I’ve noticed that lately I seem to be forever plugging my iPhone in to charge. As well as being rather inconvenient, it’s really annoying, so I decided to hunt for ways to make my iPhone battery last longer. Some of them are pretty obvious but others had never occurred to me and a few I had no idea made a difference. So I thought instead of keeping my findings all to myself, I’d share them with you, then maybe together we can all go more than a day without charging our flipping phones.
I’ll get the obvious one out of the way first:
1. Your Screen Is Too Bright
If you go to Settings>Wallpapers & Brightness, you can turn down the brightness of your screen. At the same time you can toggle off Auto Brightness. You are now on your way to a longer battery life.
2. Limit Your Location Services
You’d be surprised at how many apps use GPS for your location and although it can be a useful feature, it also drains your battery, which is pointless when you consider that it is not essential for every app. So do yourself a favour and switch it off.
Go to Settings > Privacy > Location services and toggle off location services.
3. Set Your Phone To Fetch Less Frequently
Your iPhone will regularly check for updates to mail, contacts and the calender but all these takes drain your battery so you can either set your iPhone to fetch less frequently or fetch manually yourself; it depends how much battery you want to save.
4. Close Or Delete Apps You Aren’t Using
You may or may not realise that apps stay open after use, even when you return to the home screen. To close an app you need to double click on the home button, then swipe the app upwards to discard it. On the other hand if you want to delete it permenantly, then hold down on the app until it begins to wobble, then delete. Easy!
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5. Utilize Airplane Mode
If you don’t need to use the internet or you are in area with low-coverage, then switch on the airplane mode by swiping up from the home screen to bring up the control centre. Then just click on the little plane icon and away you go.
6. Use WiFi Correctly
Whenever possible use a wi-fi network because otherwise apps and services will use your GPS location and as we learnt before GPS drains your battery.
7. Spotlight Search
This is something I never even knew about! If you go to Settings>General>Spotlight Search, you can select or deselect. You probably don’t use all of them so just untick the ones you don’t need.
8. Turn Off Airdrop
The Airdrop feature was new for iOS7 and allows you to share info with other devices. If you don’t turn it off then it is always searching for a device to link with. You can toggle it off by swiping up from the home screen, tapping on Airdrop and then selecting off.
9. Reduce The Number Of Push Notifications
Your iPhone will alert you to notifications or updates with a ping. By reducing how many apps are set to have a push notification, you can reduce how much battery life they use.
10. Switch Off Automatic Downloads
Although this is a great feature for automatically receiving downloads you’ve purchased on other devices, it doesn’t half drain your battery. To switch it off, go to Settings>iTunes & App Store, then toggle off the ones you don’t want to automatically update.
Of course the ultimate way to save your battery would be to just use your iPhone less – but where’s the fun it that?!
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