How To Video: Make your old iPhone run like new
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How To Video: Make your old iPhone run like new

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Want to make your iPhone 4 run like an iPhone 5? Donald Bell has some easy tips.

-Old iPhone got you down? Convinced that your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S gets slower with each passing day? I'm Donald Bell for CNET.com, and today, I'm gonna show you a few tricks to get your old iPhone running like new. The first thing we're gonna wanna do here is clean house and take out the garbage that you've built up on this phone over the years. To get a sense of what's on here, go to "Settings" then "General" and "Usage." You'll see a list of all the apps on your phone listed by the amount of space they're taking up. I once had 3 gigabytes of podcast stored on my phone and I had no idea. But from this page, you can take action pretty easily. Just tap on the offending app and then delete it. You can't delete iOS apps like music or photos or passbook, but chances are you can find a handful of games that you never play and you can give them a boot. Next, let's clean out your web browser. Go back in the "Settings" then "Safari" and you'll see an option to clear your browser history and clear cookies and data. Doing both will probably knock out some cobwebs. Now, for the final punch, let's reset the phone. This isn't going to erase anything. Your apps, your e-mail, your contacts, all of your content will stay exactly as it is. It just takes your system settings like screen brightness and phone volume and puts them back into original state. To do this, head over to "Settings" then "General," "Reset," and select "Reset All Settings." Do not tap "Erase All Content and Settings." What you want here is to tap one, "Reset." Now, you'll be given two warnings just to make sure you mean business and then your phone will reboot with a happier attitude towards life. I should also mention that the home button on some older iPhones can become a little sluggish over time. Our own Sharon Vaknin has four tips for fixing that, which you can find over at CNET How-To. One easy tip worth trying though is to calibrate the home button by holding down the sleep button, waiting for the shutdown screen to appear and then holding down the home button until the phone resets. Finally, treat your old iPhone to a little makeover. Take it out of its case, clean it with a soft cloth, maybe whisper some little words of encouragement. Don't spray with any chemicals even if it looks like it just came from the bottom of your boot. Just find a nice shammy and give it a good polish. Now, for the finishing touch, treat yourself to a new case. These things can be had for pennies now and they really go a long way to make your phone feel new. So, there you go, those are my best tips for breathing new life into your old iPhone. For more like this, check out howto.cnet.com. I'm Donald Bell. Thanks for watching.
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