How to extend iPhone 5 battery life: 14 tips from limiting Facebook to not shutting down apps
There are tons of quick settings changes that will make a difference
An ex-Apple Genius pointed the finger at the Facebook app as a chief drain on iPhone battery life this week, as it chews up valuable minutes keeping up-to-date on various photos of lunches, skies and lunches backed by skies your friends are posting.
But how can its draining effect be limited, and what are other ways of improving iPhone battery life? Here's some tips:
1. Disable Background App Refresh for Facebook and other apps you don't need to be using every single second (it'll still function how you'd want for the most part).
2. Don't close down all the apps you're running! It's tempting to swipe up on everything, but the apps probably aren't using up much battery life and it'll only use up more RAM closing them.
3. Disable push email when possible and just check emails when you need to.
4. Use airplane mode if you're preserving your battery to play games, use apps etc rather than make and receive calls and texts, it'll power down the antenna and save you some bars.
5. Turn off 'Battery life as a percentage' (Settings > General > Usage) for a tiny boost.
6. Stop checking your battery life! Firing up the screen will only make things worse. Turning off background refresh for apps you don't use a lot will help
7. Turn on Auto-brightness (Settings app >Brightness & Wallpaper > Auto-Brightness On), your iPhone will dim the screen in lower light environments.
8. Stop iOS 7's sexy new parallex motion effect (Settings > General -> Accessibility > Reduce Motion), it makes your apps look like they are on a different plane and is pretty cool, but if you're not bothered about aesthetics it's easily disabled.
9. Turn Bluetooth off if you haven't already. What is this, 2004?!
10. Turn off 3G/4G if you're using Wi-FI, or turn off Wi-Fi if you're using 3G/4G. Or both if you don't need the internet right now.
11. Turn off location services. If you're not using maps/checking in all the time it's not hugely important and is a big battery drain.
12. Turn off auto-update on apps. Chances are you can live without 10 more levels of Where's My Water for a while.
13. Stop doing battery intensive things until you can get charge, like watching Netflix in glorious HD and playing Infinity Blade II.
14. If all else fails, take your iPhone for a check-up at an Apple store. It will only take a few minutes and they'll explain how you can get more hours out of your device.
Life & Style blogs
Alexander McQueen at auction: What makes a really great piece of fashion?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
No female ejaculation, please, we’re British: a history of porn and censorship
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Pornhub: Kim Kardashian's sex tape is the most-watched porn video of all-time
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Germany sees 'visible rise' in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived 'Islamisation' of the West
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£25000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A PHP Developer with knowledge ...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE: SThree: SThree are seeking Associate Recruitm...
£33000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£25k - 40k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...