Eight tips and tricks to speed up your iPhone & Android phones

Apple's iPhones are known to fall prey to background app refreshes, streaming services as well as websites that take lots of time to load. Their performance often turns sluggish and you are left with a spinning wheel on your phone screen and a dud in the palm of your hands.

However, there are some great ways to get your iPhone running again in full steam and get rid of apps running in the background and other programmes that suckle on the battery without you knowing about them.

One very popular way to close running apps is to double click on the home button and swipe up all running apps until you've deactivate them all. However, as Tim Cook himself admitted, closing apps does not in any way mean that there are no programmes running in the background.

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A great new way to ensure that your iPhone's RAM is cleared is by pressing the power button until the familiar "slide to power off" text appears on the display. At this point, a long press of the home button will trigger a RAM reset. Once the reset is complete, you will be taken back to the home screen where you can start working again.

While Apple's latest iPhones like iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus will be able to withstand multiple apps running at the same time, your older iPhones will undergo a marked improvement in performance once this step is performed.

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Recently, some laboratory tests revealed that the 14nm Samsung-made chip in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus may see a 20 per cent short fall in battery life than the 16nm TMSC-made chips. Apple shrugged off such results, claiming that "with the Apple-designed A9 chip in your iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus, you are getting the most advanced smartphone chip in the world. Every chip we ship meets Apple's highest standards for providing incredible performance and delivering great battery life, regardless of iPhone 6S capacity, colour or model.

Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world use, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state. It's a misleading way to measure real-world battery life."

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Tips and tricks to make your phone run faster

1. Turning off Bluetooth

Important when you are using Bluetooth enabled speakers or a smartwatch/activity tracker, even with a low poer version, this wireless system is a battery guzzler beyond par.

2. Turn the brightness on your phone down.

Phablets and big-screed phones drink battery power to bring you crystalline imagery and brighter the screen, higher the battery consumption.

3. Wifi

Turn off wifi when you know you will not be using a secure connection. If you are out shopping and dont want to use the 'free wifi' that's on off at a cafe, turn it off. This saves battery because your phone isnt constantly looking for a wifi signal to latch onto.

4. Location services

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter use location services meaning they can prompt where you are at what point in time. Switch it off so the GPS on your phone doesn't constantly have to ping for a signal.

5. Turn off vibration and lower the volume for notifications

Every buzz, ping and ring on the phone uses battery. And with all your Whatsapp, text, social media and email alerts coming in a dozen times each hour, do you really want to drain all your battery on virtual chit chat?

6. Latest OS

Remember to download all software updates on your phone because they can have important patch updates to help your battery last longer.

7. Double click the Home button and close all open apps on your phones or utilise the simple trick that we mention earlier on in our article to power down apps.

8. Always operate your phone between 5-25 degrees Celcius. Any more or less than that impacts the battery causing it to drain fast.

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  1. Guest
    Guest8th Dec 2015

    So where's the tips for Android users? All I see is Apple phones.

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