by Esther P.
Funny how easy it is to take electricity for granted until you lose it. Don’t get me wrong. I love storms. Heart-attack thunder cracks and drenching rain give me an adrenaline rush. In fact, I’m not even opposed to having the power go out for a few hours. But after 3 days without power and no electricity in sight for a few more days, it’s got me thinking about how I can make the battery power on my smartphone last as long as possible. At a time when everything else feels disconnected, a phone that works feels like my one connection with the outside world.
The one thing you’ll hear people complain about most when it comes to the iPhone is battery life. If you’re a smartphone-aholic, you might not even be able to go 12 hours without recharging. Fortunately, there are ways you can save power and make your iPhone battery last longer between charges--especially when you know you won’t be able to get to an outlet or a car charger for awhile.
1. Turn down the screen brightness.
The iPhone screen display is a beauty--but it’s also a battery zapper. If you can recharge your battery easily, no problem. But if you need the iPhone to last as long as possible, turning down the screen brightness is one of the first things you should do.You’ll find the settings under Brightness & Wallpaper on the Settings app.
Another trick to reduce battery wear from screen brightness is to turn off the screen as soon as you’re done with the phone for a few minutes. Just tap the power button instead of holding it down, and the screen will go black.
2. Disable wireless.
Your wi-fi, bluetooth, and mobile connections all use up battery power, especially if you’re out and about and your phone is constantly searching for wi-fi connections. If you don’t need a wireless connection all the time, only turn it on when you need it. Then turn it off to conserve battery power on your iPhone.
3. Watch your apps.
Not every app runs in the background, but some do. Google maps and streaming music services like Pandora can easily run down your battery before you know it. Other apps, like Twitter and Facebook, check for notifications every 15 minutes or less.
To shut down apps you don’t need, click the HOME button twice to see which apps are running. Then turn off any apps you don’t need right now.
4. Turn off push email.
If you have your iPhone set up to check for new emails on a regular basis, consider turning off the ‘push email’ setting. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and switch the settings to check email Manually rather than automatically. Your iPhone will only check for new email messages when you actually open the email app.
5. Get off the grid.
Apps with location-based services are constantly checking for your location--unless you turn this feature off. To find out which apps are the culprit, go to Settings > General > Location Services. Then turn off the apps you don’t need.
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