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How To Make Your iPhone Battery Last Longer

Anyone who’s used an iPhone will have discovered that this powerful, intuitive and fun smartphone also has some pitfalls that come with it’s many benefits. The biggest disadvantage and inconvenience of owning an iPhone, is that of battery life.

It is well documented that average use of an iPhone creates a need to charge it every day. “Heavy” users have confessed to needing to charge their Apple iPhone multiple times a day or simply keep it plugged in throughout a 24 hour period.

Has battery life been improved with the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus?

In a word, no. Apple advocates should not expect the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to break any battery life records. In fact, testing shows they are not even rated in the top 3 for this spec. They trail behind the Sony’s Xperia X3, Huawei’s Ascend Mate7, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and HTC’s One (M8) when it comes to battery life.

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10 Tips: How to make your iPhone battery last longer

There are many, simple and practical ways to make your iPhone battery last longer. We have named just ten in this post. Following these tips will help conserve battery life and lessen the inconvenience of carrying a charger around with you.

1. Hot and cold temperatures affect iPhone battery life

The iPhone is designed to function in a range of temperatures, between 62° to
72° F (room temperature), being the ideal comfort zone. It is very important to avoid exposing the device to temperatures higher than 95° F, which can permanently damage battery capacity.

Charging your iPhone in high temperatures can reduce battery life further. Hot temperatures are a hidden drain on your iPhone battery effectiveness. The same applies to very cold environments, where you might notice decreases in battery life. 

2. Disable iOS 7 dynamic backgrounds

If you are using iOS 7 you might be familiar with the dynamic wallpapers feature, that changes behind your app icons. These dynamic backgrounds may look cool, but they also drain more power than a simple static background image. 

To disable dynamic backgrounds, go to; Wallpapers & Brightness > Choose a New Wallpaper > select a background from your ‘Stills’ or from your Camera Roll options instead.

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Image courtesy of; iphonehacks.com

 

3. Remove your iPhone case

Charging your iPhone when it’s inside certain types of cases, definitely generates excess heat which effects battery capacity. Even when you are not charging, try to avoid keeping your cell in a case as this also increases iPhone temperature, draining battery power faster. 

 

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uNu iPhone cases include a built in battery

4. Turn Bluetooth off

We can’t deny that Bluetooth networking is useful for cell phone users with wireless headsets or earpieces. But sending out data through Bluetooth drains battery life fast. Leaving Bluetooth on to accept incoming data at all times requires even more battery. Turn off Bluetooth when you’re not using it.

Turn off Bluetooth by going to; 

  • Settings
  • Bluetooth
  • Move slider to off / white

turn bluetooth off iphone

 

 

5. Auto adjust iPhone screen brightness 

Turning Auto-Brightness on helps save battery life. The iPhone has a sensor that adjusts the brightness of your phone screen, based on the light of it’s surroundings. For example, screen brightness is darker in dark places and brighter when around ambient light. This feature is to save battery life and make it easier to see.

Turn on auto brightness by tapping;

  • Settings 
  • Wallpapers & Brightness 
  • Move the Auto-Brightness slider to on / green

turn iphone auto brightness on

 

6. Make use of battery usage information

iOS 8 is considered to be the most battery efficient iOS ever. It gives iPhone users more precise and accurate ways to manage the device’s battery life. It will show you the exact proportion of your battery used by each app.

To view your battery usage, go to:

  • Settings
  • General
  • Usage
  • Battery Usage

iphone battery usage monitor

7. Manage app background activity

Battery power is needed by apps that are running or updating in the background. To turn off the feature that allows applications to refresh or update automatically in the background, go to;

  • Settings 
  • General 
  • Background App Refresh and set the switch to off.

There are also some great battery managements apps available such as Battery Doctor. The Battery Doctor app claims to “double your battery life if used properly”. It has many favorable reviews. 

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8. Turn Wi-Fi off when not using it

Keeping Wi-Fi turned on at all times is a sure way to drain your battery life, fast. Unless you’re using it, keep Wi-Fi turned off by tapping:

  • Settings 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Slide to off / white

You can also turn off Wi-Fi through the Control Center.

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9. Optimize and control iPhone settings

Keeping control of the settings and apps on your iPhone is another way to preserve battery power. Apps that are opened or running unexpectedly in the background, or apps that are no longer being used, drain battery life.

The Memory Booster feature of the iCleaner app by Cydia for iPhone will help you clean up unwanted apps and free up RAM on your phone.  

10. Turn off iPhone location settings

Go to;

  • Settings
  • Privacy
  • Location Services

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>> Then turn off iPhone system services. Scroll down and find ‘System Services’ Turn off the following features;

  • Diagnostics & Usage
  • Location-Based iAds
  • Popular near Me and;
  • Setting Time Zone

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Your iPhone is now optimized for battery life. Here’s to longer lasting smartphone use.