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14 Reasons Why Your iPhone Goes Out Of Battery Quickly

14 Reasons Why Your iPhone Goes Out Of Battery Quickly

The iPhone is considered a great feat in not only advancing some of the cellular features that have already been a part of cellular phones, but to also be the forefront of the creation of some of these features. However, one thing that comes with these added features and advancements is a weak battery life. The batteries can only take so much and when you couple in the applications that individuals love to hoard, the battery most likely won’t even last half the day. This doesn’t have to happen. Today, we will take a look at fourteen reasons why your iPhone’s battery life is horrible and steps you can take to fix this.

You’re Not Limiting Location Services

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    You’d be surprised by the number of applications that are making use of location services and you don’t even need to make use of it. By going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, you will be able to select which applications you would like to have make use of location services. By doing this, you will be able to prevent your iPhone from having to continuously check to see the location you are in and pinging this information to the requesting applications.

    Your Mail is Always Fetching

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      Similar to the issue with locations, mail that is set to fetch means that your iPhone continuously check your mailbox server, waiting for a new message. Once one arrives, your iPhone is notified and you are able to choose whether or not to check the email or not. By going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, and Calendars > Fetch New Data > Manually, you are able to have your iPhone check your mailbox only when you manually go to your iPhone Mail app and refresh.

      Your Apps Are Always Running

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        iOS 4, your iPhone has been able to run multiple apps at the same time. Also commonly known as multi-tasker, we can colloquially call it “battery-killer”. Multitasker may be useful when you need to switch between multiple applications around the same time. However, it becomes a nuisance when you find yourself failing to quit an application for a long period of time, unnecessarily. You can alleviate this problem by double-tapping the home button, and swiping the screen card up to quit. You can even use multiple fingers at the same time to quit multiple apps at once.

        Your Screen is Too Bright

        4

          It is obvious that having a bright screen can kill your battery. However, many individuals fail to understand or acknowledge this. As a result, they will find themselves with their battery lives dying faster. Instead, swipe up the Control Center of your iPhone and bring the brightness a bit lower. In addition, to prevent your iPhone from automatically changing the brightness again, go to Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness > and toggle off Auto Brightness.

          You Think Airplane Mode is Only for Traveling

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                Airplane Mode was enacted on phones to prevent them from automatically connecting to a network that allegedly according to some in the FAA affect the radar of airplanes. However, Airplane Mode doesn’t have to be used just for that. You can find yourself making use of Airplane Mode in any situation where you won’t be making use of a cellular network. Whenever I’m on the metro or my battery is below a certain level, I enable Airplane Mode to extend my iPhone’s battery life. You can as well by swiping up control centre and tapping on the airplane on the top left.

                You Have Automatic Downloads On

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                  On the iPhone, you are able to have it so that your applications from the app store automatically update whenever there is a new update. However, with your iPhone constantly checking to see if there is a new update, along with the other applications which are already updating, you can find yourself with a battery life that is constantly being used up. To prevent automatic downloads from the App Store or even the iTunes store, among others, go to Settings > iTunes and App Store, and toggle which applications you’d like to have automatic downloads for and those you don’t.

                  You Have Apps Refreshing

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                    Background App Refresh is one of the biggest battery killers. Background App Refresh is when you have applications that constantly update its information so that when you open the application, even when it’s not in the multi tasker, you are able to have the application completely updated with new information that will be pinged once you open the application. To turn this feature off, simply Setting > General and toggle it off.

                    You’re Push Notifying Your iPhone

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                      Aside from fetching, push notifications is another culprit for poor battery life with iPhones. With push notification, you are able to be notified if a new alert hits your phone, which will allow you to answer or ignore it. If you have some applications where this is completely unnecessary, go to Settings > Notification Center > and edit which applications you’d like to have notify you through push notification.

                      You Have AirDrop Continuously On

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                            AirDrop is a feature that allows individuals to send photos, videos, and other multimedia to other iPhones in the same vicinity. Depending on the speed of one’s personal network connect, this may be faster than sending by email or MMS because AirDrop doesn’t make use of the cellular network. You can toggle AirDrop off by going to the Control Center and pressing AirDrop and select “off”.

                            You’re Using Parallax

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                              Parallax is an effect on the iPhone that creates an illusion of floating applications. This is a move introduced in the a couple of iOS generations ago. It may look nice, but its unnecessary and in the end, all it does is just drain your battery life. To turn Parallax off, simply go to Settings > General > Accessibility > turn on “Reduce Motion”. This may make iOS 7 less dizzying for you as well!

                              You’re Not Limiting Spotlight Search

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                                Spotlight Search is a feature that most iPhone users don’t even make use of. It is when you slide your finger down from the middle of the screen and you are able to search for applications, contacts, messages, and more. Most individuals simply ignore this feature, but because it is constantly updating with new information, it is always making use of your battery life. To turn certain things off of Spotlight Search, simply go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search and toggle which applications you don’t care to have included in Spotlight Search.

                                You Continuously Run Bluetooth

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                                      Bluetooth is an aspect of the iPhone that isn’t as useful as it would have been in the past. With the advancement and creation of features and applications that now do the jobs that bluetooth once did, it can be a feature that you can find yourself turning off without a care. To do so, simply bring up the control centre and click on the Bluetooth symbol which is located to the right of the WIFI symbol.

                                      You Have Too Many Apps

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                                        Chances are, you may not find the problem being that you have too many applications in multi task, you might simply have too many applications on your iPhone in general. This is the time to make an iPhone clean-out and look at the applications that you find you aren’t making use of anymore and delete them from your life.

                                        In addition, you could use the method of simply deleting all apps from your iPhone and starting anew. You will download an app when you find you need to make use of it and give it a deadline. Each day the app isn’t in use adds to the deadline timer. Once an app reaches its deadline, for example a month of non-use, delete it!

                                        You Aren’t Extending Your Battery

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                                          Chances can also be that you just aren’t extending your battery as much as you should. When your battery is at 20%, do you continue to use your phone as normal or do you make adequate precautions, such as the ones mentioned above? If not, then this may be the time to include them in. You may also have an iPhone that dies quickly because you aren’t making use of the products out there, like Mophie brand products, which allow you to have an iPhone case that extends your battery for a couple of hours. Look into investing in these products!

                                          Let us know in the comments below which reason you feel hits home the most for you. Let us know if you have any other tips for extending your battery life to its fullest that weren’t mentioned in the article.

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                                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                          Joe’s Goals

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                                            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                            Daytum

                                              Daytum

                                              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                              Excel or Numbers

                                                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                                Evernote

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                                                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                  Access or Bento

                                                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                    Conclusion

                                                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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