Both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are undoubtedly the top phones in their class today. While their popularity can partly be attributed to the success of their predecessors in the global smartphone market, they also are a huge success in their own right because of their amazing hardware as well as state-of-the-art software. Apple has continued to display expertise in pushing the envelope of its hardware in its flagship phones over the years. The only remaining weakness of today’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is their battery. Current smartphone battery manufacturing and technology have not changed much in years. That leaves users without much choice but to find smarter ways to extend battery life. That said, here are some of the most effective tips that you can do to give your battery that much needed boost to last for a few more hours.
Identify battery hogs
This is an important task that you must do before you proceed to the next steps. Identifying the features and apps that uses more battery power can save you from unnecessary hassles. Here’s how:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Usage.
- Tap Battery Usage.
Under Battery Usage screen, you will encounter a few indicators like Background Activity, Location and Background Location, Home & Lock Screen, and No Cell Coverage and Low Signal.
Background Activity implies that there are apps running in the background without your knowledge. Usually, background activity shows up in this list if you have configured your email address to fetch your emails automatically.
To change that, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Background App Refresh.
- Set Background App Refresh to OFF.
Location and Background Location means that an app is using location features or services. To optimize battery life, you can disable Location Services.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap Location Services.
- Turn off location services feature for apps using it.
Home & Lock Screen tells a user that a Lock screen or Home screen is being used by the device. This results to your screen waking up when a notifications is received, draining the battery faster in the process.
Turn it off by going to Settings>Notifications>App and make sure that Allow Notifications is set to Off.
No Cell Coverage and Low Signal. As the name implies, this indicator tells the user to try to improve cellular coverage. If this can’t be done, turning on Airplane mode can be a good remedy.
Once you have identified the top apps or features eating a sizeable amount of your battery power, make sure you do something about it. Most of the time, majority of them can be your commonly used apps. AVG, an information security company, has compiled a list of apps that tops the list in this link. Social networking and shopping apps are notorious battery hogs with their machine gun-like notifications so turning them off may greatly help you in this regard.
Ensure apps and OS are updated
Apple and carriers usually collects anonymous information from individual phones to help them fix problems via incremental patches. Always make sure that your iPhone runs the latest iOS or apps version. iOS 8 was designed to be battery-efficient so make sure you get its most updated form running in your phone.
To check if your device has the latest firmware, go to Settings>General>Software Update. A prompt will pop up if there’s an available update. Before you download the update, make sure that your phone has more than enough battery or is connected to a charger to avoid getting a corrupted set of update files.
For ways to update your iPhone, please visit Apple’s support site here.
Watch out for weak signals
One of the main reasons why your battery drains faster may be your location. If you are in an area with poor cellular coverage, try to enable Airplane mode to disable all wireless communications in your device. Constant searching for a stable signal and switching from a different network band can strain the battery faster. This may not sound convincing enough especially if you are expecting calls or messages anytime but you are left without a choice in the matter. Your decision depends on which is more important for you at a particular time.
If you can connect to Wi-Fi, consider using it as often as possible over mobile data. Wi-Fi connection is more stable and less demanding than mobile data connection.
Tweak your iPhone display settings
There are multiple ways in conserving your precious battery life by simply optimizing your settings. The very first thing you must look for is the phone’s display brightness. Lower the brightness to the lowest comfortable setting possible by swiping up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Center. Simply drag the Brightness slider to the left to dim the screen.
Alternatively, you can also allow the phone to pick the right screen brightness depending on existing lighting condition automatically via Auto-Brightness feature. Here’s how:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap Display & Brightness.
- Auto-Brightness must be set to ON.
Turn off email automatic syncing
You have three options to choose from when getting emails:
Depending on the number of emails you are getting everyday, any one of these can be a more efficient method for you.
Pick Push if you are not expecting a lot of emails arriving any time of the day. The Push feature works by telling your email server to send the messages to your phone once they arrive. This can be advantageous over Fetch (phone checking the server at intervals like every 5 or 10 minutes) if you have less emails.
If you don’t need to be alerted that often when an email arrives, your best course of action is by choosing manual sync as this can save precious battery juice throughout the day.
Do not use Siri
Turn off this feature if you are not using it. Siri’s sensor can be a huge battery drain because it’s constantly on the watch whether or not your face is near the phone.
To turn it off:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Siri
Keep your iPhone away from heat
Your device, just like any other electronic device, cannot tolerate heat. Exposure to hot temperature of over 30° C is not ideal and must be avoided at all times. The battery is not designed to absorb ambient temperature consistently. Heat can damage the battery irreversibly so take utmost care where you put your iPhone if you leave it. Charging the phone in hot locations like inside an unshaded car in the middle of the day will not only decrease the battery expectancy but the other components inside the phone as well. This is very important as, unlike other smartphones, your iPhone’s battery is non-removable; any battery issue you may have may well result to the inconvenience of having it or the phone replaced. Keeping your iPhone cool can definitely give more legs to your battery.
Remove third party case when charging
Not all iPhone cases are created equal. Some of them may look good on your phone but the battery may suffer during charging periods. If you notice that the device is getting hot or uncomfortably when you charge it, consider removing the case first.
Care for your iPhone battery the right way
An iPhone’s non-removable Li-Po 2915 mAh battery is best served when not fully charged. Lithium-based batteries are among the top-of-the-line pick for smartphones today but it doesn’t mean they are ideal. So how do you keep your battery healthy at all times? Read on.
Avoid heat. As mentioned above, your battery’s worst nightmare is heat. It can degrade much faster when continously exposed to heat condition even when not in use.
Full-charging vs Half-Charging. You may have heard before that rechargeable batteries must be “taught” to reach their full potential by making sure that they go from being fully charged to fully empty to avoid them from “forgetting” a portion of their capacity. Called “memory effect”, this belief may have been true for older nickel-based batteries but not anymore for Lithium-based batteries.
To maximize your iPhone’s Li-Po battery’s potential, experts recommends of keeping it between 50%-95% charged all the time. Draining the battery fully will not work on Lithium-based batteries. Instead, charging it whenever you have the time is the best way to go. To complicate it a little bit further, your battery will work best if you don’t top it off fully so you find a way to check how far the charge has gone so you can unplug the device. We know this is not ideal for some of us who are used to leaving the phone plugged in overnight but if you want to keep your battery in a healthy staet, this is the way to go.
That said, you should also avoid fully draining the battery. Although you cannot prevent the battery from degrading as long as your using it, letting it go all the way to zero consistently can further shorten its lifespan.
Make sure the phone is half-charged when kept for some time
If you are planning to leave your phone for a long time, it’s not good to keep the battery completely discharged to prevent it from entering into a deep discharge state. In this state, the battery will fail to hold a charge rendering it useless. On the other hand, if you are planning to store the battery fully charged, it will lose some of its capacity shortening its life in the process.
Make sure to give the phone at least 20 minutes of charge time after leaving it unused for some time to ensure that there’s enough charge in the battery.
That’s it on how to your optimize iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus battery power!
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