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Top Tips for Misbehaving Devices

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1. Turn it off, Turn it on.

This one is used by the pros as a first line of attack. When was the last time you restarted your MacBook / iPhone? Did you know your Apple Watch can also be powered off? Try it and see, it often works wonders. No need to restart daily, just when your system starts acting wonky or slow.

2. Soft Restart (iPhone, iPod, iPad).

Don't have time to wait for your phone to completely restart? Try holding the sleep/wake button (the one on the side, all by itself) until the "slide to power off" screen appears. Then, INSTEAD of sliding to power off, push and HOLD on the home button (the one on the front bottom of your screen) for at least 10 seconds, or until the phone resets and goes back to the home screen with all your apps. This sometimes takes care of simple slowness issues.

3. Out of Space? (iPhone, iPod, iPad)

Are you a chronic app downloader? Keep getting messages that you can't take more photos because your iPhone is out of space? Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage. Here, you can find out how much storage you've got left on your phone, and by touching "Manage Storage," you can figure out which apps are the most full of stuff. They're listed in order of the biggest storage hogs first, so you can also delete apps that are unnecessarily greedy with your valuable bits and bytes.

4. Stop Bugging Me!

Feel like your iPhone or MacBook is bossing and dinging you constantly rather than acting to keep the chaos at bay? Get control of your quiet time by turning on "Do Not Disturb" on a regular schedule, like from 9pm - 7am (Settings > Do Not Disturb > Scheduled). You should also get to know your different types of Notifications (Settings > Notifications) such as Badge App Icons, Banners and your Notification Center. This will help you get the messages you need and filter out the ones you don't. 

5. Feeling Drained?

Sometimes battery life can let us down, and at the most crucial moments. If this is a problem for you and your device is more than two years old, you might be due for an upgrade. If that's not possible at the moment, try turning your phone on "Low Power Mode" permanently (Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode). Also, it's a good idea to keep a little external battery with you at all times — some are as small as a tube of lipstick, or are even incorporated into a slightly thicker phone case. Anker is a brand I highly recommend. I never leave the house without one!

Still have misbehaving devices? Call me!

I may or may not be able to whip your device into compliance, but I'll have a good idea one way or another after we've sat down at a coffee shop and discussed it. Why not give me a try? Coffee is on me!

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