The continued evolution of the iPhone and the smartphone market in general means that more and more functionality is being added with higher spec components making tasks faster to complete and storage capacities greater.
All this comes at a price however – with battery life drained by these demanding applications. This means it is always useful to know a few handy tips which help to prolong battery life in between charges and use cut down on your electricity consumption.
Here are ten of the best tips we know to help you get the most out of your phone:
When your Wi-Fi is enabled and not connected to a network your device will constantly be searching for something to connect to. This can be a major source of battery drain, so if you are not using a Wi-Fi service make sure it’s turned off.
The same goes for Bluetooth connections. Although generally consuming less power than a Wi-Fi radio it is still a power drain if you are not actively using it.
3. Cellular Connection
Although it might sound strange to try turning your phone’s connection off, if you get poor reception from your network at home or at work then battery can be drained as your phone tries to establish a strong connection. In these instances you may be able to make use of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections instead and can therefore save power by turning the cellular data connection off but setting your phone to “flight mode”.
One of the many advantages of have a light sensor is that your phone can adapt itself to the ambient light in the environment around you and alter the screen brightness to compensate for any changes. It saves power by making sure your screen isn’t brighter than it need be, so is a function that should definitely be turned on.
5. Location Services
Built-in GPS revolutionised smartphone functionality but isn’t always needed. Location services are another optional extra that can save power if turned off when not needed.
You can save battery life by setting your phone to check your email accounts less frequently or even manually depending on the volume of emails you receive.
Keeping your iPhone updated with the latest iOS upgrade will initiate new power optimisation features as soon as they become available.
8. Background Apps
Whilst multi tasking made for a great improvement in functionality over early models, having several apps run at once uses more power. You can close background apps by double tapping the home button to see which apps are running.
9. Time-Zone Settings
Turn off “Setting Time Zone” to make sure your phone isn’t needless checking to see which time zone you are in, unless you are constantly globetrotting of course!
10. Limit Battery Use
The most obvious of all is to avoid power draining tasks such as media playback. If you are trying to keep your battery levels up then keep phone use down!
Note: These tips help you to use less electricity and lower your electricity bill, but if you’ve cut as much electricity consumption as you can and still not seeing the numbers come down, switch from your extortionate electricity suppliers and compare electricity prices online.