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Best tricks to improve your iPhone's battery life

Depending on who you ask, the iPhone is the best smartphone on the market and nobody can deny that quality-wise it's right up there with the best. However, because it can do so many things and people are so enamored with using it, the battery life can be a bit of a problem. I've decided to show you a few tips and trick that can help you improve your iPhone's battery life.

Finding the cause

If you feel like your iPhone's battery is running out a bit too quickly, the first thing that you should do is to check out which of your applications take a big toll on it. All you have to do is to open your phone's Settings, then go to Battery and you will be able to see a list displaying the amount of battery power used by each of your applications over the past 24 hours or seven days. What's really cool is that you can also see the amount of time each application has been running in the background, so you will be able to know which are OK to leave opened and which you really must stop in order to preserve battery life. To be honest this is actually quite basic, but having this information will help you assess if it's worth keeping an application installed and running or if it's better to look for an alternative solution.

Tinkering with the settings

If you're in dire need of conserving battery power, there are a few tricks that may help out. Individually they don't do that much, but when you combine them, the effects will become noticeable: All of these can be accessed from your iPhone's Settings menu.

  • Reduce the screen brightness - less light, less power consumed, so keep your screen's brightness as low as possible.
  • Decrease the amount of push notifications that you receive.
  • Cut-back the applications' access to your location.
  • Disable Bluetooth (if you don't really need it).
  • Go to Airplane mode - this is useful if you're expecting a phone call or a text at a specific hour, and it's vital that your battery lasts until then.

The Low Power Mode

Another useful thing that you should know is that starting with iOS 9, Apple introduced a Low Power mode that reduces or turns off features like background app refreshing, email refreshing, Siri, visual effects, etc. To activate this mode, all you need to do is go to Settings --> Battery and turn the toggle next to the Low Power Mode to the ON position. iPhones powered by iOS 9 or a newer version of the operating system automatically go in Low Power Mode if the battery drops below 20%.

Now that you've seen some of the best tricks to improve your iPhone's battery life, you might also want to check out some of our other stories, such as "A simple, fast way to transfer files between iPhone and PC", "Saving Facebook videos to your iPhone is simple", "Blacklist a phone number on iOS" or "Tips and tricks for iPad users".

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