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10 ingenious ways to save your iPhone battery

22 Jun 2017 11:54:11

“Wait, hold on my battery’s going...hello? Hello?”  

We’ve all been there - it’s an important call and we’re left talking to a dead phone and scrabbling to find a charger. Or just when you want to take amazing photo, the screen goes dark. iPhones are extremely convenient, multi-functional devices, but they don’t half eat up battery power.

These 10 tricks will help you prolong your iPhone battery life, so that you can use it for more time during the day.



Find out what’s draining your battery


There are lots of little things you can do to stop wasting your battery, but if you really want to be sure why your iPhone keeps running out of juice, go to Settings / Battery. 


You can see exactly which apps and features are eating up power, broken down in percentages. In this case, Pokémon Go is clearly a big culprit!


An added bonus is that you can see what’s been taking the most power over the last 24 hours and 7 days, giving you the chance to make informed decisions about how to adapt your settings and improve your battery life. 




Use auto-brightness



Overly bright screens drain batteries. In a pinch, you can tap Settings / Display & Brightness and turn that right down for a few more minutes of use. However, for day-to-day use, you should really always have “auto-brightness” selected. 


This will use the phone’s light sensor to ensure your screen is always displayed at the optimum level of brightness - whether you are inside or out. You can then be sure that you’re not waiting valuable battery for no good reason.




Reduce motion, increase battery life



The iPhone 7’s groovy, yet battery-draining background motion feature can be controlled from the settings menu too. The app icons float just above the background image, giving you a nice feeling of depth and movement. It’s a nice design effect, and it makes your user experience run smoothly.


Go to your iPhone 7 Settings, tap General, then Accessibility,  Reduce Motion. You can then tap “reduce motion” on to save your battery. You’ll only want to do this temporarily though, because the phone feels like it lags a little with this setting on.




Forget dynamic backgrounds



Again, dynamic backgrounds look nice, but don’t really improve our lives very much. A moving image takes up move processing power (and therefore more battery life) than a still image. 


If you have selected a Dynamic Background, you can replace it with a static image very easily. Go to Settings / Wallpaper and change from there. You’ll see a slight increase in battery life, and zero decrease in usability - it’s win-win. 




GPS and location services



Your iPhone always knows where it is, thanks to its inbuilt GPS system. Of course, beaming your location up to satellites uses a fair bit of battery life. If you turn this off, you’ll have to rely on your own sense of direction, but you will certainly get to spend more quality time with Siri.


Do this by tapping Settings / Privacy / Location Services and then turn the slider to the off (white) position.




Turn off fetch new data to save power



Your iPhone is great at sending and receiving information over your wifi or 4G data network. This data connection eats up power though, so if you use it more sparingly, you can increase your battery life. 


Go to Settings / Mail / Accounts  / Fetch New Data  /  Push and turn the option off. 


Be aware that if you do this, you’ll have to manually check your email. This might be good for your productivity though, because we all know how time consuming and distracting email notifications can be.




Don’t auto-upload your photos to the cloud 



The cloud is an easy, convenient, yet power-hungry way to store and share data. Every time you snap a photo or take a selfie your phone will connect to the internet and upload the file. That’s great when you want to access it on another device later, but it also puts a strain on your iPhone’s battery.


Avoid this and turn of auto-uploads to the cloud by tapping Settings / Photos & Camera / My Photo Stream and then adjust the slider.




Use sound alerts only to save on juice 



Most phones have a vibrate function, and your iPhone is no exception. As you might expect, a vibrating phone uses more power than one that that just makes a sound to alert you to a call, email, or text. 


Simply go to Settings  / Sounds & Haptics / Vibrate on Ring and deselect the vibrate option. The extra battery you save could add up to a lot of extra screen time over the day.





Turn off your data networks 



When you’re at home or in the office, you’re probably connected to your own WIFI network. Connecting to WIFI uses less power, as your phones isn’t investing valuable battery life into searching for signals. When you’re out and about, however, free WIFI is far more sporadic, so your phone will generally connect to 3G or 4G data networks, sapping your phone of energy.


If you can stand being without the internet for a while, go to Settings / Mobile Data  and slide the data option to off.




Don’t choose automatic updates



When you’re in the countryside, with a flat tyre and 4% battery left on your phone, the last thing you want it to do is update Twitter.


To avoid battery-killing automatic updates, tap Settings / Select iTunes & App Store /  Automatic Downloads and turn off the option.


You can always turn it back on when you’re at home, within easy reaching distance of a plug socket and charger.


Bonus tip!

If you need to charge your phone quickly, turn the brightness level down (as explained in tip #2) and set your phone to flight mode - you can find that in the General Settings. While you won’t be able to make or receive any calls, or access the internet, your phone will charge noticeably faster, which could be extremely handy if you find yourself in a rush, and without much battery life.



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Posted in Bright Ideas By

Sam Cox