There are fewer things that consume more of your daily attention.
Tonight's dinner, the weather outside, your children...all of these take a back seat to the BL.
Hey! Don't get mad at me. It's science.
A low battery causes stress. Stress is a leading cause of shortened life. A shortened life leads to your children being stuck out in the rain without tonight's dinner.
...maybe that's a little over dramatic.
But the fact remains that battery life has become an obsession among today's modern workforce. Everybody expects the ability to communicate with you no matter where you are or what time it is. And you expect the same of them.
In order to alleviate some of that unnecessary stress, this week's article has brought together some of the simplest and most effective ways to prolong your battery life, specifically your iPhone.
1. External Devices
This one is no secret.
External devices are probably the most obvious way to extend the life of your iPhone battery. However, they still serve as the most effective method, if not the most not the most optimal. There are an array of products out there that you can buy, such as car phone chargers, portable batteries, and iPhone cases with batteries built into them.
The best ones we have found are the protective cases with batteries built in.
Unu has a great one for $49.
Mophie's Space Pack protects your iPhone, has a battery built in, and adds extra storage. It's priced at $149.
2. Battery Optimizing Apps
There's an app for pretty much anything, so of course there are apps to help extend the life of your iPhone battery. Here are two popular free apps that have been developed to help you monitor and optimize your battery life.
The downside? These apps are more to help you monitor and break down the usage of your battery, rather than to actively save your battery life.
But I wonder...will running these apps drain your battery as well?
3. Disable Locations
Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services (Swipe the button to the left to turn off. You will see green when its turned on.)
From here, you can turn off the location settings for specific apps that you don’t necessarily need to have tracking your location, such as your camera. It's amazing how many apps have location tracking enabled. Kind of scary, too.
Reportedly, Facebook is a big one for putting strain on your battery. As a real estate agent, having the location on specific posts on Facebook may be important, but so is your ability to use your phone throughout the day. Try turning on location for Facebook only when you need it.
4. Background App Refresh
Settings > General > Background App Refresh
What is Background App Refresh? Background App Refresh, or BAR as some refer to it, is a fairly new feature introduced with iOS7. It enables apps to “refresh themselves in the background” on their own when you're not using them. This way, you'll have the most up-to-date content and updates when you open them back up.
Background App Refresh does its job in a smart way. That is, in a way that won't drain your battery. It learns from you when the best time is to refresh your apps, and then afterwards the apps go back to being inactive.
However, this is not necessary for every app you have. I suggest turning it off for non-essential apps that do not need to stay up to date on consistent basis.
5. Quitting Apps or forcing Apps to Close
It’s a common misconception that having your apps open in the background would slow your phone and drain your battery.
The apps that appear open when you double-click the main button on your iPhone are actually not running at all.
Forcing apps to close when you swipe up and then having to reload them again actually takes more of your phone's energy than simply leaving them run in the background.
iOS knows you are not using it. It's smart enough to freeze the app so as not to use up any energy. Except for apps that Background App Refresh enabled, iPhone apps do not actively run in the background.
And that's it!
If none of the above tips seem to work for you, well....you could always try this:
Desireé Evanshen is the Communications Manager at RESAAS. She likes to run marathons in exotic places (such as Berlin), as well as watch her two dogs - Kenny and Butters - rummage through her co-workers leftovers. Check out her RESAAS profile ›
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