For a long time, one of the knocks against the iPhone has been its “Not So Efficient” Battery Life. Every year, the CEO of Apple (Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook) takes the stage to introduce a new version of the iPhone, promising that this time it would be different; this version will have the Greatest Battery Life of All Time. And what’s more cool is that every year they seem to have a different name for the Battery: Lithium Ion, Quantum Reserve, Intergalactic Darth Vader Compounded Ion Battery, etc… you get the point. And every year, the iPhone Loyalists are left with nothing but disappointment. Now I’m not saying the iPhone’s battery is flat-out pathetic; don’t get me wrong. I just believe that Apple needs to do more to improve the battery life of its iOS devices, especially the iPhone.
While we wait patiently for Apple to finally solve their Battery Life equation, I’d like to share some quick and easy methods that you can use to prolong the Battery Life of your iPhone.
Method #1: Turn OFF Wi-Fi Connectivity When Possible
Wi-Fi drains a lot of battery life; it just does.
The reason people buy Smartphones is so they can access the Internet from anywhere, at anytime. People are limited by their Data Plans so they prefer to use Wi-Fi instead. This is true for a majority of Smartphone users. The problem with Wi-Fi though, is that it drains the battery real fast, as opposed to 3G or 4G connectivity which is more like an On-Demand feature. So, whenever possible, make it a habit to Turn OFF the Wi-Fi.
Method #2: Change Mail Configurations
Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data
Turn OFF the Push and change Fetch to “Every 30 Minutes”.
If you’re someone who receives a lot of emails and need to respond ASAP, change Fetch to “Every 15 Minutes”.
This simple change can improve the Batter Life of your iPhone considerably.
Method #3: Turn OFF Location Services For Unnecessary Apps
There are Apps you use on a regular basis, and there are Apps you use once in a Million years. By default, when you install some Apps, they ask you for your permission to Enable Location Tracking for that App; most people, without even reading the full message (pop notification), click YES and move on. What they don’t realize is that by doing so, they are Enabling Location Tracking for Apps they won’t even be using on a regular basis. The Location Tracking is another feature that drains a lot of Battery Life.
Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services
Disable Location Tracking for Apps you don’t use on a regular basis. In fact, you’ll find a lot of Apps in your Location Services that have no business tracking your location. Doing this will not just help you improve the Battery Life of your iPhone, it will also make sure that your privacy isn’t being abused by some of these greedy Marketers and App Developers.
Method #4: Turn OFF Vibrate For Less Important Features
Some people get a lot of Phone Calls, some people get a lot of Messages, and some people get a lot of Emails. Find out your staple, and Turn OFF Vibrate for other features you don’t use as often.
Go to Settings > Sounds
Disable Vibrate on Ring. (Recommended For Everyone)
Go down the list and Disable Vibrate and Sounds for all the services you don’t use on a regular basis.
Disable Keyboard Clicks. I don’t understand why people need to hear a sound every time they type on the Keyboard of their iPhone. This one is totally unnecessary. Turn it OFF.
Method #5: Close Applications (End Processes Not Currently In Use)
One of the primary features of the iOS 7 is the ability to Multi-Task. By default, every time you open an App, the iOS 7 keeps the App running in the background. So you might have opened an App 2 weeks ago, and it’d still be running in the background. This drains your Battery Life and considerably slows down your iPhone.
Double Click your Home button and you’ll see all the Apps that are currently Open (running in the background). You can close these Apps with a Swipe UP Gesture.
Doing this will speed-up your iPhone (iOS Device) and also save you some precious Battery Life.
And there you have it.
The simple methods that can help improve the Battery Life of your iPhone.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below.
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Posted: May 10, 2014 at 10:45 am, Last Updated: May 24, 2014 at 6:01 pm