Jul 222012

If you have an iPhone, you know how long the battery life lasts. With normal use, a couple of days max. This is a problem with all smart phones because the device is so crammed with processors and other things that there just isn’t a lot of room for a bigger battery. However, there are a couple of things you can do to conserve your iPhone’s battery life.


1. Turn Off Location Services

Location services gives apps the ability to access your location with GPS, cellular triangulation, or Wi-Fi pinpointing. As cool as it is, it uses up a ton of battery life! So if you are not trying to find the nearest McDonald’s, turn it off!

Go to Settings > Location Services > Switch to Off

2. Turn Off Automatic Email Fetching 

One of the biggest hogs of battery life that a lot of people don’t realize is using a lot of battery life is fetching email. This is where your phone checks for email in the background at an interval you set (ex. every 15 minutes). Since it is accessing data frequently, it is using battery life! Unless your jobs requires you to check your email all the time, turn it off!

Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data > Tap Manually

3. Turn the Brightness Down

Sending juice to all of the pixels on your iPhone’s screen takes up some battery also. If you lower your screen’s brightness, you can save a pretty good chunk of your battery life.

Go to Settings > Brightness > Drag the Slider to the Left to About Mid-Way

4. Turn Off Bluetooth

Unless you rely on Bluetooth for a wireless headset or for in your car, you will want to turn Bluetooth off because it can be a battery hog.

Go to Settings > General > Bluetooth > Switch to Off

5. Turn of Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is awesome. It provides your phone with a fast internet connection if you’re near a Wi-Fi hot spot that you have access to. However, it does use battery life even if you are not near a hot spot because it is constantly searching for an available network. If you are in a 5% battery crisis situation, turn your Wi-Fi off.

Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Switch to Off

6. Auto- Lock Your iPhone Sooner

When you lock your phone, it basically just turns off the screen. You can still receive calls, push notifications, texts, etc. but it saves battery life by pushing juice to the screen. Your iPhone has a feature called Auto- Lock to help save battery on its own by locking the screen automatically in a set certain amount of time. To save even more battery life, try setting the Auto- Lock to 1 minute.

Go to Settings > General > Auto- Lock > Tap 1 Minute

7. Use Your iPhone Regularly

Yep. Use your iPhone regularly is my last tip. It seems kind of weird to be in a list of ways to extend your battery life, but believe it or not it actually helps! Your iPhone has a battery that is lithium based. This means it is important to keep the electrons moving in it occasionally. So don’t just let your iPhone collect dust in the corner, use it! Also, it is good to do something call a charge cycle once per month (charge your phone to 100% and then completely run it down by use until it shuts its self off)

You will be amazed at the difference that 7 simple steps makes on your iPhone’s battery life!


P.S. Thank you for reading my 1st article!  This is just 1 of many more to come. Please let me know what you think by commenting below!

*Note: This article applies to iOS 5 on the iPhone only. Settings may be different on other versions of the software.