Problems of humanity used to include being worried about being a meal for a predator or famine. In today’s world however, one of the biggest daily struggles for many people is a low or dead cell phone battery. It may seem like such a horrible thing to complain about but when you think how much of our lives run through that device, it starts to make sense.
Let me tell you about a few ways to maximize your cell phone battery and get you through your day.
Learn to use your settings
Like most problems in life, there is often a simple solution. How much each of these tips works for you will depend on how you use your device. Some people benefit more from certain features better than others, but if you do all of these you will save battery without doubt!
If you are unfamiliar with how to get to your Settings App, do a search on your iPhone for the word “Settings”. From there, there are a few key areas you will want to look at:
- Wifi & Bluetooth
- Background App Refresh
From the battery screen you have access to Low Power Mode and your Battery Usage Breakdown. Low Power Mode temporarily reduces power consumption until you can fully charge your iPhone. When you activate it, mail fetch, Hey Siri, background app refresh, automatic downloads, and some visual effects are reduced or completely turned off.
The Battery Usage panel allows you to see what apps have used the most battery in both the last 24 hours as well as the last 7 days. You may be surprised by an app that uses a lot of battery that you may not use normally. If this happens, go to that app and turn off some of its settings.
Let me know the apps that are eating up the most of your battery in the comments section!
Wifi & Bluetooth
Wifi is an incredible power that you need to know how to harness. In times where Wifi is available it is encouraged to use it. Wifi takes up less battery than using your 4G. However, when you are commuting and wifi is not steadily available it is important to shut it down.
If you do not turn off Wifi when you are traveling or jogging around the block, your phone will constantly be searching for the new IP addresses to connect you to.
Bluetooth works the same. When you have your Bluetooth turned on, your phone is constantly looking for new devices to pair with. Use it when you need it, turn it off when you don’t.
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There are some things you probably want to know about. Maybe you want to know about a new Facebook comment or Tinder message, but do not care to know when the weather changes.
You have the ability to set the notifications either completely off across all apps or go one by one and select the things you want to be notified about. I recommend going through and making sure that you only have notifications set for the apps you REALLY want to know about. The more apps you have notifications set for, the more need for background refreshing.
Background App Refresh
This feature is fantastic for everything except your battery. It allows all of your feeds in your social media apps among other things to stay updated for when you come back to them. This is great for its ability to have your messages ready at will but think about how much power it takes to constantly keep looking to see if there is new data to refresh!
If you want to turn this feature off in times of need or all together;
Setting > General > Background App Refresh and choose “Off.”
If you do not mind a screen that is not glaring bright, you can save battery! Simple things like changing your screen brightness or turning on battery save mode can make a big difference on your battery.
I hope you take advantage of these ways to optimize your iPhone battery!
If you have any other ways that I missed, please leave them in the comments. I would be happy to update the article and give you some credit!