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7 iPhone battery tips for advanced users

Al Sacco | May 2, 2014
Battery life has never really been the iPhone's strength, though it has improved since 2007, the year the first iPhone was released. The original iPhone got about eight hours of talk time, according to Apple, while the latest Apple smartphone, the iPhone 5s, gets about 10 hours talk time. The first iPhone had a 1440mAh battery and the iPhone 5s has a 1570mAh battery. Capacity only increased by 12 percent during the last six years, according to ZDNet.com, while average life increased by 25 percent.

Battery life has never really been the iPhone's strength, though it has improved since 2007, the year the first iPhone was released. The original iPhone got about eight hours of talk time, according to Apple, while the latest Apple smartphone, the iPhone 5s, gets about 10 hours talk time. The first iPhone had a 1440mAh battery and the iPhone 5s has a 1570mAh battery. Capacity only increased by 12 percent during the last six years, according to ZDNet.com, while average life increased by 25 percent.

It's as easy to find iPhone battery tips stories online as amusing cat videos. Apple even has a page dedicated to the subject (battery tips, not feline flicks). It includes most of the basic battery tips all iPhone users should know. Of course, there are also a number of advanced iPhone battery tips you can use to further maximize your Apple smartphone's life per charge.

For this post, I've purposely skipped over all of the tips and tricks mentioned on Apple's page and included only tips that probably aren't obvious to the average iPhone user. (Note: The battery tips included are for devices running iOS 7 and may not apply to earlier versions of the iPhone software.)

1) iPhone Notification Settings and Battery Life

Apple suggests disabling push notifications for apps and services to cut down on battery drain, but you can take this advice a step further by turning off vibrations for all notifications. Every time your phone vibrates, it drains a small amount of battery. If your phone is on silent and you've enabled vibration alerts, you're also using battery that could be put to better use elsewhere.

To turn off vibrations, go to Settings > Sounds and flip both of the switches for Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent to the off position.

To turn off all iPhone notifications, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and flip the Manual switch to the On position. If you don't want to receive call notifications either, select the Allow Calls From option on the Do Not Disturb page and choose No One. This effectively silences all of your notifications when your phone is locked.

Finally, you can modify individual app notification settings by going to Settings > Notification Center and then scrolling to the list of apps below. Tap an app to open its setting page and then disable all of the notifications you don't want or need. Banners and Alerts can drain significant battery because they light up your iPhone display when received, and alert sounds also use power, so disabling all unnecessary banners/alerts can save battery. To disable these notifications, under Alert Style on the individual app settings pages, choose None. (You'll still see app badge icons to indicate new notifications, where available, but your screen won't illuminate when not in use and drain battery life.)

 

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