22nd, May. 2013 Compiled by Reema Verma.
According to the NY Daily News, the average person reaches for their phone 150 times a day, or once every 6.5 minutes! On top of that, the average person has 41 apps on their smartphone. Did you know that every iPhone app you open, stays open in the background until you manually close it yourself? With all of these apps running in the background and users constantly checking their phones, it’s easy to drain your iPhone battery.
Spending the next couple of minutes learning a few simple pointers will pay off with both a longer battery life (the total amount of time your iPhone will run before it will need to be recharged) as well as longer battery lifespan (the total amount of time your battery will run before it must be replaced). There are many approaches to increasing your battery life and lifespan. I have compiled a few of them, hope they prove useful to you…
1. Turn on auto-brightness.
The auto-brightness setting on the iPhone serves two purposes. First, it conserves battery life. Second, it makes the iPhone easier to read in different lighting conditions.
2. Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Location Services (GPS) when not in use.
It seems simple enough, but you’d be surprised how many people leave Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on when they’re not using either or both. Some users will leave Wi-Fi on, allowing the iPhone to constantly scan nearby networks if that feature isn’t turned off, and that could adversely affect battery life. GPS or location services is a little more tricky since many apps require their use. Luckily, you can toggle which apps can use it, and which apps can live without it. Open up Settings, go into Location Services and select/de-select the apps you wish to grant access to GPS.
There are some cases when Wi-Fi can be beneficial to your battery life. If you’re in an area where your network has low or poor network coverage, using Wi-Fi for web browsing, e-mail and data-intensive apps will actually help your battery life. Otherwise, if you’re in a great coverage area and you aren’t going to be doing anything that hogs up a lot of data, leave the Wi-Fi off.
3. Exit background apps
Some apps keep running even when you’re not using them. Double-tap the home button to see a list of running apps. Press and hold an app to put the list in delete mode. Then selectively exit some apps.
4. Minimize notifications.
The iPhone can notify you about practically everything. But each notification uses power. Disable any notifications that are not that important. Fetch email manually instead of automatically.
5. Turn off Ping
Ping, Apple’s mostly failed music social-networking service, has been known to cause issues with iPhone battery life. Some users have seen their battery life go from seven hours to about 12 hours just by turning off this feature. While its effect on battery life is still controversial–some users don’t see much of a difference at all–it couldn’t hurt unless you happen to be one of the small handful of people who use this feature.
To disable Ping, follow the steps below:
- Go into Settings
- Tap on General, then Restrictions (right underneath Passcode Lock)
- You will be prompted to enter a password and confirm it – make sure it’s a code you remember!
- Enable restrictions and make sure all apps are “On,” but that Ping is the only one “Off”
Once you’re done, you can back out of your settings or go directly to your home screen, and that’s it.
6. Lower the volume
The iPhone has a loud speaker. Lowering the volume can conserve battery life.
7. Lock the iPhone manually.
Don’t wait for the iPhone to lock itself. When you are done, click the power button to lock it. Every second counts.
8. Keep good charging habits and care for your battery
The iPhone 4, and previous models, use lithium-ion batteries. While care for Li-Ion batteries, as they’re known, has been a little controversial, there are some generally accepted facts about preserving their life. First, don’t store your iPhone in extremely cold or extremely hot locations. Here is a snippet from the Apple page on iPhone battery care:
Your iPhone works best from 32° to 95° F. You should store it in environments of -4° to 113° F. That’s 0° to 35° C and -20° to 45° C for the metrically inclined. Keeping your iPhone as near room temperature as possible (72° F or 22° C) is ideal.
It’s also good practice to take your phone off the charger once it’s done charging. It won’t overcharge or explode, but it might affect the overall life of your battery. Don’t let your phone die every single time you charge it, either, because you won’t be helping the battery percentage indicator, and you might be shortening the life of your battery. Once your phone hits the 30% mark, or the 25% mark (when the battery turns red), you should plug it in and let it start charging. Don’t be afraid to charge your phone frequently, since it’s generally considered good for Li-Ion batteries, but you also don’t need to top off often (i.e. you have 89% when you’re leaving home and you’ll only have five minutes to keep it on the charger before you leave).
9. Turn off vibrate
Vibrating notifications are useful, but they drain the battery. Disable vibration if you really don’t need it.
10. Downnload apps that help to improve battery life
Here are some of the apps..
This app will show you the time left on your battery and let you see how much more battery life you’ll get by tweaking different system settings, like disabling Wi-Fi and location services. This free app also lets you know which of your apps burn the most power (just click More and then DischargeRank), all presented in a clean and easy to read interface.
Price: free on iTunes.
This one is the only iPhone app that tells you how much data each of your apps is using. But before you click to download it, be aware what it doesn’t do: the app is a very poor at measuring whether you’re about to go over your cellular plan’s data cap. In our experience, the app doesn’t differentiate between cellular and Wi-Fi data. But Onavo does do a great job of telling you which apps are spending a lot of time downloading — and those are the apps you might want to see about shutting down when you need to save battery life.
Price: free on iTunes.
If you are looking for an app to help you keep inside your data limits, we like the easy to use DataMan Next. However, you may also find the iPhone’s built-in monitoring to do just as well — you can find it under Settings > General > Usage > Cellular Usage, though you’ll have to remember to reset it manually every month.
Price: $0.99 on iTunes.
Hope these little tips will help you conserve the battery life of your precious iphone…