12 Tips to improve your iPhone battery
Ever gone out for the night and in your hurry to get ready forgot to charge your phone? You'll most likely be spending the rest of the night either avoiding your phone out of fear of draining the battery, or it will eventually die on you. With so much of our world revolving around our iPhone's, it's a legitimate worry for us all.
Here are 12 simple steps you can take to make your iPhone battery last longer:
Find which apps are draining the most battery!
Its pretty easy to do this, just go to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Battery Usage and check which apps are using your battery. You can make adjustments as necessary with how much you're using certain apps and if you don't need one, just delete it.
Cut down on notifications on your lock screen
While lock screen notifications are helpful, they also drain your battery life quickly. If you're getting notifications that you don't need, improve your iPhone battery by getting rid of them by heading to Settings -> Notifications.
- Turn fitness tracking off
This feature connects with Apple's health app, but if you're not using it, it's a better idea to turn it off. You can turn fitness tracking off by going to Settings -> Privacy -> Motion & Fitness and sliding the Fitness Tracking ticker to off.
- Turn screen brightness down
This should be the first thing you change if you have low battery. Just swipe up from the bottom of your home screen and adjust the slider as you need. Lowering brightness will make your battery last longer!
- Get Rid of Automatic app updating
This setting allows your iPhone to automatically update apps whenever you're connected to Wi-Fi. Although this is pretty useful, if you're worrying about running out of battery it's better to turn it off. To do so, go to Settings -> iTunes & App Store and set the slider for Updates to off.
- Switch off Frequent Locations
This feature allows you to track the locations and places you most go to. However the constant location data that it collects will deplete your battery. To turn it off, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> System Services -> Frequent Locations.
- Change out that dynamic moving wallpaper
Apple added the support for moving backgrounds in iOS 7. These images have an interesting effect but really run down your iPhone battery. Simply change them to a still wallpaper to cut down on the battery usage.
- Turn off Bluetooth
If you see your battery life draining quicker than normal, check to see if Bluetooth is on. Simply swipe up from the bottom of your phone and make sure the Bluetooth icon is off.
- Changing to "fetch" mode for email
Unless you've changed to fetch already, your iPhone automatically gets updates from your email. What "fetch" does is it causes your phone to only fetch new emails every once in awhile. To change this, navigate to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Fetch New Data and change it to fetch.
- Turn off background refreshing
This feature refreshes an app whenever you're connected to Wi-Fi to keep you up to date as much as possible. To turn this off, head to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh.
- Use native apps when possible
While there are plenty of apps to choose from, Apple's native apps are optimized to use less power. Using these can cut down on your iPhone's battery strain.
- Check for idle apps
Checking for apps in the background of your iPhone that are idling is a great idea if your battery is running low. Most battery draining apps use location data, to see if your location is being used, check for the GPS symbol (the one that looks like an arrow) in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
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