How to Improve your iPhone's Battery Life

Improve Your iPhone Battery Life

Ever find that your iPhone 5’s battery doesn’t quite make it through the day? I know I do, regularly. Unfortunately, if you want a high-range, sleek looking, smartphone then it goes without saying that you may just find your battery power is somewhat mid-range.

This article will show you how to get squeeze some extra life out of your iPhone battery, whether it's an older iPhone 4s or the latest iPhone 6, in the hope that you’ll be able to finish listening to your favourite tunes on your way home from work!

1. Adjusting your screen’s brightness

The first really simple and very effective adjustment you can make is to reduce the screen’s brightness. Lighting up and operating the screen drains your battery as much as anything, so turning this down will extend its life. You’ll definitely be able to lower the level from the automated setting, while still being able to read those texts!

Just go to Settings> Wallpapers & Brightness and adjust the slider!

turning down brightness on the iphone

Turn off your Wi-Fi/3G/ 4G LTE

If you’re connecting to the internet using Wi-Fi, then there’s no need for your 3/4G to be on. This works visa versa. If I’m out and about, I always turn my Wi-Fi off; if it’s left on it will constantly be scanning and trying to connect to different networks and in turn drain your battery.

iPhones from the iPhone 5 onwards all boast 4G LTE connectivity, a significant upgrade from the standard 3G available on the iPhone 4S; so what does this give us?

Well it’s designed to operate up to 10x faster than 3G devices; so that’s speedier downloads, seamless streaming and stronger connections. All of this sounds great and it is, however the more power used the less battery you’ll have. By simply turning these options off when they’re not in use you will definitely prolong your battery life!

Turning your LTE off is simple; there are just three steps to follow:

  1. Go to your settings menu and under the general heading you will find the Cellular tab.
     
  2. Tap the Cellular tab.
  3. Slide the toggle to ‘off’ on the Enable LTE option.

turn off 4G on the iphone

Force-Quit your Apps

So, you’ve been on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp… the list goes on, but when was the last time you logged out of these? Because you’re not on a computer with an exit button, it’s really easy to forget you’re not actually actively exiting a program. I know because I do it myself… all the time. But with so many apps open at once, this is a huge drain on your battery. Killing apps is really simple and easy to do, but not many people know how.

Step by Step:

  • Press the home button twice (this brings up all of your open applications in a bar along the bottom of your screen and...
     
  • Simply swipe upwards to get rid of the apps you don't want to run in the background
     
  • Once all apps have disappeared, press the home button again which will return you back to your home screen.

WARNING: You may be shocked at the amount of apps you have open!

closing apps on the iphone

Turn off your Location Services

To be honest the only time I really use my location services, is when I check-in on Facebook! So, that’s the only time GPS should be enabled. Occasionally I may use it for Google Maps. It’s really easy to exit; just find the option in your settings menu and slide it off.

Turn off location services on the iPhone

Turn off your Push Notifications

Some applications may use apple push notifications, such as Facebook chat which heavily relies on them. Now it’s up to you if you want to disable this option as it may be something you don’t want to live without. However, if you use them a lot then turning push notifications off could see a huge difference to your battery life. 

turn off your push notifications on your iphone

Save power on your iPhone!

With all of these options in mind and using the same principle applied above, I’m sure you can think of a few more functions to add to the list. By following these simple and easy steps you will see an improvement in your battery life, so give them a go… after all you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

After all, “it’s all about turning off what you’re not using…”

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