Every year cell phone manufacturers claim more battery life with newer version of their smart phones. Then why these phones start behaving the same way as it’s predescessor after a few weeks? The answer lies in using habits and battery results change per user. I am an iPhone user and the other day I heard my friend complaining about the battery life of his new iPhone 6. I thought, I would give a check before he visits the Apple Store to replace the device (considering Apple Store are still seeing long lines of buyers for iPhone 6). This is what we changed which helped him get his original battery performance back.
Background App Refresh:
iOS has been supporting backgrounding apps for a few previous versions. Background processing is a good and a bad thing. Android users already know that a running app in background can dramatically drain battery. In iOS 8, Apple allowed app developers to enable backgrounding regardless of what type of that app is. So now, users will make the ultimate decision instead of Apple. This change helped a lot of users to use all the desired apps in background.
My friend had many of the apps which he doesn’t use everyday running in the back ground which we disabled. Apps like Amazon, Best Buy, Pinterest or even Instagram doesn’t need background processing. Because regardless of what setting you keep these apps refresh when they are opened. Also, if you are worried about deals, app notifications do the job, no need for app to keep running in background.
This is how to disable Background App Refresh on iOS8;
Go to Settins > General > Background App Refresh
Enable only a few apps which you really use multiple times everyday.
Use notifications wisely:
If you are not the person who likes every app installed on phone to buzz on your lock screen, then this is one of the best way to conserve battery. Only keep important app notifications to show up on the lock screen, for everything else there is always the Notification Center.
Getting notifications to view on the lock screen every time keeps the screen light up for about 10-15 seconds. Those are the 10-15 seconds, you are not using your phone at all (well except for reading meaningless notifications). Configuring only required notifications to show up on lock screen will save a lot of back light up time. Here’s how to change it;
Go to Settings > Notifications > Select the app you want to change notification settings > Disable ‘Show on Lock Screen’ option.
This is one of the best feature of iOS when you set up location specific reminders. Location reminders is a cool feature which alerts users when they arrive/leave within a specified range of a particular geographic location. This location could be Office, Home or even a coffee shop. Location reminder requires Reminders app to use location i.e. GPS of the phone which often is the major reason of battery drainage.
Along with inbuilt Apple Apps, a lot of other third party apps from App Store support location services for many of their functionalities. Example would be Swarm app which alerts users when their friends are near by. But, not all apps need to know what your location is, and this is how to control it.
Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Select app to change it’s settings > Choose among options Never, Always and if available While Using the App.
Status bar shows a small arrow pointer to indicate that an app is using location services.
Check indicators below to know status of location services on your phone.
Know your battery usage:
iOS 8 has a way to show battery usage report per app so you know what is using your phone battery the most. For best results charge your phone to fullest on your normal day and then let it drain until it shuts off. Here’s where to find battery usage information.
Go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage
After making a few changes in these settings my friend has seen a huge improvement in the battery issue and also he now knows which apps he actually uses and which he doesn’t. Our small drill also helped him save some space on his phone.
Hope this helps you. After all, we all love our smart phones.
PS: These tips would work for all smart phones and tablets, considering installed mobile OS has these features configurable.