How to make your iPhone battery last longer
Iphones are amazing. Stunning. They've helped frame the entire smartphone revolution.
And yet, with ever iteration of Apple's handset, one feature remains woefully lacking in comparison to its other triumphs: battery power.
While we wait (and wait) for Apple to release a handset that can survive a day without need of a recharge, there are plenty of things you can do to squeeze every last drop of juice from your iPhone.
Hey Siri, go away
Siri can be a useful assistant – but by default it’s always running in the background, ready to spring into action when you say “Hey Siri”.
If you don’t use this feature regularly, think about disabling it. Go to Settings > General > Siri to turn it off.
Don’t worry, you’ll always be able to reach Siri by holding the Home button.
Location, location, location
Apps are greedy things. Not only will they try to guzzle your data, they’ll also leech off of your phone’s GPS given half the chance.
Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, and disable location for any apps that you don’t feel need it, keeping the essentials.
Low Power Mode
Nothing flashy here: Low Power Mode will cut battery use by reducing background syncing and dampening visuals. It turns on automatically at 20 per cent, but you can activate it manually in Settings > Battery. It’s a good way of pre-emptively saving battery when you know you’ve got a long day ahead.
Turn brightness down
Sometimes the iPhone’s auto-brightness setting seems like it was designed for indoor sunglass wearers: you can comfortably turn it down without losing out.
Go to Settings > Display and Brightness and turn “Auto-Brightness” off. Using the slider, adjust the brightness to the desired level – the lower, the better for your battery.
Apps aren’t just switched on when you’re looking at them – they run in the background too. For some apps, that’s fine, but for others (those you use the least) all it does is cost you valuable minutes of power.
Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh to see the full list of apps eating away at your battery, and disable any that you rarely use, or that you’re happy to update only when you open them.
Down with the downloads
To keep your iPhone shiny and new, iOS will attempt to update music, apps, and the operating system whenever it can – which costs both data and battery.
Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store, and turn “Use Cellular Data” to off: your phone will only update when you have WiFi and, presumably, a plug point nearby. You can turn auto-download off altogether if you want to be especially frugal.