A modern smartphone has so many functions that users do not even know about many of them. Some features that are enabled by default are rarely or never used. Some iOS features can run in the background, making your iPhone run slower or drain your battery faster. In this article, we will cover some iOS features that you may not be using and how to turn them off.
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What features on the iPhone can be turned off for most users?
Apple Suggestions in Spotlight Search
Swiping down on the home screen will bring up the Spotlight search screen. Under the usual search line, there are numerous offers that some people do not use at all.
To turn them off, just follow the path Settings → Siri and Search and disable three items “Siri Suggestions”: In search of, In “Find”, On the lock screen and In the “Share” function (disables recommended contacts in the Share menu).
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How often do you communicate with the virtual assistant Siri? If your answer is: “a couple of times a year” or “very rarely”, then feel free to turn it off (you can turn it on at any time if necessary). To disable the Apple voice assistant, follow the path Settings → Siri and Search and disable all three options: Listen to “Hey Siri”, Call Siri with the side button and Siri with screen lock.
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Raise to activate
A feature that turns on the iPhone screen whenever you pick it up. This will work even if you just took your smartphone off the table to put it in your pocket. Disabled along the way: Settings → Screen and brightness → Raise to activate.
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Videos autoplay in the App Store without your permission
iPhone is set by default to automatically play videos on the App Store’s Apps and Games pages. But this behavior of the system can be annoying. It’s rather annoying when suddenly a video starts playing with a loud, ear-pounding sound. Yes, and automatic video playback corny loads the processor and consumes traffic. For the mobile Internet, this can be a very unpleasant event.
You can disable this behavior of the system in the menu Settings → iTunes Store and App Store → Video autoplay. Here you can also set the option to automatically play videos only when connected to a Wi-Fi network, or completely refuse to display such videos.
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Keyboard Clicks and Lock Sound
If you frequently type on your iPhone in front of people, you may be annoying them with keyboard clicks. In order not to draw attention to yourself, disable them along the way: Settings → Sound, tactile signals → Keyboard clicks. Here you can turn off Lock sound.
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In our subjective opinion, system haptics in iOS are also an unnecessary source that consumes iPhone battery power. In case the lack of a slight vibration when working with iOS elements is not critical for you, disable this feature along the way: Settings → Sound, tactile signals → System tactile.
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Recall that this feature allows you to start using the application on one Apple device and continue on another. For example, you can open a YouTube video on your iPhone and return to what you started on your iPad or Mac, and vice versa.
This feature can only be very useful if you have multiple Apple devices. If you only have an iPhone “out of apples”, then feel free to turn off Handoff along the way: Settings → Main → AirPlay and Handoff.
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Improving Apple Services
While Apple claims to collect little to no data about its users, this process does happen. For example, a company collects information from a smartphone in order to improve its mapping service.
But in Russia, Apple cards are significantly inferior to similar services from Google and Yandex. However, most iPhones have options enabled by default that allow Apple Maps to be enhanced in the background.
If you don’t use Apple’s mapping service, you shouldn’t improve it on your own. Follow the path: Settings → Privacy → Location Services → System Services and disable options: iPhone Analytics, “Routing and traffic”, “Popular nearby”, “Map Improvement”.
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Background app updates
Apps on iPhone that use an Internet connection have background content refresh enabled by default. That is, even when the application is minimized (not currently in use), the traffic and battery power are consumed. Disabling this option completely is unlikely to affect usage in any way, because as soon as the application becomes active, the content will be updated automatically.
You can stop the background update process for a specific application along the path: Settings → General → Content Update:
And completely for all applications at once, by selecting the option Off on the menu “Content Update”.
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Notifications from some apps
One of the most important points that affects the user’s productivity during the working day, as well as the smartphone’s battery consumption. When installing a new application, do not rush to give permission to send notifications, otherwise the iPhone screen may turn on very often, for example, when receiving messages from instant messengers.
If there are already too many incoming notifications, open Settings → Notifications, go to noisy app options and set the toggle Notification tolerance into position Turned off.
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Create an iCloud backup
This option has several negative aspects, the main of which is clogging the cloud storage with unnecessary backups. This is most relevant if you have multiple Apple devices and a free iCloud plan that keeps running out of space.
When turning off iCloud backup don’t worry about your contacts, notes, reminders, calendars, etc., as well as files stored in iCloud Drive, they won’t be lost and all this very easy to restore on a new iPhone or iPad. There is no backup here.
Disabling iCloud backup is done along the way: Settings → Apple ID (your name) → iCloud → iCloud backup.
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If you don’t track your steps or calories burned, and don’t use your iPhone as a fitness tracker at all, turn off the option. Fitness trackinglocated along the path: Settings → Confidentiality → Movement and fitness.
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Starting with iOS 12, the iPhone introduced a feature that monitors the activity of applications and how often they are used. It is called “screen time“. The purpose of this feature is clear – it allows users to find out which applications they use most often or abuse them.
This option at first glance seems useful, but it’s only in theory. Surveys of iOS users consistently show that they very rarely use this feature. But it remains on on many iPhones, heavily loading the battery. In many cases it is “Screen Time” should be blamed for the rapid discharge of the smartphone. To disable this feature, go to Settings → Screen Time.
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Tired of crooked automatic word corrections when typing on the iOS keyboard, turn off the option Autocorrect along the way: Settings → Main → Keyboard.
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Transparency (Blur background effect in iOS)
This is the same background blur effect that gives a special gloss to the “apple” software shell. Thanks to transparency, iOS elements stand out in volume against the “retouched” background, which really “refreshes” the design of the interface. The effect is present everywhere from the Control Center to the status bar with a clock.
Disabling the transparency effect in iOS has a positive effect on device performance, as well as battery life.
If you are ready to sacrifice beauty for the sake of performance and increase the life of your iPhone, turn on the option Decreasing transparency along the way: Settings → Accessibility → Display and text size.
Reduce motion (parallax effect)
Surely, you have noticed the presence of a three-dimensional effect on the iOS home screen, in which application icons seem to float against the background of the wallpaper. This is called the parallax effect.
If the absence of iOS branded visual effects is not critical for you, enable the option Reduced motion along the way Settings → Universal access → Motion.
By doing this, you will reduce the load on the processor and therefore extend the battery life of the iPhone.
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Automatically send analytics data from iPhone to Apple
Every Apple smartphone collects some data by default, which is sent to the manufacturer for analysis. But don’t worry, Apple doesn’t collect personal data from its users. Yes, and this information is transmitted in encrypted form.
However, the data collection and subsequent encryption that takes place on your iPhone requires certain resources. It’s good that this feature can be turned off. To do this, go to the menu Settings → Privacy → Analytics and improvements and disable features: “Share iPhone Analytics”, “Improve Siri and Dictation”, “Share iCloud Analytics”.
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Tracking the places you’ve visited
Each iPhone has a standard feature activated that keeps track of the most frequently visited places by the owner every day. The definition of these points is quite accurate. You can then see on the map the places where you visit most often.
This feature is designed to improve various iPhone features, such as Maps or Siri voice assistant. But directly on the operation of the smartphone, such an improvement has practically no effect. But the battery, this function of tracking the most frequently visited places eats up decently. To disable this feature, follow the path: Settings → Privacy → Location Services → System Services → Important Locations.
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Shake to cancel
Function “Shake to Undo”, which allows you to shake your iPhone to undo your last action while typing in apps, has been around for a long time. But the fact is that active users who often quickly move the gadget in space could be pretty annoyed by the offer “Do not apply “Enter””.
To disable the annoying feature, go to Settings → Universal access → touch → Shake to cancel and move the slider to position Turned off.