If you have an iPhone you know that with each new iOS update battery issues are bound to happen. iOS 9 will be no different. With the update to iOS9 comes disappointing or lower battery life for people that have an iPhone 4S, 5, or 5S. The truth is that even owners of the latest iPhone can benefit by these helpful battery saving tips. All of these have been tested to work with iPhone 4S to iPhone 6 to significantly improve battery life. If you experience battery drain after upgrading your iOS follow these tips to reclaim your lost life and stay browsing on your phone longer than ever.
All of these adjustments can be found within Settings on your iPhone.
Tip No. 1: Turn off Background App refresh
Select settings – > general -> background app refresh
From there you can simply turn off all apps to refresh in the background but this will cause you to lose updates with some apps like email and others. It is recommended that you just turn off the ones that you do not need or use. If it isn’t essential then turn it off. Some of the essentials might include weather, certain social media apps, and maps. Turning off or limiting this feature will drastically improve your battery life, especially on older iPhones.
Tip No. 2: Limit Location Services
Settings -> General -> Privacy -> Location Services
Limiting or turning off location services will improve battery life as your iPhone will no longer be updating based on your location managing complex computations to improve updates based on where you are. Some apps simply do not need location data and this is a privacy issue. Do you really need location data on every photo you take? Pick the apps that you feel need location services as sometimes this can help improve the app experience. If you really want battery life improvement turn off location services completely.
Tip No. 3: Edit Podcast Subscriptions
Settings -> Podcasts
Your iPhone does a lot of background services to achieve homeostasis in its life. You can improve your battery even more by limiting the amount of time your phone spends looking for new downloads of your podcasts to the max amount of 6 hours. To improve battery you can also turn off cellular data in all apps that you do not use while not on wifi.
Tip No. 4: Turning off unused apps
Double tap home button -> Side scroll to switch between apps -> flick upwards to close apps
Many people do not know that your iPhone runs all the apps that you open in the background and does not close them. This cause your battery to go very quickly. So close those open apps that you are not using by flicking them upward with your finger. If you close an app your settings will still be saved so you can go back to them later.
Tip No. 5: Turn off notifications
Settings -> Notification Center -> Scroll down to reveal “Include”
Applications in the notification center waste battery. They are the annoying popups or banners that you see at the top of your screen and you want to know how to remove them. From the notification center you can! These apps can be eliminated completely by switching the alert settings to none or you can change it to banner to quickly leave your view. To save battery, select none and remove it from notification center by switch all the values to “off”. This can be tedious but the battery savings are worth the extra effort.
Tip No. 6: Turn off Fancy Graphics
Settings -> General -> Accessibility
iOS7 has some cool new graphical features but are they really that cool? Turning off these “features”, or gimics more likely, will greatly improve battery life on older devices and newer alike. The big one being to turn off “reduce motion”. Here you can also test out various settings to improve the overall look of the phone and how well you see things on it. Making text larger, increasing contrast, adding button shapes, all of these will not affect battery life but can improve your user experience with the phone and help you see your device much better. Under physical & motor at the bottom you can turn off elements that you do not use. I have everything turned off on my phone.
Tip No. 7: Limit Spotlight Search
Settings -> General -> Spotlight Search
Spotlight search occurs when you see all the iPhone icons and flick your screen down using your finger to display the search box. This search box scans your entire phone by default and this takes up lots of resources and time. Simply turn off the items that you do not want search to scan through when you search by touching to uncheck them. For example, when I search I only use the search to find apps or my music quickly but do not want to search emails or reminders or whatever else the iPhone thinks I might want to find so I simply turned them off. Now I can quickly find either my apps or my music and it saves battery life.
Tip No. 8: Check your apps; they are tricky
Settings -> Scroll to bottom to see all your apps and their additional settings
Some apps are tricky. They have additional settings that you might not know about. Luckily, you can find these settings out and nip them in the bud by scrolling to the bottom of settings and viewing your apps. From here, click on your various apps and see what you come up with. If it seems sketchy or is obviously something you do not need, turn it off. Notifications are a giveaway that you do not need for most apps. Do you really need to be alerted by Angry Birds of anything? I don’t think so. So turn it off.
Those are the tips to saving your battery life. The basic idea is to experiment and play smart with your phone. Some additional battery saving items include settings the auto-lock to a shorter time, remember to hit the lock screen when not using your phone, limit time playing games, and turning off Siri, but where is the fun in that?