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For all of the happiness and pleasure that Apple placed in the palm of our hands, there’s one single thing that drives us all up the wall about the iPhone, and that’s the poor battery life. After noticing my iPhone 5‘s battery percentage drop like a countdown, I thought that it’d be helpful to compile a list of tips that will help to extend your iPhone’s battery life through the day.

Update iOS

Although you may not think about it at first, being updated to the latest version of iOS will help you to maintain a healthy battery life. Engineers are always looking at ways to optimise performance, so it’s a really simplistic and low-effort step to take.

How To:  Settings > General > Software Update and following the onscreen instructions

Screen Brightness

Adjusting the screen brightness is probably one of the ea

siest changes you can make with the biggest impact. This study by Rhett Allain for Wired Magazine shows that turning down the brightness of your screen can definitely extend the battery life of your iPhone, and the graph below clearly shows that!

How To: Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper > Adjust slider

Location Settings

Many apps on your iPhone like Find My iPhone, Maps, Siri and Google Now will need to use your location work efficiently or at all. The trouble is, having location services turned on for these kinds of apps is one of the main culprits for draining your iPhone’s battery life.

The easiest thing to do is turn off location services when they’re not needed.

How To: Settings > Privacy > Location settings on/off


When you install a new app, iOS is likely to ask you if you’d like “push notifications”. This basically means that your iPhone will stay alert for incoming notifications for that app; so for every new email or message, you’ll get a new notification.

Making your iPhone stay alert to new information like that is going to make it work even harder and drain the battery so I’d suggest disabling notifications for certain apps. This works best for those games and apps you don’t use very often. That way, you’ll have to go into the app itself to get updates which is better for productivity during the day too!

How To (for apps): Settings > Notifications > Disable the notifications for each device

How To (for mail): Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch new data


One of the more obvious of tips is locking your phone when you’re not using it. When you’re distracted though, it’s easy to forget and that’ll definitely compromise the battery life. Setting your iPhone to Auto-Lock within a minute or two will be a great backup plan if you forget to do it manually!

How To: Settings > General > Auto-Lock

Multitasking tray

Leaving battery-hungry apps open in your multitasking tray will continue to use up valuable resources on your iPhone. Some apps, particularly the larger games will continue to work in the background in a “paused” state so it’s a good idea to kill them off as soon as you’re done with them to boost battery life.

How To: Double tap home button > Hold down any icon > Tap ‘minus sign’ on selected icon

Full Battery Cycle

To optimise the lifecycle of your battery, make sure that you let it die down and fully recharge it at least once a month. Apple says “For proper maintenance of a lithium-based battery, it’s important to keep the electrons in it moving occasionally. Be sure to go through at least one charge cycle per month (charging the battery to 100 percent and then completely running it down).”

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & 3G/4G

This is another case of, if you’re not using it turn it off! If you’re not constantly using your bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connection then it’s pointless to have it activated.

Keep Away from Extreme Conditions

In an ideal world, you should keep your phone at room temperature and avoid extreme heat & cold. Qualcomm recently highlighted that thermal efficiency is a major concern with modern smartphones and tablets.

Their mobile cool-down tip: throw your phone in the freezer for a quick cool-down or be proactive and keep it out of direct sunlight by always keeping it tucked under your beach towel or cover-up.

Last Resort: Buy a Battery Powered iPhone Case!

Battery powered cases have become a recent revelation, with many opting for them as a convenient solution to extend their iPhone battery life through the day. Sure, you’re compromising by taking on a little bit of extra bulk but at least you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your iPhone won’t be dying on you.

Do you have any other tips? How are you able to get your precious iPhone through the day?

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