to upgrade to the latest and the greatest. Smartphones, especially iPhones, can get quite expensive and, for many, there are more practical ways to spend money.

Don’t get me wrong, It's not at all the end of the world if you don’t have the latest iPhone. I’m not at all speaking against splurging on the latest gadgets. I'm just pointing out that this isn’t always realistic or practical.

Older iPhones are usually powerful enough to handle the latest apps and accessories. However, aging is inevitable and, as time progresses, the performance of an iPhone is expected to deteriorate. However, there are a few things you can do to squeeze as much life as you can out of your precious phone.  

Let's cover three ways to keep your old iPhone running smoothly.

1. Installing a New Battery

A healthy battery will ensure that you get the maximum out of your smartphone. This will make sure that you don't have to charge your old iPhone too often and your phone would be able to stand up to the power demands of its processor.

However, as it ages, your phone's battery capacity will degrade. It's battery life will decrease and it may even become unable to handle the power demands of the processor.

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This could lead to random shutdowns if your battery has become weak enough. This side effect of an aging battery has led Apple to underclock older devices in its lineup to prevent random shutdowns and prolong the life of the device.

The good news is that a battery replacement should solve most of your woes. Users with older iPhones have observed higher processor benchmark scores after carrying out a battery replacement. Swapping your old battery for a new one should increase the battery life and prevent battery-related random shutdowns regardless of who's the developer of the device.

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2. Free up Space

As time goes on, your phone tends to get bogged down with random stuff. Tons of pictures, videos, apps, and documents pile up over time, occupying precious storage space and slowing down your phone.

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It’s recommended that you keep this in check. Photos and videos should be backed up to an external storage device often, unused apps should be deleted, and caches cleared. If the worst comes to the worst, a factory reset can also be carried out. This will restore your phone to the state it was out of the box, minus any wear and tear.

3. Protect Your Phone Physically

A good defense is the best offense. While we all have good intentions when handling our smartphones, we inevitably end up dropping them. If you want your phone to last as long as possible, it’s a great idea to protect it with a sturdy case.

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For a decent protection, a case with a soft inner shell and a hard outer shell will suffice. If you want to step it up even further, consider buying something like the Otterbox Defender, which adds in a few more layers like a screen protector to make your phone as rugged as possible.

Final Thoughts

Owning the latest and the greatest iPhone feels awesome but this is not a necessity for many of us. Simply put, older versions of iPhones will get the job done for most users.

A good strategy for purchasing a smartphone is to do your research beforehand and buy a decent one, which will last at least a couple of years. It'd be preferable if this was backed up by a warranty in case something serious does happen, which affects the functionality of your phone.

Owning your phone for an extended period of time will take a little bit of work, however. The above three tips should help those of us who are still holding on to their old faithful ones. 

Don’t give up on your old phone yet, guys.

William Elcock

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