Have you ever had an iPhone with a battery that keeps dying? When we first bought our iPhone, the battery lasted over a day, and now, it barely makes it three or four hours without needing to be plugged in. While it’s pretty common that a phone’s battery power would decrease over time, it still doesn’t change the fact that it’s extremely frustrating.
Our frustration inspired us to do some research into the issue and what we found is that there are all sorts of things you can do to make your iPhone battery last longer.
The video below gives step by step instructions.
While you can’t exactly fix a broken battery, you can control how fast you drain the little charge it does hold. Next time you are trying to conserve your power, feel free to try out some of these 12 battery saving tips from the Payette Forward YouTube Channel and see what happens. You might be surprised by just how big of a difference they make.
1. Change push mail to fetch.
Push mail maintains a constant connection to the mail server which can affect your battery. If you change it to fetch, it will only check for new mail when you want it to. You can find the setting for this by going to Accounts & Passwords, then clicking on the Fetch New Data tab.
2. Turn off location services.
Location services manage the GPS function of your phone. It can be found in the Privacy section of settings. You can either turn it off for the whole phone or simply change permissions for individual apps. The fewer apps that are running location services at any given time, the less your battery will be drained.
3. Disable product improvement services.
Under the System Services section of settings, you will see a category called Product Improvement. All it does is regularly send data to Apple so they can improve their products. However, product improvement services don’t actually help you as a user at all. They just hurt your phone’s battery life.
4. Stop sending analytics.
In the same way that product improvement doesn’t help the users, neither does sending Apple data about your usage patterns. Under the Analytics tab of your Privacy settings, disable all of the different options.
5. Close apps running in the background.
At any given time, you probably have dozens of apps on your iPhone that are running. While they aren’t technically supposed to drain your phone battery when you aren’t specifically using them, the reality is that they do. Close them all out and only leave the apps open that you are currently using.
6. Adjust your notification settings.
Some notifications are very useful, however, there are a lot of apps that you probably don’t need to have them turned on. Navigate to Notifications under settings and turn off all of the ones that you don’t really care about.
7. Get rid of some widgets.
Widgets are the little apps on your iPhone that pop up and give you snippets of information occasionally — things like traffic patterns and weather reports. Swipe right on your home screen a few times to arrive at the widgets menu. Then click the circular edit button to make changes. Eliminate the ones you aren’t interested in.
8. Restart your iPhone once per week.
If you think about it, an iPhone is basically a mini-computer. It’s important to turn your iPhone off occasionally to allow the software to reboot. Otherwise, the various processes that are running can start to add up and mess up your quest for a longer battery life.
9. Turn off background app refresh.
The background app refresh feature allows your various apps to download new content and information even when you aren’t using them. This can pose a problem for battery life. Go to the Background App Refresh tab under General settings and pick and choose the ones that you need.
10. Keep your iPhone cool.
You want to keep it cool, but not too cool. The iPhone functions best if you keep it at a temperature between 32°F and 95°F. Extreme heat can permanently damage your phone’s battery. If it is too cold, you won’t cause permanent damage but your battery will go down much faster than normal.
11. Make sure auto-lock is switched to on.
Auto-lock is the feature that locks your screen after a certain amount of inactivity. If you have it turned off, your phone screen can potentially stay on forever — even if it is in your purse and not being used. That is definitely not what you want when trying to save battery. We recommend setting auto-lock to two minutes.
12. Turn on reduce motion.
The iPhone includes all sorts of animations to make its functions visually appealing. However, any graphic-heavy actions can also be battery intensive. Turn on reduce motion to get rid of these. You can find the setting for it by navigating to General, then Accessibility.
If you have tried all of these tips and you are still having battery problems, unfortunately, it might not be a software issue. You might have to actually replace your battery to keep it from dying so quick. Although, that should definitely be a last resort.
With any luck, the above strategies will help to increase your battery life to a duration you can work with. While it might take some limiting of your notifications and data-intensive app activities to accomplish the battery savings, you will find that in most cases, it is well worth it.
Watch the video from Payette Forward below to see demonstrations of all of these battery-saving tips.
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