YOU might think you’re an App Store whiz – but there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Here are three clever tricks that even long-time iPhone owners might not know about.
Turn on Automatic Updates
Keeping your apps updated is important.
It gets you new features and protects you from bugs.
You might be manually updating your apps – or not updating them at all – which is a bad idea.
So consider turning Automatic Updates on for your App Store apps.
Go into Settings > App Store and then look for the Automatic Downloads section.
Then toggle App Updates to the green ON position.
You can also toggle Automatic Downloads on for mobile below too, if you’ve got loads of data to spare.
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It’s even possible to set mobile download limits – maybe you’re OK with small updates, but not giant ones.
If you don’t let any of these changes, you can turn them off at any time.
Offload unused apps
Another clever App Store feature is Offload Unused Apps.
This does what it says on the tin: it removes apps from your iPhone that you don’t use regularly.
Importantly you won’t lose any data, as the personal contents of those apps gets backed up on the cloud.
So you’ll retain settings and files within the apps.
But the physical apps will vanish until you want to use them again, freeing up space.
Go into Settings > App Store and then scroll down to Offload Unused Apps.
“Reinstalling the app will reinstate your data if the app is still available in the App Store,” Apple explained.
If you’re a die-hard iPhone user, you could free up dozens of gigabytes of storage.
Check your subscriptions
If you’ve had an iPhone for a few years, there’s a good chance you’ve subscribed to a service or two.
It’s so easy to do that you might not even remember doing it.
Subscriptions can quickly add up, and you could find yourself paying out significant sums each month.
Thankfully you can quickly see which subscriptions you have in the App Store – and cancel them if you don’t want to keep paying.
Open the App Store then tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner.
Now choose Subscriptions and review your list under Active to see what you’re forking out for, when your billing date is, and whether it’s worth cancelling the membership.
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