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Always find yourself with a dead iPhone in the middle of the day? There are a number of simple tricks to make your charge last longer.
We have tracked down some of the best tips and hacks to boost your iPhone battery life today.
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Your iPhone has a built-in tool that allows you to discover exactly which apps are draining your battery life.
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Head into Settings > Battery and wait until the page is loaded.
Tap on the ‘Last 10 Days’ option, which reveals the use of the battery for the different apps of the past week-and-a-half.
If you scroll down, you will see the apps that have made use of the majority of your life of the battery in percentage form.
So if you have a app has 20 percent in addition, which means that it hoovered in one-fifth of the lifetime of the battery used in the last 10 days.
You can also switch to the items in the list by activity – keeping them ordered by the use of the battery.
So if you’ve spent a little time on an app, but it is high on the list for the use, that means that it’s a battery killer.
In this section also divides the time that the app is running in the background.
Watch out for apps that use a lot of the battery and rack up a lot of background-use the time – they are especially bad for the life of your battery.
Check if you have a battery switch
Head into your Settings app and go to the Battery section.
Tap, and then choose the Health of the Battery (Beta) option.
Note: this will only appear if you have an iPhone 6 or higher, and you have an upgrade to a software version iOS 11.3 or later. Here is a guide on how to update your iPhone, if you’re not sure what that means.
Once you’re in the Health of the Battery section, you’ll see a few different read-outs.
The first is the Maximum Capacity, which is shown as a percentage.
This tells you the exact percentage of the load of your iPhone battery, in comparison with when it was new.
The second is an assessment of your performance of the battery capacity, which will let you know if the battery is working effectively or not.
For people with a life of the battery woes, the percentage is important.
A battery is considered “worn” when it is below the 80 percent, which means that it’s time to upgrade your battery.
You will typically reach this point after 500 full charges – that most users less than two years.
If you are still in warranty, you can claim a battery change for free in the Apple Store. Everyone will have to pay a fee.
Activate the Low power Mode
Low Power Mode disable a number of power-hungry functions on your phone.
Unfortunately, it may mean that some of the apps, tools and features on your phone don’t work – temporarily, anyway.
“If the power saving Mode is enabled, your iPhone will take longer before you need to charge it, but some features are possible to work longer or complete,” said Apple.
“Also, some tasks may not work until you enable the Low power Mode, or until you load your iPhone up to 80 percent or higher.”
To turn Low Power Mode on, go to Settings > Battery and turn the switch on the top.
Turn off auto-brightness
It can be tempting to set your phone to adjust the brightness of the display set at maximum but it is not necessary to be on full constantly.
The brighter the screen of your phone, the faster your battery life will drain.
So consider turning on Apple’s Auto-Brightness function which will adjust the brightness of the screen based on the ambient light where you are.
This can significantly improve your battery life over time, and is a convenient way to keep your brightness to the correct level automatically.
Make sure that you are on a Wi-Fi network
The use of the internet on a Wi-Fi connection drains the life of your battery.
But the energy cost grows even more if you’re browsing with mobile data.
So if you have the option of using a Wi-Fi network, it is well worth the effort to switch.
It is a double bonus, if Wi-Fi is often faster than mobile data – and rarely has data caps.
Turn on airplane mode when you’re not connected to the networks
Similarly, if you have no hope of getting a signal – as in the fly – you have to whack the airplane mode on.
This will stop your iPhone from constantly searching for networks, which may constitute a barrier for the life of your battery.
To turn Airplane Mode on, go to Settings and turn the airplane mode button at the top.
Turn on power-hungry settings
Many different features on your phone sucking battery life, so you can turn them off in order to quickly decrease your battery drain.
Try turning off the Location Settings by going to Settings > Privacy > location services.
You can also stop apps check for new content in the background.
To do this, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn the switch off.
Protects your battery against damage
Perhaps the best advice is to protect your iPhone battery from damage in the first place, to maximize the battery life.
Extreme temperatures can cause big problems with your smartphones and Apple’s expensive iPhones are no exception.
“Low or high temperatures can cause the device to change its behaviour,” Apple explains.
Cold temperatures can lead to temporary shorten the battery’s lifetime.
But because of the high temperatures can mess up your battery life.
“With the help of an iOS device in very warm conditions may permanently reduce the life of the battery,” an Apple support post reads.
On hot days it is very easy to have an iPhone to be higher than the normal operating temperature.
Apple has a number of specific warnings of things that you definitely should not do with your iPhone today:
1) Leaving the device in a car on a hot day
2) Leaving the device in direct sunlight for long periods of time
3) the Use of certain functions in the heat or direct sunlight for an extended period of time, such as GPS tracking or navigation in the car, playing a graphics-intensive game, or using augmented reality apps
There are ways to reduce your risk, even on very hot days.
For example, put your iPhone in confined places, like under the blankets or in your pocket.
Also, if you think that your phone is warm, stop using it – or even turn off.
Avoid the use of powerful apps for long periods of time. This is especially important for gamers because game apps can a phone from the processor to heat up very quickly.
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This story originally appeared in The Sun.