Your iPhone also wants a new start in 2022


Your old iPhone may feel like new after a few adjustments.


It’s the end of the calendar year, which means it’s time to take charge of your life. And by “life” we mean, at least in part, your phone. That’s right, your iPhone might also need a fresh start in 2022. Maybe it’s been slowing down lately, maybe it’s bloated with extra apps, or maybe it’s needs a new aesthetic. Anyway, with a little time and some tweaking, your elder iPhone Where iPad will feel brand new again.


I’m not talking about clean the exterior of your device. I’m talking about giving the software a bit of tuning to make sure you have storage and your device is performing as smoothly as possible. Subtle adjustments like moving app icons and changing your wallpaper can impact how your phone or tablet feels.

You can also clear your cache and empty your “other” storage to free up space and make your iPhone fast again. If you decide to go for a brand new model, here is how to factory reset your iPhone before selling or trading.

Reset the app layout of your home screen for a fresh start

Personally, I know that I miss my home screen layout and constantly find myself moving an app, folder, or widget just to change things up a bit. But there are times when I want to start all over again, so I completely reset my homescreen layout.

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You can find this setting by going to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset home screen layout. Once you use this option, the built-in apps will return to their default position and you will have the option to rearrange or organize your phone.

I’ve found that doing this often reminds me of old apps that I no longer use, which I can then delete instead of leaving them on my home screen hidden in a folder I created some time ago. , well, hide apps that i no longer use. That brings me to my next tip: delete unused apps.


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Get rid of those single-use apps

Not only do old apps take up valuable storage space on our devices, but they clutter up your home screen and, depending on your privacy selections when you first installed the app, can potentially verify your location or monitor your contacts or calendars. Instead of letting an app you no longer use take up space or gain access to your data, take a few minutes to delete any apps you no longer use.

With the release of iOS 14 last year, Apple changed the way you delete apps on the iPhone. But instead of the default method, I will show you another method. Open the Settings application, then go to General> IPhone / iPad storage and wait for the list to load.

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Scroll through the list of apps installed on your phone or tablet. When you find one that you want to get rid of, tap it, and then select Delete the app.

When removing a lot of apps, I prefer to use this method because it’s easy to see everything installed in a list instead of having to go from folder to folder.


New wallpapers every day? Come on, I’m listening to you.

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Get a new wallpaper every day

Once your home screen is free of unnecessary apps and revamped, here’s another easy way to keep it updated every day. Apple’s Shortcut app is a powerful tool for all kinds of uses, but I use it daily to set a random image of Unsplash as my iPhone and iPad wallpaper.

Open this link on your phone or tablet, then add the shortcut. Once added, you will need to create a personal automation in the Shortcuts app via the automation tab at the bottom. Pick a day and time you want it to run, then select Run Shortcut and choose the Unsplash Wallpaper shortcut.

Now the shortcut will work at the time you set (I ran mine every morning at 6 a.m.) and your wallpaper will be new and fresh every day.

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Check which apps or services you’ve subscribed to.

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Sort your current subscriptions

More and more apps are moving to the subscription model and it’s easy to forget what you signed up for. Take a look at your App Store subscriptions by opening the Settings application. Tap your iCloud name at the top of the screen, followed by Subscriptions.

A list of everything your Apple ID is signed up for, along with the cost and renewal date, will appear after a few seconds. Tap anything you want to cancel, which should still allow you to use the app or service until your renewal date.

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A few minutes of work now can make all the difference.

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Do you really want to go crazy? Do this

Resetting your device settings will give you a clean slate without deleting any apps or accounts stored on your phone or tablet. This is an extreme option and requires extra thought. But it’s all too easy to turn a setting on or off and forget you did it and then get bored of how your device works. Resetting all of your device’s settings gives you a fresh start.

Go to Settings > General > Transfer or reset iPhone > Reset > Reset all settings. You will need to enter your password and confirm your decision.

Warning! Make sure to press Reset all settings and not Clear all content and settings. This option will factory reset your iPhone or iPad, removing all apps, documents, and accounts on your device, and you really have to start all over again.

After spring cleaning your iPhone or iPad, take a few minutes to learn more about The most useful features of iOS 15. We also found some iOS 15 Hidden Features You Will Want To Know About. Sure, you also need to clean the outside of your phone or tablet. In addition, here are the best cases for iPhone 13.


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