The iPhone is known for having a temperamental battery life
span, often ranging from multiple days of power to less than a transcontinental
flight. The reason for much of this
inconsistency is that the iPhone essentially goes to sleep when it is not being
used. When it is being used you can go
from basic functions to those that eat up battery life like a terminal
cancer. If you are trying to maintain
battery life there are several standard suggestions that people tend to
follow. Reduce screen brightness, turn
off EQ, 3G, and Wi-Fi, turn off Push features, and shorten the speed of the
Auto-Lock feature. Beyond the obvious
there are a few things to think about and tips to follow if you want to really
extend the life of your iPhone battery.
The first tip to follow is to simply reduce the use of your
iPhone. This may seem obvious, but
people often forget that the iPhone is a phone first and iPod second. Listening to music on your iPhone will eat up
the battery, but watching videos either online or in the iPod section will kill
it faster than anything else. If you
absolutely need your battery life to remain consistent you are going to have to
go to the basic functions of your phone and only use it for calls.
You can easily go in and select different settings in your
iPhone to reduce the drain on the battery.
Location services, all push functions, data fetching, internet
functions, and the rest can all be shut off manually. Each of these communication services will
continually drain your battery as they constantly communicate through your
network. The ultimate way to really shut
this down is to enter Airplane Mode.
Airplane Mode, as the name indicates, is what you turn on when you are
prohibited from having any signal coming in and out of your iPhone. You can do this for periods of time when you
know you are not going to use your phone, but will need to later on. This will essentially shut down the power
drain as long as you are not using the iPhone functions. To set Airplane Mode on your iPhone start by
going to Settings. You will find the
Airplane Mode Off / On button right at the very top above the Wi-Fi selection
Sounds in general are often going to cut short your iPhone
battery life. These are used by the
iPhone to notify you about almost everything, from new emails to the basic
clicks of the keyboard when texting.
This is an easy way to get a little extra juice out of your iPhone on
long bouts away from an outlet. Again,
go to the Settings option and then go down to the second block and select
Sounds, which is directly above Brightness.
Once you are in Sounds you will have the option to turn off a whole host
of things, with Vibrate right at the top.
Below that you can turn off sounds for New Voicemail, New Mail, Sent
Mail, Calendar Alerts, Lock Sounds, and Keyboard Clicks. All of these can go easily without impeding
iPhone functionality, but you may have to consider whether or not it will be
worth it to turn off vibrate altogether.
The sleep cycle for the iPhone is one of the most important
ways that it saves battery, so this should be respected. Constantly waking it up and then allowing it
to go back to sleep drains the battery in the same way that turning your car on
and off uses an unreasonable amount of gas.
When you do not need to actually use the iPhone just simply put it away
and let it rest.
If you want to ensure long term battery life efficiency you
are going to have to go through the Charge Cycle regularly. This Charge Cycle on your iPhone means that
you will have to go from a full charge to a full die. This will make sure that the lithium battery
in the iPhone stays working well. Try to
do the full Charge Cycle every four weeks or so, and every month and a half at
the very least. For most people this is
no problem as dying iPhone batteries are a part of everyday mobile life.
To really solve your issues with iPhone battery life you
should be keeping chargers with you at all times. iPhone car chargers are still standard and it
is easy to plug into almost any computer and charge up for a little while. Currently there are dozens of back up options
that allow you to keep a back up power source that you can charge from when you
are not near a stationary power outlet or computer. These are not that expensive and should be a
priority for iPhone users that travel regularly.
For more standard tips for extending your iPhone's battery life check out: