Cleaning your iPhone Memory: Deleting Temporary and Junk files and recovering lost storage space

Cleaning your iPhone Memory: Deleting Temporary and Junk files and recovering lost storage space

Your iOS might be powerful but it gets clogged with unwanted data from time to time. Junk files and temporary files slow down your iPhone other than just occupying storage space. Your iOS may not need as much attention as Mac OS or Windows but some maintenance is needed to run at optimum speed. Here is how to delete junk files, unwanted cache and data and other memory hogs, and get your iPhone running faster.

  • Delete the safari cache
The Safari browser keeps some data on all the WebPages you have opened, including some cached images, passwords and logins. Clearing this cache will log you out of all the websites you had signed into. To clear the safari cache:
1.      Go to Settings> Safari
2.      Scroll down and tap the “Clear history and Website Data” button.
3.      Tap the “Clear History and Data” button

  • Remove file data
Apps usually store data. This data can be cleaning from the “Usage” options in your settings.
1.      Go to Setting > General> Storage & iCloud Usage
2.      Select Manage Storage.
3.      Tap on the app consuming a lot of storage
4.      If its documents and data is over 500MB, it will be worthwhile to delete it to clear this space.
5.      Click on Delete to remove the app and its data, and then go to App Store to download it again.

  • Using PhoneClean to clean iOS junk
PhoneClean is a desktop application developed by iMobile. Use this app to remove junk files from your iOS device.
1.      Plug in your cable to your Mac PC via the USB cable
2.      On the PhoneClean application, click Scan and wait for the scan to complete.
3.      Click Clean to wipe out the junk
Some extra features e.g. cleaning photo caches will cost you an extra $19.99 yearly on the pro version.

  • Using iMyFone Umate to clean iOS junk
iMyFone Umate is a desktop app available for both Mac and Windows.
1.      Using your USB, connect your phone to you PC.
2.      From the Home tab of iMyFone Umate app, click on Scan.
3.      Clear the resulting Temporary and Junk files (can be as much as 4GB)
4.      iMyFone Umate also gives you the option of deleting large files (e.g. videos/movies) and apps that use a lot of space.
There is a free iMyFone Umate available. The paid version that has more advanced features will cost you $19.95.

  • Recovering your iOS memory (RAM)

iOS is set to manage your memory effectively. Background apps are not allowed a lot of memory, but sometimes you might note a lag in your device. The old “have you restarted it” always works in fixing memory issues. Restarting clears all the memory and the app you want to use will get more space to load into. To restart you iPhone:
1.      Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button till “slide to power off” appears on your screen.
2.      Slide the switch on the screen to turn off the iPhone
3.      After the iPhone has fully shut down, press the sleep/wake button to start it up.
Doing all this regularly will keep your phone running optimally especially in old iOS models.
How to delete photos to free up space on your iPhone and iCloud

How to delete photos to free up space on your iPhone and iCloud

Maybe you are running out of storage due to too many photos on your iPhone, or maybe you just want to delete some unwanted images. In this article will give you a quick guide on how to effectively delete photos from your iOS device.

  •  Deleting individual photos from your phone and iCloud
You might want to delete individual photos before thinking of deleting a batch. Just go to your photos app, tap on the photo you want to delete, and then tap the trash button. A prompt will appear asking you to confirm that you want to delete the photo.
The deleted photo is moved temporarily to the “Recently Deleted” album for the next 30 days. You can permanently delete it from here or restore it.
If you have an iCloud library, you can delete photos by going to the Photos app> Moments and then select the photos you wish to delete.

  • Deleting multiple Camera Roll photos
To delete several photos, go to your Camera Roll and tap Select on the top right corner of the screen. You can then tap on the photos you want to delete. Tap and drag your finger on the screen to quickly select a row or column of photos.
When you are done, tap the trash icon and confirm that you want to delete the photos.

  • Deleting multiple photos by collections
If you have more than one collection, you can delete photos by the date they were stored.
Go to your Photos app. On the bottom left corner, click on the photos tab. Select one of the collection you want to delete. You can now select photos taken on a set date and batch delete them by simply tapping the trash button.

  • Deleting albums and moments
You can delete an entire collection easily. Note that the photos are transferred to your “Recently Deleted” album.
Do delete a collection; tap the Albums/Moments button on the bottom right corner of your Photos app. Click on Edit on the top right hand corner. Some red minus (-) signs are displayed beside your albums. Some albums lack this red sign because they are locked by Apple.
Tap the red sign beside the album you wish to delete. A prompt asking you to confirm the deletion of the whole album appears.
If you iCloud is enabled, deleted Moments will be placed in the “Recently Deleted” album for 30 days before permanent deletion.

  • Clearing the “Recently Deleted” album on your iPhone
Your iPhone stores your deleted images for 30 days in the “Recently Deleted” album to curb accidental deletions.
To clear this folder, go to the albums tab and click on the “Recently Deleted” album. Tap on Select at the top right corner. The options to Delete All and Recover All appear. Recovering will restore images to the original collection, while deleting will permanently clear the photos from your device.

  • Other options of deleting photos from your iPhone
You can use third party apps like Image Capture and iPhoto from your Mac PC. You can also simply delete images using your Windows PC by allowing the PC to access your phone storage and then navigating to the DCIM folder. Select the photos you want to delete, and delete them. This method will permanently delete your photos.
Things you should know when deleting Apple apps on iOS 10

Things you should know when deleting Apple apps on iOS 10

Do you have those apps that come with your device but you feel are utterly useless or you simply never use them? Now, new to iOS 10, you can delete Apples apps. The work around to this was to create a home screen junk folder filled with the Apple apps you never use. 

Now Apple allows you to delete 23 preinstalled apps on every iOS 10 device. Below is a complete list of these apps:

Calculator                               iCloud Drive                           Reminders
Calendar                                 iTunes Store                          Stocks
Compass                                 Mail                                         Tips
Contacts                                 Maps                                       Videos
FaceTime                               Music                                      Voice Memos
Find My Friends                  News                                       Watch app
Home                                      Notes                                      Weather
iBooks                                    Podcasts

Some of the mentioned apps are necessary for effective functioning of your device. Deleting an app like Contacts, Calendar or Mail could lead to loss of some functionality.

  • How to delete an app
This is quite simple and basically the same as deleting downloaded apps. Just tap and hold on the app icon, wait for feedback (vibration and jiggling), then let go and tap the X on the top left of the icon.
In the real sense, you are not deleting these apps from your device. You are merely clearing all personal data and settings of the app and then hiding the application (deactivating). There is no need to make a fuss about freeing up your storage because these apps only use 150 MB of storage.

  • Effects of deleting Apple apps
Apple is yet to provide means of setting a third-party app as the default app for a certain function. Deleting an app like Mail will not give you an option of setting Gmail or Y-mail or Outlook in its place. Siri is therefore bound to lose this part of the functionality. Prompting Siri to send an email, or tapping on an email address, will return a prompt to install the Mail app.
However, Siri will work just fine with some third-party applications. You can still add and view appointments on the calendar using Fantastical 2 via Siri even after deleting the Calendar app. You will however lose the ability of viewing schedule conflicts by clicking dates in a text message or email.
Deleting an Apple app will delete its widgets and Apple Watch apps. Car apps will also be removed if you delete applications such as Music and Podcasts. This is done via CarPlay.

  • Reinstalling Apple Apps

Just like any other app, go to the App Store, search for your app and tap the download button. The only difference is that the Apple app will be restored at lightning speed. This is because the app was not actually deleted. The download button will simply unhide/reactivate this app.
Further support on this feature can be found online.
5 proven ways to charge your iPhone faster

5 proven ways to charge your iPhone faster

Depending on the number of background app you are running, and the charger used, it can take up to 3 hours to charge your iPhone 6s fully. This may seem like too long a time to wait by your charging outlet.
There are a few tested and proven ways you can cut down the time you spend charging your iPhone.

  • Use a 2.1 Ampere wall charger
Your iPhone usually comes with a 1A wall charger. This is totally low for a phone charger. You need to try a charger that will be able to handle double the duty. Your iPad charger is a 2.1A charger and will do just fine. If you don’t have an iPad charger, it will cost you $15 from the Apple stores (excluding the lightening cable). You can get a generic 2.1A iPhone charger on Amaon for as little as $5.99. However, effectiveness of generic chargers might vary.
The good news, for those who are skeptical about the damage the 2.1A charger might do, is that no damage will occur on your battery. In fact, Apple lists iPhones 7, 6 and older versions as compatible devices with the iPad charging adapter. iPhones are designed to handle high speed charging.
  • Switch to airplane mode
A majority contribution to charging speed is the energy you lose in maintaining basic operations. Switching to airplane mode will kill the cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radio signals that your phone has to receive, decode and amplify. It also shuts down all background apps that rely on these technologies to function. However, you won’t be able to receive calls, texts, use data or GPS while in airplane mode. What you get however, is an ultimately faster charging speed on your iPhone.
  • Switch to Low Power Mode
If you feel that switching to airplane mode is just too much, try the Low Power mode. This disables battery draining features like Siri, automatic downloads and mail fetching. You can switch to Low Power mode by going to settings> battery> Low Power Mode. The result is a faster charging speed on your iPhone.
  • Turn the phone facedown
Keeping you iPhone facedown will ensure that notifications do not light up the screen. This will save on the time used to recharge your phone. It is speculated that flipping your phone facedown when you are not using it will save you an additional hour of battery life.
  • Charge in room temperature conditions
It turns out that cold does not augur well with Li-on (Lithium-Ion) batteries used in your iPhone. This is why your phone seems to drain faster during winter. Charging your iPhone in direct sunlight or in a hot room is not recommended either. Temperatures over 860 F will stress your battery leading to a lower lifespan. Recharge your phone indoors for the best battery lifespan and performance.
Blocking a Number from Sending Messages or Calls on your iPhone

Blocking a Number from Sending Messages or Calls on your iPhone

There might be this person that gets on your nerves by constantly calling you or messaging you. It might be that salesperson, an unknown number or just someone you need a break from. The good part is that Apple lets you limit people that you do not want to call, text or Facetime you. All you will need to do is add their contact to the blocked list.

Blocking a contact

This can be done in one of two ways:

  • In the case where you have a message or call from an unsaved number, then go to your phone app > Recents. Search for the number and tap the info button on the right (an encircled blue “i”). A contact card appears. Scroll to the bottom and tap “Block this caller.” A message appears asking you to confirm the blocking action. Tap “Block Contact” to prevent the number from calling, texting or FaceTiming you.

To block from Messages, select the thread and tap the info button on the top right corner. Tap on the number and follow the same instructions as above.

  • If the contact is already saved in your Contacts list, go to Contacts > Settings > Phone > Call Blocking and Identification > Block Contacts. A list of all the contacts in your phone appears. Scroll through and select the contact name you want to block. The “Blocked Contacts” window will show the names of blocked contacts.

You can also block known contacts from Messages or Facetime by going to Settings and then following the instructions above.

Unblocking a contact

There are also two ways to removing someone from the blocked list.

  • Go to Settings > Phone > Call Blocking and Identification. The list of all blocked numbers and contacts will appear. Click “Edit” on the top right corner of the window. Now tap the red delete button that appears on the left of the contacts. The contact privileges are restored.

You can also restore the contact by going to Settings and then Messages or Facetime and then proceeding as directed above.

  • The other way is to go to Recents tab on your Phone App tap the info button on the right of the name/number, scroll down and select “Unblock This Caller.”

You can unblock from Messages by going to the thread then clicking the info icon on top right corner. Proceed to unblocking the contact by following the above instructions.
Will the contact know they have been blocked?

A simple answer to that is no. However, some may catch on when they notice you never pick their calls since they always go directly to voicemail. You can listen to these voicemails in the “Blocked Messages” folder.
Texts on the senders end will appear to have been sent, but you will not be able to see them.
Blocking is one-way. You will still be able to call, FaceTime or text your blocked contacts. Deleting their number will prevent communication from your side.
If you do not want unwarranted phone calls from other numbers you might not know about yet, you can add your number to the National Do Not Call Registry.
The Mi Notebook: Xiaomi’s Very First Laptop

The Mi Notebook: Xiaomi’s Very First Laptop

In their product announcement event, Xiaomi unveiled the new Redmi Pro smartphone. But the Chinese Company had something else behind their backs. Surprisingly, Xiaomi launched a laptop line, the first one ever in its history. The birth of the Mi Notebook Air era.

Named like a MacBook Air, this laptop looks like one. There are two models of the Mi Notebook Air; a portable 12-inch and a powerful 13.3-inch. Both feature a slim metallic design available in silver or gold – without a logo. Along with the slim under-glass bezels 1080p displays is a 1-megapixel webcams. Other features include a backlit keyboard and the increasingly popular Type-C charging port. The best part is that the top-spec model will only cost you 4,999 Yuan – about $750.

The 13.3-Inch Mi Notebook Air

Xiaomi’s crown jewel, the 13.3 inch model, comes in weigh at 1.28kg and just 14.8mm thick. Very impressive for a device that packs an Intel Core i5-6200U “Skylake-U” processor (a dual core processor with a base frequency of 2.3GHz and 2.7GHz in turbo mode) and an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU with a 1GB GDDR5 RAM. Xiaomi emphasized that it is lighter and thinner than the 13-inch MacBook Air, but it lack a wedge design; which makes it bulkier. Under the sleek metal design is an 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 256 GB SSD via PCIe. A SATA slot is available for expansion but only serviceable by Xiaomi. The 40Wh battery can go from 0-50% in just half of an hour via the bundled USB-C charger. At 100%, it can last 9.5hours of use.

The 12.5-Inch Mi Notebook Air

Its counterpart, the smaller 12.5-inch model is even lighter and slimmer. Weigh just 1.07kg and 12.9mm, this laptop is maximized for portability. With that advantage, you will run on an Intel Core M3 processing unit without dedicated GPU, get only 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD via SATA. An unused PCIe slot is available for an upgrade from Xiaomi if you wish. You still get the HDMI port but cut down to only one USB 3.0 port instead of two. The good thing is that you get more hours of use from the battery at cheaper price of only 3,499 Yuan – equivalent to $520.

What is Xiaomi driving at?

The “Mi Ecosystem” Mi Notebook Air - just like Xiaomi‘s rice cookers, drones and bicycles – is produced by a partner. After IDC analyst Bryan Ma predicted a 10.4% contract in Vhina’s notebook market (7.7% in USA and 9.3% worldwide), Xiaomi signed up Tianmi to build its laptops. The move was intended to tap into the laptop market with thae selling point being a perfect mix between portability and performance.
The Mi Notebook is built right into Xiaomi’s future. It might not be running Xiaomi’s customized Android ROM (MIUI) but it will boost could usage through its “Mi Sync” software. The “Mi Band” also connects at close proximity.

There is no global availability information yet, but the Mi Notebook is set to launch in China on 2nd August. Stay tuned for updates.
Xiaomi Redmi Pro: Five Things You Should Know

Xiaomi Redmi Pro: Five Things You Should Know

On 27th-July, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Pro in China. It’s Xiaomi’s first smartphone to boast a dual camera, first seen on HTC smartphones. The Redmi Pro was launched a month ahead of the iPhone 7 in hopes of leverage of the iPhone buzz. Weighing only 174g, the smartphone supports 4G via it dual SIM feature apart from many other selling points. We have highlighted some of the notable features below.

1. MediaTek Helio X25 Processor

Coupled with a Mali-T880 GPU, the 2.5GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X25 SoC processor has led to Xiaomi’s claim that the Redmi Pro is the most powerful Redmi to hit the market yet. This is available with a 4GB of RAM + 128GB of storage. An alternative clocks at 2.3GHz processing speed with 3GB of RAM + 64GB of storage. Another variant runs on a 2.1GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC with 3GB of RAM + 32GB of storage.

2. MIUI 8

MIUI 8 is the latest Xiaomi customized Marshmallow-based Android OS unveiled in June. A new interface has been added to the operating system with a new App Lock feature that will unlock all your apps at once. Also added to the OS is a new calculator application and a Smart Menu for editing test.

3. Dual Camera

This is the feature that Xiaomi has capitalized on as a selling point for the Redmi Pro. The first camera is a 13-Megapixel Sony IMX258 with a five lenses, an f/2.0 aperture supporting a dynamic field depth with PDAF autofocus. This is coupled to a secondary 5-Megapixel Samsung depth-sensing camera. A dual-tone flash sits in between the two cameras. The front packs a 5-Megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens.

4. The Redmi Pro Design

The Redmi Pro is has a unibody metallic design.  This smartphone’s display is a full HD 1080x1920 protected by a 2.5D curved glass. The home button overlays a fingerprint scanner as a security feature. At the bottom is are two speakers and a Type C USB port. A 3.5mm audio jack is located on top with the power and volume buttons on the top right side. The 4050mAh battery boasts an impressive uptime for a 4G phone.

5. Xiaomi Redmi Pro Price

For all this features, you would expect high prices. But Xiaomi has once again kept the tradition that is attributed to its success. The prices have been kept reasonably low with the Helio X20 32GB RAM + 32GB storage going for CNY 1,499 (about Rs. 15,100), the Helio X25 3GB + 64GB priced at CNY 1,699 (about Rs. 17,100) and the Helio X25 4GB + 128GB alternative selling at CNY 1,999 (about Rs. 20,200).
There you have it. Now that you know what makes the Redmi Pro the great smartphone it is.