Tuesday, October 4, 2016

9 Ways to Maximize Your iPhone's Battery Life

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It's a touchy subject for most iPhone users... But let's talk battery life. I've had a lot of different iPhones now and I'm a total Apple girl so I don't have too much room to complain, but I think we can all agree that the battery life isn't always up to par. Most especially when a new phone comes out; is it just me or can you swear that they send little Apple elves into your phone to mess with it, basically forcing you into buying the new phone?! Don't get me wrong, I'm just as excited to upgrade next month as the next tech-obsessed millennial, but I try my hardest to wait out all of the small bugs and glitches that go on! Anyway, I figured this was the best time to talk about this because my battery life has flat out sucked since the iPhone 7 was released a few weeks ago.

Our phones seem to die at the worst times too, am I right?! After a lot of traveling this summer, I realized I really needed to up my battery game and find out what was going to work the best to maximize my phone's daily life until November rolls around and I can upgrade. Here are some of the tips that have helped me the most, regardless of what I've read and heard before:

1. Figure out which apps are using the most battery. Go to Settings - Battery - and check out which apps are taking up the most battery life. For me, it's my messages, iHeart Radio App and Instagram that take the top spots. If you're not going to be able to get to your charger for a while, try to use your top usage rated apps less. It can be hard because clearly these are your favorites, but they're draining your battery super quick.

2. Turn auto brightness off. I love keeping my brightness up, but if I'm 30 minutes from home and forgot my charger, I'll deal with a dark screen. Go to Settings - Display & Brightness - and turn auto-brightness off. If anything, it'll help you last until you can get plugged in.

3. Shut your location services off. A lot of apps require location being turned on, and some even use your location in the background. This is SO battery draining - I tested this out a week or so ago. I started with my phone at 100%, kept location services on and used my phone as I normally would (nothing crazy; I just used my messages app, mail and Snapchat once or twice). In an hour, I was down to 72%. Not bad, but for not that much use in an hour, it's enough to be annoyed! Then I charged to 100%, turned my location off and tried the same process again using the same apps and an hour later I was at 79%. Not too much of a difference, but sometimes 7% makes a difference!

4. Use your phone from it's lock screen. When I'm super low on battery life, I lock my phone and I answer any text messages from the lock screen (swipe the message to the right - hit reply). I know the lock screen uses battery too, but this almost always makes a difference until I plug my phone in! I usually get an extra 10 or so minutes worth if I'm really low on battery doing this and if answering texts is all you need to do at the time, it works pretty well.

5. Pretend like the background app refresh feature doesn't exist. Seriously, turn it off and forget it ever happened! I hate this feature and I've never, ever used it. I could see why it's helpful and saves time from having to update your apps, but I like to pick and choose which apps I update - especially since some updates come with bugs or an interface change I hate. 99.9% of the time, I update apps right away, but sometimes I'd rather not. Keep this feature off and trust me you'll see a difference in your battery life! To turn this on/off, go to Settings - General - Background App Refresh and toggle off. I like seeing when apps update; and I like the added battery life.

6. Get an external battery or charging case. These things are life savers!! I bought this Mophie power pack right before my Europe trip this summer and it saved my life (and my phone's life) EVERY. DAY. If you've been to Europe, you know that the service isn't always top notch - especially since most international plans today just use your provider's European subdivision. My battery died sooo quick and so many times throughout the day in Italy; I was so happy that I had this Mophie battery with me! I bought mine at the Apple store right before I left and it's the best one I've ever bought/used. This isn't sponsored at all; I just really love this thing! Different sized batteries guarantee different amounts of full-charges; I bought the one that gives two full charges and honestly I get closer to 3 full charges. Best purchase ever!

7. If you aren't using WiFi, turn it off. I really never realized this until recently, but duh - turn the WiFi off if you aren't connected! Apparently our phones search for networks nonstop if it's turned on, even if you aren't near one to connect to. Say hello to an added 10%!

8. Stay away from heat. Especially in the summer, I'm sooo guilty of keeping my phone in direct sunlight. It's so hard not to but the sun hurts your phone battery at the time and in the long run too - eeesh. This is my main problem for SURE. When your phone overheats, the battery is essentially draining short term and long term. Try charging your phone without its case on, and on a hard and flat surface to prevent it from over heating while charging too.

9. Use the charger that came with your phone. They break easily, they're so easy to lose.. I know. But I've heard time and time again from so many Apple associates (when I bring my phone in to complain about the battery... the usual) that it's important to use your phone's actual charger, and if you have to get a new one - don't try and get a non-Apple version; they don't work nearly as well. It's also important not to interchange your iPhone and iPad chargers! They use different wattage's and it only hurts the battery to interchange them - as tempting as it may be.

If your iPhone battery is flat out awful, I hope some of these are helpful! They help me and although they're not a permanent fix, they're getting me through until I can upgrade. Which sort of stinks, because I love my 6s!

XOXO

48 comments :

  1. OMG, I have been experiencing the same thing with my iPhone. Thanks for the tips!

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  2. I will pass this on to my partner who keeps having battery issues :) Thanks!

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  3. I've just turned off my background app refresh now - I really hope it helps. I had NO IDEA that that was going on all the time on my phone!

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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  4. Thanks for the tips! :D This is a big help!

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  5. Great tips! I do some of these already but will be trying the others asap. Thanks for sharing them.

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  6. These are really great tips- and yes, if all else fails you need a backup system! I have a portable charger that I love; I just stick it in my purse for "emergencies." And I of course have a car charger and one at work, too :) Another thing I like to do is put my phone on airplane mode if I don't need it or if I want it to charge faster!

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  7. Okay I've never thought of so many of these tips. I never even realized using a non Apple charger could have an effect!

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  8. These are AWESOME tips. My battery gets so weird sometimes...dropped from 92 to nothing in like an hour the other day...eep!

    Coming Up Roses

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  9. I have the worst luck with my battery life.. I wish they would fix it with the new models! thanks for the tips, I would never have thought of the lock screen thing

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  10. I have never heard of some of these tips! I'm always looking for new iphone hacks- especially with ios10!

    xoxo A
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  11. My phone dies so quickly! I need to do all of these thins!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  12. Most of these I was already aware of but I didn't know about the locked screen use. Very cool! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Such great tips, I just got a new iphone and want to save my battery as much as possible.

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  14. Great tips! I was told in the store to turn off my push notifications too (Which I guess is the same as your background refresh tip) since it drained a ton of battery!

    Rachel | www.theconfusedmillennial.com

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  15. Wow! There are so many of these things that I don't do! This is fantastic! Definietly going to start doing some of these.

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  16. Awesome tips! I turn off most push notifications because I find they are consistently draining my battery.

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  17. Okay I never knew about using your phone from the lock screen, but it totally makes sense! I'm going to have to start doing that.

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  18. Of late my Sony battery life is scary doesnt last a day. Used to last 3 days...! Didnt kow yo can use ya phone from locked screen either!

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  19. I can't wait to get my new iPhone 7 Plus with more storage. I haven't a new phone since the 4S, lol. When I do get my phone I plan on implementing many of your tips. A dying battery, especially when you are out and about is so irritating

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  20. Thanks! I totally didn't know about half of these tips!!

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  21. Great tips! I was turning off settings as I read because my phone is currently dying. Ha! Thanks! Now, it will hopefully last until I plug it in by my bed tonight.

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  22. My husband is always grabbing my phone to change settings so I don't run my battery down.

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  23. Thanks for the great tips! I just got the new iPhone 7 and it has a longer battery life than the 6. I'm going to go dim my screen though. I like a full charge. ;)

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  24. My battery lasts most of the day. I have an iPhone 5c. You can also double click the home button and it will show you which apps are running. Simply swipe up on each window to stop them. Saves me so much battery life!! Great post!

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  25. All great tips! I'm all about preserving the battery!

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  27. I do just about all of these. And then I have my Mophie case lol it's always charged and always in my bag or on my phone in case I need it.

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  28. I haven't used an iPhone in a long time! One of its weak points is definitely the battery and it's good to know how to make it last longer than your usual usage. I think these are pretty helpful! Thanks!

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  29. These are great tips. My 5s has been really struggling since the update a few weeks ago.

    I definitely don't use background refresh, also sometimes during the day if I'm out and about ill just switch into battery saver mode. Charging my phone every day is a real nuisance

    Xxox
    Laura @ www.cookwineandthinker.com

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  31. What a smart tips! I've never thought that turn it off your WiFi makes your iPhone battery save! I'm glad to know these.

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  32. What an awesome tips, This is absolutely a big help

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  33. These are such great tips. My husband has one and his battery always seems to be dying.

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  34. I've heard the same about the WiFi draining battery if its not being used. I almost always forget to turn it back on when I need it lol.
    These are some great tip!

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  35. Great tips! I feel the same way about Apple sending elves to mess with your phone once a new one comes out! I recently lowered the brightness on my phone to help save battery life.

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  36. These such an awesome ideas! I value my iPhone so these are we should do.

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  37. These are great tips! I definitely have used several of these in the past to help save my battery life!

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  38. Such great tips! My battery life sucks right now so I am seriously going to use these!

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  39. This is all wise advice, and I definitely try to watch the apps and cut brightness, etc. I didn't know about using the lock screen though. Awesome tip!

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  40. Good advice! I think, battery life is the most important to take care.

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  41. These are such great tips!! I honestly my phone dies all the time. I have to charge it all the time. I better listen to these tips lol

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  42. I use battery saver mode literally all the time to save battery life! Thanks for these tips!

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  43. These are awesome tips especially since the iPhone can drain really easy. I also make sure not to connect to my data connection as often when I'm outside.

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  44. These are amazing tips! I'm not currently using an iPhone, but I have in the past and I'm looking to switch back to one. Their battery life is a huge downside, thanks for the awesome tips!

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  45. Great tips.. I have iPhone 6 plus and my battery drains so quickly :(

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  46. Agree with everything! When i go out with my family or go to events, i turn my phone into flight mode and just turn it back on again when i am done with events

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  47. This is absolutely an awesome tips So helpful to us. Glad you share this

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