|10 expert tips to get the best out of your iPhone battery||05/11/2014|
|Save battery on your iOS device with this simple guide.|
We love our smartphones dearly, but constantly posting updates, photos and playing games takes its toll on battery life. Thankfully there’s a couple of handy hints that keep you and your phone ready for anything all day – and night – long:
1. Check battery usage
iOS 8 has a useful feature that shows you what apps are using up your battery. Go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage where the screen will display which apps have used up the most battery power over 24 hour and 5 day periods. Once you have this information, you can tweak your settings to manage this.
2. Turn off Background App Refresh
This allows apps to run in the background so they're updated when you open them. It’s a cool feature to make sure you don’t miss anything, but it can be a real battery hog. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh > turn off apps you don’t need refreshed and you'll see an improvement in battery life.
3. Turn screen brightness down
This is an easy way to reduce battery usage and also great for when you’re in a dark area and don’t need your phone to act like a lighthouse. The simple way to do this is to open Control Centre and slide the brightness indicator to turn the brightness down or go to Settings > Display & Brightness >Auto-Brightness >Off.
4. Turn off push notifications
If you’re getting a lot of notifications from apps, go to Settings > Notifications and “include” or “do not include” apps for which notifications are required. This will reduce battery usage.
5. Fetch, not Pull
Push email means you’re notified of an email as soon as it arrives. If you don’t need email delivered instantly, turn off push email and select fetch. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars >Fetch New Data >Choose the fetch setting (e.g. Every 15 Minutes).
6. Turn off AirDrop/Bluetooth
When not in use, these features remain running in the background searching for a device to connect to. To turn off, open Control Centre and deactivate the toggles.
7. Stop searching for Wi-Fi
When not using Wi-Fi, turn it off to stop the phone searching for available networks. Open Control Centre and deactivate the toggle.
8. Disable Location Services
If you’re not using Maps or checking in on Facebook or Twitter, Location Services can be turned off. Go to Settings > Privacy >Location Services and either turn Location Services off or deactivate for specific apps.
9. Turn off 4G
If you’re in an area where coverage isn't great, the 4G network may be using more data. Go to Settings > Mobile >Enable 4G and turn it off and your battery life will improve.
If you just can’t do without those push notifications, instant email, Facebook check-in’s and other battery eating apps, get yourself a Sprout Powerbank to give your battery a much needed boost.