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How to Make Your Refurbished iPhone Faster In 6 Simple Steps
How to Make Your Refurbished iPhone Faster In 6 Simple Steps

So you have intended to buy a refurbished iPhone? It’s absolutely a great idea since you can get a good smartphone without spending a lot of money as you would do if you purchased it in a brand new condition. But there are beliefs that since refurbished iPhone are used ones, so they are slower in performance compared to their original counterparts. At somehow, it might be true, but the cool thing is that there are always simple tricks that can make your refurbished iPhone run faster and smoother.

There are a few things you can do right now to make your refurbished iPhone work better, and they don’t cost you a single penny. So, consider them and get the most out of your used or refurbished iPhone!

·         Uninstall Apps That You Don’t Use

You will surely agree that there are several apps on your iPhone neither you use them nor delete them. These unnecessary apps can make your phone run slower because they occupy some memory. Therefore, it’s better to uninstall such apps if you want to optimise your iPhone and free up some space.

To uninstall or delete unnecessary apps, you can follow the below-mentioned two ways.

Way 1: Go to Settings App > General > Usage > Manage Storage and then choose any app that you no longer use and tap on Delete App button.

Way 2: Hold down the app icon that you want to delete and then release it when it starts jiggling. From the left corner of the app icon, you should tap on the X sign button. Then, you should tap on Delete to confirm the app deletion.

·         Delete Your Old Videos and Music

Media collections such as videos and music files also clog up plenty of storage space, which can affect your iPhone’s performance. So, to get rid of the videos or music that you don’t need, you should go to the videos or Music folders and then choose the file that you want to delete. If you want to delete the entire media library, you should open the Apple Music App and then tap on Delete from the library. However, it is recommended that you should back up your videos and music files via iCloud or iTunes if you want to keep them stored.

·         Reboot Your iPhone

Sometimes, you might experience sluggishness in your refurbished iPhone. It might take too long to launch apps or to go from one window to the next. This typically happens because so many applications start hogging your iPhone’s memory and make it run slower than usual. To remedy this problem, you just have to reboot or restart your iPhone regularly.

To reboot, all you need to do is to just hold the Home button and Power button until your iPhone will be turned off. Then, release the home button and press the power button to restart your iPhone. Not only, it will clear out all the unwanted caches and wasted RAM usage but it will also keep the iOS system refreshing and save your manual cleaning operations.

·         Make UI Faster

The latest iOS navigation system has made things easier while you try to find or open an app. This proves that Apple is doing a great job to improve the animation of apps transitions. But here we want to know how to make your iPhone faster, therefore, you can enable the Reduce Motion option. It will let you speed up the animations which help you to get a faster User interface on your iPhone.

To activate this option, open Settings App > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.

·         Deactivate the Background App Refresh

Did you know so many apps on your iPhone are working in the background that consume a ton of power and resources? That means, when you turn on the Background App Refresh, it will drain the battery life and make your iPhone device slower. Therefore, you should keep this feature turned off.

To turn off Background Refresh on your iPhone, simply launch the Settings app > General > Background App Refresh. If you want to deactivate it for some certain apps, then just scroll down and look at the apps that are using background App Refresh. Tap any apps that you think they should not be refreshed in the background.

·         Update iOS

Updating the iOS on your refurbished iPhone is another trick you can try to make your phone run faster. In the process of updating the iOS system, many bugs will be fixed automatically and the device will be optimised at its best performance. So, upgrade your iPhone on the latest iOS version and ensure your iPhone works as good as a new one. To download and install any iOS update, simply launch the Settings App > General > Software update.

Boom of Second-hand phone market in UK
Boom of Second-hand phone market in UK

The United Kingdom has one of the biggest mobile-phone markets in the world. The ever growing population of the UK is one of the factor behind this increased market share. People are always opting for better smartphones that can help them in various aspects of life. That is the sole reason that people these days in the UK are going for second-hand or pre-owned mobile phones. We will include the reasons behind this boom in the second-hand phone market in the UK and why people are buying used phones later in this article. 

Do you have the latest smartphone? Can you afford a brand new or latest smartphone? These are the two questions that everyone should ask from themselves before upgrading their device. By looking at living conditions in the UK it can be deduced that people are now smart and they are aware of prioritizing their needs. Back in early 2000s, when smartphones came into existence, people went gaga over buying the latest models in the market as soon as they were launched. But as the time passed, people became more aware of the high prices of the latest smartphones. But still some companies are selling their phones on high prices by their Outbound Marketing.

Below, there are some of the reasons behind the boom of second-hand phone market in the UK:

1.      High prices of new smart phones:

Apple has the biggest market share in the UK, when it comes to the smartphone industry. People are buying Apple devices as they are user friendly andmuch more. But these days, the phones that Apple is launching are too expensive to be bought by rational consumers. The biggest example that we can take here is that; back in 2007 when iPhone 1 was launched, the launching price of that smartphone was £499. Contrary to this, the latest iPhone XS and XS Max’s launching prices were £999 and £1,099 respectively.

You can see 100% raise in the launching price of iPhone in just 11 years. This raise in the launching price has awakened the people, and they are now prioritizing their needs. Buying an iPhone worth more than a thousand pounds sterling is not observed as an intelligent decision by people.

This is the most important reason that has encouraged the people to buy used phones.

2.      Less innovation in new smartphones:

Apple is launching new phones every year, but these phones aren’t worth it if we look at the innovation aspect. No doubt that Apple provided us with some innovation last year with the infinity display of iPhone X, but other than that, iPhone X had almost the same features as iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Let us provide you with a simple comparison between the features of iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and the latest iPhone XS;

  • Colour Scheme: The colour scheme of iPhones have been consistent since iPhone 5S. iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and iPhone XS all come in silver, space grey and gold colours. So, we are still waiting for some fun colours to be added by Apple to their iPhones rather than these three colours.
  • LCD: LCD is one of the biggest factors why iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are different. Yes, that is one of the innovation that iPhone provided its users with. iPhone 8 Plus have 5.5” retina HD display while iPhone X has 5.8” super retina HD display.
    Apple did that right! But if, on the other hand, we compare the LCD’s of iPhone X and XS, they both are same and the price difference between these two is huge.
  • Camera: The rear cameras of all these devices are same i.e. Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras. So why should people buy iPhone XS when it has the same camera as iPhone 8?
    The front camera of all these models is also the same i.e. 7MP TrueDepth camera.
  • Security: iPhone 8 plus has the touch id (fingerprint sensor) through which you can unlock your iPhone from your finger prints. Apple introduced the feature of face recognition in iPhone X but unfortunately this overly hyped feature failed to work and impress the people even at the launch of iPhone X last year.
    Although, Apple has improved this feature in iPhone XS. But this feature hadn’t had much of an impact on people in the UK, as they can easily and quickly unlock their phones with their fingers as compared to the failed attempts to unlock their device with their faces.
  • Water Resistance: Well when apple introduced the feature of water resistance in iPhone 7; that was a big innovation indeed! After that in iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPhone XS Apple has given the same feature, the only difference is that iPhone 8 and iPhone X are water resistant up to 1m depth for 30 minutes, while iPhone XS is water resistant up to 2m depth for 30 minutes.
    That is a difference of 1m depth but unfortunately that’s not an innovation by Apple.
  • Charging: All of the three devices have the same mode of charging. Although the battery life is made better by Apple in each of these models.
  • Dual SIM: introducing dual SIM compatible iPhone XS was not an innovation at all. There are many other mobile phone companies that offered dual SIM feature way before it was launched in iPhone XS.

We can see from this brief comparison that the most popular phone in the UK “iPhone” is offering as such no great innovation for the people in its latest models. And on the other hand the prices of the latest models of iPhone are even crossing thousand pound sterling. So, this is clear that one can easily purchase a second hand iPhone 8 plus or even an iPhone 7 plus at much lower price than the latest one and can enjoy the same features.

Not only Apple, the other major competitors i.e. Samsung, Huawei, etc. are also doing the same thing every year. People these days in the UK are much intelligent and smart, and they are surely smarter than these latest smartphones. That is the major reason that people are opting for less costly second hand phones these days in the UK.

3.      Expensive accessories and parts:

Yes, the accessories for the latest phones are also very expensive. Let it be the phone’s cover, or a compatible charger, etc. The accessories of the expensive latest models of mobile phones are also very expensive. So it’s not just a one-time expense for buying the latest model, the list of expenses for that expensive phone goes on. Contrary to this, the accessories of the older models are comparatively cheaper and affordable.

There are many devices which help the users in using a smartphone these days. One such device is a smart watch. Smart watch helps people in various ways and it has made lives of the people easier. People want to buy these watches, but if they spend their whole month’s salary on the expensive latest smartphone, how would they afford a smart watch then? As discussed previously, people these days are smarter when taking such decisions. People in the UK are buying cheaper second hand phones, so that they can afford the other helping devices as well with their smartphones while being in their limited yet smart budget.

With all of this, the repairing costs of the latest models are also too high. As smartphones are becoming popular, people are taking less care of their phones. That is why every other person we know has a phone with a broken LCD. The parts and the repairing costs of the latest models are very expensive as compared to the parts of the older models. So, people in UK are going for second hand phones to afford the repair prices if they accidentally break their phone, as they can reliably be delivered by a domestic or international courier service.

Discussed above are some of the major reasons that people these days are giving more attention to buy used phones rather than going for the latest models. We at AlphaSmartPhones, also think that buying a used phone is an intelligent decision. The statistics of sales of the best-selling phone in the UK “iPhone” clearly shows a downfall in the recent years. The growth rate in the purchase of iPhones was steady from 2011 to 2014, i.e. approx. 15% each year. But it raised to approx.18% when iPhone 6s was launched, as people in the UK saw the innovation in that phone, but after that the growth in purchase of iPhone in the UK fell drastically, and in 2017 the growth rate surprisingly fell to a mere 2.7%.

These statistics act as a proof that people are not buying the latest smartphones now. The major reasons behind this decision by people in the UK are discussed briefly in this article.

Visit Alpha SmartPhones today to get the best deals to buy used phones in the UK!

How to Check How Old Your Phone is?
How to Check How Old Your Phone is?

Everyone owns a smartphone in today’s era, but have you ever wondered that how old your phone is? Yes, our phones also have age, we can check the age of our smartphone through some simple steps. We always care about purchasing good second hand or refurbished mobile phones, so that we can get all of the specifications that we want in limited budget. But beware! When purchasing a second hand phone, you should always consider the age of the smartphone. Age of the smartphone is always directly proportional to the performance of that specific set.

We will be sharing the advantages of purchasing less aged phones and also the ways to check the age of a phone later in this article. But first, let us see what does the age of a specific phone means!

By age of the specific smartphone, we mean that what is the exact manufacturing date of the smartphone. We all know the launching dates of the specific smartphones, but what we really don’t know that every phone is not manufactured on the specific manufacturing date. The smartphones are manufactured until a specific period of time till a new model comes in the market. So getting to know the exact date of manufacture of the phone is really important for you.

Below are some of the advantages of having a less aged phone:

1.      Performance:

The first and the foremost aspect of having a less aged smartphone is its performance. The performance of the less aged smartphone would always be better than the performance of the more aged one. The problem that lies here is the agedness of the components used in the mobile phones.

The mobile phones that we use are composed of different materials and they are built up of different small components. Many of these components wear off with the time. Let it be the components used in the mother board of the phone or the LCD. The performance of phone always goes down with time.

2.      Battery Life:

The second most important aspect is regarding the battery life of the smartphones. The battery life of the smartphones really depends upon the age of the smartphones. Although it also depends on other factors as well, like the charging habits of the previous user, etc. But the thing that always worsen the battery life of a smartphone is the age of that phone. With periodic charging for a long time, your device’s battery wore offs.

3.      Body:

Yes, the good body conditions are usually another advantage of having a less aged smartphone. The body of the smartphones are usually made up of aluminium and plastic. These two materials wore off not so quickly though, but these can wore off a little bit with to time. Body of the phone almost remains the same with time if it’s used properly.

But we really don’t know about the previous owner of the phone, and how he used the device. More aged the device is, more chances of it being damaged!There are certain things that can be pointed out at first site as broken, whenever we have a look at any phone e.g. display, sides, etc. But there are certain things that we cannot point out so easily, these things include the insides of a mobile phone. The material used in smartphones can be damaged if the phone is too old.

Now that you know the advantages of having a newer phone, we would let you know about how to check the age of your phone or any phone around you!

1.      Box Of The Phone:

The first and foremost thing that you should check is the box of your phone. Some mobile manufacturing companies usually put the manufacturing date of each mobile phone on its box. You can easily find the manufacturing date on the back side of the box. If you look at the back of the box of your phone, you will find a white sticker having quite a few words, symbols, digits and bar codes.

On this white sticker you might also find the manufacturing date of the smartphone. Manufacturing date is usually found under the bar codes on the sticker. To confirm the date, if you purchased a second hand phone, you must crosscheck the IMEI number written on the box and in the settings of your phone to confirm if the box is actually of your phone or not. If the IMEI number doesn’t match, then unfortunately the date on the box isn’t the true manufacturing date of your phone. In this case you would have to find the manufacturing date from some other method.

2.      Settings:

In some phones you might find the manufacturing date of your device in the settings app. The location where the manufacturing date might have been written varies though in every device. You would have to spend some time finding it.

The manufacturing date can be usually found in the “About Phone” tab in settings. You can search the manufacturing date in that, but in some phone the manufacturing date isn’t written straight away. You have to apply certain formulas to get the manufacturing date of your phone.

One such example is of Apple iPhones. You might find the manufacturing dates of iPhones in their serial numbers. The serial numbers are clearly shown in the About Phone part in setting of iPhones. The third digit of the serial number usually expresses about the manufacturing year e.g. 4 means 2014, 6 means 2016, and so on. Moreover, the fourth digit usually denotes the specific week of the year in which the iPhone was manufactured.

So, in iPhone’s case you would have to be much vigilant to find its manufacturing date. Or the simpler way is to search on Google. Just write the make and model of your phone and the serial number of your mobile phone. Usually the OEMs give this facility to the mobile phone owners to know about the history of their devices.

3.      Applications:

There are certain applications on Play Store that might help you in finding the age of your mobile phone. One of such app available on Play Store is “Phone info *Samsung*”, this app usually works for the Samsung’s manufactured smart phones. To find the manufacturing date of your phone, you simply have to download the application on your Samsung smartphone. When you open it, go to the “general” tab. You find the date of manufacturing of your Samsung phone there written e.g. 2016.03.01.

But this application is only tested on Samsung smartphone. You would have to check if the other manufacturer’s info apps show the manufacturing date of those phones or not.

4.      Manufacturing Codes:

Yes, if you know the manufacturing code of your smartphone, you might be able to find the manufacturing date of your smartphone. We used the word ‘might’ as manufacturing codes are usually not just OEM specific, they might be also model specific.

But you can try by entering ‘*#manufacturingcode#* or *#*#manufacturingcode#*#* into the dialler pad of your smartphone. Through this the service menu would be opened. You can easily check the manufacturing date of your smartphone through this.

If this doesn’t work as well, you would then have to look for the specific manufacturing code of your phone through Google and try to do this again.

 

Now that you know the way of checking the manufacturing date of your phone, and that you also know the benefits of having a less aged phone, you can be more careful when buying a second hand phone. At Alpha Smartphones, we have a wide range of Android phones and iPhones for sale. You can easily buy a less aged second-hand smartphone from us and make your life easier.

Best iPhone For You!
Best iPhone For You!

When we talk about the term ‘best’, it varies from person to person. We cannot set the bar by declaring only one iPhone as the best phone available in the market. Every iPhone that has ever launched has something amazing. So we cannot skip the others in the process of declaring only one iPhone as the ‘best.

Apple has raised the bar for other mobile phone manufacturing companies by the highest market share in the UK. How Apple reached there? Apple has always been committed in providing the best quality iPhones to the users so that they can have an impeccable experience while using this mobile phone. We cannot criticize any of the iPhones, as they all have some special features that can’t be ignored.

Moreover, we always look for the best iPhone whenever we are buying a second-hand or refurbished phone. We would let you know about the iPhones possessing the best features according to your preferences:

Display Size:

Display sizes of iPhones vary from one another in most of cases. Everyone likes different display sizes according to their preference. That is the sole reason that we cannot declare an iPhone best on the basis of its display size. But we can surely suggest you the best iPhone according to your preferences.

Small Display Size: If you don’t like bigger smartphones and you are comfortable with having a small one, then the best option for you in refurbished phones is iPhone 5S with 4” display. Looking at the fact that iPhones are getting bigger and bigger with time, we don’t want you to wait for a smaller iPhone to be launched anytime soon. The perfect decision for buying a small iPhone in this era would be iPhone 5S. You must be thinking that; ‘isn’t iPhone 5S a very old iPhone model?’ Well we can assure that this model is still not too old, as you can upgrade it to iOS 12 (the latest Apple Software). Yes, you can have the body of an older iPhone with the internal software of the latest one.

Medium Display Size: If you want an iPhone with a normal sized display then; iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 all are the best option for you. All of these models of iPhone possess 4.7” display that is generally not too big or not too small either. So if you want a phone that you can hold in your hand or put in your pocket as well as watch your favourite movies on, then these iPhones are perfect for you.

Large Display Size: Many people in the UK are fond of having larger displays in their iPhones. If you are one of these people, then you might like the plus series by Apple in iPhones. iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 6S plus, iPhone 7 plus and iPhone 8 plus have 5.5” inch display. With this display you can watch anything on your iPhone and feel good about the size and quality.

Camera:

Yes, the camera is another aspect that has to be perfect for many people around the UK. In today’s era, you must have the best camera in your mobile phone to be famous. You can become famous in your actual life with a good camera as you would have more friends that would love to take good pictures from your iPhone. With a good camera, you can become famous on social media platforms as well. People always seek for people that have good pictures on their profiles to follow. So having good pictures would increase the number of your followers on social media.

There are many iPhones available in the market that have dual rear cameras, which capture vibrant and beautiful pictures. Some of these iPhone models include; iPhone 7 plus, iPhone 8 plus and iPhone X. You can easily buy one of these refurbished iPhones according to your budget.

Slim iPhone:

Many people actually want their iPhone to be slimmer so that it can adjust in their hands and pockets easily. Apple has been trying to make its iPhones slimmer every year. But the slimmest iPhone ever launched is the iPhone 6, with a thickness of about 6.9mm. This iPhone was considered the slimmest phone of the era that it was launched in.

Although iPhone 6 was launched way back in 2014, but this iPhone almost has all the specifications that the latest models have. You can get second-hand iPhone 6 in cheaper rates only at Alpha Smartphones. You can buy this phone and make your life easier in terms of specifications and its slimness.

Better Battery Timing:

iPhones usually have better battery timings than its other competitors, but do you know about the iPhone that has the best battery timing ever? The battery timing cannot be judged by how much the iPhone takes to drain the whole charge. Firstly, battery timings depend on how much you use the phone and the settings that you set in your iPhone.

If you use the brightest light settings in your iPhone, the battery would surely drain faster. That is the reason that we always suggest you put your iPhone at the auto-brightness mode to prevent your phone from unnecessary battery drainage. The other thing that we always suggest is to turn off the unnecessary settings and unwanted applications from your iPhone including the mobile data and background apps.

Once you are done with these things, the battery life of your phone would automatically extend to a better level. Anyhow, we were talking about the best iPhone in terms of battery life! iPhone XS Max by far has the best battery timing than all of the previous iPhone models. But spending more than a thousand pounds on an iPhone isn’t a smart decision.

Despite iPhone XS Max, there are many other iPhone models that have great battery timings. These models include; iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus. These models have a better battery life as Apple eliminated the audio jack from these iPhones to adjust a bigger and better battery. No doubt the battery life of these iPhones is better than their predecessors, but you can easily extend the battery life of your iPhone by following the instructions described above.

Headphone Jack:

As mentioned above; Apple eliminated the audio jack from its latest iPhones to adjust a bigger battery. That was a good initiative that Apple took to extend the battery life of iPhones, but many people across the UK need an iPhone with an audio jack due to various reasons. Audio jack is a very useful feature in any smartphone to increase its connectivity.

All of the iPhones that were launched before the iPhone 7 have audio jacks in them. But the best one to purchase is the iPhone 6 and 6s if you want an audio jack in the phone. You can easily find second-hand iPhone 6 and 6s online on our website and can make your life easier with the best iPhones with an audio jack.

Home Button:

Most of us feel comfortable using the home button in iPhones, but you wouldn’t have this leverage in the newer models of iPhone. The home button was included in iPhones till iPhone 8 and 8 plus. The iPhones launched after iPhone 8 and 8 plus have the infinity display feature and due to this they don’t have a home button.

In iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, Apple introduced a future-forward home button with a fingerprint scanner in it. These both are the best iPhones for you if you want a home button on your iPhone.

After reading this article, you must have known that the term ‘best’ variates from person to person. But you can easily find the best iPhone for yourself while checking the features described above.

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