Did you recently update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 5? Are you having the dreaded battery issues (aka ‘Batterygate”)?
Here are some tips that hopefully could help you keep your iPhone running for a bit longer. Apple hasn’t been able to pinpoint the exact root of the problem and early reports of developers using iOS 5.1 beta isn’t very promising either.
There are some ways, however, to squeeze the maximum out of your battery.
Update: @its_MOissa pointed out that switching the lock/unlock sound on the iPhone helps as well. Thanks!
Who knew just by switching “off” the lock&unlock sound on your iPhone could help boost your battery greatly
12/16/11 3:26 AM
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- TIME-ZONE SETTING
- ADJUST BRIGHTNESS
- iCLOUD BACKUP
- SIRI – RAISE TO SPEAK
TIME-ZONE SETTING and more
You could get to this setting by navigating to: Settings -> Location Services (scroll all the way down) -> System Services
Setting Time Zone. Many users have reported improved battery life with the above settings. The iPhone sets the time based on the time zone, which it pulls location data from every so often. As long as you aren’t moving from one time zone to another each week, it’s safe to keep this setting OFF.
Location-Based iAds are exactly that – location based ads to show you ads nearby. I could see it being helpful at times but absolutely not at the cost of losing battery life. Keep this one OFF for now.
Diagnostics & Usage. This one’s a bonus. Not only does it stop collecting data from your iPhone and saves battery life, it keeps you from the prying eyes of Carrier IQ function on the iOS.
Settings -> Brightness
Auto-Brightness. iPhone has a light sensor that adjusts the brightness of the screen real-time according to its environment. For example, the phone’s backlight dims when you walk into a dark room. Because the sensor constantly collects information on its surroundings, it drains the battery that much more. I just adjust the brightness manually and it hasn’t been inconvenient for me at all.
Settings -> Music
For all you audiophiles out there, yes, using the EQ (Equalizer) will drain your battery. I’d advise you to keep it off and toggle it manually when you want to listen to music. You could test it yourself but keeping the EQ on will drain your battery at noticeable speed.
Settings -> iCloud -> Storage & Backup
iCloud technically backs up when “the iPhone is plugged in, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi” so I’d argue that keeping iCloud OFF shouldn’t drain your battery. That said there are reports that keeping this OFF also helps with battery life.
I personally keep this one ON just because I love backing up on iCloud. I’m always lazy when it comes to syncing and backing up on the computer so iCloud works perfectly for me. I used it to restore my phone when I upgraded from an iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S and from one 4S to another, and the process worked flawlessly.
Settings -> General -> Restrictions
Ping is Apple’s attempt at social networking with media. I’ve never used it so I can’t say much about it. Chances are, you aren’t using it as well. Keep it off and you’ll have better battery life!
SIRI – RAISE TO SPEAK
Settings -> General -> Siri
Raise to Speak function allows Siri to be activated when you put your iPhone to your ears. It’s a neat function but not something I use (enough) to justify keeping it around. I’d rather have more battery life.
iFixit discovered the mechanism behind the Raise to Speak function and it keeps the IR sensor on the iPhone 4S activated and….well, activated IR sensor means battery drainage.
Settings -> General -> Spotlight Search
Spotlight keeps all the content of your iPhone indexed so it could find anything instantly when you search for it. You need to have at least one category selected and if you never use the search, you could simply select a category that you know that you have the least amount of data. In my case, I use the search for Contacts and to find my Apps from a list of 330 Apps. Keep the Spotlight function restricted will improve your battery life.