Monday, October 22, 2012

Saving Battery Life on Your Apple Devices

If you have a phone, you probably know the feeling of trying to do as much as possible before it dies. Some phones just have really bad battery life, but with most phones there are things you can do to make it last longer. These methods work mostly on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, but this also might work on other smartphones or tablets, too.

Turn Your Brightness Down

This is an obvious one, but sometimes it's overlooked, and it's one of your biggest battery-suckers. To do this, go to settings and to "Brightness and Wallpaper". You can easily slide the brightness up or down from here. You can choose whether you want your device to automatically adjust the brightness based on what it thinks the surrounding light levels are. You should notice longer lasting battery life.

Turn off Bluetooth if You Don't Need It

In your settings, you can choose "Bluetooth" and slide it to off. This will keep your phone from constantly searching for Bluetooth devices to connect to. This helps preserve your battery overtime.

Turn Off Unneeded Location Services

Does Angry Birds really need to know where you are during the day? Location services can be helpful in finding places on Apple Maps (Like the ocean) or using Google to find Restaurants near by. By going to settings, to privacy, to location services and disabling the service for apps who don't need it, you can save battery throughout the day. This also includes turning off Traffic, which is used to track you and see where there is more traffic in an area by number of iPhones there. You do this by going to settings, to privacy, to location services and scrolling down to System Services. Just leave Cell Network Search on, Compass Calibration if wanted, and Setting Time Zone if you want it to automatically change when you enter a new timezone.

Fetch Email instead of Push

Push for email helps by constantly checking if you have email coming in. To turn it off, go to settings, to "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" and configure your mail settings to fetch. Set it to the longest amount of time you can stand, but preferably make it Manual, so you must refresh it to receive new emails.

Turn Off Wifi

With Wifi constantly on (even when you're not using it) your device is constantly trying to connect to wifi's and searching for networks. By only turning it on when you need it, you can help preserve even more battery.

Have Your Device Set To Autolock More Frequently

By doing this, your device will not sit on standby for as long draining battery; it will instead lock and save you battery. You can do this by going to Setting, General, and to Auto-lock. You can there set the times for how long you want it to standby before locking.

By doing these things you should be able to have more battery on your Apple Device and be able to use it for longer. If you have any other suggestions you can leave them in the comments below. Do you think iOS 6 will affect battery life?


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