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The Xbox One Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta is well underway and there are many users still waiting for an email from Best Buy with their Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta code that users need to register for the beta so that they can start the Black Ops 3 beta download.

Activision and Treyarch started the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta late Tuesday, earlier than planned. Immediately there was an issue redeeming the Xbox One Black Ops beta tokens for many users.

But another group of users are still waiting for their Best Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta codes that come from a pre-order. If you ordered online from Best Buy, there is a good chance you did not get the code you need to register with Call of Duty to get the download codes.

Here’s how you can ask Best Buy for a new Xbox One BO3 beta code without waiting on hold, waiting for a Twitter reply or going to a store for a new pre-orders.

How to get your Best Buy Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta code.

How to get your Best Buy Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta code.

Over the last 24 hours we’ve seen a number of users asking Best Buy where their Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta codes are. Best Buy states that it can take up to 72 hours for a code to arrive, but for many users it is a week or longer.

This is how we contacted Best Buy to get a Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta code after waiting for it to arrive for weeks. Once we contacted the right person at Best Buy, we had a code by the next morning.

You’ll need to register for an account on the Best Buy Unboxed forums. This is a login separate from your Best Buy login, so keep track of the password and username.

Once you are set up there, you need to send a message to Mike-BBY asking for a beta key. Here is the message you should send and the subject you should use. Go to this profile page and send click on Send this user a private message.

Subject – Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Xbox One – Beta Key

Hello I ordered Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on DATE and still do not have the beta code.

BBY Order Number

email – Your Email

Can you help provide the code so I can play the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta on Xbox One with this pre-order.

Thanks,

Mike is fast and in our experience is doing a great job of filling in the gaps of the automated system that failed for a number of users.

The list above is just a sample of the users who did not get their Best Buy Black Ops 3 beta code email.

Once you get that code you need to use these instructions to sign up for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta. This will result in an email from Activision that will include three Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta download codes that will let you download the Xbox One Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta and share two others with friends.

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Try Out Each Specialist

Try Out Each Specialist

Black Ops 3 is going to be introducing several new elements to the Call of Duty franchise. One of the biggest is the addition of Specialists. Specialists come with their own look but more importantly, they come with unique weapons and abilities. 

Here's the breakdown of the Specialist classes that you'll most likely encounter during the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta:

Battery: Battery operates ahead of the front lines. Her War Machine fires salvos of bouncing grenades, while her Kinetic Armor can deflect enemy bullets when active… though she remains vulnerable to headshots and non-bullet damage.

Ruin: A reckless infantry soldier who prefers to surprise his enemies. He rushes into battle with his Overdrive ability, and can deliver a devastating shockwave with his Gravity Spikes.

Outrider: A hunter-tracker who stalks her prey from afar before moving in for the kill. Use her Vision Pulse ability to reveal the location of nearby enemies or her Sparrow compound bow with its deadly explosive bolts.

Prophet: Prefers to disrupt opponents’ tactics before moving in for the kill. His Tempest is a charge-shot weapon that delivers chain electricity to all nearby enemies. He can confuse enemies with his Glitch ability, which flashes him back to a previous position.

Seraph: Known for extreme focus and discipline in combat. Her high-caliber Annihilator revolver fires powerful rounds with increased bullet penetration taking out enemies with one shot. She’s also able to earn Scorestreaks more quickly using her Combat Focus ability, which triggers a brief bonus multiplier.

Nomad: Prefers to turn the environment against his enemies. Case in point: His H.I.V.E. weapon, which deploys trap pods filled with deadly nano-drones. When near death, Nomad can recover using his Rejack ability.

You'll want to try out each Specialist so that you develop a comfort level with one or more of them. There's a good chance that one will fit your style better than the other so you'll want to use the beta to do a bit of experimentation.

In order to really dig in though you'll need to play as each one. As you level up, you'll gain unlock tokens that allow you to access new weapons and abilities. So, give each a shot and that way, you'll be better prepared for the public release in November. 

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  1. Myka Lee

    08/26/2015 at 11:49 am

    You’re a rock star – thank you so much for giving us the heads up and tools to get the beta code! :)

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How to Fix Bad iOS 14 Performance

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As we push away from the iOS 14 release date we’re hearing about a number of issues including a variety of performance problems impacting iPhone models.

While a lot of the feedback about iOS 14 has been great, we’ve been having a good experience across most of our devices, we’ve also been hearing about bugs and performance issues.

The current list includes UI lag, freezes, lock ups, and random reboots. These are extremely common, particularly on older iPhone models. Newer iPhones aren’t immune to them though.

Unfortunately, performance issues such as these can be tricky to fix. While you might be able to fix them on your own, some might require a fix from Apple in a new software update.

If you can’t wait and/or you don’t have time to get in touch with Apple support, we have some fixes that could help alleviate the performance issue(s) you’re seeing on your device.

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Restart Your iPhone

If you start noticing UI lag or another performance issue on your iPhone, try restarting it. Power it down, leave it off for a minute, and the turn it back on.

Update Your iPhone

Apple will periodically release new iOS 14 software. Point updates (x.x.x) are usually focused on fixing bugs while milestone upgrades (x.x) usually deliver a mix of features and fixes. And while Apple might not call out performance fixes in an update’s change log, new software always has the potential to help (or hurt) your iPhone’s overall performance.

For more on the latest version of iOS 14, take a look at our guide.

Update Your Apps

If you haven’t done so already, try updating your applications to the latest version.

App developers are currently rolling out iOS 14 support updates and they could help stabilize iOS 14’s performance on your device.

Before you install the latest version be sure to go into the App Store and read reviews from other iOS 14 users. If the reviews are mostly good, you’ll want to download the latest version.

Reset Your Settings

If you’re still not getting the kind of performance you would like, try resetting your iPhone’s settings. Here’s how to do that on iOS 14:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings.
  • Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.

This will restore your iPhone’s settings to their factory defaults so be sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy. You’ll need to re-enter them.

Cleanup Your Storage

If you’ve had your iPhone for several years there’s a very chance you’ve got a lot of clutter taking up space on its internal storage. Deleting this clutter could help speed up your iPhone.

To start, you’ll want to check and see how much space is free on your device. Here’s how to do that:

  • Head into Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Storage & iCloud Usage.
  • Select Manage Storage.

If you’re getting close to the threshold you’ll want to head back into General and scroll to where it says iPhone Storage. Here you’ll get a detailed rundown of your data.

Apple will make some recommendations based on your utilization of your storage, but you can also just go through each section manually and delete files you don’t need.

Stop Automatic Downloads

iOS’ automatic update feature can be useful, but a constant stream of updates will make your iPhone work in the background.

If you’re alright with manually updating your applications on the App Store, try disabling Automatic Downloads on your iPhone and see if performance improves a bit.

To do this you’ll head into Settings. From there, Tap iTunes & App Store. From there you’ll want to toggle Updates, located in the Automatic Downloads section, off. You might want to toggle the other options off as well.

Disable Widgets

iOS 14 brought some big time upgrades to iOS’ Widgets. That being said, if you don’t use Widgets on your iPhone, try disabling some or all of them to see if that helps.

To do that you’ll want to swipe to the right while you’re on your iPhone’s home screen. After that, you have two options. You can:

  1. Hard press on an individual Widget
  2. Scroll all the way to bottom of the screen and select Edit. This will cause them to start wiggling.

If you hard press on a Widget, a small menu will popup. To remove a widget you’ll want to tap on Remove Widget at the top.

If you selected Edit at the bottom, you can tap the minus sign on a wiggling Widget to remove it. You can also scroll down to the bottom and select Customize. This will allow you to quickly add or subtract Widgets.

We recommend disabling Widgets you don’t use. Remember, you can always turn them back on if you don’t notice a bump in performance.

Clear Browser Cookies & Data

Clearing your browser’s cookies and data will free up memory which could have a positive impact on your phone’s performance.

If you use Apple’s Safari browser go into the Settings app, tap Safari, and scroll down to where it says Clear History and Website Data. Tap on it.

Tapping this will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other data from Safari. History will also be cleared from any devices signed into your iCloud account. If you’re fine with that, tap Clear History and Data again.

If you use Google Chrome, you’ll want to head into the app and tap the three horizontal circles in the bottom right corner. They’re in the top right corner if you haven’t updated to Chrome’s new design.

Once there, tap Settings, tap Privacy, and now tap Clear Browsing Data. You can now select what you wish to delete. If you’re noticing heavy lag, you might want to clear everything.

Stop Using Background Refresh

iOS 14’s Background App Refresh refreshes apps in the background to show you the latest data when you open them up. It also makes your phone work in the background so if you don’t need this, you might want to shut it off.

Here’s how you disable it:

  • Go into the Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Background App Refresh.
  • At the top tap Background App Refresh and toggle it off.

If you want to keep it on for some apps, leave it on and then go down your list of apps and manually turn it off for apps you don’t use.

Downgrade

If you were having a good experience on the previous version of iOS, you could try downgrading your iPhone’s software. If you don’t know how to downgrade, have a look at our walkthrough. It’ll guide you through the steps you need to take.

Restore

If you can’t find a fix for your issue, and you want to avoid taking your phone into a store, you might want to restore your device. This should only be used as a last resort.

You can do this via Finder, iTunes, or iCloud.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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How to Fix Bad iOS 14 Battery Life

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If you encounter abnormal battery drain after moving to Apple’s iOS 14 update, there are some steps you should take before getting in contact with the company’s customer service department.

iPhone users are reporting a number of iOS 14-related issues. The list includes some of the usual suspects including bad battery life.

While some of these battery issues might be hardware-related (bloated battery, for instance), others are related to Apple’s new iOS 14 software. In a lot of cases, an app is causing the issues.

If you’re seeing terrible battery drain after installing iOS 14, your first thought might be to downgrade back to iOS 13 . That’s definitely an option, but before you do that, you’ll want to try and fix your issues. Fixing them can be tricky, but we’ve got some solutions that have worked for iPhone users in the past.

This guide will take you through fixes for bad iOS 14 battery life and there’s a chance they’ll help you get your issues sorted out in a matter of minutes.

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Restart Your Phone

If you start noticing abnormal drain after installing iOS 14, we recommend restarting your phone before doing anything else.

Power your iPhone down, wait a minute, and then power it back on. A quick reboot can have a tremendous impact on your device’s performance.

Check Your Apps

Apps, particularly third-party apps, can act up on new software so there’s a good chance one of your apps is causing the issues on your phone.

Checking app performance is easy on iOS 14. Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to the Settings app.
  • Select Battery.
  • Head into the Battery Usage tool. This tool will show you the apps draining your battery and when they’re doing so.

If you use an application a lot, it will obviously drain more battery than apps you never use. So if you see something that doesn’t look right, you’ll want to investigate further.

If you notice an app you rarely use eating up an abnormal amount of battery, or if an app you use regularly is draining more battery than you think it should, try deleting the app from your device and see if that improves things.

If the app is essential, we recommend downloading the latest update from the developer. If that doesn’t help, and you really need to the app to get through your day, you might need to downgrade back to iOS 13.

Reset All Settings

If you determine that your apps aren’t the source of your problem, try resetting your iPhone’s settings.

Before you do this, note that it will cause your iPhone to forget known Wi-Fi networks (and Bluetooth connections) so make sure you have your passwords written down or stored somewhere before you tap reset. Here’s how to do this:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Go to General.
  • Scroll and tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings and enter your passcode if one is enabled.

Once the process is complete, you’ll need to reconnect your iPhone to your Wi-Fi network(s) and Bluetooth devices.

Use Screen Time

iOS 14’s Screen Time feature could help you conserve battery while eliminating bad habits.

Screen Time provides you with a set of controls that can help keep addictive behaviors in check. If you aren’t on your phone using your apps, you won’t be chewing through your battery life.

The feature lets you set limits on how long you can use a particular app on a given day. If you approach the threshold, it’ll give you a warning.

You can also set these alerts for kids and link them to a ScreenTime Allowance. This allows you to set limits on games, but keep important apps available.

Use Low Power Mode

iOS 14’s Low Power Mode helps you conserve battery life by shutting off services (Hey Siri, automatic downloads, and mail fetch) that could drain your battery.

You can turn Low Power Mode on and off any time you want and your device will also prompt you to turn it on whenever it reaches 20% battery.

If you haven’t done so already, add Low Power Mode to your Control Center. Control Center is the menu that pops up when you swipe up from the bottom or, if you’re using a newer iPhone model, from the top right of the screen. Here’s how to do that:

  • Head to Settings.
  • Tap Control Center.
  • Tap Customize Controls.
  • Tap the green plus sign next to Low Power Mode.

The next time you open up Control Center on your phone you’ll see a battery icon. Tap it to enable or disable Low Power Mode.

You can also turn Low Power Mode on via your Settings. Here’s how to do this:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Battery.
  • Tap Low Power Mode.
  • Toggle it On.

Turn Off Raise to Wake

iOS’ Raise to Wake feature is handy, but turning it off could help you stave off battery drain.

If you don’t need your iPhone’s screen to automatically turn on whenever you pickup it up, go into the Settings app > Display & Brightness and turn the Raise to Wake function off.

Disable Vibrations

If your phone vibrates every time you get a message or phone call, and you don’t need it to, try turning vibrations off. Turning them off could help your iPhone conserve power.

To turn off your iPhone’s vibrations:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Sounds.
  • Toggle Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent off.

You also need to go into each individual Sound and Vibration and make sure Vibration (which is located at the top of the screen) is set to “None”.

Stop Background Refresh

Background App Refresh refreshes apps in the background in order to show you the latest data when you open them. It’s a useful feature, but it can also eat away at battery life. If you don’t need it, try turning it off.

To disable the feature, you’ll need to:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Background App Refresh.
  • Turn it off for any applications you don’t use.

You can also turn it completely off if you don’t want to go through your apps one at a time.

Turn Off Fitness Tracking

Your iPhone has a motion co-processor that tracks your steps and other movements. If you use your phone for fitness-related activities, you’ll probably want to keep this feature on. If you don’t, try turning it off and see if it helps.

To do this, head into your Settings app and tap on Privacy. From there, select Motion & Fitness and toggle the Fitness Tracking function off.

You might also want to toggle off apps listed below Fitness Tracking in the menu. If you don’t notice any gains, you can always turn everything back on.

Downgrade Back to iOS 13

If you can’t find a fix and/or don’t want to wait for Apple’s next iOS 14 update, you can try downgrading back to iOS 13.

Right now, you can only downgrade back to iOS 13.7. You can’t downgrade to anything older than that because Apple stopped signing on older updates.

For more on the downgrade, take a look at our walkthrough.

Buy a Battery Case or Battery Bank

Buying a battery case or battery bank could help if you can’t seem to shake your battery life issues and you don’t want to replace your phone.

If you don’t know where to look, we’ve got lists of the best iPhone 11 cases, best iPhone XS casesbest iPhone X cases and best iPhone 8 cases to help you out.

We generally recommend going with a Mophie battery case, but Apple’s official battery cases are a great alternative if you prefer going with a first-party accessory.

If you don’t want to put a bulky case on your iPhone, you might want to buy a battery bank.

Battery banks are small, portable power sources. For instance, the RAVPower battery pack can provide six full iPhone charges before you need to charge it.

There are a ton of great options out there, but RAV’s device, Mophie’s powerstation and the Anker Powercore 20100 are a few of our favorites.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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How to Download & Install iOS 14

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This is how to install the. iOS14 update on your iPhone to enjoy new features. The same instructions work to download the iPadOS 14 update to your iPad. Both updates are available today with new features, fixes, and some cool tricks.

Apple didn’t announce the iPhone 12 yet, but this software will be on it or at least a similar version of it, and for now, you can install iOS 14 on your iPhone and start using the features. You need to install this to install watchOS 7.

Make Sure Your iPhone is iOS 14 Compatible

The iOS 14 update works on the following devices;

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPod Touch (7th gen)

The iPadOS 14 update works on the following devices;

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

Back-Up Your iPhone or iPad

Before you install the iOS 14 update you need to back up your iPhone. Do not attempt to install this update without first making sure that your device is backed up.

The odds are very good that you won’t need it, but there is a chance that an update could freeze or an error could force you to do a clean install of iOS 14 your iPhone or iPad and then restore from a backup. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.

To back up to iCloud, you simply need to be connected to WiFi and to power and a backup will initiate. If you aren’t sure, you can follow these steps to see if your device is backed up.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on your name at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap on iCloud.
  4. Tap on iCloud backup.
  5. Tap on Backup Now to start a backup.

If you look at the last successful backup time and date, you will see when your iPhone or iPad fully backed up.

For anyone using their computer to backup, you can use iTunes on Windows and macOS Mojave or Finder on macOS Catalina.

  1. Update iTunes.
  2. Plug your iPhone in.
  3. If prompted Trust the computer.
  4. Click on your iPhone or iPad in iTunes (or in Finder)
  5. Choose Encrypt backup if you want to keep your health and activity data backed up.
  6. Click Back Up Now.

Once this is done, you’re almost ready to install iOS 14. Here’s a full list of things you need to do before you install iOS 14.

How to Download and Install iOS 14 on Your iPhone or iPad

Now that you are prepared, you can install iOS 14 on your iPhone or iPadOS 14 on your iPad. Using your iPhone or iPad is the easiest way to install the update and the way most users will want to go. On the first day or two, this will take a little longer due to the demand for the download.

  1. Tap on General.
  2. Tap on Software Update.
  3. Tap on Learn More to see more about this update.
  4. Or, Tap on Download and Install to start.
  5. Enter your passcode.
  6. Agree to the terms and conditions twice.
  7. Wait for the iOS 14 download to complete.
  8. When prompted tap Install.

How to Download and Install iOS 14 from iTunes

If you are on macOS Mojave or Windows, you can install iOS 14 from iTunes. This requires the latest version of iTunes and for you to plug your phone in and install the update.

  1. Click on the iPhone or iPad icon in the upper left.
  2. Click on Check for Update.
  3. Click Download and Update.
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. When needed, enter your passcode on the iPhone.

This isn’t faster on its own, but when you do this during the first day or two it may be more reliable.

How to Download and Install iOS 14 from Finder

How to Install iOS 14 from Mac or PC.

Once you update to macOS Catalina, you can install the iOS 14 update on your Mac with Finder.

  1. Plug your iPhone in and open Finder
  2. Click on the iPhone or iPad icon on the left.
  3. Click on Check for Update.
  4. Click Download and Update.
  5. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. When needed, enter your passcode on the iPhone.

That’s all you need to do to install iOS 14 on your iPhone or iPadOS on your iPad. You can use any of these methods, and as long as you have a good backup you don’t need to worry about this process.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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How to Clean Install iOS 14 and Give Your iPhone New Life

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This is how to clean install iOS 14 on your iPhone and why you may want to go the extra step, especially if you are on an older iPhone.

If you are using an older iPhone that you’ve updated each year, you may want to give it a clean install and skip restoring from a backup. This can help with speed issues and other problems, and it may give you a new phone feel without upgrading to the iPhone 12.

After a few years, your iPhone may start to feel sluggish, but a clean install can give you a fresh start and extend the life of an old iPhone. If you plan to buy the iPhone 12 in October, this isn’t worth your time, but if you are keeping your old iPhone for another year or two, this is exactly what you’re looking for.

This takes longer than upgrading to iOS 14, but it can help you avoid some problems that come with an update.

How to Do a Clean iOS 14 Install

This is how to clean install iOS 14 on your iPhone.

The best way to do a clean install of iOS 14 is with your Mac or PC, which will erase it, install iOS 14 and then you can set it up as a new device. You can choose to restore a backup to your iPhone after you do a clean install, but the biggest benefit is starting from scratch.

Before you start on a clean iOS 14 install, you need to make sure you have a good backup just in case you need to use it. You’ll also want to make sure that your photos are backed up to iCloud Photo Library, Google Photos, or Amazon Photo Storage. Your contacts are likely already backed up to whatever email account you use or to iCloud but double-check that. We highly recommend making sure you have a good backup, even if you plan to do a completely clean install.

  1. Turn Off Find My iPhone. Go to Settings -> Your Name -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone -> Off.
  2. Open Finder
  3. Plug your iPhone or iPad in.
  4. Trust the computer when prompted.
  5. Click on your iPhone in Finder
  6. Choose Restore iPhone…
  7. Click Restore when it Pops up.

This process downloads iOS 14 to the computer, erases the device, and then installs iOS 14 from scratch. The best thing to do when your phone reboots is to set up as a new device. This will require you to manually sign in to your accounts and download apps. If you prefer, this is when you can choose to restore a backup, but keep in mind this won’t be the same as doing a full-on clean install.

It is possible to do this same thing on your phone without a computer. To do this, you will need to erase your iPhone and then once you set it up, you can install iOS 14. This takes a little while longer, but it works nicely.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Reset.
  4. Tap on Erase All Content and Settings.
  5. When asked, enter your passcode or Apple ID.

Remember, this erases your iPhone completely, and then you need to restore or set up as a new device. Make sure your photos are backed up.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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How to Fix Bad iOS 13 Battery Life

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Some iOS 13 users are reporting abnormal battery drain after moving from up from iOS 12. Battery life issues can be tricky to fix, but there are some steps you should take before getting in contact with customer service.

One of the issues plaguing iOS 13 users is faster-than-normal battery drain. Battery life issues are extremely common, particularly after new iOS releases, so the complaints don’t come as much of a surprise.

Some of the issues might be related to hardware, but many others are probably related to software. In a lot of cases, it’s probably a rogue app or bad habits causing the issues.

If you’re dealing with terrible battery drain, your first thought might be to downgrade to an older version of iOS 13. That’s certainly an option. That said, before you downgrade, you should try and alleviate the issues on your own.

This guide will take you through fixes for bad iOS 13 battery life. These fixes have worked for us in the past and there’s a good chance they’ll get your issues sorted in a matter of minutes.

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Restart Your Phone

The first thing you’ll want to do is restart your iPhone. Power it down, wait for a minute, and then power it back on. Often times, this will do the trick.

Update Your Phone

If your device is struggling, and there’s a new version of iOS 13 available, try updating to the latest version.

Apple probably won’t call out any battery life fixes in an update’s change log, but there’s always a chance new software does wonders for your device.

Before you install a new version of iOS 13, make sure you read reviews and dig into feedback about the update’s performance on your device.

Check Out Your Apps

If a restart doesn’t work and there isn’t an update available, check your applications.

Apps, particularly third-party applications, will sometimes act up after a new iOS operating system is released and there’s a very good chance it’s one of your apps causing the battery drain issues.

Checking app performance is easy and you might be able to single out a rogue app in a matter of minutes. Here’s how to do that:

  • Go to the Settings app.
  • Select Battery.
  • Head into the Battery Usage tool.

This tool will show you the apps eating up your iPhone’s battery life and when they’re doing so. If you’re using an app a lot, it will obviously drain your device’s battery. However, if you notice that an app you rarely use is eating up battery life, you’ll want to take a closer look.

If you see an app you rarely use chewing up battery life, try updating the application to the latest version. App developers are busy rolling out iOS 13 support updates and an update could restore order.

If it’s still acting up, try deleting the app and see if that returns things to normal.

Reset All Settings

If your apps aren’t the root of the issue, try resetting all of your settings. This will restore your settings to their factory defaults (so make sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy), but it could iron out your battery life issues. It has worked for us in the past.

Here’s how to reset your iPhone’s settings:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings.
  • Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.

Use Screen Time

iOS 13’s Screen Time feature could help you conserve battery while also eliminating bad habits.

Screen Time provides you with a set of controls that can help keep your addictive behavior in check. If you aren’t on your phone using your apps, you won’t be chewing through your battery life.

The feature lets you set limits on how long you can use a particular app on a given day. If you approach the threshold, it’ll give you a warning.

You can also set these alerts for kids and link them to a ScreenTime Allowance. This allows you to set limits on games, but keep important apps available.

Use Low Power Mode

iOS 13’s Low Power Mode helps you conserve battery life by shutting off services (Hey Siri, automatic downloads, and mail fetch) that could drain your battery.

You can turn Low Power Mode on and off any time you want and your device will also prompt you to turn it on whenever it reaches 20% battery.

If you haven’t done so already, add Low Power Mode to your Control Center. Control Center is the menu that pops up when you swipe up from the bottom or, if you’re using a newer iPhone model, from the top right of the screen. Here’s how to do that:

  • Head to Settings.
  • Tap Control Center.
  • Tap Customize Controls.
  • Tap the green plus sign next to Low Power Mode.

The next time you open up Control Center on your phone you’ll see a battery icon. Tap it to enable or disable Low Power Mode.

You can also turn Low Power Mode on via your Settings. Here’s how to do this:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Battery.
  • Tap Low Power Mode.
  • Toggle it On.

Turn On Optimized Battery Charging

iOS 13 brings a new feature called “Optimized Battery Charging” which will help reduce battery aging.

The feature learns from your daily charging routine and waits to finish charging your device to 100% until you need to use your phone.

In doing so, it will prevent your battery from sitting at maximum capacity and could extend the overall life of your iPhone’s battery.

In order to turn it on, head into General > Battery > Battery Health and toggle Optimized Battery Charging on.

Disable Widgets

If you don’t use widgets, try disabling them and see if battery life improves. Here’s how to disable widgets on iOS 13:

  • Swipe to the right while you’re on your device’s home screen.
  • Scroll all the way to bottom of your widgets and select Edit.

On this screen you should now see a list of your apps and services. These are your widgets and you might notice that some of them are active. To deactivate a widget:

  • Tap the red circle with the white line.
  • Tap Remove.

At first we recommend disabling the widgets you never use. (In some cases, that might be all of them.) If you still notice weird battery drain, return to this screen and go through them one-by-one or disable them all.

You can always turn your widgets back on if you discover they aren’t part of the issue.

Turn Off Raise to Wake

iOS’ Raise to Wake feature is handy, but turning it off could help you conserve battery.

If you don’t need your iPhone’s screen to automatically turn on whenever you pickup it up, go into the Settings app > Display & Brightness and turn the Raise to Wake function off.

Disable Vibrations

If your phone vibrates every time you get a message or phone call, and you don’t need it to, try turning the vibrations off. Turning them off will help your device use less power.

To turn off your iPhone’s vibrations:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Sounds.
  • Toggle Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent off.

You also need to go into each individual Sound and Vibration and make sure Vibration (which is located at the top of the screen) is set to “None”.

Use Wi-Fi Instead of Cellular

Using your iPhone while it’s connected to a cellular network can eat up battery. If you have a Wi-Fi network in your vicinity, connect to it. It could help you save battery.

Stop Background Refresh

Apple’s Background App Refresh refreshes apps in the background in order to show you the latest data when you open them. It’s a useful feature, but it can also eat away at battery life. If you don’t need it, try turning it off.

To disable the feature, you’ll need to:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Background App Refresh.
  • Turn it off for any applications you don’t use.

You can also turn it completely off if you don’t want to go through your apps one at a time.

Turn Off Fitness Tracking

Your iPhone features a motion co-processor that tracks your steps and other movements. If you use your phone for fitness-related activities, you’ll probably want to keep this feature on. If you don’t, try turning it off and see if that helps your battery life recover.

To do this, head into your Settings app and tap on Privacy. From there, select Motion & Fitness and toggle the Fitness Tracking function off.

You might also want to toggle off apps listed below Fitness Tracking in the menu. If you don’t notice any gains, you can always turn everything back on.

Turn Off Assistive Touch

If you’re currently using Assistive Touch on your iPhone, it might be one of the culprits. Turning it off might help your device conserve power.

If you don’t want or need Assistive Touch active on your phone, try turning it off. Here’s how to do this:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Accessibility.
  • Tap AssistiveTouch.
  • Toggle it to Off.

Downgrade

If you can’t fix the issue yourself, can’t wait for the next iOS update, and can’t or don’t want to get in touch with Apple customer service, you can try downgrading back to a previous version of iOS 13 (if available).

If you don’t know how to downgrade an iPhone, take a look at our walkthrough.

Install the iOS 14 Beta

If you’re desperate, you could try moving your iPhone to Apple’s iOS 14 beta. For more on how to do that, take a look at our guide.

Restore as New

You also might try restoring your device from a backup from your computer or via iCloud.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can try restoring the device as new. You can do this via Finder, iTunes, or iCloud.

Buy a Battery Case or Battery Bank

If you’re willing to spend some cash, think about investing in a battery case or battery bank.

If you don’t know where to start, have a look at our lists of the best iPhone XS casesbest iPhone X cases and best iPhone 8 cases. They’re good starting points.

We typically recommend going with a Mophie battery case, but Apple’s official battery cases are a very solid first-party alternative.

If you don’t want to use a bulky battery case with your iPhone, think about investing in a battery bank for emergencies.

Battery banks are small, portable power sources that can charge your iPhone multiple times. For instance, the RAVPower battery pack can provide six full iPhone charges before you need to charge it.

There are a lot of options out there, but the RAVPower, Mophie’s powerstation and the Anker Powercore 20100 are a few of our favorites.

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Install iOS 13.7 for Better Security

Install iOS 13.7 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.7 update.

iOS 13.7 doesn't have any known security patches on board. That said, if you skipped iOS 13.6 or an older version of iOS, you'll get security patches with your upgrade. 

iOS 13.6 had more than 20 patches for security issues on board which made it an extremely important update. If you skipped iOS 13.6, you get the patches with iOS 13.7. 

If you want to learn more about iOS 13.6's security patches, head on over to Apple's security site for more information.

If you skipped iOS 13.5.1, you get its security patch with your upgrade to iOS 13.7. You can read more about it on Apple's website. The patch is for an exploit used by jailbreak developers. 

If you skipped iOS 13.5, iOS 13.7 brings iOS 13.5's 41 new security patches with it. Apple's posted the details on its website and you can dig into the particulars if you're interested. 

Among them, patches for the company's Mail app, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, FaceTime, Messages, and Notifications.  

If you skipped the iOS 13.4 update, you'll get iOS 13.4's 28 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here

iOS 13.4 also brought several improvements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Apple's John Wilander outlined them in a blog post and it's worth checking out. 

Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.

Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air. 

Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October. 

So if you're running a really old version of iOS 13, you'll really want to move your device up to the newest version of iOS 13. 

If you skipped iOS 13.3.1, you get its patches with iOS 13.7.

The iOS 13.3.1 update included 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company's outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in. 

If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.7. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple's security page

The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser. 

If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here

iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.7 update. You can learn more right here

If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade to iOS 13.7. Read about those here.  

If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.7 update. 

iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 update brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.

In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.

You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.

iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data. 

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