New iPhones are here and they’re prettier, faster, and more expensive than ever! But is it worth upgrading? The iPhone X is luxuriously priced at $999 and the iPhone 8 is a negligible spec bump with a dated design. It’s a tough decision to make when you’re locked into an ecosystem and your old device is showing its age. Sluggish performance, dwindling battery life, and tiresome design make an upgrade seem justifiable.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to make your old iPhone feel new again. Here are four tips to help you hold off on upgrading just a little bit longer!
1. Get a battery case or power bank
If you’re an iPhone 5/5c/5s/6/6s user, you’re probably suffering from dismal battery life. Unfortunately, the battery will continually degrade the longer you use it.
Your best option is to throw a battery case on your iPhone. Several case manufacturers such as Mophie, Alpatronix, etc have cases that’ll more than double your battery life and won’t damage your phone with constant charge cycling. These are perfect accessories for a pocket dump, since you can charge without having to deal with messy cables.
2. Put a new skin or case on it
What’s the first thing you do when buying your gorgeous, new iPhone? Put an ugly case on it! Unless you don’t mind this happening:
If you’re a 6 Plus or 6S Plus user, you probably don’t need a battery case. But getting a new case will give your old phone a fresh look that expresses your personality. Amazon has thousands of brands to choose from, but if you want something more unique than you should peruse Etsy’s offerings.
If you’re not a case-person, I recommend putting a new skin on your phone. This will really change the look and feel of your device, and really set it apart from the generic iPhone colors. An iPhone 6 with a dbrand skin on it doesn’t look much different from an iPhone 8.
3. Delete and reorganize photos and apps
You probably have a lot of stale data on your phone that’s slowing it down. Take some time to organize, save, and delete old photos, especially duplicates! Updating your phone’s wallpaper can completely change the vibe of your home screen.
It’s also a good idea to delete old apps that you don’t use anymore. You can easily view your average app usage in Settings > Battery and look at your battery usage for the apps in your phone during the last 24 hours or 7 days. This will give you a realistic overview of the apps you actually use and help you decide which ones you can delete. After cleaning out old apps, try reorganizing your app folders to mix things up.
4. Don’t upgrade to iOS 11
Your old iPhone is not optimized for newer versions of iOS. If you upgrade, you’re probably compromising performance and battery life in exchange for minor feature updates.
But please note that newer versions of iOS do come with security patches that protect your data. Major security flaws in older versions of iOS are always publicly announced, so please upgrade to protect your personal data whenever these vulnerabilities are made known.
If you follow these tips and have a little patience, then you can probably endure another upgrade cycle. I’m still using an old iPhone with no significant issues after putting a battery case on it. The truth is that you don’t need to upgrade every year. Apple products are built to last, so protect your investment and keep your old iPhone (and headphone jack) a little longer.