IF YOUR iPhone runs out of juice more quickly than you’d like, there are a few ways to squeeze more out of it.
We’ve pulled together three essential iPhone hacks for anyone whose handset has bad battery life.
Check if you need a battery swap
Head into your Settings app, then scroll down to the Battery section.
Tap into it and then choose the Battery Health option.
Note: this will only appear if you’re using an iPhone 6 or later, and you’ve upgraded to a software version iOS 11.3 or later.
Here’s a guide on how to update your iPhone, if you’re not sure what that means.
Once you’re into the Battery Health section, you’ll see a few different read-outs.
The first is Maximum Capacity, which is listed as a percentage.
This tells you the exact percentage of charge your iPhone batteryholds, compared to when it was new.
The second is a rating of your battery performance capability, which lets you know if your battery is operating effectively or not.
For people with battery life woes, the percentage is important.
A battery is considered “worn” if it’s below 80%, which means it’s time to upgrade your battery.
You’ll typically reach this point after doing 500 full charges – which will take most users less than two years.
If you’re still in warranty, you can claim a battery swap for free at the Apple Store. Everyone else will have to pay a fee.
Activate the Low Power Mode
Low Power Mode will turn off some power-hungry features on your phone.
Sadly, it may mean that some apps, tools and features on your phone will no longer work – temporarily, anyway.
“When Low Power Mode is on, your iPhone will last longer before you need to charge it, but some features might take longer to update or complete,” explains Apple.
“Also, some tasks might not work until you turn off Low Power Mode, or until you charge your iPhone to 80% or higher.”
To turn Low Power Mode on, go into Settings > Battery and toggle the switch at the top.
Stop ‘quitting’ your apps constantly
Closing iPhone apps constantly is a waste of time – and could actually hurt your handset.
Apple says you shouldn’t bother unless an app has frozen.
“When your recently used apps appear, the apps aren’t open, but they’re in standby mode to help you navigate and multitask,” Apple explained.
Part of the problem is that it’s tempting to think apps in your “carousel” are running.
But they’re actually frozen by your iPhone, so they don’t drain resources while you do other things.
Having to restart apps completely after being swiped away sucks up more battery life.
Also, the more strain you put on your battery, the faster it will degrade over time.
And that app will take longer to restart.
It’s like loading a TV from standby, versus having the telly reboot completely.
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