Thursday, September 24, 2015

Here’s How To Get More Battery Time On Your iOS 9

 With new features, very often, comes in a dip in the battery life of a smartphone; such has been the case for Apple over the years, having come under fire from users on several occasions for not offering batteries with power.

In case you have just made the move from iOS 8 to iOS 9 and cannot seem to be making the most out of your iPhone’s battery, here are a few tips that should help you yield more battery time:
Low Power Mode

Introduced for the first time in iOS 9 only, Low Power Mode is, by far, the simplest method to save battery. Each time your battery hits the 20%, and 10%, mark, you will be prompted to go into Low Power Mode.

Just as the name suggests, Low Power Mode limits power consumption by restricting features such as background app refresh, automatic updates, and animations. The device continues to operate this way unless a charger is plugged in. When toggled on, it can help provide up to three hours of additional battery time. It comes in handy when you are in desperate need of saving power.

To enable Low Power Mode, go to the Settings app, followed by Battery. Note that the performance of your device might just dip although it still offers immense utility.
Battery-usage breakdown

Another feature on iOS 9 allows you to find out the amount of battery each app is consuming. Battery usage was first introduced in iOS 8, although Apple seems to have empowered it in iOS 9.

You can view the percentage of usage each app consumes. It can be further broken-down to help view each app’s usage over the past day, or week. Apart from the percentage of usage, it also shows the amount of on-screen, and background usage the app has had. For instance, you may have used Facebook for a few minutes, although it may be running in the background. Tap the clock, present just over the list of apps, to analyze the time you have spent on each app.

The feature is accessible from the Battery Usage page, located in the General menu of the Settings app.
Switch to Airplane mode when the signal strength is weak

Too many times we find ourselves with no, or poor, connection. Under such circumstance, the iPhone sucks up even more battery in a bid to stay connected to the network, or it looks for ways to connect to one.

To help overcome this, toggle on the Airplane mode until you find a decent connection to your network. It is best to switch to Airplane mode when in places like basements, or subways, where devices rarely ever catch signals.
Wi-Fi andBluetooth

Too many times the Wi-Fi on the device is enabled even though it isn’t connected to one. It happens most commonly when you leave your home. Hence, it is best to disable Wi-Fi when you are not connected to help save precious battery time. Swipe up from the foot of your screen to quickly disable it.

Similarly, remember to disable Bluetooth on your device when not being used. While it consumes little battery only when not connected to a device, it is likely to make a difference when you are running on low power. Use the Control Centre, accessible by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, to disable it.
Disable animations

The fact that Apple has taken animations in iOS 9 to a whole new level is commendable. These work smoother than ever, offering an even better experience to users. However, with smoothness comes a whole lot of battery consumptions.

Hence, you might want to go easy on the animations in a bid to save power. To disable animations, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.
Disable Background App Refresh

This should be no-brainer for iOS users. With Background App Refresh enabled, you throw away a good chunk of battery as all your apps continue to update content without you having to launch them. For instance, if you enable the feature for Snapchat, you will not need to swipe down in the app to see the latest stories off your friends. Similarly, your Facebook Newsfeed will automatically show you the latest stories when you launch the app.

To disable, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. You can disable the feature for limited apps, or you could do it once and for all; in case you decide otherwise, we suggest you carry a power bank on you.
Lower brightness

The brighter the screen, the more the power consumption; it’s a simple equation. Hence, it is best to keep your screen’s brightness at 50% to help save battery. When indoor, it could be lowered even more if need-be.

Adjust your screen’s brightness thorough the Control Center, accessible by swiping up from the bottom of your screen.
Disable 3D Touch

3D Touch is undoubtedly one of the best features of iOS 9, but is it worth the battery it consumes? Not always is the answer.

While the idea of disabling one of iPhone 6S/6S Plus’ distinct features sounds stupid, it could help you save a good chunk of battery, particularly when you are far from a power outlet. Besides, it is not always that you use the feature, hence, why not disable it?
Disable Location settings

Most apps consume an awful lot of power due to GPS service. A list of all apps using location services can be retrieved by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

Pick you apps that you wish to take off the list, and save yourself some more power.

Setting up the new Live Photos as your wallpaper looks fascinating to say the least, although it consumes a tad bit more battery than your standard wallpapers. The consumption is ever more if you set one of these Live Photos as your lockscreen wallpaper. The consumption is insignificant when compared to other apps, being less than 10% for a 24-hour span, although it still makes a difference when you are running on low power.
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