Consulting tips

FaceTime HD Calls

Thanks to 5G, you can perform FaceTime video calls in 1080p HD on your iPhone 13. Go to Settings > Cellular > Data Mode and select Allow More Data on 5G  to FaceTime in HD over 5G. You can also do enjoy FaceTime HD calls on Wi-Fi.

Install iOS Updates Over 5G

Another benefit of 5G connectivity on the iPhone 13 series is that you can download iOS updates over 5G. To enable that, head over to Settings > Cellular > Data Mode and select Allow More Data on 5G.

Get a MagSafe Charger

If you prefer to charge your iPhone 13 wirelessly, get a MagSafe charger. This is because MagSafe chargers can wirelessly charge the iPhone 13 series at up to 15W speeds, notably faster than the 7.5W maximum charging speed of regular wireless chargers.

Buy 20W USB-C Power Adapter

Your iPhone 13 does not come with a charging adapter, but it sure comes with a Lightning to USB-C cable for fast charging. So, consider grabbing a power adapter with a rating of 20W or higher instead of sticking to your old 5-10W charger. That way, you’ll be able to fast charge your iPhone from 0-50 percent in just 30 minutes.

Restrict 5G

Smart Data Mode aside, you can also restrict your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro from using 5G (except during video streaming) by turning on Low Power Mode. Head into Settings > Battery to turn it on. Alternatively, you can tap the Low Data Mode icon within the Control Center to turn it on.

Manage Smart Data Mode

5G is amazing. But it can also ding your iPhone’s battery life. To make that less of an issue, your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro features Smart Data Mode, a functionality that switches between 5G and 4G depending on network activity. For example, you won’t need 5G while scrolling down your Twitter and Facebook timelines. Smart Data Mode will make your iPhone use 4G in those instances. But if you choose to download a video on Apple TV, your iPhone 13 Pro automatically takes advantage of faster 5G. You can manage Smart Data Mode via Settings > Cellular > Voice & Data. Select 5G Auto to enable Smart Data Mode or 5G On to disable the functionality — the latter setting will force your iPhone to use 5G all the time but may end up draining your battery.

Understand 5G Icons

The iPhone 13 series comes with improved 5G connectivity over the iPhone 12. That allows for incredible download and upload speeds of up to 4.0 Gbps and 200 Mbps, respectively. With that comes three different status icons that you may want to keep an eye out on — 5G, 5G+, 5GUW, and 5G UC. 5G — Indicated normal 5G network availability. 5G+ / 5GUW / 5G UC—  Indicated faster high-frequency 5G network availability.

Shoot Videos in Dolby Vision

The iPhone 12 was the first smartphone in the world last year to allow shooting videos in Dolby Vision. However, the non-Pro models were limited to 4K30fps. There’s no such limitation this time around, so if you have the iPhone 13 mini or iPhone 13, you can now shoot stunning 4k60fps Dolby Vision videos and edit them straight off your iPhone. Follow our guide on how to record Dolby Vision HDR videos on your iPhone.

Transfer Data from iPhone

If you are coming in from an older iPhone, don’t forget to transfer your data first. That way, you get to avoid having to set up your iPhone 13 or iPhone1312 Pro from scratch. While you can do that over iCloud, a faster way is to transfer your data directly from your previous iPhone (if you still have it at hand). Check out our guide on how to transfer data from your old iPhone to iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro.

Turn off iCloud Private Relay for Wi-Fi

If you notice a major dip in data network speed following the iOS 15 update, you need to disable iCloud Private Relay for the Home/Work Wi-Fi. Simply open the Settings app on the iPhone, navigate to Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi network, and turn off iCloud Private Relay from the following menu.