How to Extend the Battery Life on Your iPhone

Posted on Apr 10 2011 - 9:56am by Robert

How frustrating is it to run out of juice on your phone when you are far from home and in need of some light entertainment? The iPhone battery gives a reasonable life but it is so feature packed that there is the danger of running it down quicker than you need to.

There are some things you can do in order to make your iPhone battery go that little bit further, and here are 8 of the top tips.

Don’t let it overheat

This means not leaving it in your car on a hot summer’s day (if there are any this year) and to remove the case when recharging.

Use Auto-Brightness

Switching on this function will let the phone automatically adjust to the light around it and therefore use less power in bright places. Go into Settings and then Brightness to find this. You can also manually reduce the screen brightness in the same menu if you have been eating your carrots lately.

Go Bluetoothless

When you don’t need to use the Bluetooth feature it makes sense to turn it off, as this is a bit of a battery drainer. Go to Settings and then General to do this.

Turn off Wi-Fi

This is another feature which you should only turn on when you need it. Settings and then Wi-Fi is the place to do this. For 3G users the access route is Settings then General followed by Network.

Don’t pick up data and email so often

These features both need to use wireless networks and will therefore affect your iPhone battery life. You can cancel the first once in Settings then Mail / Contacts / Calendar and Fetch New Data.

Lose the GPS location Service

This is another function which you probably leave running more than you need to. Go to Settings and General to save some juice.

Use the Auto-Lock

Go into settings and then General followed by Auto-Lock. Here you can set the phone to go to sleep quicker when you aren’t using it. You should also be careful about sending it to sleep and waking it up too often, as this will also eat up power.

Stay up to date

New software releases can sometimes include battery saving features and getting hold of these when they come out is a smart idea.

If you do all of these things, or at least some of them, you should find that your iPhone battery lasts a bit longer. Let us know if you have discovered any other top tips.


2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Andrew April 21, 2011 at 12:11 am - Reply

    If you find you don't use the search feature, you can turn off search indexing in settings. This will greatly increase your battery life.

    • gadgetsandgizmos April 21, 2011 at 12:17 am - Reply

      thanks for the tip

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