iPhone Hacks!

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By: , CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, an on-site computer and laptop repair service company.

Video Transcript

Julissa: All right, welcome back to Good Day Sacramento. I’m telling you, Ryan, you’re blowing my mind this morning with all these iPhone hacks, our dear friend Ryan from Nerds on Call this morning. So, this is all about little tricks to get a little bit more space.

Ryan: Little more space.

Julissa: It will get your phone working a little faster.

Ryan: More power, yeah, more faster, more everything.

Julissa: More everything.

Ryan: Let’s do it! 

Julissa: Let’s do it, okay.

Ryan: So, you’re going to set up some on the Apple TV. Meanwhile, I’ll talk about a couple of the other little tips. That way we can kind of flow. So check, we’ll start over here. We’re going to instantly clear up some RAM. So, on your iPhone, you’re opening up different apps and you’re playing with all kinds of stuff and then all of a sudden you realize, “Oh my gosh, my phone is so stinking slow.” Well, this will clear the RAM. Essentially, all you got to do is press the power button on your phone until you see the click to slide to power it off button and then, once you do, press the Home button and hold it. You get a link over that one, though, when you do it. What that will do is your screen will suddenly boot right back to the desktop again and that clears your RAM and then, all of a sudden, you’ve got all this free space to do stuff.

Julissa: Free space to do stuff, okay, alright.

Ryan: Yeah, it’s not about storage. It’s just about speed, really, for that one. Here’s another good one. Let’s say, you’re in the app store and it’s going sluggish or slower. You’ve bought a few things and kind of half stopped it. Well, there’s a cache in there that remembers where you are and what you did and all your search history. Well, you can clear that cache by clicking on any of the bottom buttons here ten times in a row. When you click on it ten times in a row, what it does is switches to light.

Julissa: I just did it.

Ryan: And she’s successful! So, what it does is it clears up the cache, makes it a little faster inside the store, kind of cool. Here’s another great one. This one is, let’s say you need to charge your phone in a hurry. You know, iPhones are notoriously bad at keeping their battery life. So, you plug it in. Go into airplane mode just by pressing this little airplane right there.

Julissa: A little airplane. Boom, okay.

Ryan: Boom, you will charge 20%-30% faster and you had a cool tip.

Julissa: Yes, if you use the charger for your iPad, if you have an iPad, use that charger because it’s a more powerful charger. 

Ryan: Yeah, it’s awesome. So, here’s another one. This one could save your life, iPhone hacks to save your life. Check this out. You put your medical ID on your lock screen. You know, that little health app that nobody uses? Well, in that health app, in one of the options, you can set up a medical ID, put your name on there, whether you’re allergic to anything, add an emergency contact that says, “Hey, call my mom if I get hurt,” all kinds of great stuff. Put that on your phone today. It could save your life. 

Here’s another great one. It’s this, let’s say you’re typing on your iPhone. So, pull up your message app.

Julissa: Message app, okay.

Ryan: And as you start typing something, look, right there, and just type whatever you want, and then just shake your phone.

Julissa: Okay. Hi…

Ryan: And what it will do…or maybe hers is not. When you shake your phone what it does is [inaudible 00:02:40] what you did, it kind of creeps in like an Etch-A-Sketch. So, it clears what you’re doing. Here, she got it. It worked. Okay, we saved the best for last. This is a really cool app, okay?

Julissa: This is a great one. 

Ryan: So, first thing you want to do is you just go to your general settings and check out how much available storage you have on your phone. 

Julissa: Okay, so that’s the number.

Ryan: Yep, general. There you go. Go down here to storage. Whoa, not so fast. There you go, storage, and you’ll see, you have 1.8 gigabytes available. That’s terrible. You can’t do anything on that. Quickly open up the app store or the iTunes store and look for a movie.

Julissa: Okay, iTunes. We just pick any movie.

Ryan: There it is. Click any movie in that, click on movies. I always pick James Bond because I want to be cool. You could pick whatever you want. Oh, it’s taking forever. 

Julissa: What happened?

Ryan: Anyways, what you do is you click on the movie, we clicked on the movie, click “rent” twice and what happens is, your iPhone says, “Awww, I need to get this movie on here in and they’re about 4 to 6 gigabytes each,” and what it does is it will clear out your phone’s memory to make space for the movie.

Julissa: That’s how Apple tricks you. 

Ryan: Because you don’t have enough money or don’t have enough space to rent it, you don’t actually rent it. But, it clears all that space for you. And do this two or three times and you can gain tons of space. So, here’s a guy, he had 4 gigabytes of space, by the time he was done, he had 4.4 and he’ll do it over and over and over again until you get all the space you can possibly get out of it. Just keep checking it and you’ll see when it finally stops.

Julissa: Well, that’s an easy one. 

Ryan: That’s a ninja trick right there. 

Julissa: Ninja trick. 

Ryan: Ninja trick. I love it. 

Julissa: Right, the Ninja. I love it. I love it. So, great, okay. I’m going…I don’t understand.

Ryan: I don’t know. 

Julissa: It’s so simple.

Ryan: I knew this was going to happen when we did that. Whatever.

Julissa: A new idea. Okay, all right. I’m going to free that up and then I’ll show you. But, you’re sticking around. You’re not going anywhere, So, I’ll show you how that works. In the next hour, it is summer time, lot of people may be doing some family trips to Disneyland, some great apps to help you out and make that trip a little bit easier, right? 

Ryan: Yeah, we just got back from Disneyland. We used most of these apps and they are awesome. They’re going to…it’s like Disney hacking. 

Julissa: Wow, I love Disney hacks. We love that. 

Ryan: I just did that. I tied it together. 

Julissa: All right, we’ll see you in the next hour, back over to you.

You may think that you understand the full power of your iPhone. But think again. People don’t actually realize how powerful their iPhones are. Many people never bother with the handy (and secret) hacks that make the iPhone even cooler! In case you aren’t a Nerd like us, here are some secret tricks for your iPhone that will make you feel like a gadget master.

Quickly Free Up Space by Pretending to Rent a Movie

Go to “Settings” then tap “General”. Then select “About”. Scroll down until you find “Available,” which tells you how much storage space you have.

Head to the iTunes Store, pick an HD movie available for rental that requires more space than you have available. Hit Rent two times.

You’ll see a spinning wheel, then receive the “there is not enough available storage” message. When you tap Settings and return to the About section, you should have more storage space. Repeat as often as needed. Eventually, you will reach a point where you can no longer gain storage space.

You can free up a couple GB of storage using this method. What happens is that the iPhone clears out the caches and other data from apps on the device to make more room.

Make your phone run faster by clearing RAM & cache.
Clear RAM:
Hold down the power button long enough to see the “slide to power off” prompt, then hold down the home button. The screen will go blank and then your home screen will re-appear.

Clear Cache:
In the App Store, Podcasts, Music, Game Center, and Phone apps, tap any single icon along the bottom 10 times to clear the cache. To clear web browsing history, go to settings and select “Safari”. Choose “Clear History and Website Data”

Charge your phone super-fast by putting it in airplane mode
This is the quickest way to disable battery-draining WiFi and Bluetooth for quick charging. Slide up from the bottom and toggle on airplane mode, do the same when you want to turn off airplane mode. Beware: If you have a connected Apple Watch, you will need to remember to turn off airplane mode on the watch too.

In airplane mode, your phone will charge in a fraction of the time!

Give emergency personnel access to your medical info & emergency contacts, without having to break into your phone

Go into your Health App (white app with Heart) and go to the tab for Medical ID. Update with your info and enable it to show on emergency screen. Then when you go to your passcode page and you hit emergency, it will take you to the white screen and the bottom left will say Med ID and it will have all info. In the event of an emergency, first responders will be able to access emergency contacts and important medical info. How cool is that?

Shake to Undo Typing Mistakes
Last of all, who knew your iPhone is kind of like an etch-a-sketch! If you want to erase a whole in-progress, iMessage or text, just shake your phone to undo typing. Give it a try right now!

About The Author: Andrea Andrea Eldridge is CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, a computer repair company that specializes in on-site and online service for homes and businesses. Andrea is the writer of a weekly column, Nerd Chick Adventures in The Record Searchlight. She prepares TV segments for and appears regularly on CBS, CW and FOX on shows such as Good Day Sacramento, More Good Day Portland, and CBS 13 News, offering viewers technology and lifestyle tips. See Andrea in action at callnerds.com/andrea/.