Improve your iPhones battery life

There’s not much an iPhone can’t do. In the mobile industry they’re at the top of the food chain and have more applications and features than any other device on the market. But with every updated model or iOS comes a new set of problems.

Battery life has always been an issue. Most iPhone users find themselves charging their devices at least twice per day, making an otherwise excellent smart phone far less functional than it should be. There are ways, however, to increase battery life without hindering performance. Follow these tips to find out how:

Download Updates

When you first get an iPhone it will probably run slower than usual as it will need to download all of the latest updates. This is especially noticeable if you are upgrading from an older model and can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. Rather than trying to use your device, simply plug it into a socket and wait for the updates to finish. Once they’re done your battery life should last a lot longer.

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Check your Signal

When you’re in an area with weak signal or broadband, your iPhone will work harder to try and establish a connection. You could be spending more power than you would if you were connected constantly. If you regularly find yourself off the grid, change your network supplier.

Download a Battery Extender

There are applications on iTunes that are specifically designed to extend battery life. Battery Doctor is the most well-known third party app and can fix bugs, boost memory, increase speed and double battery life.

Perform a Power Cycle

Once per month completely drain your entire iPhone battery until it shuts down automatically; then charge it back up again. This will re-calibrate the battery indicator and give you a better idea of what your true battery levels are. You may even find out that the indicator has been out-of-sync and giving the impression of a low battery when it’s actually had power.

Quit Power Draining Applications

VoIP (Skype), audio streaming (Spotify) and navigation (Garmin) applications are the most power hungry apps you can run on an iPhone. While it’s not always necessary to delete them, turn them off when they’re not in use.

Turning off applications:

  • Double-click the “Home” button to activate Car View.
  • Hold your finger down on the application
  • Fling your finger off the screen.

Luckily, the Apple iOS 7.1 makes it quick and easy to quit applications, ensuring you don’t waste precious time trolling through different folders.

Turn off your Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi takes up a huge amount of battery, so turn it off when you’re not using it. Even if you aren’t connected to a router your iPhone will constantly be searching for a signal and draining excess battery without reason. In addition, make sure your Bluetooth is also switched off. This can lead to the same problem.

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Turn off Background Apps

Background applications without a doubt have the largest impact on battery life and will often go completely unnoticed. Navigate to “Settings,” press “General” and enter the “Background App Refresh” area to turn off any applications that you aren’t using.

Place it on Airplane Mode­­­­

If you’re truly desperate for battery life and there’s no charger in sight consider turning your device on airplane mode for a while. When in airplane mode your iPhone will only run the essential applications for operation and won’t even let you make and receive calls. Alternatively you could simply turn off your device.

Restore your Device

When most iPhone users restore their device they will reset it to an earlier point in time; however, if you’ve had long-term problems with your battery this may not solve the problem. While a complete factory restore is a pain, it’s often the best solution. You will lose everything that’s saved on your device including pictures, videos and music, so make sure you backup all of your data first.

For a step-by-step guide on how to factory restore your iOS visit: Use iTunes to restore your iOS device to factory settings.

Restart your Device

Sometimes simply restarting your device is all you need to do. If your iPhone is working too hard and struggling to retain network connections, restart it and see if the problem resolves itself. While this won’t solve long-term issues it may provide a quick solution for less serious errors.

Visit the App Store

If you’ve tried everything on this list to no avail, take your iPhone into an official Apple Store. Some problems – such as loose wiring or water damage – may require a professional service or replacement parts.

In conclusion, the more you work your iPhone, the more battery it will lose. Apple is constantly developing new technologies to combat battery drainage. Such examples include hardware that requires less power and monitored discharge cycles.

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To ensure your iPhone is always running as fast and efficiently as possible, download the latest iOS updates. For a step-by-step guide on how to update your iOS read Apple’s official guide: Update your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

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