Continuing on with my “saving battery life” theme here, I have a quick tip on saving some battery on your iPhone. When Apple finally came out with iOS 4.0, with it came multitasking. Something that people had been asking for since the first iPhone came out 3 years ago. It was finally here and people were rejoicing. But, as much as we all love multitasking, what comes with it is one small caveat. As much as we love our applications in the background while we can run our other apps, this may not be the best thing to be doing all the time. Here is a very simple tip that can help you save some battery life.
With the old iPhone OS, when you pressed the Home button, the application that you were using just shuts down. With the new iOS, when you press the Home button the app you are using just goes in the background, it doesn’t close like the old OS would do. Now, as much as you think this may not be a big deal, this can be on your battery life. There are some apps that when they are in the background they are still running and using your precious battery life. I can’t name all the apps that do this, but I know that navigation apps do this and there are a lot of other apps that will still run in the background. So the question becomes, how do I close these apps down so I don’t waste my battery. Well, let me show you.
What you are going to want to do is press the Home button twice in a row. You will then see all of your apps that are open in the bottom row as you can see from the picture above. Then you are going to want to hold down on one of the apps for a few seconds until you see them bounce around and with a red – in the top left corner of each app. This is what it should look like below.
In order to close the apps just hit the red – and each app will close. And then you are done. If you are the type of person that uses a lot of apps, you will find that this will make a difference in your battery life. I know it did for me. When I first got my new iPhone 4, I noticed the battery would drain pretty quick, then as I realized how to shut down each app and not just leave it in the background, I found that my battery life was a lot better.
I hope this tip helps you. I am not promising better battery life because of this, but it may help. Thanks for reading and feel free to share any of your battery saving tips for the iPhone.