The first few months after you get a new smartphone are sort of a honeymoon phase. The phone has the latest software, everything works as it should, and the battery life is amazing. But, as time goes on, that starts to change. As your phone ages, you might notice it start to slow down, take longer to load and not last as long on a single charge.
Luckily, you have an iPhone – quite possibly the lowest-maintenance smartphone on the market. Apple is constantly releasing updates to make sure your iPhone operates at maximum capacity for the life of the device (if it’s a model that Apple still supports). But even the best devices start to wear down over time. One symptom of an aging iPhone is that the battery may not last as long on a single charge. Luckily, there are things you can do to improve the long- and short-term health of your battery life.
Apple’s software updates often include the latest energy-saving technologies. Here’s how to check if your phone is running the latest version of iOS:
In terms of battery health, the safe range for using your iPhone is 32-95 degrees. According to Apple, however, while iPhones are “designed to perform well in a wide range of ambient temperatures,” their ideal comfort zone is 62-72 degrees.
Exposure to temperatures higher than 95 degrees can permanently damage your phone’s battery capacity, meaning it won’t last as long on a single charge. Limit the time your phone is exposed to hot environments. Also, don’t charge your phone in temperatures higher than 95 degrees as this could result in permanent damage to your battery.
You should also avoid using your device in extremely cold temperatures as chilly environments can also decrease battery life. Unlike extremely hot environments, however, the impact is temporary. Once you and your phone return to a normal environment, your battery should work normally again.
You should regularly review your battery usage to find out which apps are draining the most power. This can be done by going to Settings > Battery. Once there, you can review overall battery usage and usage by app.
Once you find out which apps are draining the most battery, you can preserve some of your charge by disabling certain ones from refreshing in the background (i.e., while you’re using other apps). Here’s how:
To save battery life, try turning off push notifications for any apps that constantly wake up your iPhone’s display with unimportant notifications. Here’s how:
Your display screen – the view you see after you wake up your iPhone and before you unlock it – can eat up a lot of battery. The good news is there are plenty of things you can do to minimize the battery usage of the display screen. Here are two simple ways:
Most likely, you have several apps on your iPhone that use your location. Most of the time, these apps need to know your location to function properly (e.g., Google Maps). However, some apps might be accessing your location unnecessarily (e.g., for better ad targeting) which can suck the life out of your battery in a hurry.
The easiest way to take care of this is to disable location services for all your apps. After you’ve done that, identify which apps should have access to your location and enable them individually.
There’s also a way to save battery life from apps that do need to access your location. For example, while you may need to share your location with Google Maps when you’re driving, you don’t need the app to know where you are all the time. For instances like this, you can save some battery life by only enabling location services for certain apps while they’re in use when you:
Hopefully, taking the steps above will help save your battery and keep your phone charged all day. If you’re having any issues with your battery or need a new iPhone, head to your local AT&T store and our friendly associates would be happy to help.