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There are few things more stressful than realizing your iPhone is about to die when you desperately need it to get directions, make a phone call or send out an important work email. Although your battery’s maximum capacity will inevitably diminish over time, there are steps you can take to preserve your battery life and ensure that your iPhone is sufficiently charged when you need it most.
Turn down your brightness
One of the most basic things you can do to preserve battery life is to turn down the screen’s brightness. To automatically lower the brightness when you are in darker settings, go to:
Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Switch on Auto-brightness.
Turn off or customize location services
One of the biggest battery killers is GPS. To disable GPS when you are not using it, go to:
Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
Once in Location Services, you can either turn off Location Services entirely or you can customize your apps so that location services are only enabled when you want them to be. For each app that tracks your location, you have the option to customize the location tracking settings to Never, Ask Next Time, While Using the App or Always. If any of your apps are on Always, consider changing at least to While Using the App.
Close-out of your apps
Even if you aren’t using an app, if that app is still open on your phone, it will suck up your battery life. This is especially true if the app is using your location so make sure you fully exit out of your apps when you are done with them.
Know which apps are draining your battery
Find out which apps are draining your battery the most so you stay off of them when you are trying to preserve your battery life. To find out which apps are draining your battery, go to:
Settings > Battery > swipe down to view battery usage by app either in the last 24 hours or the last 10 days.
Common apps that drain battery life include free, ad-filled video games, social media apps — such as Facebook and Instagram — and even pop-up notifications on your home or lock screen. If your home and lock screen notifications are draining your battery life, try getting rid of your least important notifications, such as for games or news sites you don’t read often. To manage your notifications, go to:
Settings > Notifications > customize your notifications for each app under Notification Style.
If you want even more information on battery-draining apps, consider downloading a battery-saving app, such as BetterBatteryStats or Battery HD+. These apps will track your phone’s usage over a couple of days and then provide you with analytics on how your phone is behaving in general and which apps are draining your battery the most.
Turn Wi-Fi off when you’re not using it
Although using Wi-Fi preserves battery life compared to using cellular data, when you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi, turn it off. When Wi-Fi is turned on, your phone is constantly searching for a hotspot to connect to, which drains battery life. So, turn off your Wi-Fi until you know you can connect to a network. In addition to turning off Wi-Fi, you can also turn on Airplane Mode or power off your device entirely when you aren’t using it.
Keep your phone temperature cool
A small thing to keep in mind is that your phone loses battery faster when it is hot. If you leave your phone out in the sun or in a hot car, you could be damaging the battery. When you are outside, try to keep your phone in the shade and avoid putting it in temperatures above 95° F as much as possible. The ideal temperature to keep your phone is 62° to 72° F.
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Written by:Ari Howard
Associate Writer, Broadband & Wireless Content
Ari is an Associate Writer for the Allconnect team, focusing on broadband and wireless news, as well as broadband and TV provider deals. She recently graduated from Davidson College with a bachelor’s degree in… Read more
Edited by:Shannon Ullman
Editor, Broadband & Wireless Content
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