I love my iPhone and I love to use it as much as I can. Unfortunately, until we come up with something better, we are stuck with using an iPhone that has power limitations. With an Li-ion battery, the iPhone can only hold so many charges. As you start to get closer and closer to the magical number of charges the battery will eventually start to not hold a charge as well as it should. Depending on the battery that is about 400 charges. The bad part about the iPhone is that the battery is not replaceable, to a degree. At least you can’t replace it yourself. You have to let Apple do it themselves. The whole goal is that you would be able to last as close to a 2 year cycle as possible so that by the time your battery is starting to slowly drain, you will be ready to get another iPhone. There are some very practical and easy ways that you can help that battery life and preserve it for as long as you possibly can. In this post, I am going to share some of those ways. By no means is this a definitive list so don’t feel like these are the only things you can do. Alright, here we go!
1. Update to the Newest Software: I know you may probably be wondering, “How does this have to do with anything related to the battery?” Well, let me tell you, it has a lot to do with the battery. The reason being is that when you have the most updated software for your iPhone you are assured that the software is not the total cause of your battery draining. There are instances where you think your battery is draining, but really it isn’t, or vice versa. With the most updated software, you will keep the software and the battery meter in sync so that you will know, for the most part, your accurate battery reading. Also, sometimes with new software updates come new ways to optimize the battery performance. This could be helpful when you are trying to save battery life.
2. Minimize Location Settings: The iPhone iOS has a GPS chip built in that will search your location if you want it to, to help you with different apps. For example, with maps and other location based apps, it helps to know where you are at the moment. The problem is, you don’t necessarily needs these location settings turned on all the time. Turn them on only when you need to.
3. Minimize Push Notifications: You would be surprised at how many of your apps that you download use Push notification. As much as we all love the fact that we can get info or data pushed to us in a decently fast manner, this can be one of the major applications that may be draining our battery. You don’t necessarily have to turn off all your push notifications, but take a look at them and see if there are apps that you can live with out push notification.
4. Fetch Email Less Frequently: Again, this is one of those things you have to ask yourself “Do you really need this?” The more you ask your iPhone to fetch email for you, the more it has to work. What I would suggest is turning off push email and setting your email to get fetched once an hour. Unless you are the type that needs to see your email right away, this is an easy fix for helping with your battery drain.
5. Do you really need to use WIFI or 3G?: This is something that I am constantly reminding my wife about. She always has her 3G and WIFI on at the same time. There is no need for that. Keeping WIFI on all the time will drain the battery faster than if you just have 3G on. The reason being is that when you are out of WIFI range your iPhone will continue to search for a WIFI signal. This searching causes further battery drain. So if you want the faster connection, keep your iPhone on 3G. If you really need to use WIFI, then turn off the 3G.
6. Adjust the Brightness: Your screen always doesn’t have to be bright. Taking your iPhone off Auto-Brightness as well as adjusting the brightness down a little will go a long way to help save battery life.
7. Other minor tips: turn off bluetooth when not needed, put in Airplane mode when not it cell service area, let iPhone drain battery all the way through, then charge to 100% ever 2 months or so.
So there you have it. Hope these tips help you. Again, I am not going to guarantee that these will save you a lot of battery as it is inevitable that you will lose battery over time. But every little bit will help. Do you have any other iPhone battery saving tips? Leave your tips in the comments.