For the most part, those who have purchased the iPhone 5 have been tickled pink with the overall design and functionality (okay, with the exception of a certain janky maps feature that shall remain nameless). But certain iPhone 5 users have found that often times the battery life of the unit leaves a little something to be desired.
In reality, this has very little to do with the actual battery. In point of fact, in a battery-life test performed by iLounge, the iPhone 5 scored better than every other smartphone currently on the market with the exception of the supercharged Motorola Droid Razr Maxx.
So what causes these battery issues? Well, different things can. Often times its overuse of the iPhone while other times it may be external factors that drain the juice quickly. With that in mind, here are some quick tips iPhone 5 users should keep in mind if they want to maximize the battery life of their hand held. And in the interests of fairness, these tips will work for those with older iPhone models as well.
Reduce screen brightness
This would seem like a no-brainer, but the iPhone’s automatic auto-brightness feature can often go unnoticed by users. Aside from that, an excessively bright screen is one of the biggest reasons an iPhone battery may drain quicker than usual.
To dim the lights, simply go to Settings >Brightness and slide the bar to the left until the appropriate brightness is achieved.
Switch to airplane mode when the signal becomes weaker than usual
Those iPhones running on a solid 4G signal can count on a long battery life. However, when only 3G is available – and especially if that signal is weak – it can drain the battery far quicker than normal. Those who notice slow data speeds will want to switch over to airplane mode, as this will automatically stop all data transfers and generally put the unit into an idle mode.
Disable push notifications
The libraries of many iPhone owners contain a few (or much more than a few) apps that were downloaded, used once, and then forgotten about. But even though these apps aren’t in use, the owner is still likely getting many unwanted and unread notifications. This can create a real power drain, and the best thing to do is disable notifications from any unused mobile app.
To do this, go to Settings > Notifications and look through the apps displayed in the “in Notification Center.” Touch the bar on the app in question to disable push notifications.
Disable location services on certain apps
While location-based social networking sites like Foursquare are all the rage, not every app and site needs to know the exact location of the iPhone user. To this end, users who want to save some iPhone power should disable location services on apps that don’t specifically focus on it, like Pandora and Facebook.
To do this, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and then scroll through the apps one at a time and disabling all those that don’t require specific location knowledge to function. For those who don’t mind disabling all location services from all apps, there is an option to do so at the top of the screen.
Lock the phone
This is a common-sense solution in that it shuts down the iPhone’s display, but it also adds a security benefit in that people can’t access the info on the iPhone. To lock the unit, simply touch the thin silver button at the top of the device or set auto-lock by going to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and selecting the time interval.
By following these simply guidelines, iPhone owners everywhere should be able to squeeze a bit more blood from that lithium-ion stone that powers the unit.
Scott Johnson is a travel writer and blogger who aspires to travel the world. He writes on behalf of companies who provide travel services such as Protect Your Bubbler travel and rental car insurance brand.