YOUR iPhone has some clever tricks that could reduce your monthly bills.
We reveal three mistakes you’re likely to make – and how you can quickly fix them.
It’s entirely possible that you’re paying money for apps that you don’t even use.
These “vampire” apps are silently draining cash from your bank accounts – and you might not even realize it.
It’s all tied to iPhone subscriptions that run through the App Store.
Many iPhone apps are free, while others require a one-time fee to download.
However, some apps work on a subscription basis, meaning you pay monthly or annually to use them.
These subscriptions auto-renew, meaning you keep paying until you cancel.
That means app makers can get paid to maintain a service — but it can end up costing a small fortune.
Open your iPhone and go to the Settings app.
Now tap your Apple ID profile at the top, then select Subscriptions.
You can see all the services you pay for each month.
And it even shows inactive subscriptions that you’ve paused — or that have expired.
You can also access this feature from the App Store.
Go to the App Store, tap your profile picture in the top right, then select Subscriptions.
To unsubscribe, just tap on it and then select Unsubscribe.
You can also switch to a cheaper plan if one is available.
Dropping the iPhone for battery life
Over time, your iPhone’s battery life will deteriorate.
In fact, you would expect 80% capacity after about 500 charges (or about two years of use).
That means you use 20% less per charge than when new.
If you’ve had an iPhone for two or three years, it can be tempting to just pay for battery life for a new model.
But there’s a better option: an Apple battery swap.
It’s a lot cheaper to pay Apple to replace your battery (£79/$79) than to buy a new iPhone.
You’ll have like-new battery life right out of the box, and you’ll likely see some performance improvements too.
This could save you from getting a more expensive phone plan.
Paying for too much storage
If you’ve had an iPhone for years, you probably have a lot of stuff on your phone.
This can leave you beating the odds for high-capacity iPhone models or expensive iCloud or Google Drive storage plans.
But you’ll probably find that you don’t need as much storage space as you think.
There are many ways to quickly free up space on iPhone.
firstif you are a regular music or podcast listener, or Netflix Binge watchers, you will probably have a lot of downloaded content.
This is media downloaded for offline viewing.
In some appthis process is automatic.
You can check which of your apps are using a lot of storage space in Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
If you see a media app using a lot of disk space, go in and look for downloaded content.
Then start deleting to free up disk space.
There is also a second hack built-in iOS This allows you to free up disk space very quickly.
It’s called Offload Unused Apps and it will appear in your iPhone the settings.
The feature removes apps from your phone that you don’t use regularly.
But it backs up the personal content of those apps to the cloud.
That means you won’t lose any of your settings or files in the apps.
When The Sun tested the feature, it released a whopping 38.17GB of data.
And the iPhone trick could unlock even more on your own device.
Many newer iPhone models come standard with 64GB of storage.
So freeing up that much memory is a significant amount.
Just go to “Settings” > “General” > “iPhone Storage” and then tap “Turn on when swapping unused apps”.
There is one third Apple trick built into the iPhone, which can also free up some space.
It’s called Verify Downloaded Videos.
This is an automatic feature that collects videos that you have downloaded to your iPhone.
Videos take up much more space than photos and can easily eat up gigabytes of storage space.
Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and look for the Verify Downloaded Videos option.
It gives you an estimate of how much space you could free up.
You can then go into the setting and see how much space individual videos are taking up and then delete the ones you don’t want to keep.
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