During your day-to-day life with your iPhone, you pretty much know when and where you charge your device’s battery to keep you connected. But what about when you’re taking your summer vacation? How do you keep your battery charged for that road trip or flight? Well here are five changes you can make to your iPhone if you’re worried about extending your battery life more than your normal usage.
Turn Off Unused Apps Your iPhone and iPad keep running recently used apps in the background, even when you’re using another app. That’s how you can leave your game of Candy Crush to Google “Candy Crush Lives Cheat” and then return to the same game without starting over. But, some apps running can use battery life, even while running in the background. So be sure to turn off unused apps by following these instructions:
- Double tap home button on your iPhone
- Press and hold one of the apps that appear at the bottom until an ‘X’ appears in the corner of the icons
- Press ‘X’ on all apps you want to shut down
Reduce Screen Brightness -- Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper The brighter your screen, the more battery you’re using.
Turn Off Data Push -- Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Fetch New Data > Off If you’re flying and not expecting (or wanting) emails to interrupt your vacation, turn of Data Push. Doing so cuts the time your iPhone spends on the email network saving you battery.
Fetch Email Manually -- Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Fetch New Data Even if you turn Data Push off, your emails will still come through on one of four settings: every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes or manually. By selecting Manual you’re phone will find and deliver your email messages only when you open Mail and refresh.
Turn Wi-Fi Off - Settings > Wi-Fi Turn 3G, 4G Off - Setting > General > Cellular Turn Bluetooth Off - Settings > Bluetooth If you’re going to be away from Wi-Fi for an extended time, like if you’re hiking, it will help save battery if you disable Wi-Fi. The same goes with Bluetooth, 3G and 4G.
You can always turn these features back on when you need, but if you’re on vacation or otherwise away from the world for a few hours, spend a few minutes to customize your iPhone’s battery features and extend the life of your battery.