Are you sure that you’re using your iPhone right?

iPhone promises to make your life easier but it has become a tough task to master the latest iPhone. It’s not surprising for users to make mistakes when using their devices again due to lack of information about the device, or it’s just that iPhone has a lot of functionality that we don’t know how to use.

Some of these mistakes can expose you to some risks (or even worse, damaging your phone), so it’s important to be careful and use your iPhone wisely. Here are some common mistakes users make when using iPhones:

Creating no backup

Many users fail to create a backup for their data. Try to avoid this mistake and create a backup regularly via iTunes or iCloud. We never know what will happen to our data when the iPhone is stolen or broken, but if you have them backed up, you will always have your data and information available. If you don’t have time to create a backup manually in iTunes every time, you can activate the automatic backups via iCloud in Settings -> iCloud -> Backup.

Not taking care of the battery well

Battery is like the “soul” of your iPhone—without battery, your phone is just a piece of dysfunctional device. So, taking care of the battery will extend the lifespan of your phone. That’s why it’s a good idea to, regularly (maybe once in a month), let your battery run dry until the iPhone shuts itself down for battery protection purposes. Then you can connect it to your charger and let it charge full. Do not use the iPhone while it is charging. This will help to increase the lifespan of the battery and keep your battery statistics accurate.

Using third party chargers

We are aware that iPhone’s chargers are expensive, but it’s always worth the investment. Third party or ripped-off chargers may damage phones and sometimes they may even cause explosions or fires.

Installing an antivirus app

One of the reasons why more and more people switch to Apple products is because of the security system of those products. The built-in security and safety mechanism in Apple’s operating system, including for your iPhone, are working as an automatic antivirus protection. Even though there are many third-party antivirus apps offering all kind of protections for your iPhone, they actually have no purpose at all. Installing a questionable third-party antivirus app also can expose your iPhone to security risks.

Performing a jailbreak

Many iPhone users perform jailbreaking in order to exempt the iPhone from the usage restrictions of Apple. By jailbreaking, you can use third party apps that are not available in the App Store. However, as soon as the iPhone is jailbroken, the security mechanism of the phone is deactivated. It means that the phone is easily accessible for hack attacks. The only way to avoid this is to not perform jailbreaking.

Using phones at extreme temperatures

Smartphones are not made to be used when the temperature is above 35 degrees or below 0 degree. In these conditions, the battery depletes much faster, to the point of causing the phone to shut down temporarily. When you have to use your iPhone in an extreme temperature, make sure that you use it without taking it out from your bag. You can also find some shade or take some other protective measure according to the circumstances.

Leaving the phone unlocked

Many people do not setup a password or Touch ID on their phones. Some may consider it an additional annoying step to unlock the device every time they need to use the phone. However, leaving your phone unprotected means that your data and information are readily available to whoever finds your phone. So, for the sake for privacy, it’s best to make sure that you enable a password and/or Touch ID on your phone.

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