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Take back control of your iPhone with these 14 fixes

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The iPhone is by far the dominant smartphone in the U.S. If you’ve got one, you click, swipe, and long-press on its screen countless times a day. But you may be doing a lot more of those moves than necessary.

Apple has been packing iOS with new capabilities over the years. That’s not always a good thing, as the features you most want can get buried, and undesirable ones get enabled by default. But iOS has also lots of shortcuts and fine-grained controls that let you cut through the clutter and get quickly to what you want. Here are pointers to 14 of the best. (These instructions apply to iOS 12.)

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I have about 100 apps on my iPhone that I valiantly try to place in logical folders. But I have no idea where some of them are. Rather than swiping from screen to screen, scanning icons, and digging into folders, it’s easier to just search. With a finger on (not above) the screen, swipe down to reveal the search bar, and type in the name of the app you want.

Having a bunch of apps open in iOS won’t actually slow your system down since all but the one you are currently in go into idle mode. But scrolling through all of them when switching apps can get overwhelming. Periodically closing them provides a clean slate. You can’t zap all apps at once, but you can quit two at a time. Bring up the carousel of open apps by double-tapping the Home button (or slowly swiping up on iPhone X models), place a separate finger on each of the app screenshots that appear, and swipe up.

Apps that monitor your location drain the battery by requiring the phone to constantly listen for GPS satellite signals, thereby preventing your phone from going into sleep mode. Some apps, like Google Maps and Uber, need these services while running. Just remember to close them when you’re done. You can also restrict location services app-by-app by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Lots of apps on the list (say, Messages) may never require........

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