The iPhone is a phenomenal device, but with each new version of iOS we have to deal with more and more settings. If only there was a comprehensive guide on how to adjust the default configuration to get the best performance and battery life from our phone.
Well, a recent video on YouTube is meant to be just that. Two Apple experts set out to provide guidance on which settings you should “turn off immediately” to get better battery life and protect your data and privacy. And there are no fewer than 46 of them (if you’re looking to upgrade your iPhone, check out our guide to the best iPhone 14 prices).
If you have an iPhone 14 or recent iPhone running the latest iOS, you might want to check out Apple experts David Payette and David Lynch at Payette Forward, who suggest 46 iPhone settings you should turn off to improve your phone’s performance improve and keep your data safe.
That sounds like a lot to switch off, but phones now have so many features we don’t need that can actually slow them down or impact battery life that it makes sense to make some adjustments. The video covers both new settings and longstanding features that continue to drive iPhone users crazy. They range from Apple marketing, personalized recommendations and subscriptions (aka spam) to notification settings, the misleadingly named “Privacy Preserving Ad Measurement”, the always-on wallpaper, and those pesky email signatures (no, we don’t want Apple give free advertisement in every email we send, thanks).
Of course, some of the settings they suggest turning off can actually be useful, and not everyone will want to turn them all off, for example, iCloud Private Relay is designed to protect privacy and some people have found that turning them off isn’t necessary Pro Res 48MP photo as it’s easy to toggle in the camera app itself and some photographers might want the option to shoot in 48MP at least sometimes.
But it’s true that many of the features are unnecessary for many users. There are many that you would never know were there, but slowly and surely they are slowing down the phone’s performance. Many people have responded positively in the comments. One person wrote, “With Apple claiming to be so secure and easy to use, it’s pretty crazy that we have to do all this just to tweak it for basic use cases.”
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