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Your iPhone is an invaluable tool for work communication. Sometimes we forget though that it is not just a phone, it is a computer. As you start experiencing issues, or preferably before you start experiencing issues, it’s important to know how to take care of this inanimate iFriend. Because it is a computer it needs to be re-booted more than just every now and then. I would suggest doing it at least once a week. This will solve a ton of problems…

Why Re-Boot?

Think about it this way…

You regularly give your car an oil change. Why? Is your engine “broken?” No. Should you wait until the engine is bone dry and needs oil? Of course not! We know that proper maintenance will extend the life of our vehicle and make everything run smoother and function better. A computer is the exact same thing. If we perform maintenance on it it will last longer, run smoother and function better. The quickest and easiest method of properly maintaining any computer is the system re-boot.

First Step, Quitting Aps

app_danceWhen you re-boot your desktop or laptop computer you don’t just push the power button or yank the cord out of the wall (unless you happen to be some sort of neanderthal…) Our first step therefore is to shut down anything that we have open on our system. For the iPhone this means applications. Quitting all open apps will assist in freeing up memory on the phone and make it easier for RAM-intensive apps to run more stable in a more stable fashion.

Here’s how we do this:
1. Double-click the home button to the aps you have open and then press and hold down any of those.

2. You’ll see them start doing the iPhone app dance and a red “minus” sign above them.

3. Tap the red “minus” sign to quit each app.

4. When you’re done tap the home button one more time and you’ll return to the home screen.

You can check your memory usage before and after and see that you have now cleared quite a bit of RAM.

Getting Down With the Re-Boot

To reboot your tiny computer, hold the Sleep/Wake Button at the top right-hand corner of the iPhone for a few seconds and run the slider across the screen when it asks. When your iPhone shuts down, wait a few seconds and press the Sleep/Wake button to power it back up again. This will fix many problems preemptively.

And that’s it….

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