iPhone shortcut features home screen

The whole purpose of smartphones is to make the life of their users more convenient, and one major feature iPhones use to accomplish this is various shortcuts. Rolled out in a specific Shortcuts app starting with iOS 12, these features allow you to perform a number of different tasks that will help you personalize and control every part of your iPhone usage.

At Bad Apple, not only are we here to offer the very best iPhone repair services in Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah, but also to help our clients understand the basic operations and features of their devices while doing so. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over what the Shortcuts app includes, plus some of the top shortcuts within it that you should be considering for regular use to get more from your Apple device.

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iPhone Shortcuts App

As we noted, Apple began rolling out all its new phones with the Shortcuts app already installed starting with iOS 12, plus every additional software update since then. It comes pre-downloaded on any device running iOS 13 and up — if you have an older iteration, you can download it from the App Store quickly and easily.

This app allows you to create different shortcut “flows” that will accomplish several tasks at once, either with just a simple tap on the display or by using Siri voice commands. You can find dozens of these shortcuts online via App Store search or social media sites, allowing you to customize your smartphone even further.

Let’s go over several of the top shortcut options you have at your fingertips.

Home Screen Personalization

While only Android users previously had the ability to customize their phone’s home screen as much as they wanted, Apple has finally jumped on board by offering this feature in iOS 12. With the Shortcuts app, you can set up personalized shortcuts that allow you to quickly jump between different areas of your device and make it more accessible and functional for yourself.

One-Tap Calling

Known as the Speed Dial Shortcut, this feature allows you to set up a shortcut that will automatically call your designated loved one’s phone number. You can choose which app to bring up for this feature, and whether or not it should use the iPhone’s speakerphone in case you’re in public and can’t speak privately at the moment.

Simple Do-Not-Disturb

There’s also a very simple “DND Until I Leave” Shortcut that will allow you to block all notifications and incoming calls, texts or emails until you turn it off. You can choose when this should happen, in case you only want the phone to stop receiving alerts for a certain time period (such as when you’re busy attending an important meeting).

Traffic Stop Safety

Thought we were finished? Not even close. There’s even an “I’m Getting Pulled Over” Shortcut that can be triggered through Siri, which will cause your phone to send your current location to a designated contact while also beginning a recording from your front-facing camera.

We’ll go over more of these features in part two of our series. To learn more about this, or for information on our iPhone, iPad or other device repair services in Salt Lake City, speak to the staff at Bad Apple today.

iPad charging slowly charger

Few things are more frustrating to device owners than slow or poor charging, especially when the device in question is an iPad you’re using for important — and portable — needs. There are a few reasons why your iPad might be charging slowly, but luckily there are usually simple solutions available if you’re dealing with these issues.

At Bad Apple, we’re proud to provide a wide range of Apple repair services, including comprehensive iPad repair solutions that cover several areas, charging concerns among them. What are some of the most common reasons you might be experiencing these concerns, and what can be done about them? Here’s a primer.

iPad charging slowly charger

Using an iPhone Charger for Your iPad

First and foremost, some Apple users don’t realize that there’s a difference between the adapters and cables for iPads and those used by iPhones and other iOS devices. It’s pretty simple: iPhones, iPod touches and iPad use 30-pin connectors; iPods and older iOS devices use a smaller eight-prong one.

If you’re charging your device with the wrong equipment, it’s not as simple as plugging in, as you’re more likely to experience problems. Or, even worse, use an iPad charger with a different device and damage your equipment — this is especially the case if you’re using Lightning connectors with older devices that require 30-pins.

Too Many Background Apps

In other cases, the simple volume of apps running in the background can have a profound impact on your device’s charging speed. If you’re dealing with apps that are constantly syncing, updating or using location services, it can put a real drain on your battery life, especially if you’re doing so while you use the iPad at the same time.

To fix this problem, try closing out of all your apps and then restart the iPad. When it restarts, you should see a dramatic improvement in charging time as all of this background traffic is eliminated.

Battery Needs Replacement

Finally, in some cases a slow-charging battery will simply reveal that the battery itself is no longer able to hold a sufficient charge. If your iPad is at least a year old, this is a possibility that should be considered as the root of the problem.

Most iPad batteries can get around 1,000 full charges, after which capacity starts to decline. If your device isn’t lasting as long as it used to, or if the battery indicator shows less than 20 percent capacity remaining even after a full day’s use, you should consider getting the battery replaced as soon as possible.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over some other tactics to look into if your iPad’s battery is charging slowly or not at all. For more on any of our iPad repairs, iPhone repairs or related services, contact the team at Bad Apple today.

managing increasing iCloud backup

Both for phone and device repair needs and many other simple areas, the use of iCloud storage among Apple device users is very important. Not only do we recommend to our clients that their phone or other device be fully backed up before we begin any significant repairs or upgrades, there are numerous day-to-day reasons for maintaining quality iCloud usage, including basic data security and protection.

At Bad Apple, we offer a wide range of iPhone and iPad repair services, plus assistance with numerous areas like cloud storage and others to protect your data and keep your phone secure at all times. Whether you’re bringing the phone in to us for a repair appointment or simply looking to ensure proper iCloud backups for any of a number of other purposes, here are the basic steps to follow to increase your iCloud storage space and manage your device ahead of a backup.

managing increasing iCloud backup

Check iCloud Storage Space

First and foremost, check how much cloud space is present on your Apple device. To do this, first tap the “Settings” icon on the home screen, then scroll down and tap “iCloud.”

In this section, you will be able to see how much storage space is available in your iCloud account. If you’re approaching the maximum capacity for your current plan or if you don’t have enough total storage to back up all of your device, you’ll have to take some additional steps.

Select Your Device

When you select your current device, you’ll see the date of your last backup plus the ability to choose which items you want to backup.

In most cases, the “Documents & Data” option should be selected automatically. If not, tap that option and select “Back Up Now” from the resulting screen.

If this is your first time backing up your device or if it has been a while since you last backed up, this option may require a bit of time.

Increase Your iCloud Limit

If you need to increase your iCloud limit, simply tap “Manage Storage” under the iCloud section. You’ll see your current storage plan plus the ability to upgrade that plan quickly and easily.

At present, upgrades are available in 5GB increments. The plan you choose should depend on the number of photos or multimedia files you wish to upload and whether or not you have more than one device using iCloud cloud storage.

With a little preparation ahead of time, maintaining a proper iCloud backup for your Apple device is simple and easy — and will keep your data and important files protected in case of any kind of loss or disaster.

For more on this, or to learn about any of our iPhone, iPad or other Apple device repair services, speak to the staff at Bad Apple today.

iPhone back screen replacement

If you have one of the newer iPhone models, such as the iPhone 8, X, XR or 11, you’re well aware of the stunning all-glass design that they carry, including glass on the back of the phone. This glass allows for several performance improvements, including wireless charging, but also comes with a small cost: This back glass can become cracked if it’s not protected properly, and may require replacement in some cases.

At Bad Apple, we’re here to help with a variety of iPhone repair services, including screen repairs and both front- and back-glass replacement assistance when needed. While determining a need for front screen replacement is often somewhat straightforward, this same process for back glass is often a little more complex. Here’s a primer on whether your back glass needs replacement, the options you have here, and how you can prevent this risk in the future.

iPhone back screen replacement

Does Your Back Glass Need Replacement?

First and foremost, how can you tell when cracked or broken back glass on your phone is serious enough to require replacement? As we noted above, this can be tougher than the front screen – back glass cracks don’t stop you from reading or typing on your screen, for instance, or from performing virtually any standard phone task.

However, these issues do come with risks. The first is the possibility of cuts and scratches on your fingers and hands, which only grow the longer you leave the glass cracked. In addition, as back glass damage worsens, it may lead to large glass chunks falling off the device, exposing internal components and creating much further damage. For this reason, replacing cracked back glass before it reaches this point is important.

Replacement Options

You may have multiple options for back screen replacement:

  • Warranty: Through AppleCare, your manufacturer or your carrier, you may still be under warranty. These repairs are usually cheap or free, however they also often come with a period of days where you are without your phone.
  • Repair pros: Our team is happy to help with back glass replacement for many iPhone models, with prompt repairs that don’t require you to leave your phone for days.
  • DIY: Technically, you can attempt to repair back glass issues on your own – but without training, you risk both injury and worsening of the problem. We do not recommend this route.

Future Prevention Tips

Whether your back glass is currently cracked and you want to prevent this from happening again, or you simply want to avoid cracked glass in the future, the name of the game here is purchasing a quality case. Durable phone cases will protect glass from drops, scratches and other forms of damage. If you really enjoy the appearance of back glass and don’t want to cover it, using a tempered glass back will also provide solid protection.

For more on replacement for a cracked iPhone back glass issue, or to learn about any of our phone repair, tablet repair or other services, speak to the staff at Bad Apple today.

troubleshooting charging issues restart

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to troubleshoot charging issues for your smartphone. There might be a few simple explanations for why your phone is having issues charging or won’t charge at all; in other cases, this issue may indicate a larger problem that requires phone repair or replacement.

At Bad Apple, we’re here to help. We offer a comprehensive range of iPhone repair services, including for battery and charging port issues that may be interfering with your phone’s ability to charge properly. What are some of the other basic troubleshooting methods you can attempt if your phone isn’t charging, and what can you do about one common message your phone may give you in this situation? Here’s a primer, including some basics on how our phone repair specialists will help if needed.

troubleshooting charging issues restart

Restart

If none of the steps we went over in part one are working for your phone, it’s time to move to an old reliable: Restart the device, typically using the force restart command. Performing this is different depending on which iPhone model you have:

  • iPhone 8 or later: Quickly press and release the upward volume button, then do the same with the downward volume button. Then, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Hold the side button and the downward volume button simultaneously until you see the Apple logo.
  • iPhone 6 and earlier: Hold down the home button and the side button until you see the Apple lopo.

Once the Apple logo shows up, this means your device is turning back on. Once this happens, plug it back in for 30-60 minutes and try to charge it again.

Leave Plugged In

Speaking of that 30-60-minute timeline, it’s often used alone to help with charging issues. For devices that have completely died, especially older ones, it may take quite a bit to regain enough power to even turn them on. While you should see a dead battery icon come onto the screen after a few minutes, you may have to leave the device charged for at least 30 minutes before you can turn it on.

“Accessory Not Supported”

Finally, what if your phone shows you a message like “Accessory Not Supported” or something similar? This may indicate that you’re using a non-Apple certified charger, but it also could signal debris in your charging port or a phone that needs to be updated to the latest iOS version. If you’re confident you’re using a certified charger, check for these issues.

For more on how to handle a phone that won’t charge, or to learn about any of our iPhone repair or other device repair services, speak to the staff at Bad Apple today.

troubleshooting charging issues cable

Battery power and charging capability are naturally important factors for nearly every phone owner, and a phone that won’t charge is a frustrating issue to run into. There’s nothing more annoying than needing your phone for important tasks, but being unable to charge it and utilize it properly due to issues with the battery, charger or some other culprit.

At Bad Apple, we’re happy to offer numerous iPhone repair solutions, including for issues where your iPhone won’t charge properly for some reason. In addition to offering several professional services to remedy charging concerns, we’re also here to provide general expertise on these kinds of issues, including a few DIY areas you can look at that might solve your charging issue before there’s any need for further repairs. This two-part blog series will go over some tips on troubleshooting charging issues on your iPhone.

troubleshooting charging issues cable

Try Multiple Outlets

In certain cases where charging isn’t taking place, the issue might not actually be your phone or your charger at all – but rather the outlet you’re using. Maybe the outlet has shorted out, or perhaps it’s not the proper type of outlet for the charger you’re inserting into it.

Early on while trying to diagnose your problem, try multiple outlets for your charger. If none of them works, and especially if they are working for other electronic devices, this is a sign that there’s something going on with your phone or the charger.

Charging Cable Test

Next up it’s time to test your charging cable and its components. Swap out the existing cable for another that’s in your house, if possible – many people have multiple iPhone charger cords or plug-in elements in their homes.

Because of all the use they get, it’s not uncommon for charging cables or wall outlet connectors to wear down or malfunction. Luckily, if another cable works for your phone while the old one wasn’t, you’ve identified the problem – and it’s a cheap one to fix by simply replacing the cable.

Check Charging Port

What if you’ve tested the charging cable on another phone and discovered that it’s working? In this case, you know there’s something specific to your own phone going on. The first area to check here will be whether there’s any kind of dirt, dust, lint or other debris that’s built up inside the phone’s charging port, the small area where the cord plugs into the phone.

If you find any such dirt, do not use a toothpick or any kind of sharp object to clean it – this might just cause more damage. Instead, gently blow into the port, or use a moderate source of compressed air, to dislodge the debris and move it away from the port. Then try charging the phone again.

For more on how to troubleshoot a phone that won’t charge, or to learn about any of our phone repair, tablet repair or other device repair services, speak to the staff at Bad Apple today.

harmful battery habits temperature

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on phone use habits that may limit your battery life. There are several areas you might be able to adjust if you’re looking to limit the strain on your phone’s battery, including some that will have little to no impact on your use themes.

At Bad Apple, we’re here to help with a variety of phone battery issues, including battery replacements and upgrades as part of our phone repair services, which cover both iPhones and other models. What are some of the other common phone use issues we tend to recommend against for our clients if they’re looking to maximize battery life? Here’s a primer.

harmful battery habits temperature

Temperature Concerns

While you may not have realized it, phone batteries are only meant to operate within a specific temperature range. This range is decently wide, but there are plenty of times where phones end up in conditions that are outside it – either well above it or well below it.

Both of these can be issues that limit battery life. An overheating battery, which can be caused by everything from too heavy a strain on the phone to being left out in the hot sun for too long, will often be rendered inoperable; the same can happen to a battery that gets too cold, depending on how low the temperatures are. These are in addition to other phone operation issues that may take place in extreme temperatures, as well. The simplest solution here is to avoid these settings, at least when you have your phone on you.

Too Many Apps

Another cause of poor battery life in some phones is the presence of too many apps, especially those that aren’t regularly used. This is especially true if some of these apps are those that operate in the background and use high amounts of power – there are diagnostic programs within your phone that will show you how much data a given program uses, and you should check these. If possible, delete apps that you don’t use, especially those that take up lots of space or sometimes operate in the background.

Data over WiFi

We noted the data/WiFi dance above, and another quick word on it here: If you’re in any situation where you trust the WiFi connection that’s available to your phone, you should have it connected. WiFi is much less straining to your phone’s battery than finding and maintaining a data connection, which should only lean on if you’re out and don’t have a legitimate WiFi connection. The only exception here is if you don’t trust a public WiFi network in a given place, in which case you can stick with data usage.

Full Charge Past 100%/Letting it Die

Finally, there’s a big myth out there about letting the phone die completely, then fully charging it from here even past 100% – folks believe this will improve battery life. Simply put, neither of these are true at all. You should remove the phone’s charger as soon as it gets to 100%; you also should never let the phone get all the way to zero, as this actually weakens the battery over time. Rather, we recommend plugging yours in for charging when it reaches about 40% battery life.

For more on common habits you should eliminate if you want to maximize phone battery life, or to learn about any of our phone repair, smart watch repair or other device repair services, speak to the staff at Bad Apple today.

phone habits hurt battery

Battery life is a common topic for many smartphone owners, and the near-universal goal here is to maximize the length of your phone’s battery. There are a number of tactics you may take within this realm – but in reality, maximizing phone battery is often just as much about what you don’t do with the phone as what you do.

At Bad Apple, we’re happy to regularly assist clients with battery, charging and numerous related issues as part of our phone repair services, which also span themes like water damage, screen cracks, sound issues and a huge range of pother problems you may be experiencing. We’ll provide you with all the expertise you need on how to optimize your phone’s battery performance – including several habits or behaviors that many smartphone owners take that could be easily eliminated to increase battery capacity and limit these issues over time. Here are some of the most prevalent such habits to eschew if you want to maximize battery.

phone habits hurt battery

Signal Searching

One top killer of phone batteries today is when you’re in a low-signal area and the phone is forced to search for a signal. There are two sides to this: The phone’s attempt to find its own calling signal, for one, but also its attempt to locate a WiFi signal in the area.

The former of these can’t be remedied specifically, outside avoiding going to too many areas where you know you get poor service. The latter, however, can be prevented: Simply change your phone settings so WiFi is turned off unless connected to a known network – or even consider turning to airplane mode temporarily if you know there won’t be enough signal for your data to work anyway. Only your data or WiFi need to be on at any given time, not both at once.

Brightness and Power Features

Another top source of battery issues with a phone is your brightness settings, which can eat up battery at an incredible rate. We generally recommend sticking with auto-brightness capabilities that are offered on modern smartphones today – not only because they’re generally ideal for operation, but also because they help optimize battery life. If you manually adjust your own brightness and keep it very high all the time, your battery will wear down much faster than usual.

Down similar lines, another feature that’s native to smartphones today is low-power mode. This allows the phone’s battery life to adjust while the phone limits certain background apps or other forms of battery usage, allowing you to get further use out of the phone before it dies completely. You should use lower power mode regularly, especially if you know you won’t have a chance to charge the phone for some time and are looking to preserve battery power.

Notifications

We all like to feel popular and get a bunch of notifications on our phones, but this can strain the battery significantly. While you should certainly leave notifications on for the important areas of your life and reminders you absolutely need to see, those who are having consistent battery life problems often find these are limited by simply reducing their overall notification frequency.

For more on habits to limit if you want to maximize phone battery life, or to learn about any of our phone repair or other device repair services, speak to the staff at Bad Apple today.

sanitizing cell phones tablets

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic tips for cleaning and sanitizing your smartphone. This practice has become a far more vital one during the recent outbreak of COVID-19 around the world, which spreads through commonly-touched surfaces – and phones are a great example of such surfaces.

At Bad Apple, we’re highly cognizant of the outbreak and have temporarily closed some locations while limiting hours in others and taking major precautions for any in-person interactions while providing our high-quality phone and tablet repair services. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over some basic practical tips on cleaning your smartphone during this time, plus some basic behavioral areas related to your phone that you should be keeping an eye on.

sanitizing cell phones tablets

Basic Cleaning Steps and Tips

Some broad tips and general steps we can offer on properly cleaning your smartphone, tablet or other handheld device with sanitation in mind, including several recommendations directly from Apple for their products:

  • Only use soft, lint-free cloths or towels
  • Unplug any power cables or other plugs before cleaning
  • Keep liquids and moisture away from the device, particularly openings like charger ports – instead, prioritize alcohol or disinfecting wipes
  • Do not spray any cleaners directly onto the device
  • Do not use chlorine bleach, which can damage your phone
  • When cleaning, do not forget to include your phone or tablet’s case or skin, as these will be touched often

Wash Hands First

We mentioned hand-washing as a vital area in part one, and wanted to do so again here just because of how important it is within this entire realm. In particular, we recommend washing your hands before beginning the cleaning or sanitizing process of your phone – if you don’t, you might clean the entire item but still pass contagious disease to it using your hands, which were contaminated the entire time because you did not wash them after touching a previously contaminated source. And while it may not be possible or realistic to wash your hands before each usage of your cell phone, doing so whenever possible will not hurt.

Phone Sharing

One other tangential note we wanted to mention here: This is a period in time where you should be eliminating any kind of sharing or passing around of phones, even to family members or those you live with. As we deal with a highly contagious disease, limiting spread risk through decreased contact is very important, and phones you touch with your hands constantly are a great example. If you must share a video, message or any other item from your phone, simply send it to the other party via a text, email or some other virtual means.

For more on cleaning and sanitizing your smartphone or tablet, or to learn about any of our phone or other device repair services, speak to the staff at Bad Apple today.

safely sanitizing smartphones tablets

During the recent coronavirus outbreak around the world and resulting cases of COVID-19, sanitation and cleanliness have become heightened topics of awareness. And while these themes are generally focused around the hands and stopping the spread of germs into the nose or mouth, many also focus on related items that are held and touched often – and smartphones and tablets are among the top examples here.

At Bad Apple, we’re proud to offer a variety of phone repair and related services, and we’re here to help our clients get through this difficult period in several ways. Because we know it’s something many are wondering about for safety and health purposes, we’ll spend this two-part blog series digging into the ins and outs of cleaning phones and related devices during this outbreak, including why it’s important, how often it should be done and some simple tips we can offer.

safely sanitizing smartphones tablets

Importance of Hand Washing

For starters, it’s important for us to note that while we’ll go over many tips on cleaning and sanitizing phones and devices here, none of these in any way replace the need for diligent hand-washing during this time. You do not have to wash your hands before every time you touch a device – this would be impractical and unrealistic – but you should observe frequent hand-washing behaviors, especially anytime you’ve touched common surfaces or are preparing to eat.

Recommended Cleaners

As you’re considering how to clean and sanitize your phone daily or even more often, we strongly recommend consulting the phone manufacturer’s website to get instructions about the best available sanitation methods. All major manufacturers have listed specific COVID-19 sanitation tips on their websites, including proper cleaners to use and basic procedures to follow. Newer phone models make it unlikely you’ll damage your phone using a non-approved cleaner, but this is nonetheless possible and should be avoided.

Frequency and Cleaning Method

How often should you sanitize your phone during this outbreak? There is no set answer, and this will depend on how often you hold your phone, but this is a very common behavior for many people and you should proceed accordingly. If you constantly use your phone, several cleanings per day is absolutely appropriate.

One major tip on your cleaning method: Never spray any cleaner directly onto your phone, even if it’s an approved cleaner we mentioned above. Rather, use a wipe or spray a cleaner onto a paper towel or rag, then use it on the phone. Do not allow the wipe or liquid to contact the camera or various ports, and do your best to keep the screen protected as well.

Turn it Off

Finally, one additional tip: Turn your cell phone, tablet or other device off before sanitizing it. This is simply the sensible move for cleaning any electrical item.

For more on proper cleaning and sanitation of phones and other handheld devices during the COVID-19 outbreak, or to learn about any of our iPhone, Samsung or other phone repair services, speak to the staff at Bad Apple today.

comparing iphone 11 pro characteristics

At Bad Apple, iPhone repair is among our top specialty services provided to clients. We’ve assisted numerous customers with a variety of damage types to their iPhones throughout the years, from basics like screen cracks or case issues to more significant or detailed issues that may have come up.

One area this means our phone repair technicians must always remain current in, then: The latest and greatest in iPhone developments. Apple has put out numerous iterations of the iPhone, with new versions coming at least once every couple years, and we ensure that all our staff members are well-versed in the changes or new developments that come with each new model – the better to serve you anytime you have a need. The latest iPhone models out are the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro; here’s a quick comparison of these two items and their basic characteristics for anyone choosing between the two or simply looking for detailed information.

comparing iphone 11 pro characteristics

iPhone 11

The less expensive of the two models, the iPhone 11 is also the slightly more compact option. It comes with a dual camera system and an ultra-wide lens, allowing for users to take detailed panoramic photos. Like many recent iPhone models, it also comes with the ability to be submerged in water without damage – you can drop it up to two meters deep in water for as long as a half-hour without any problems.

In addition, the iPhone 11 uses an LCD display – this is a big difference between it and the 11 Pro, particularly for certain repair needs (more on this in a moment). It’s finished with a combination of aluminum and glass, which is very strong though slightly weaker than the finishing for the 11 Pro. Storage for the standard iPhone 11 is 256GB.

iPhone 11 Pro

The first of several differences between the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro is the size, but also the camera quality. The Pro comes with a three-camera system that includes a telephoto lens and zoom capabilities – many professional photographers use this phone often, as it provides pro-level quality. The Pro also uses a Super Retina XDR OLED display instead of LCD, which leads to a brighter display, particularly outdoors.

The Pro also withstands water submersion to a greater level than the original iPhone 11, and can be dropped in four meters of water for up to half an hour. It is finished with stainless steel and glass, and stores up to 512GB in the standard model.

Comparing Client Types

While both these models are excellent for a wide variety of clients, they tend to diverge in the types of clients they draw. Those who are planning to utilize the phone for any kind of professional photography or related use gravitate toward the 11 Pro for its more powerful camera system, while those who have no such needs often are more fixated on the standard iPhone 11 because it is more affordable. For further detail here, speak to one of our pros or a cell phone sales specialist.

For more on comparing the latest iPhone models, or to learn about any of our phone or tablet repair services, speak to the staff at Bad Apple today.

If you own an Android smartphone, here are some apps to optimize its performance.

The people who buy Android smartphones are often those that want something more out of their technology experience. For those who want to get a little deeper into the tech side of things, there are some apps that can help you see the inner workings of your device, monitoring its performance in real-time so you can find out which apps could be hurting performance or taking up valuable battery life and make adjustments that will keep your phone at peak performance levels for longer.

If you own an Android smartphone, here are some apps to optimize its performance.

Performance Snapshots

Elixir 2: one of the easiest ways to see a snapshot of everything that’s going on with your Android smartphone. You can check for:

  • Battery status
  • Remaining charging cycles
  • Wireless networks and connectivity
  • Storage capacity
  • CPU and memory utilization
  • And more

The app also allows you to adjust certain settings to see how it will impact the performance of your device over time, such as adjusting screen brightness. Everything is available from a main screen that you can customize to see what you want. The app is available free if you don’t mind the ads, or you can pay for the ad-free version.

TinyCore: If you prefer a quick snapshot of performance data rather than an entire screen, this is a small widget that gives you an overview of what’s going on in your device. It’s purposely unobtrusive, appearing just above the clock in the system bar to see RAM or CPU usage. With the pro version you can also add CPU frequencies to the display.

Storage & Cleanup

DiskUsage: this program tells you which files are taking up space on your device, which allows you to locate and clear up large files that could be slowing down the phone.

Android Assistant: if you need to clean up things in the system that are slowing you down, like caches, temporary files, startup apps, and more, the Android Assistant can help. In addition to cleaning up large files, it can uninstall multiple apps all at once, or move apps to the SD card to make more space on the internal storage and save the battery.

CleanMaster: optimizes several features with a clean, user-friendly interface. It includes antivirus, app manager, file shredder, junk file cleanup, memory booster, and system checks for malicious files.

This is just a shortlist of all the apps out there to help boost your Android performance. Come talk to Bad Apple if you want to learn more about using your smartphone with peak efficiency.