I learned my lesson about writing about Apple Genius Bar employees after nearly costing a friend his job, by merely reporting about how Apple rescued John Stewart’s laptop. Apple’s PR machine is tight-lipped, to say the least, and was apparently rather displeased to have it known that any Apple laptop had malfunctioned, let alone the one that held the prized digital photos of the host of The Daily Show.
However, I occasionally find it useful to grab tidbits of what Apple Genius Bar employees say (here’s another example) so long as I don’t identify them by name or branch, which is how I put together this latest tip.
Apple’s iPhone is capable of multitasking, or running several apps at once. Most of these apps don’t do much in the background, although if your phone is running slow, you might try killing those processes manually. To do that, you double-tap the Home button to bring up the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. In the taskbar, you can tap and hold the screen until the app icons start jiggling, and then X out the ones you don’t want to run in the background.
An Apple Genius Bar employee recommended going one step further, if your phone is running sluggishly: Just restart it, the same way you would a computer that’s been on for too long.
You probably know how to restart your iPhone already, but in case you don’t, it’s simple: Just press the Home (on the front near the bottom) and Back (on the top edge to the right) buttons simultaneously. That shuts the phone down. Then you just turn it back on again by holding down both buttons.
According to this anonymous Apple Genius Bar employee, doing this once per day — as he or she told us he or she does — will keep your iPhone running fast, although practically speaking, we’d just recommend giving it a shot once in a while if you notice sluggishness.
And… that’s it. (Simplest tutorial ever.)