Almost everyone is very dependent on smartphones nowadays. These marvelous devices have infiltrated every aspect of our lives from messaging to photography, even cooking and relationships. There are around 197 billion mobile app download last year. In 2016, mobile app downloads of iOS users amounted to almost 25 billion while Android users, at the same year, downloaded a whopping 90 billion applications.
Three years ago, Facebook was the most used application but last year, Amazon got the largest number of users. According to reports, nine applications are used by people on average daily while thirty applications are used monthly. In the Apple Store, there are around 2.2 million applications as of January 2017 while Google Play had almost 3 million applications as of June 2017.
One can argue that the popularity of the smartphones can be attributed to the thousands of applications available to the users. These applications stretch and give more functionalities to the smartphones.
Applications can also be considered as the reason why smartphones are heavily used. However, the downside to having too many applications installed on one’s phone is the tendency of the phone to slow down or even crash. This may be due to decreasing memory of the smartphone which can contribute to the decreased processing speed of the device.
In addition, applications tend to eat up a lot of battery power. In fact, there are a lot of applications that are considered power-hungry. If you feel that your phone’s battery dies faster than it used to, then check your applications because these may be the culprits.
Apple recently released an iOS update that is supposed to "enhance" the battery life on their devices. There are mixed reviews on whether or not it worked.
A new report from Avast, a mobile security firm, have revealed that there are certain applications which suck most of the power out of a smartphone’s battery. The report has determined that the applications which used the most energy are Facebook, Netflix, and Snapchat.
Coincidentally, these are three of the most popular applications out there. Avast has categorized applications into two classifications:
Listed below are the top ten applications which drain the life out of your battery as soon as you start the phone. These phones can be considered silent workers since they still run even on background which makes them not the first suspects in case the battery runs dry. These applications are:
Google Maps drains batteries fast because it regularly tracks and transmits data in order to ascertain efficiently where you are or the details of the place you’re trying to locate.
Social media applications such as Facebook and WhatsApp are power hungry because they utilize LTE or Wifi connectivity in order to bring real time updates and messages. Even though these applications are closed from time to time, still they run in the background in order to stay connected.
For Android users, these are the power-hungry applications that are usually launched by the users themselves:
There may be applications that are non-negotiable to users. This means that even though they are aware that the applications drain their battery lives faster, they need the application on a daily basis and they cannot do anything about it.
In that scenario, the users may do something else in order to save their batteries from crashing down earlier than expected.
There are other ways to save up on battery too like turning off the Location Services and Cellular Data of your smartphone. But then again, these tips need not be followed religiously if you need these features on a daily basis.
At the end of the day, you will be able to decide which applications to use scarcely and which applications you cannot live without, despite the battery eating tendencies.
With the advances of technological, we have found a way to store media, information, and other content “up in the cloud”. Some of these storage devices are Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud.
The latter being one of the most popular Apple online storage services. If you own an iPhone, iPad, and a Mac, you probably know how convenient it is to have an iCloud storage. iCloud lets you keep data online and sync all data among multiple Apple products.
When you set up your iCloud account, you can access all files that are uploaded, and synced data, anytime anywhere with your Apple devices.
iCloud has different aspects such as iCloud Drive where you can store information and other media such as iCloud Photo Library where, as its name suggests, it stores your photos online. Photo Stream also works the same way as the Photo Library.
Despite the convenience offered by the iCloud storage devices, there is also a danger with keeping all your media and other information stored online. For instance, when someone gets hold of any of your Apple devices, which has iCloud on, then they can easily access and download your data. Security of your files is the biggest problem of people using an iCloud.
There has been glitches with security measures, hackers have found ways to access people’s most private files. Therefore, if you are planning on turning iCloud off on your Apple devices, then do not fret, we are here to help. In this article, we will discuss different topics related to iCloud and how to turn it off.
Note: iOS 11 revamped the Settings app and the iCloud settings can be found in your Apple ID and its own preferences and settings. The iCloud tab, which was present in older version of iOS, is inexistent now in the iOS 11.
First and foremost, here are the steps which will enable you to turn off the iCloud on your devices.
Note: The steps above outline how to turn off the iCloud Drive for your Apple ID. There is a different switch for the iCloud backups of the different applications running on your phone. To switch the latter, here is what you should do:
Despite individually turning off iCloud access of apps installed on your devices, there are still applications which can still have access even with the iCloud Drive turned off.
These applications are the iMovie and Pages which saves files to iCloud. Unlike other applications, iMovie and Pages are not ones that appear on the Apple ID screen.
As a rule of thumb, applications that create new files on your devices and those with games that use iCloud. If you want to deny access to these applications, on the iCloud, you need to turn them off, you have to revoke the access to all. This is also very important when you sell your iPhone to a friend, family or complete stranger. You can also do this wen your sell your iPad.
Just go to the Settings app, then to the tab of the specific application, and revoke the access of the app.
If you finally decide to do away with iCloud, after some time of using it, you may want to transfer your uploaded data to a computer as backup. To do this, you can use an iOS data transfer program of your choice.
Programs like this can transfer your data from any Apple device to a Mac or even windows PC, some can even do vice versa.
Read different articles or go to forums which talk about transfer programs. Choose the one which you think is most useful and applicable for your needs. Download it, follow the instructions, and transfer away.
Now that you know how to turn off and revoke iCloud access, and how to transfer files from your iCloud, you may be wondering if it is really worth it to turn off iCloud as it involves tinkering with some of the security settings of your iPhone.
To help you decide, aside from the features already talked about at the first part of this article, the written features listed below are the pros and cons of using iCloud.
Apple’s iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones in the world. With a lot of cool features like a slim design, a good camera and a powerful processor. It is no wonder that this smartphone does not come cheap. The iPhone can be packed with a lot of valuable information and media that is private and for your eyes only. That's why being familiar with the different security settings for your iPhone is important.
It is important that once you get your iPhone running, you have explored and familiarize yourself with all of the security features.
The iPhone’s security features can be found in its Settings. The Settings control all the features of the device from the wallpaper up to the storage.
Your iPhone has a lot of security features that you can utilize. In the following sections, we will be talking about some of the more important features of your iPhone in order to guide you in customizing them.
Aside from the security settings written below, there are also different apps available in the App Store which can help you add even more security to your iPhone. Just make sure to read the fine print before you download them.
We are all familiar with passwords that needs to be inputted to unlock your iPhone. With iPhones, the lock password is called a Passcode.
Before it used to be a four digit code, but now you can use an alphanumeric code which can be up to 30 letters and numbers! This can make it very hard for thieves to unlock your phone especially when it is protected by a very long and complicated password.
The Touch ID is one of the features which separate the old generation iPhones from the newer ones. Touch ID is what Apple calls its fingerprint reader on iPhones. Touch ID and Passcode work hand in hand as the first security barrier on your iPhone because in the event that the Touch ID fails, the iPhone will automatically ask for the Passcode.
It is important to note that when you get your iPhone screen repaired and it involves replacing the home button, the Touch ID will not longer work. The home button is bonded to the motherboard so changing the home button will remove the ability to use the fingerprint scanner.
One of the tricks to get around the Touch ID & passcode locks is to wipe all data in an iPhone by restoring it. This also prevents the owner from tracking it by using location services and third party applications.
All security settings, information and media stored in the iPhone will be erased which makes it usable for a complete stranger. This is not an issue if you are selling the iPhone or giving it to a friend but does become a problem if your iPhone gets lost or stolen.
Apple has realized this problem and added the Activation Lock feature which asks the for the owners email & password before all data and security settings in the iPhone gets erased. With this feature, the owner of the iPhone must input the account email & password used when setting up the iPhone. Note, it is the iCloud account password and not the iPhone's security passcode that is required.
It is no surprise that this feature has been widely accepted by many. In fact, according to statistics, the activation lock has led to a decrease in iPhone theft because the feature makes it harder for the thief to use or resell the device.
Location services are used by your iPhone and third party applications to know where your iPhone is and where you are using it. With location services, your phone can be tracked down by you using a software on your laptop or another device and by law enforcement.
However, in older iPhones, the location services can be turned off by anyone who has access to your iPhone. But now, this task is harder since the person who wants to turn off your location services must first input your Passcode.
This is also one of the security features not found in older generation iPhones which was introduced with iOS 7. This feature enables you to remotely wipe & lock your iPhone. This is a particularly handy feature when you can't find your iPhone and you are pretty sure that it might fallen into the wrong hands.
But here is the fun part of this feature, you can display a custom message on your iPhone after locking it remotely. It can be as persuasive as “Please give me back my phone.” or as threatening as “If you do not give back my phone, I will call the cops.”
Last but not the least, the lost mode feature will also suspend credit card purchases on the App Store & other stores to ensure that the person who has your iPhone can't buy anything using your credit card.
Now that you know the different security settings for your iPhone, here are the steps you need to take to activate them.
The Passcode is first set up when you start up your iPhone for the first time. If you want to change the Passcode after its initial set up, then here is what you need to do:
For Touch ID, note that this feature is only available from the iPhone 5S and up. Also, if the iPhone is being used by more than one person you can store more than one fingerprint.
The General tab is where you can find the different security settings for your iPhone. One of the more useful features you can control here is the restrictions section. Here, you can restrict the access of users or third party applications to certain areas on your iPhone.
You can also restrict the ability of the user to purchase apps. These features are especially useful if the user of the iPhone is a child. To access these features, here are the steps to follow:
There are a lot of apps that request access to your personal information and your iPhone’s content. For example, photo editing apps will request to have access to your photos in order to upload them to the editing dashboard.
Social media apps will request access to your contacts in order to look for friends you can add. The good news is that you are in control of how much you share with these apps by managing the privacy settings.
The security setting for your iPhone helps safeguard your personal information, media and any other content from theft. Additionally, these can also help deter thieves from stealing your iPhone since there are features that will render it useless. It also gives the users peace of mind knowing that the sensitive and personal data they have stored in the smartphone is well guarded.
If you ask iPhone users what aspect of their phone they want to change or improve one of the most common answer's would be the battery performance. A brand new iPhone performs remarkably well but, like other gadgets, its battery performance gradually slows down over time affecting the overall experience.
Just last year, Apple was caught in a controversy when it did not deny the fact that it slowed down the performance of iPhone's with older batteries. The slowdown, according to the tech company, was needed in order to prevent frequent crashes.
The controversy led to bad publicity for Apple and resulted in numerous cases filed against them by customers who complained that Apple violated their terms of contract. Some customers went on to accuse Apple of deliberately messing with the older iPhone models in order to force customers to upgrade. This accusation, however, was vehemently denied by Apple.
As a response to the issue, Apple issued an apology and lowered the cost of out-of-warranty replacement batteries however the wait time to get yours replace could be weeks. If you are in located in Austin we can replace your iPhone battery the same day usually within 30 minutes.
Apple also promised to roll out a software update concerning the health of iPhone batteries. This update hopefully will give users more knowledge as to the health of their phone’s battery. This greater transparency can help customers understand if the declining performance rate of their phone is indeed because of the battery.
True to its promise, Apple has released iOS version 11.3 on 3/29/18 which contains the update regarding the health of iPhone batteries. Under this latest software update, users will be able to see the power management of the controversial update of Apple first introduced in iOS 10.2.1. and the users can choose to turn it off.
The power management feature of the iPhone was originally placed there in order to protect iPhone's with old or weak batteries from having unexpected shutdowns. With iOS 11.3, this feature can be controlled to some extent by the users.
As mentioned above, iOS 11.3 adds a new feature for the device’s battery. If you have already updated to this iOS version then go to Settings and tap on Battery. The first thing you will notice is the Battery Health portion which shows your iPhone’s battery capacity compared to when the battery was new. The comparison is expressed in percentage terms. Moreover, the Battery section will also show you whether or not the battery is performing normally.
As a guide, according to Apple, the iPhone’s normal battery is built to retain equal to 80% of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles. The software update will also enable Apple to recommend to the users if their phone’s battery needs replacement already.
Note that for those devices operating at a full battery capacity like the iPhone X, there is no option to turn off the power management feature that leads to slower performance of older iPhone's with weak or degraded batteries. On the other hand, for those phones which needs battery replacement, the power management feature can be turned off. You can get your battery replacement at Apple or you local cell phone repair shop.
Upon installing the iOS 11.3, power management is disabled but once the iPhone experiences an unexpected crash, the feature will be automatically enabled. If an iPhone user decides to turn off the power management feature after the automatic turning on, then the user cannot manually turn it on again. The power management feature will only turn on following a crash or shutdown. Again, this will be automatic.
The iOS 11.3 Battery Health feature is available for the following models: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Aside from the Battery Health upgrade, Apple has also other upgrades in store for iPhone users in this version. Some of the most prominent features are written below:
With the features lined up in the iOS 11.3, hopefully this will improve user experience, ease of use, and battery reliability of the iPhone.
Selling has become a faster transaction with the popularity of websites and social media. There are tons of websites popping up that helps sellers connect with buyers. Additionally, there are many Instagram pages and Facebook Groups that are centered around selling or trading. These websites to sell stuff locally or online make it easy and convenient.
If you have something that you want to sell, but you are still not sure which way to go, then this article is for you. Discussed below are the top five websites to sell stuff locally or online that are trustworthy and best in connecting buyers and sellers.
Amazon may be the most popular website on this list and there is a reason why. Amazon is a great place to sell your stuff new or used. This is because your stuff will be listed on an already established listing. If your item is used, it will be listed along with the new ones. This gives your item for sale a ton of exposed to everyone already looking at that product on Amazon.
Having your items sold in Amazon is also fairly easy. You just need to list your item against an already listed product and then ship it when it sells. You need do not need to sign up for Amazon’s fulfillment program to be successful on Amazon.
Another option to sell your stuff on Amazon is through their direct buy-back program. Under this program, you can sell your stuff directly to Amazon. They will buy it from you and then sell it on Amazon under the free shipping fulfillment program. There, you can send the products you have to them for free.
eBay is one of the original websites created for buying and selling stuff online. Despite the rise of other online selling websites, eBay offers better protection for their sellers and buyers. The fees are competitive and remains one of the "go-to" online sites for buying and selling.
One advantage of eBay is its global reach which offers a wider market to sell your stuff beyond just locally. eBay started off with an auction model but has recently gained popularity with normal product listings. eBay also has different methods of payment which both the buyer and the seller can take advantage of. You can even offer the ability for local buyers to pick up the item instead of shipping.
When selling online, there are tons of risks the seller assumes: bogus buyers, robbers, and fraudulent people. If you are worried about safety, then a good website to sell stuff locally is OfferUp.
This website uses a system known as TruYou. This requires buyers and sellers to verify their identity before being able to use its services. The TruYou system allows the user to review their ID which helps OfferUp to determine if their identity is true or not. Sellers without verified identities can still put their items up for sale but they are classified as unverified while verified sellers’ items are highlighted in blue.
The TruYou system is compatible with both Android and Apple devices. Aside from the verification, OfferUp also has a rating system which lets users know what other people who have already dealt with the seller know how it went.
Selling is very easy to do with OfferUp. With its app, take a picture of the item you want to sell. Input in the details the buyer needs to know and upload it. Voila! Your item is up for sale.
GSALR.com is built for garage sales. Simply enter your location in the search and you'll get results that lists all of the garage sales going on in your area. These garage sales are marked with a red flag which you can click on to get the details of the garage sale. Details will include things like the time and location among other things.
When you find the garage sale you want to check out, click on the “View Route & Directions” to navigate to the place. If you are looking for a specific product then you can just browse the listings or look through the photos of all the different individual products.
You can also narrow your search with filters which enable you to identify the location or time. You can also use keywords to filter through the hundreds of listings shown. A convenient way to keep tabs of all the garage sales happening is to add them to your favorites list by clicking the favorite button found on the garage sale page.
Just by its name, you could have guessed that this website to sell stuff locally is related to clothes. Clothes is one of the most saleable items online but usually applies to new clothes only. Used clothes are looked at with caution as buyer often wonder where the clothes have been or the true condition of the clothes versus the description of the seller.
This is where ThredUp comes in. The website has established a strict set of standards for the clothes listed online. The seller’s clothes have to go through a strict review policy and earn the approval of a team of fashion experts of the website. ThredUp’s inventory is composed of used clothes that people send to the website in order to have it sold. With the standards set by the website, buyers are assured the condition and quality of the clothes.
Aside from clothes, ThredUp also offers used shoes, purses, and handbags to interested buyers. With a little digging in the website, buyers are sure to find treasures such as designer bags, clothes, or shoes at discounted prices. Buyers are confident when buying on ThredUp because they guarantee that whatever they see on the website has been physically examined by ThredUp’s team of experts. Selling on ThredUp is easy and without the risk of hesitant or bogus buyers.
If you are in the great city of Austin then you can skip the website to sell your stuff locally and come into our store to sell your electronics. Using us as your go to place save you time and the hassle of selling it your self. You can sell your iPhone, iPad, Laptops, iPods and most other smartphones.
We hope you found this article on where to sell your stuff locally useful. If you have any comments or questions please leave them below or give us a call at 512-432-5528.