If you're one of the 90 million people using an iPhone in the United States, you're probably familiar with the device's most annoying quirk — the quick draining battery.
Honestly, you're not imagining it: Apple publicly acknowledged it was intentionally slowing down older iPhone models. Because who really needs a long-lasting battery?
Ok, we all do. But what we all don't need is to spend $1,300 on the newest model just to ensure we get the battery life we all deserve. So, here are a few tips to get your older iPhone to feel — and function — like a brand new one:
Make the case multifunctional
Upgrade your phone with a new case that's both stylish and multifunctional. There are countless cases available than can turn your phone into a wallet, a tablet and more. Just be sure to find one with raised corners and waterproof, if possible. It wouldn't hurt to invest in a shatterproof screen cover, as well.
Bring that battery back to life
Let's face it: A priority should be keeping your battery charged. A charged battery is the single most important aspect of using your phone, but who really wants to wait hours for a dead battery to come back to life? The ZUS Qualcomm Quick Charge Edition is twice as fast as the average car charger is the only car charger to meet U.S. Military Standard (MIL-STD-810G). It's also incredibly easy to use and signals when your device is ready for use.
Upgrade your camera
Level up your photography game with a couple easy hacks, like this camera lens kit. Simply attach the lens to your phone's current lens and use the macro, wide-angle and other settings to take better and brighter photos.
A detachable light can also improve your selfies, if that's what you're into. The Criacr Selfie LED Camera Light is compatible with all iPhone models and offers white, warm and mixed light options.
Finally, a sturdy tripod can make all the difference when it comes to landscape photography or time-lapse videos. Look for one that gives you freedom to adjust the leg length and position, like the JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Stand.
Make it impossible to lose
iPhones and keys have a tendency to go missing, particularly when you need them the most. A discreet tracker like Nonda's key finder can turn your phone into your own personal tracker. It has a range up to 150 feet and emits a ring 50 percent louder than other trackers. Plus the battery lasts for a whole year and is easy to replace. Have a smart speaker? You can even ask it to find your keys and phone for you.
Get professional-grade headphones
Having an older iPhone model doesn't mean you have to settle for mediocre sound. Transport yourself with a pair of Bluetooth, noise-canceling headphones like this Sony set. If earbuds are more your style, consider Zolo's Liberty Series, which have no wires and come with Graphene-Enhanced Sound.
You can also adjust some internal settings or download equalizer apps to increase the sound quality directly on your phone.