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Is your iPhone slowing down, not working like it used to, cracked, or did you drop it in porcelain throne? I know these are first world problems and all – but here in the first world – they’re an emergency! You need an iPhone first-aid kit. And we’ve got one for you right here with these cool top tips and tricks.
Storage Almost Full
If you’re getting the “Storage Almost Full” message, the go Settings > General > Storage > Manage Storage and find out exactly what’s taking up the most space. For many, it’s photos and videos. If that fails, then go Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage and delete your outdated backup.
Battery Is Always Low
If you find you’re always low on juice, then go Settings > General > Battery and switch on Low Power Mode. Also, turn off Wi-Fi assist under Settings > Cellular. Now, if you really want max power, switch to Grayscale mode under Settings > Accessibility.
Here’s the Alt+Ctrl+Delete command for the iPhone. The next time your phone is frozen, hard reset the device by pressing both and holding both the power and home button until the phone turns off and on again.
You Dropped It In Water
So you had to use your phone while using the bathroom. No problem. If you dropped it in the porcelain throne and your phone is off, DO NOT try and turn it on. You’ll cause it to short circuit. Wait for 2 hours until the phone dries. However, if your phone is on, DO NOT press any buttons. Find a bowl of uncooked rice and plop it in there. We don’t know how it works – it just does.
Broken Home Button
After a while, your phone’s home button can stop working properly because of things like overuse, dirt, water damage, etc. Luckily, your phone has a feature called ‘AssistiveTouch’, which gives you a new onscreen home button that looks like a little black square. Just go Settings > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch to turn it on.
Should you happen to drop your phone (which happens to 99% of iPhone users), do not attempt to fix the screen yourself. You’ll need to take it in to get it repaired. But of course, that’s not instantaneous and you’ll need to use your phone until then. Simple throw your phone into a sandwich bag, using it as a cover. It’ll prevent the tiny shards of glass from getting into / and under your skin.
Forgot Your Passcode?
Rare but it happens. People do forget their passcodes. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to erase all your data and start over. To do this, simply connect your phone to your computer, holding both the power and home button until you see the recover screen pictured here. Then hit Restore.
Lost Your Phone
Before this actually happens, make sure you enable the ‘Find My iPhone’ feature. Then, should your phone become lost, go to another one of your devices (like computer), and search iCloud.com for your missing phone.
Wi-Fi Not Working?
Sometimes the process of connecting to Wi-Fi craps out. This often calls for a hard reset on your network settings. To do this, go Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings and try to reconnect again. Beware though, this process deletes all your previously saved password.
Buy A New iPhone
We forgot to mention, but if you’re reading this and you’re trying to fix your iPhone 3 or even 2, dude, get a new phone will you? The iPhone 6s just came out and it’s pretty slick.