Want to eke more juice from your iPhone? Here's 11 indispensible tips that'll help you get more smartphone streaming, browsing and viewing per charge...
Smartphones are as big a part of our daily lives as they have ever been, and whilst each iteration of the next flagship smartphone inevitably comes with a truckload of new technology to help you manage your days and live life to the fullest, all those high-tech components can take a toll on our day-to-day battery life.
Batteries are tricky, but Apple’s done some amazing work to improve battery performance with each iteration of the iPhone. But did you know that there are lots of things you can do to make sure you get the best out of your iPhone battery?
1. Manage your display
Take a look at that Retina display. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? But did you know the brighter it is, the faster your battery drains?. First up, go to Settings > General > Auto-lock and set a short auto-lock timer, so that your screen turns itself off quickly after you’re done with it. Also, your iPhone will default to ‘Auto-brightness’ – turn that off and turn the screen brightness right down until you really need it higher.
2. App notifications
Chances are you’ve downloaded a lot of apps since your iPhone first graced your pocket. And we reckon a fair few of those still send you push notifications right? Do you really need those? Look at it this way – every push notification you get costs you some of your battery, so the more you turn off, the more likely you are to still have your phone on at the end of the day. Head over to Settings > Notification Centre to tell iOS which apps you want notifications from.
3. Shut down apps
In fact, a lot of those apps you can probably shut down altogether. Modern day phones are powerful enough to run loads and loads of apps simultaneously, and whilst that’s very clever, it’s probably not necessary for you most of the time. If you’ve opened an app for one-time use, it’s probably still running in the background – albeit in a semi-dormant state – and leeching off your power. Go to Settings > General > Background App refresh and shut down everything you don’t need, particularly social networks if you can live without their updates when you’re not actually in them – they’re big power hogs.
4. Get your email manually
The above point is especially true of your email. Generally speaking, if you receive a lot of emails during the day, it’s far more battery efficient to turn off your notifications for email and check your inbox manually instead. You do have multiple options here though – you can turn off push notifications in favour of ‘fetch’ email, where your phone will refresh your inbox at regular intervals, or just turn it all off and check in whenever you feel the need. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars to alter your email options.
5. Get your software updates
Lots of the major software updates for iOS will actually improve your battery life with little tweaks to performance, so it really pays to stay on top of your upgrades. That said, you don’t want to get caught updating when you’re low on battery/away from decent Wi-Fi. Best to go to Settings > iTunes & App Store and turn off the automatic downloads setting. You can look for updates manually in the General tab of your iPhone’s settings.
6. Keep it silent
This seems obvious, but if your phone is vibrating for every Facebook message, email and WhatsApp you get, that’s a fair bit of power you’re spending on the motor alone. If you don’t want to turn off all your notifications, you can at least set them to silent – along with your text and call tones – to preserve a bit of juice in the long run.
7. Keep it cool
Here’s a newsflash for you: batteries operate much more efficiently when they’re cool. That’s not always easy with modern-day smartphones as they tend to warm up under intensive use, but there are things you can do to help. If you’ve escaped the office for lunch in the beer garden, don’t leave your phone in the sun. And try and give your phone a break from anything intensive every now and again, so it has a chance to cool off a bit.
8. Battery cases
Yes, these are a bit clunky, and they might hamper the svelte good looks of your iPhone, but if you’re determined not to make compromises when you use your phone, you’re going to want to consider a battery case. There are lots of excellent battery cases out there for every iPhone model that’ll each double your daily battery life, or you can get individual spare battery packs that’ll sit quietly in your bag for when you need an emergency charge.
9. Turn off location tracking
GPS is a big drain on your battery. Whenever you use it, your phone has to muster up the energy to ping a signal off the nearest Global Positioning Satellite, and that takes some serious power, especially when there’s cloud cover or if you’re deep indoors. Go into Settings > Privacy > Location Services to turn all your location tracking off, and you’ll notice a big difference in your battery life.
10. Turn off iCloud syncing
Another obvious one, but again – automatic iCloud syncing will use your mobile internet connection whenever it likes, and use lots of power in the process. You can turn this off in Settings > iCloud, or set it to only update when the phone is charging, which seems sensible to us.
11. Turn off Siri’s shortcuts
By default, Siri is constantly monitoring your phone’s sensors and microphone to see if you’re asking him or her a question, but you can turn these off to save a bit of power, too. Go to Settings > General > Siri to power him or her down a bit.
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