Hi, my name is Corinne and my iPhone is ruining my life. It’s kind of a miracle if my iPhone battery lasts a full day. Most of the time it’s down to 10% after around 6-8 hours of mild to moderate use. Fucccckkkkk.
After months of frustration and moaning, I’ve been doing the Googling. Here’s the best tips I’ve found for conserving your iPhone battery.
Because I know you’ve got this problem too.
8 Tips to a Longer Battery Life
1. Turn off push/fetch mail.
You can set your e-mail to push, fetch, or manual. Setting to push will update your e-mails in real time, setting to fetch will check and download your e-mails every 15 minutes (or to how often you desire). Setting to manual means that you mail will not update unless you open the app.
Set it to fetch every 30 minutes or longer, or to manual to save some extra power. Most people don’t really need to have their e-mails update in real time, unless they use their e-mail for work. Even then, the most important messages are usually delivered by phone call.
Go into Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and switch from Push to either Fetch or Manual
Turn down your screen brightness.
This is a simple one – turn down your screen brightness to use less battery life. I find that dulling down my screen doesn’t hinder my ability to see it properly at all. Winner.
But I do spend most of my time in my dungeon basement bedroom, so my eyes might be used to the dark.
Turn off notifications for apps you don’t need constant updates on. I always leave my iMessage/text messages notifications on, but often turn off Instagram and Facebook, as well as any games that might send through messages. This should allow you get more standby time out of your phone.
Be aware of your signal strength.
I keep my phone in my locker at work. When I check my phone on breaks, I sometimes notice the battery will be extremely low for no reason at all.
Turns out that my phone struggles to get a good single in my locker – and when you’re phone has a bad signal, it will constantly search for a better one which will drain your battery life. Flick it onto airplane mode when you’re not going to need it for a few hours. You shouldn’t be on your phone at work anyway, naughty boy.
Turn of location services.
Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services and disable this function while you don’t need to use GPS. Constantly updating your location will drain your battery life extensively. You’ll be surprised how many apps use location services!
Resist the urge.
I don’t know about you, but I probably press the home button on the iPhone about 10 times an hour. If it’s there, I’ll press it. Even if it’s on loud and I’ve not had any notifications flash up. Even if it’s not my iPhone. I’ll reach my grubby hand across the table, extend my index finger and press the fuck out of that home button. It’s a terrible habit.
It wastes battery for no reason at all. I’ll often end up opening apps and refreshing Twitter/Facebook/email/Instagram too, especially as I run my works Twitter account so don’t always get notifications if I’m not logged in. Great excuse, woo!
There is usually little value in checking my phone so often, other than wasting my battery and my time – it can be a distraction from work!
Reduce the Auto-Lock time.
I’m in the habit of automatically locking my phone when I’m done with it, but there are times when I won’t lock it. The backlight stays on for 5 minutes before it decides to lock itself. You can switch the time so it will lock much quicker and save the important energy.
Settings > General > Auto-Lock
Get a backup plan.
If all else fails, there is a whole market dedicated to external chargers. If you don’t want to limit the use of your phone, but still want that charge, then get on Amazon and have a search.
Because I’m lazy and can never be bothered to charge up my external charger, I have a spare charger that I keep in my car and will plug it into my laptop or cars USB port if I need a boost.
My external charger really saved me in Florida though. When we were out of the hotel for hours on end at Disney, taking photos, updating social media in the ride queues and using GPS to find out where things were. I used it every day!
Do you have any tips and tricks to save battery?