If you are like most people you use your iPhone to… well do just about everything. You use it for work, fun, staying connected to friends and hundreds of other purposes now available via apps. But all this phone use has a price: it is difficult to keep the phone charged all day. You will see people carrying around mobile charging sticks because there battery life simply doesn’t last more than a few hours.
What is a busy iPhone-user to do?
Well if you have iOS9, you can switch your iPhone to low power mode. But if you if you don’t have the latest software update, you can try these three tips:
1. Keep Your Applications from Constantly Running
There are many applications which run in the background that you probably aren’t using regularly throughout the day. These apps can use up your battery power, making it drain much faster than it would otherwise.
You can disable these apps from running in the background by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. This lets you unselect the apps you don’t want running in the background.
If you are not sure which apps are using the most power, the iPhone has a way to look into this. Go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage. You will see which apps are the biggest energy wasters, and cutting these out if possible is one of the best ways to begin saving battery life.
2. Use WiFi Whenever Possible
You might think that using WiFi instead of 3G doesn’t make that much of a difference, but it does. You notice this the most when you are struggling to get a signal. When there is no connection available, your phone will continuously search for a network to connect to. This constant searching eats up battery life quickly, demonstrating what an energy-sucker 3G really is. Go to the Control Centre and tap the WiFi button to access settings which will let you turn off this feature.
3. Disable Location Sharing and GPS Tracking
Smartphones take advantage of GPS to track your location, and this helps them deliver content to you based on your location. While it can help when you need to find a specific place, it is not necessarily important all of the time, and it puts a damper on your battery’s life. You can turn this feature off by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services, and turning off the Frequent Locations option.
Additionally, iOS offers a feature that can use your GPS and WiFi to pinpoint your location and share it with a text message. This can be handy, but you will probably rarely if ever use it, and it is a battery sucker! Go to Privacy > Location Services > Share My Location to deactivate it.
By taking advantage of these three tips, you can help your iPhone’s battery stay as full as possible when you need it most. For more best practices on how to get the most out of your technology, give The Business IT Experts a call on 020 8875 7676.