We’ve all been there. You’re at a social occasion. You’re trying to look occupied, but not overly so. Then it hits you: your iPhone, your life crutch, is down to 20% power. There’s no way you’re going to last the duration at the rate you’re sucking screen light. Here are some useful tips to help you manage your iPhone’s battery life and keep you out of a jam.
1. Turn off wifi and bluetooth
Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Settings → Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
The most straightforward way to save battery life, since iPhones burn a shocking amount of power searching for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals. Unless you’re already hooked up to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, turn both off and preserve that sweet, sweet battery life.
2. Battery usage by app
Battery Usage Data
Settings → Battery
You can see exactly how much power each app is using. I know you don’t want to acknowledge Facebook is sucking 45% of your total battery usage, but we all have to come to terms with our addiction at some point. Not only will this help you manage battery life, it might actually help you manage your actual, real-life life, too.
3. Turn off location services
Turn Off Location Services
Settings → Privacy → Location Services
Location services uses GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi to pinpoint your location, sucking battery life in the process. But you’re already at the party. Turn off Location Services and get back to those Snapchat stories.
Settings → General → Accessibility → Display Accommodations → Color Filters
Clutch when you’re in the dreaded holiday party jam, running low on power, and Brittany from HR is fighting to make eye contact with you. Not today, Brittany. Just toggle Grayscale Mode on. Your screen will switch over to black-and-white, saving you power and, hopefully, a conversation on the drawbacks of fluorescent lighting.
Settings → Battery → Low Power Mode
A little more extreme than Grayscale, Low Power Mode shuts down a whole host of non-essential power-draining features, including automatic downloads and background app refresh. Does it limit you a bit? Sure. But the alternative is a blank iPhone screen, and that’s not an option.
Pro Tip: You can save even more power by simply getting into the habit of shutting off your screen manually every time you’re done using it. Much like buckling a seatbelt, it becomes reflex over time.