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This is how you make your old iPhone like new again

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (WRDW/WAGT) — Apple introduced new iPhones on Wednesday, and looking at the unveiling, you might think the new iPhone 14 is much better than the iPhone 13.

It might be tempting to upgrade, but if you’re happy with the phone you have, you should be able to last a year or more.

You can make an old iPhone look like new by taking a few simple steps in the settings.

Give your phone a quick refresh by taking on a data hog that takes up space and slows everything down. The key word is ‘different’.

Go to General Settings and iPhone Storage. That shows which files and content are taking up space.

Much of that space is labeled “Other”. They are just data and documents. Remnants of apps, messages, photos and even social media posts you like. Facebook is a good example.

On our phone, the app is just over 200 megabytes. But it stores another 240 megabytes. That is different. Camera apps are even worse.

Go through your list. Delete the apps you don’t use. Offloading them does not free that data. So how do you get rid of it? One way is to uninstall and reinstall the app.

You lose nothing and you gain back that storage space. It can really add up.

Another option is to make your phone new by factory resetting it. Back up the phone to a computer or iCloud.

Don’t skip that step. In the general settings, reset the phone and choose to erase all content and settings. If you’ve backed up the phone, you’ll be fine.

Your phone looks like it just came out of the store. When prompted, restore the phone you backed up from, the iCloud or the computer.

Our phone went from over 48 GB to just over 31. That’s a lot of space. This fixes any slowness and other issues. It takes about half an hour for everything.

Make sure you have a good internet connection. You need to be on wifi to restore from the iCloud. You won’t lose any important photos, contacts, messages, or anything else you’ve backed up to the cloud.

Steps to Backup, Reset and Restore Your iPhone

  • Back up your phone. This is the most important step. Connect the phone to your PC or Mac or back it up to iCloud. You will see this option in the settings
  • Reset your phone by going to Settings > General, then scroll down and tap “Reset”. You will see several options here, choose “Erase all content and settings”
  • You will be asked if you want to update your iCloud backup before deleting it. If you skipped the first step, choose “backup then erase”.
  • Your phone will be reset to factory settings. This will probably take 15 minutes or less, and your phone will display the Apple logo after shutting down and restarting
  • At the prompt to set up as a new iPhone or restore from backup, choose ‘restore from backup’
  • Select the location of your last backup. If you have backed up to a computer, you need to connect to the computer. If you choose iCloud, you must be on a Wi-Fi network

Once you follow these steps, your content will load on your phone as new. Keep in mind that it will take a few minutes to reinstall the apps and you’ll need to log into Wi-Fi networks again.

If you’re tempted to upgrade to the latest phone because your battery doesn’t last as long as it should, Apple now allows customers to replace the batteries in most phones. You can do that at Apple and Best Buy stores for a lot less than the cost of a new phone.

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