Are you constantly running out of battery life on your phone? By the end of the day, do you find yourself in the “red zone?”
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If so, you should try out these proven tricks that will extend the life of your phone. I personally use a lot of these and as a result, no longer worry about my phone dying before bedtime.
1. Utilize low power mode
Apple introduced a new feature called Low Power Mode recently. If you are about to run out of juice, this option will reduce your power consumption until you can get it charged up. This turns off some of the things that run in the background that reduce overall power. To get to this option, go to Settings > Battery then turn on “Low Power Mode.”
2. Find problem apps with the battery usage tool
Specific apps may be draining your battery. In one of the recent iOS software updates, Apple added a feature called “Battery Usage.” This will tell you which apps are causing your problems. To access, go to Settings > Battery and you will see a section called Battery Usage.
3. Turn off motion effects
While those cool animations and motion effects look really slick, they also can slowly eat away your iPhone’s battery. To turn them off, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on Reduce Motion.
4. Switch from push to fetch email
Do you need to read emails the instant they are sent or can you wait 15 minutes? If you are ok waiting a few minutes, them make sure you have Push turned off and Fetch turned on.
Not having your phone constantly checking for email will save some power. To turn on Fetch go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, and Calendars > Fetch New Data. Then turn off Push and set Fetch to 15, 30 or 60 minutes.
5. Turn on auto brightness
The brighter the screen, the more power it takes. By turning on Auto-Brightness, the phone will automatically adjust and dim the screen as needed. To turn on Auto Brightness, go to Settings > Display & Brightness.
6. Turn off vibrations
It takes a lot of energy to make your phone wiggle around. While vibrations can be handy and helpful, turning them off can save you some battery. To turn them off, go to Settings > Sounds.
7. Reset the battery
Have you ever had your phone go from 55% to 0% instantly or other random battery jumps. This is likely an indicator that your phone’s battery needs to recalibrated. To to do this, get your phone fully charged and then drain it all the way down to when it shuts off. Once it dies, charge it up and it should be calibrated.
8. Remove the facebook app
We’ve talked about this one before at Simplemost. The Facebook app can kill your battery. By using the mobile web version of the Facebook you can save 15% of your battery. For more information, read this – The Facebook App Is Killing Your Phone’s Battery – Try This Trick To Save 15-20% More Battery
9. Stop quitting apps
Old habits die hard and a lot of people do this one. If you are in the habit of double clicking the home button and then swiping up to quit apps, then stop.
According to an Apple expert, this actually can use more power as it has to start the apps from scratch versus a version of the app that is already loaded in memory.
10. Get an extra charge cable for work or car
While the above tips will certainly help save some power, one of the best and easiest things to do is get an extra charger for your work or car.
That way, you will always have the phone juiced up before you go anywhere. You can get chargers for super cheap. Here is a great one that costs under $10 from Amazon.
11. Get a portable charger for all day activities
One thing that I bought and love is a portable charger. These are a great thing to carry around in your pocket or purse (especially when out for a full day). Basically, you just plug into your phone and like magic your phone will charge up.
It’s definitely been a life-saver for me a few times. Here’s the one I have, and it’s only $10.
You can also try out the new Apple iPhone Smart Case that has a built in battery pack. Apple says this Smart Case will increase talk time to up to 25 hours. They are pretty expensive at $99 but if you find yourself with a dead phone a lot it may be worth it.