The iPhone is an amazing device. It has paved the way for combining groundbreaking technology with a beautiful sense of design. But there’s one thing about the device that has always been a little lacking – the battery life.
If you’re one of those people that races through your battery life in a matter of a few hours, then there are a few things you can do to ensure that it lasts a little longer – in fact, by following these tips, you could even double your battery life.
1. TURN YOUR DEVICE ON LOW POWER MODE
Low Power Mode essentially turns off features like mail fetch and certain Siri functions. It’s a quick way to turn off a number of things that you could switch off manually, lowers processor speed, and in effect will significantly improve battery life. Of course, if you prefer to keep control over what stays on and what turns off, you could read on and do things separately instead. Remember Only iOS 9 users can use low power mode.
To turn on Low Power Mode, head to…
- Switch on Low Power Mode.
2. TURN DOWN YOUR DEVICE’S VOLUME
This one could be particularly helpful if you listen to a lot of music. The more volume you’re using, the more power that is used – it’s as simple as that. Hence, if you’re running low on juice, turn the volume as low as you can tolerate it.
3. TURN OFF SIRI
Well, maybe not Siri in general, but Siri’s new “Hey, Siri” always listening feature. Because of the fact that this feature continuously monitors and analyzes noise to see if it’s being summoned, the device is continuously using power, just to keep the personal assistant going. If you turn it off, you’ll still be able to use Siri, you just won’t be able to summon her by saying “Hey, Siri.”
To turn off the Hey Siri always listening assistant, head to…
- and then turn Allow “Hey Siri” off.
4. TURN OFF BACKGROUND APP REFRESH
Apps that refresh in the background also take up power in processing their updates and refreshes, and chances are you don’t need all of them to be doing that, especially if you’re running low on power. To disable background app refreshes for certain apps, simply head to…
- Background App Refresh
- Disable the apps you don’t need to refresh constantly.
5. TURN OFF PUSH NOTIFICATIONS
A number of apps on your phone will be sending notifications to you when you don’t really need them to. This takes up battery power in a similar way that background refreshes do. To turn off these notifications, you can simply head to your settings.
6. REDUCE SCREEN BRIGHTNESS
This one can be very important, especially because the display is where most of your battery is going. Reducing the brightness means that the backlight doesn’t need to work as hard, using less power. Turning off auto brightness is the first step. To do this, simply head to…
- Wallpaper & Brightness
- Then turn Auto-Brightness off.
- Set the brightness level to the lowest as you can handle.
7. TURN OFF AUTOMATIC DOWNLOADS
When an update is available for an app, it is most often automatically downloaded and updated. This, of course, means your device has to download the new app, then process an update, which isn’t a small task. To turn off automatic updates, go to
- iTunes & App Store
- Then simply turn off the Automatic Download option.
8. TURN YOUR DEVICE ON AIRPLANE MODE
This one really is a last option, as when your device is on airplane mode it won’t be able to connect to the internet or even take calls. Despite this, if you’re in a patch of bad reception or know you won’t need to take any calls for a while, then this could save a lot of battery power.
9. CHECK YOUR DEVICE FOR UPDATES
Okay, in the short term this might not be the best option, but to help your device last as long as possible, making sure that it has the latest update is very important. Apple is always revising how apps and the operating system use battery life, and as such using the latest update can greatly improve how long your device can last.
10. USE AN ELLIPSYS
A long term solution, many claims that its new external battery case can help your device last an extra 25 hours. That’s not bad. The case costs $99, seems to add some extra bulk to your phone and doesn't provide the necessary protection but could be a solution. I recently just got what is called an Ellipsys, it is a wristband that charges your phone. It has totally freed up my pockets from my bulky phone chargers. Definitely worth checking out go to www.venzo.us to get an Ellipsys for yourself. It frees up your phone, provides the extra battery when you need it for a mobile lifestyle.