How To Make Your iPhone Even Better
It’s an iPhone World – Like it or not!
Everybody who is anybody knows these two simple facts, #1 – People who prefer Google’s Android operating system for their cell phones love to argue, especially those with the higher end phones and #2 – iPhones are the coolest, best looking, most capable and most reliable phones in the history of mobile phones. Every other high end manufacturer is playing for second place.
The overwhelming majority of people with iPhones love their iPhones and would never consider using anything else. This brand loyalty is why Apple enjoys tremendous pricing power with its phones. Even the mid-generation releases (4s, 5c and 5s) sell like crazy. Apple has taken every other manufacturer’s best punch and barely even flinched. Apple has been on the leading edge of the smartphone tidal wave since day 1 or the iPhone’s existence. The only notable game of catch up Apple has seemingly ever had to play was to match the screen size of the Samsung Galaxy line of phones. Maybe the plan was always to offer a bigger phone when the time was right or maybe Apple misread the demand for screen size. Either way, the iPhone 6 and 6+ put the size issue to bed and made a whole bunch of Samsung’s television commercials obsolete.
The only chink in the iPhone armor, if you can call it a chink, is a shorter battery life than most would prefer. It’s not an invalid point. If you really use your iPhone for even a fraction of what is capable of then you are in the habit of charging it at least once a day. There are a few tips that may help you squeeze a couple of more hours out of each charge.
How to extend your iPhone Battery Life
The answer to this question is fairly straight forward, and unless you know your iPhone’s various settings menus by heart, will take a few minutes to actually accomplish.
The first 22 tips involve turning on or off (mostly off) various features that are standard on the iPhone. Don’t get too excited or upset though. There is no law that says you have to take any of these suggestions. In fact, you may not even be aware of a lot of them. Think of them as the electric seat warmer in your car. You don’t need or use them more than a few times a year and when you do need them, all you have to do is turn them on.
• Turn off Auto Brightness
• Manually set brightness to the lowest level comfortable
• Set the Auto Lock to 1 minute
• Turn on Airplane Mode – this will turn off the phones antenna. Only use this if you don’t need access to data, GPS or to make or take calls. In other words – you’re just walking around.
• Turn off the Bluetooth – unless you’re using it – duh!
• Turn off the Wi-Fi – see above
• Turn off Airdrop feature
• Disable 3G
• Turn the volume down a bit
• Turn off the vibration
• Turn off Spotlight – or at least unnecessary categories
• Turn off some of all iCloud syncing
• Turn off location services – this is a huge battery drainer
• Turn off Background App auto refresh
• If nothing else, make sure auto refresh and location service for Facebook is off
• Turn off App Auto Update
• Turn off Siri’s Raise to Speak feature – otherwise Siri will ‘listen’ every time you raise the phone.
• Turn off the Music equalizer
• Turn off the auto time zone feature – this won’t get you much, but sometimes every little bit helps
• Turn off Push Email service – choose a time interval (15, 30 or manual) to download email
• Turn the Reduce Motion feature on – this is what makes the app icons look like they are on different planes when you move it. It’s cool, but…..
• Turn off Dynamic Background – see above
Quit Watching Netflix and/or playing God of War
In case you didn’t realize it, motion and sound require processing power which requires juice from – you guessed it – the battery. Forrest Gump will be waiting for you once you get your charge on. Games are really hard on a battery’s charge as well and it doesn’t have to be the super duper war games. A few games of Candy Crush will cost you a couple of minutes of charge.
Run the Battery all the way Down before Charging
This really does help keep your battery operating at maximum efficiency. If you charge it every time it gets to 20% – eventually the battery will think an 80% charge is a 100% charge. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist of a battery engineer to explain exactly how this works – but it wouldn’t hurt either. One thing is for sure – it definitely won’t hurt anything.
Buy an Extended Life Battery
When all else fails and you have to have a phone, then you know what has to be done. The latest offerings of the extended life batteries aren’t bad looking at all.
Even if you can only use a few of these tech tricks you should see your battery performance improve. You probably won’t even notice a difference when disabling most of the bells and whistles.
You may not realize it, but the computing power in your iPhone dwarfs the computing power that was onboard the Apollo 13 space mission (look it up if you don’t know). But much like the brave men that were very nearly stranded in outer space – all of that computing power isn’t worth a darn if the battery is dead.