Ok, so while we admit it is a bit of a #firstworldproblem, there is nothing quite as frustrating as a battery life that just doesn’t last. If you have a long day away from chargers, you want your phone to be ready to kick into life at any point, even if you are using all day, right? With mobile phone giants posting about their handset battery life at every launch it really is a bit of a kick in the teeth when you purchase an iPhone and don’t get the battery life they promised. The good news is there are a few things you can do, that Apple doesn’t advertise that will give you way more time to chat and surf between chargers.
- Fetch Mail, Don’t Push Mail
You will find that the default in mail settings is push, which means that at a regular period-every 15 minutes if you are interested-your software will take itself off and hunt for new emails. It then pushes them into your mailbox, so they are waiting for you. However, if you change to fetch, the software remains dormant until you go into the app and pull down on the screen to refresh. One simple change, which you will find in settings, and you will be amazed how much battery it saves.
2) Location, Location, Location
Location services is a bit of a balancing act, they are really awesome and serve a valid purpose but, as with many other services they can drain the battery if you do not set the handset up correctly. Many apps will come with location service switch on from the get-go, but you need to exercise a bit of caution. This is one of the settings we recommend you go through carefully. You can limit some apps only to use location services when using the app, others you really don’t need to have access at all. Sit and go through the settings and have a look for yourself, your battery will thank you.
3) Close Apps
An oldie but goodie now! Did you know when you come out of an app and head to the home screen to do something else the app you leave is still running in the background? Many people know but forget, and some people genuinely missed the boat on this one. In order to keep that battery in the higher percentage of green, you need to close down your apps regularly. From the home screen swipe up, and throw the apps that appear in a long line up to the top of the screen to close until there are none left. You should also apply this logic to your web pages. Almost every time you start a new web search, your iPhone helpfully assumes you want a new page. Open your browser and tap the two squares icon in the bottom right to see how many pages you have open.
There are many other battery draining resources, so have a look through your settings as some will be obvious when you look.
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