If you’ve bought an iPhone, you’ve probably realized that its got a very solid battery life for all of the features that it offers. Though I have heard some complaints of faulty batteries, most stories of battery life have been very positive. If you need a little help making your battery last a little bit longer, here are a few tips to help you extend the battery life of your iPhone.
- Turn of Bluetooth – if you’re not using the geeky little headset to make phone calls, you don’t need bluetooth enabled. No need to have your iPhone search endlessly for bluetooth devices if you’re not planning on using any.
- Use the Auto-Lock Setting – I’ve got mine turned to 1 minute. This means that after 1 minute of inactivity, my iPhone will power itself down (same as pressing the power/lock button on the upper right of the phone). This is probably one of the biggest battery savers, as the screen will not remain lit while the phone is not in use.
- Get yourself in the habit if locking your iPhone when you’re done using it – After you make a call, send an email, check your stocks, or do whatever else you may need to do, click the lock button at the upper right hand side of the phone. Don’t wait for it to power the screen off on its own. Turn it off as soon as you’re done using it for the task at hand.
- Turn off the WiFi radio – When you’re not connected to a WiFi network; i.e. when you’re not at home, at a coffee shop, or some other place where you know that you’ll have WiFi access; turn off the WiFi radio on the iPhone. This will help to increase battery life.
- Drain the battery completely prior to charging – This is a good practice for anything with rechargeable batteries. I used to employ this tactic heavily when I was into racing R/C cars, but that’s an entirely different story. Learn your phone and how long the battery lasts FOR YOU and charge it accordingly. I can typically go 2 fulls days without a charge. The battery lasts just fine for me to do the following 2 days in a row without a charge:
- Listen to 1-2 hours of music (typically on shuffle with the screen off)
- Make calls (typically 15-60 minutes… I’m not a big talker)
- Check emails approximately 10 times through the day
- Send between 5-25 emails… this depends on how busy I am while not at work.
- Check stocks 3 times per day
- Check weather in the morning and evening
- Send 10-20 text messages
My iPhone battery will last about 2 days while doing the above tasks. On the second day, the battery will fall into the red zone between 4-6pm and when I return it to the cradle in the evening, it will usually only have about 10% of its life remaining. I know this isn’t a “complete battery drain”, but it’s pretty close.
I’ve been using these tips listed above and have been getting great life from my iPhone battery. I’d love to hear if anyone out there has any additional suggestions that can be added to the list.