(5) Battery Saving Tips for your iPhone

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My iPhone is my lifeline to the world.  I use it for work, I use it at home.  It’s my wallet, my reference guide, my music collection, and everything in between.  As a result, the battery takes a hit.  Even with the most recent iPhone available running the most advanced battery technology available, it never seems to be enough.  So what, besides complaining, can we do to extend our iPhone battery life without having to stay connected to a cord all day?  Over the years I have found a handful of useful tips that have served me well.  Here they are, in no particular order.

Update your iOS software

This one is easy to enforce, but is often overlooked.  Your iPhone will run at its most proficient capacity when running the latest version of iOS.  If you are unsure, and want to check and see if your iPhone or iPad is up-to-date, open the Settings App, select General, then  Software Update. If there is a more recent version available, you will be prompted to download and install it.

Manage your Screen Brightness

Your iOS screen brightness setting is another often overlooked battery nightmare.  The more densely populated pixels of our shiny new iPhones use even more power to keep them illuminated.  Luckily, your iPhone screen brightness management has evolved quite a bit starting with iOS 9.  In addition to the traditional methods used to adjust your screen brightness–via the brightness slider and with the auto-brightness feature turned on, you can also use a feature Apple introduced called Night Shift.  This allows you to schedule when your iPhone screen shifts the display to the warmer end of the color spectrum.  One nice side-effect of this feature, is that your screen will not appear as bright, and will aid in the demand on the battery.

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Location and Background services

Location, location, location.  Your iPhone is constantly asking for it, and your battery struggles to keep up.  When location services are running in the background your battery drains much more quickly then when these services are deactivated.  Same goes for apps that update in the background.  When you give an app permission to update “behind the scenes” it will  cause the battery life to diminish at a much faster rate. Both Locations Services and background app refreshing can be managed from the Settings App.

Signal strength and Airplane Mode

When your iPhone is in an area with a poor carrier signal, or even worse, an intermittent one that also varies in strength, your phone will continue to search for a better connection.  This will cause the battery to lose power more quickly if you are simply connected to a tower with low-signal strength.  In situations like these, if you do not need to use data for extended periods of time you can simply turn on Airplane mode.  However, be advised– you will not be able to make or receive calls, texts, emails or notifications of any kind which in Airplane mode.

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A Locked Screen is a Happy Screen

This is another deceivingly big battery drain.  Initially, I wasn’t aware of the impact of simply waking my iPhone up many times over the course of the day.  When I checked my battery usage details, the Home & Lock Screen always contained the largest percentage of my battery usage.  To get a detailed report of your battery usage simply open up the Settings app–>General–>Usage–>Battery Usage.  My obsessive compulsive habit of waking my lock screen to view notifications and/or initiate a manual email refresh were both a waste of time and resources.

If you must check more often than most of your friends you can also help yourself out a little by putting your iPhone in Low Power Mode to temporarily reduce power consumption. While you’re already in the battery settings section,  don’t forget to turn your battery percent indicator on to give you the quick heads up of how much juice your still have available.  Still not sure why Apple didn’t leave that feature on by default.

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