• From: "Dominique Farrell" <hollyandopal@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "barry Farrell" <bazfarrell@xxxxxxxxxxx>, "catherine Leacy" <cleacy@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:27:04 +0100

The iPhone is a fine phone, but, like all fine phones, it’s not flawless.
Many of the default settings of the iPhone can be worrisome, imperfect, or 
downright annoying. Here are eight settings that I would change first thing to 
make your iPhone experience a bit more pleasant: 

1. Stop telling people your email is “Sent from my iPhone.”
By default, any email you send from Apple’s Mail app will come with the 
signature “Sent from my iPhone” below your message. Maybe you want to 
signal your phone of choice in every email you send; if not, you can wipe this 
setting out.Go into Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and then scroll 
down until you see Signature. Tap that, tap the white box, and then delete 
those words until the box is blank.

Or you can write your own signature 

Impress friends, strangers, and colleagues with an ironic email signature!

2. Give yourself a distinctive ringtone.
In a perfect world, Apple would assign a random ringtone and new text message 
tone to each phone. Instead, everyone has the exact same notification sounds, 
which means that whenever you hear that Apple “Ding!” anywhere within a 
40-foot radius, you go rummaging through your purse and pockets as though you 
just won the lottery and want to share the good news.

If you’re like me, however, the message is never for you. It was someone 
else’s phone. Boo.

Give yourself a distinctive notification sound so that you know when you, and 
not the hunky dude next to you on the bus, is receiving a message. Go to 
Settings, then Sounds, and then open up each important sound under Sounds and 
Vibration Patterns and choose something that is not “Opening” or “Note” 
for your sound effects.

3. Put all your Apple apps into their own folder.
There are certain apps on your iPhone that you can’t delete. Don’t invest 
in the market? Well, there’s nothing you can do about the Stocks app. Don’t 
play games? You’re stuck with Game Center. More of an Amazon Kindle person? 
Sorry; iBooks is here to stay.

While you can’t make these apps disappear, you can stash them away in a 
folder to reduce clutter on your home screen. Hold your finger down on one of 
the apps you want to hide until it starts shaking. Then drag it on top of 
another app you want to hide. This will form a folder, which you can name 
whatever you want. Drag all the apps you don’t care for, but can’t delete, 
into that folder.

Now you have even more room for your mandatory Facebook Messenger app!

They’ll still be taking up space in your storage, but at least you’ve 
removed them from your immediate line of vision, making it easier to find the 
apps you really need.

4. Make sure those apps don’t eat your data.
Another side effect of these permanent apps: They can eat up some of your 
precious monthly data.

Now, none of these are MB hogs. But why take the chance? You can choose to 
disable data usage over cellular networks for certain apps, meaning that 
they’ll connect to the Internet only over WiFi, where they won’t use your 

Go into Settings → Cellular, and then flick the green switch off for any app 
you don’t want to use over your 3G or 4G. That could mean Passbook, Tips, 
Weather, or Music — or it could mean data-hungry Spotify, Foursquare, or even 
Facebook, if you’re trying to kick the habit.

You can also further tailor which of your apps automatically update on the 
background of your phone by going to Settings → General → Background App 

5. Cancel your credit cards.
iOS comes with an option to save usernames and passwords for websites you’ve 
visited, as well as credit card information.

By default, this is turned on; you’ll get a pop-up notification whenever you 
fill out an order form or a log-in field asking if you want to save that 

This can save time, but it also might make you a little uneasy. And with good 
reason, some would say!

Good news: You can make the iPhone stop asking. Go to Settings, and then scroll 
down and find Safari (that’s your Web browser). Head into Passwords & 
Autofill and flick the green switches off for Names and Passwords and Credit 

And voilà! Your little one will never purchase a race car on eBay again.

6. Do Not Track.
Websites, as you probably know, can track you around the Internet with cookies, 
even after you bounce off their page. They do this mostly to learn your habits 
and to serve more targeted advertisements.

Safari, your default browser, supports a privacy feature called Do Not Track, 
which stops this snooping behavior. (The Do Not Track setting is actually part 
of a mini privacy movement, which you can read about here.) By default, 
however, Do Not Track is turned off, which means that websites, well, Do Track. 
To stop them from tracking, go to Settings → Safari, and then turn on Do Not 

Farewell prying eyes!
You can also go ahead and block cookies while you’re there, if you’re 
feeling extra privacy-conscious. 

7. Protect your texts.
When you receive a text on your lock screen, the first few lines of the message 
are displayed under the recipient’s name. Sometimes texts are private and 
shouldn’t be displayed for anyone who glances at your phone to see. To change 
this, go to Settings → Notifications → Messages. Scroll down to Messages 
Options and toggle the Show Previews option off. Now, when you get a push 
notification, just the name of the person texting you will show up, along with 
the note “New message.”

8. Keep your battery juiced.
One of the major battery drainers in iOS 8 is the software’s parallax 
feature, which creates a foreground and background motion as you move the phone 
around. It’s pretty, but not worth losing your phone over while you’re out 
on the town. Turn it off by going to Settings → General → Accessibility. 
Scroll down until you see Reduce Motion, and turn it on.


That’s about it! For more on how to set up that iPhone the right way, make 
sure you read my colleague Alyssa Bereznak’s authoritative guide, as well as 
Yahoo Tech’s list of the 25 best apps for the iPhone.

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