Trying to use an iPhone that doesn’t last all day between charges can be a nightmare.
Exhausted battery life can force you to carry a portable charger with you whenever you’re out of the house.
Alternatively, you can always be resigned to the fact that you will have to carry around a dead phone for hours.
Luckily, Apple has a treasure trove helpful advice on their website to maximize the life of your iPhone.
As you know, batteries naturally degrade over time, but there are still some things you can do to extend their life as much as possible.
2. Eliminate some cases during charging
Apple says that removing certain cases from your iPhone before charging can also help keep its battery healthy.
That’s because some cases can generate residual heat, which can affect your battery’s capacity.
This could be due to the thickness of the case or the material it is made of.
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For example, materials like foam are better insulators than silicon, making your iPhone more likely to overheat while charging.
“If you notice your device heats up while charging, take it out of the box first,” Apple said.
2. Avoid excessive heat
Perhaps the best advice is to protect your iPhone battery from damage in the first place, to increase its lifespan.
Extreme heat can cause major problems with your smartphone – and Apple’s expensive iPhones are no exception.
“Low or high temperature conditions can cause a device to change its behavior,” explains Apple.
The ideal temperature to keep your iPhone at, according to the tech giant, is between 16 and 22C (62 to 72F).
Colder temperatures can lead to a temporary decrease in battery life.
But higher temperatures can shorten your battery life.
“Using an iOS device in overheating conditions can permanently reduce battery life,” reads an Apple support post.
On hot days, it is easy to cause iPhone to exceed its normal operating temperature.
Apple has some specific warnings about things you definitely shouldn’t do with your iPhone today:
- Leave the device in the car on a hot day
- Leaving the device in direct sunlight for a long time
- Using certain features in hot weather or direct sunlight for an extended period of time, such as in-car GPS tracking or navigation, playing graphically intensive games, or using augmented reality app
There are ways to reduce your risk, even on very warm days.
For example, don’t put your iPhone in restricted places, like under your bed sheets or in your pocket.
Also, if you feel your phone heating up, stop using it – or even turn it off.
Avoid using powerful apps for a long time. This is especially important for gamers, as intense video game applications can cause the phone’s processor to heat up very quickly.
3. Don’t forget about low power mode
Low Power mode turns off some power-hungry features on your phone.
Sadly, that could mean some apps, tools, and features on your phone will no longer work – temporarily anyway.
“When Low Power Mode is on, your iPhone will last longer before you need to charge it, but some features may take longer to update or mature,” explains Apple.
“Also, some tasks may not work until you turn off Low Power Mode or until you charge your iPhone to 80% or higher.”
To enable Low Power Mode, go to Settings > Battery and toggle the switch at the top.
4. Don’t miss the auto brightness
You can easily set your phone’s brightness to maximum – but it doesn’t have to be on all the time.
The brighter your phone’s screen, the faster your battery life will drain.
So consider turning on Apple’s Auto-Brightness feature, which adjusts screen brightness based on ambient light no matter where you are.
This can greatly improve your battery life over time and is a handy way to automatically keep the brightness at the right level.
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