There was a time when personalising your phone meant choosing from a range of preloaded ringtones and setting the clock. But as technology moved on, so the options increased. You can now choose from a bewildering array of custom cases and thousands of downloadable ringtones, wallpapers and screensavers. Today’s phones are basically small computers and can become an extension of the user’s personality. A music lover can make their phone into a portable library of their favourite albums and photographers can take pictures on the go and carry around a gallery of their favourite shots, while someone with a hectic job can use their phone to organise their schedule, workload and contacts.
It’s not what you do
The iPhone is designed to be versatile enough to fulfil any number of different functions for its owner, so even when you first take it out of the box, there are options which you can select to suit your needs. However, the advent of the app has made phones infinitely more flexible and users can now download everything from software to help maximise performance to games and novelties. You can make your phone into a customised piece of equipment simply by downloading apps which will make your life easier – whether that’s enabling you to synchronise your calendar or helping you find the perfect chat-up line for any given situation.
What’s going on inside?
Many people like to get to the file system on any device that they use and iPhones are no exception, but you don’t have to use any of the more dubious methods in circulation to see what’s going on within your phone. You can download apps such as iExplorer which will allow you to copy and edit files on your iPhone – making it a lot easier to change the way it works quickly and easily. You can browse the resources being used by your apps and change things such as the icons used which will give your phone a completely new look.
Pictures of you – or a useful app?
While many people are happy to have a photo from their gallery as the screen wallpaper, others prefer a background which acts as a useful tool or something a little more interesting – whether that is a gridded background, a pacman board or even a ruler. There are plenty of options available, so you don’t have to have the same wallpaper twice if you’re the kind of person who gets bored easily and changing something as simple as the background can give your phone a whole new feel every time you do it. However, if you are selling your iPhone because it’s time to upgrade to a newer model, do remember to remove all your images and any other identifiable information, preferably through a complete reset.
Whatever you want from your Apple iPhone, the chances are that there is an app available if you are prepared to put in the effort finding it.
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