The most common pitfall of any smartphone is the need to regularly re-charge battery power…often during inconvenient moments. Rather than risk having to plug in at a time when you need your phone the most, simply take certain active steps to proactively preserve as much battery life as you can in advance.
Battery life on our iPhones is something all users struggle with. As the kids say these days…the struggle is real. Increased functionality and ways in which we use our iPhones are expanding everyday, which naturally means we are using these gadgets more and more. Carrying around a charger or even a battery boosting case has become standard for many heavy phone users. At this point it seems to be a generally accepted practice that when a charger or power source is nearby, you may as well take advantage of the situation and charge up. Even with the increased battery life of the iPhone 6, conserving battery juice is still somewhat of a pain in the neck.
What many iPhone users do not often realize though, is that there are certain settings that can affect how much battery life is being used and how often you need to charge up. Below are a few of these tips and techniques that you can take advantage of today to start making the most of your iPhone’s battery life.
Learn Your Weakness
One of the things we love most about our iPhones is the versatility. Not everyone uses their devices for the same purposes or functions…and not everyone uses the same applications to perform similar functions. Luckily you can view what applications you are using most and determine where your battery life is going. Simply tap Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage. You may learn that certain apps are particularly draining even though you hardly ever use them.
Close Your Apps
This one is pretty simple and is a tip most iPhone users are aware of since it is not new to the new iPhone or iOS 8. Basically when you open an app and exit out of it, it doesn’t officially close. It is still running in the “background” which draws from battery life. When you know you are not going to use a particular app in the near future it’s probably wise to officially close it. Simply double press the home button from your main screen. You’ll notice the view changes so that you can easily swipe horizontally from app to app. Simply swipe up on the app you want to close and voila! I try to make this a habit at least once a day. Most people are usually surprised to see how many apps they have open and idle at any given time.
Turn this feature on! Autobrightness automatically adjusts the brightness of your screen based on the amount of available ambient light. In other words, the screen gets brighter when you are in darker places and darker when in lighter places. Unless you avoid sunlight and exclusively like to be in dark places this will conserve battery life.
Disable Ask to Join Networks
When Ask to Join Networks is activated your phone is constantly looking for an active Wi-Fi signal nearby to join. Once it finds one a prompt pops up on the screen asking if you would like to join the network that was detected. Disable this function and simply manually add new Wi-Fi networks yourself when you know you are near a new one that you want to join. Don’t worry, even when this feature is disabled your phone will still automatically get you onto your regular Wi-Fi signals that your phone recognizes, like your home or office.
Avoid Using Dynamic Wallpaper
Apple has taken the liberty of automatically including certain dynamic wallpapers in the list of available wallpapers for users to choose from. Unlike normal stationary wallpaper images, dynamic wallpapers consist of very cool movable, semi-animated graphics that alter and change as the screen is unlocked. While a very impressive effect that adds to the phone’s “wow factor,” these dynamic wallpapers draw on dramatically more battery life than their simple, stationary counterparts.
Managing Mobile Network Connection
Battery life can change dramatically when you move locations. The signal strength of any mobile network varies from one location to another. When the signal is strong, your phone’s mobile radio does not need to do much work to find the mobile network. On the other hand, when the signal is weak, the mobile radio works overtime, and that will drain your phone’s battery faster. If you’re in a new location and your battery seems to be draining faster than usual, switch your phone to Airplane Mode if you don’t need to be in contact.
Shorten “Auto-Lock” Time
The amount of time it takes for your phone to lock when not being used is adjustable. The shorter the amount of time it takes for the phone to lock the less time spent with the screen illuminated…ergo less battery life used. Pretty simple.
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- Better Battery Life And Faster Charging: 11 Tricks For The iPhone 6, Forbes
- 7 Ways to Preserve Your Battery Life on iOS 8, Mashable