Everyone has experienced last minute rush to get to the charger before your phone finally gives up and runs out of battery. Smart phones and tablets can do great things but all this technology going into a small handheld device takes a lot of battery and can cause major headaches when you want to get something done.
Steps can be taken to minimize battery consumption and prolong your battery life before the next time your have to plug in and charge up.
If you follow these few tips you will hopefully see a rise in your battery life and you won’t be having to run to that charge quite so often.
1.Investigate Battery Usage
Firstly, to lower our overall battery usage we have to know what is causing our battery to run so low. On iOS you can view battery usage by going into settings and then battery.
From here you will be able to see what is taking up your battery. You can sort by the last 24 hours or the last 7 days and you will be able to see a breakdown of the percentage of apps which use up your battery.
If you realise an application you never use is using up a large quantity of your battery you can then get rid of this app and therefore get some of that battery usage back again.
Or perhaps an app you use is taking up some battery, maybe it is time then to find a less battery consuming alternative.
Maybe somewhat unsurprisingly, your display takes up a large quantity of power on your device. With the screens on these products becoming more and more technology advanced the batteries cannot keep up and therefore these wonderful displays can cause large battery consumption.
A sure and solid way to decrease your battery consumption is to go into settings and then display & brightness settings and lower the brightness of your screen to as low as you feel comfortable using. This will hopefully greatly improve your battery.
You can also choose the auto brightness option which will use the devices ambient light sensor to control the brightness of your phone according to your surroundings.
Also, you can choose the length of auto-lock, which defines how long your screen will stay on when you are not using your phone. The lower the setting here is better as it will mean less screen time for your battery to contend with.
The use of GPS and location services on your device is often vital and increasingly useful. But having location services turned on constantly will eat up your battery.
Luckily Apple give a way to manage which applications can use location services and therefore cute down on the loss of battery. To manage this location setting you go to settings then privacy and then location services. Then from here you get to choose what applications have access to the location services.
This makes a lot of sense, as while some apps will need to have access to location services but some applications will never use location services and will just waste your battery.
There are a lot of bells and whistles that apple provide which while very nice to use and make your device nice to see and use but they aren’t always needed.
An example of this would be the reduce motion setting. You can access this setting by going to the accessibility section of the general settings. From here you can enable reduce motion which will, as stated, reduces motion on the screen with changes such as zooms becoming fades and the parallax effect becoming static among other things.
Another thing you can do is, if you are running a dynamic or live wallpaper you could change it to a still image. Live wallpapers are always going and can take up a lot of your battery, and while nice to look at, they are not essential.
WiFi is a powerful and incredibly useful tool on any device. But you shouldn’t have it on at all times, and if you do you are wasting precious battery life.
Bluetooth also is a great feature to have on your device but again you only need it at certain times and it will be using up your battery even when you are not using it, if its left on.
Other feature such as Apple Airdrop, the service provided by apple to share files with other nearby apple products, also cause your battery to go down.
These features can be turned off by swiping up on the bottom of the screen, and you will get a list where you can toggle on and off these connections.
Battery life is an ongoing problem as the battery technology often cannot keep up with the device technology.
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