Those of you who use an iOS device on a regular basis know that despite the many great things about them, one thing that can get away of your experience is a not so great battery life. Heavy iPhone users may even find themselves charging their device every day. Luckily, there are quite a few things you can do to increase the length of the devices battery, although doing so comes at the expense of disabling some of the cool features the device has. When choosing to do these, you have to decide if you really need the features that are running, or if saving battery power is more important to you.
1. Change Screen Brightness
It should be fairly obvious that the brighter your device’s screen is, the more battery power it uses. Lowering the screen brightness will decrease the amount of battery power it uses while the screen is in use. Additionally, the devices have built in light sensors in them, which make the brightness darker while in dark places and lighter when there is a lot of light around you. Enabling this option will also save battery life in most instances.
Change your screen brightness by going to Settings -> Brightness
2. Disable Bluetooth
All iOS devices have Bluetooth capabilities, which allow them to connect to external devices such as headsets. If you aren’t using any other Bluetooth devices along with your iOS device, there is no reason to leave this on as it will simply use additional battery power searching for nearby devices.
Disable Bluetooth by going to Settings -> Bluetooth.
3. Turn Off Location Services
Although this can help save battery on all iOS Devices, it will be most beneficial to those running on a data network, such as the iPhone. Many application uses the device’s built in GPS to collect various information, so disabling the applications from doing so will save more battery.
Disable location services by going to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services
4. Limit Battery Intensive Actions
Playing games requires a lot of the hardware inside the device to work hard, especially advanced games like Infinity Blade. Making the hardware work hard is a sure way to drain your battery super fast. Watching movies, or browsing the internet also uses a lot of the device’s battery, so limiting the amount you’re doing this will conserve a lot of battery.
5. Turn Off Data Push
Did you know that your iDevice will periodically check for new data, such as emails to download, even if you don’t request it to do so? Prevent your device from doing this, and save battery.
Turn off data push by going to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendar -> Fetch New Data
Still Not Doing It For You? Try A Case That Charges Your Phone!
Sometimes, no matter what you do, especially if you’re a heavy user of your device like I am, you still won’t be able to make your battery last as long as you want it to. If this sounds like you, you may want to consider investing in a case that charges the phone itself. Something like the Mophie Juice Pack Case could give you up to DOUBLE the battery life on your iPhone – quite the difference, right?
Now it’s your turn. How do you conserve battery power on your iDevice? Let us know in the comments!