Now that most smartphones will do most of the same things battery life is really what has become the deciding factor. Along with doing more a smartphone has to do more for longer. In order to get better battery life there is a mixture of settings and the usage of the smartphone that will help squeeze a little more life out of that battery. So here are a few settings you might want to check in my tip on how to get better iPhone battery life.
Every person’s battery life will be different because the way they use the iPhone will be different. So keeping this in mind there are a few things that are big drains on the battery life and using these things will result in a quick need for charging up your device. The first of these is the screen, the biggest part of the interface with the device. However it takes a lot of power to run the screen so the longer it is on the more of a drain it is on the battery. The next thing is the radios inside the iPhone, which provide data(3G,LTE) and Wifi. Browsing the web or using social media apps for an hour on LTE will definitely gobble up battery power in the 10-20% range. So keeping this in mind any setting that causes the screen to be on longer or the iPhone to connect to the internet will drag down battery life. So it is a balancing act and everyone will need to decide which is more important. I mean what is the use of having a smartphone if you don’t use the internet, check emails and your screen brightness is so low you have to squint to see the screen? Sure it may last an hour longer or more but what use are you getting out of that time?
On the other hand there are settings that are on by default which a user may not use that could be robbing little bits of battery life. So I personally put my settings at a point where I get the most use out of my iPhone for the things I need to do. When battery life gets low I charge it up but even though I would consider myself an advanced user there were two settings I hadn’t checked and updated even after doing updates of the Operating System(OS), iOS. As a result I was using a pedometer app and by the end of the work day my iPhone which would usually be at around 60-70% was at 34% a huge difference. The reason was beause the pedometer app was using the location services of the phone which uses both the radios(data and Wifi) to calculate my location. I didn’t need that I just wanted to know how many steps I took that day. So it was draining my battery by using a service I didn’t even need.
So if you’ve updated your iOS version recently and find that your iPhone battery is draining faster than it used to try checking and adjusting the following settings I’m about to show you.
This is where you can set which apps are included in the Notification Center and will send you notifications. The notifications will cause the screen to wake up and when they come in a user will spend time checking the notification to see what it’s all about. When an app is installed it is added to the notification center even though the user may not want or need to get notifications from the app. You can see which apps are in the Notification Center by:
Tapping “Settings” on the home screen
Then tap “Notification” (pictured above)
There will be a list of all the apps in the Notification Center. You can tap each app and there will be sliders to remove the app from the Notification Center as well as prevent the app’s notifications from being viewed on the lock screen. Remove any apps that don’t need to be in the notification center and don’t need to have notifications on the lock screen.
Next you will want to check under Privacy which is where you will find Location Services.
This will be where all the apps that use location services will be listed along with device settings that you may also want to change. In the screen shots you will see that in the System Services I have turned off all the options except Cell Network Search and Setting Time Zone. That is because these are the only things that would be needed in my use of the device. So adjust the settings accordingly to your use of the device.