Bored with your iPhone? Give it new life with a quick overhaul

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


The buzz around the iPhone 13 It could be causing a certain “fear of missing something”, especially if your older model is working fine and you have no reason (or plan) to update it yet. What if you could breathe new life into your old iPhone or iPad without spending a penny and, more importantly, without contributing to the useless phone update cycle? With a little time and a few tweaks, your biggest iPhone or iPad you will feel like new again.

I’m not talking about clean the exterior of your device. I’m talking about tweaking the software a bit to ensure you have storage and your device is running as smoothly as possible. Subtle adjustments, like moving app icons and changing the wallpaper, can have an impact on the feel of your phone or tablet. You also can 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 completely new model, here you go how to factory reset your iPhone before selling or exchanging.

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Reset the home screen app layout to start over

Personally, I know I get bored with 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 over, so I completely reset my home screen layout.

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

I found that doing this often reminds me of old apps that I never use again, which I can then delete instead of leaving them on my home screen hidden in a folder I created a while ago to, well, hide the apps that I no longer use. This leads me to my next tip: remove unused apps.


How many applications installed on your iPhone or iPad do you actually use?

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Get rid of those one-time apps

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

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

Read more: Here you have everything you need to know iOS 15and what to expect in iOS 15.1 and iOS 15.2.

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

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


New wallpapers every day? Go ahead, I hear you.

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Get a new wallpaper every day

Once your home screen is free of unnecessary apps and rearranged, here’s another easy way to keep it fresh every day. Apple’s shortcut app is a powerful tool for all sorts of uses, but one thing I use it for on a daily basis is setting a random image from Unsplash as my iPhone and iPad wallpaper.

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

Now the shortcut will run at the set time (mine will run every morning at 6am) and your wallpaper will be fresh and new every day.


Check which applications or services you are subscribed to.

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Rank your current subscriptions

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

After a few seconds, a list of everything that is registered with your Apple ID will appear, with the cost and date of renewal. Tap on anything you want to cancel, which should still allow you to use the app or service until the renewal date.


A few minutes of work now can make a difference.

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Do you really want to drive me 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 one that requires additional thought. But it’s very easy to enable or disable a setting and forget you did it, and then get annoyed with how your device works. Resetting all your device settings gives you a fresh start.

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

Warning! Make sure to touch Reset all settings and no Clear all content and settings. That option will factory reset your iPhone or iPad, remove all apps, documents, and accounts from your device, and you really have to start over.

After giving your iPhone or iPad a spring cleaning treatment, take a few minutes to learn more about The most useful features of iOS 15. We also found some Hidden iOS 15 Features You’ll Want to Know About. Of course, you should also clean the outside of your phone or tablet.

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