Tips on saving your iPhone battery

Now that I’m an iPhone user, I’ve noticed a few things that are definitely different from my old Blackberry. Battery life is one of them. To be blunt, the life of an iPhone battery charge isn’t that great. In fact, it’s awful — likely because there’s so much going on that drains the battery quickly. I could practically leave my Blackberry for four or five days (and still be using it regularly) before I’d need to charge it or risk having it die on me.

The iPhone’s battery, however, can easily be drained in a day — or even hours if you’re using it consistently. A few tips for helping to avoid this: 1) Plug in your iPhone whenever you’re not using it. Be diligent about this. 2) Turn off the wi-fi or Bluetooth functions if you’re not using them. This will stop the phone from constantly seeking out connections, thus draining your battery. 3) Log out of all websites and social media networks if you’re not actively using them. As well, ensure that all unused applications are closed properly. Stuff running in the background can eat up precious battery resources. Same goes for GPS-related functions such as maps, etc.

Those are just a few. Search for “iPhone battery tips” in your favourite search engine for more. I’d also recommend downloading a free battery-related application such as Battery Magic to keep tabs on exactly how long you have before your battery dies. The app will also tell you how long you need to keep it plugged it before you reach full capacity again.

3 Responses to Tips on saving your iPhone battery

  1. Its interesting you mention charging it as often as possible. From what I’ve been told that’s the worst thing to do. Supposedly, every time you plug in your iPhone (or any portable device), it counts as one “charge cycle” whether you do a full charge or not. If this is correct, to get a longer life span out of the battery you are better off draining the it completely and doing a complete charge whenever possible.

    On the other hand, I might have been totally misled on this. What are your thoughts?

  2. To comment on your item #3 (“Turn off the Wi-Fi…”), I would recommend that you actually setup your iPhone to connect to your Wi-Fi when at home or other trustworthy location automatically (e.g. at work), as it uses less power than connecting to the 3G network (3G requires more antenna power). In addition, a battery drains rather quickly when the 3G connection is poor. Put your phone on ‘airplane mode’ when there is no signal at all.

    Meanwhile, turning off Bluetooth is a good idea if you have no need for it.