Top tricks and tips to extend your iPhone’s battery life – Part 1

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The iPhone remains as one of the most popular devices today. However, while many will agree that the iPhone is an impressive gadget, it still can fall short when it comes to battery life – with all that the iPhone can do, it's no wonder it takes a little bit of juice. But you don't have to live tethered to an outlet! There are, in fact, numerous steps you can take to substantially improve your iPhone's battery life. ZDNet contributor Zack Whittaker recently shared many great tips to extend the time between charges.

Adjusting the settings
Whittaker suggested turning off auto-brightness on your device, as this can drain the battery rather than conserve it. Another thing that can be disabled to save battery life is Location services.

“Locations services use GPS for location-aware apps and services,” Whittaker explained. “While it's useful knowing where you are on Google Maps, what you don't see is what is going on behind the scenes. Ads are being displayed based on your location, traffic data is being downloaded and your iPhone is always pinging out to see where you are to keep an eye on which time zone you're in. All of these things are unnecessary and churn up your battery life.”

Disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, push email and notifications
Whittaker also recommended that Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and push email be disabled, as these can all drain battery life. Wi-Fi does not need to be enabled when you are not using a hotspot, and the same goes for Bluetooth. While push email may be a particularly useful tool for business iPhone users so that all emails are automatically downloaded immediately, when push email is enabled, your iPhone is constantly listening and looking for new emails. If disabling push email is not an option for you, you can also reduce the download cycle to push email every 15 minutes, 30 minutes or hourly.

In a recent PC Mag article, contributor Jamie Lendino suggested also disabling as many notifications as possible, noting that the fewer notifications that are enabled, the more standby time there should be available. Lendino also recommended regularly checking for software updates, as these will often include fixes that improve battery life.

While these tips should help ensure you make the most of your battery, the typical iPhone's battery will start to degrade after about 18 months to 2 years. To replace the battery or perform any iPhone repair, turn to iResQ. And keep your eye out for more battery saving tips in part 2, soon to follow.

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