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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

1

    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

    2

      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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      3

        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

          5

                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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                6

                  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

                  7

                    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

                    8

                      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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                      5

                            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

                            10

                              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

                              11

                                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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                                5

                                      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

                                      12

                                        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

                                        14

                                          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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                                          40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                          40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                          Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                          There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                          Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                          It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                          Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                          1. OmniFocus

                                          This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                          Download it here.

                                            2. Forest

                                            Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                            Download it here.

                                              3. Things

                                              Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                              Download it here.

                                                4. 30/30

                                                Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                                , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  5. Any.Do

                                                  A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                    This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      7. Asana

                                                      We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                      , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                      Download it here.

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                                                        8. ToDoist

                                                        This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          9. FlowTasks

                                                          From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            10. Calendars 5

                                                            This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                              A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                12. Due

                                                                A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  13. Checkmark 2

                                                                  I use this app

                                                                  for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    14. TeuxDeux

                                                                    Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      15. Wunderlist 

                                                                      Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                      Download it here.

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                                                                        16. Nirvana

                                                                        For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          17. Priorities

                                                                          An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                            18. Productive

                                                                            With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                              You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                20. Streaks

                                                                                This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                  Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    22. Day One Journal

                                                                                    When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                      23. Evernote

                                                                                      Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        24. Pocket

                                                                                        You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                        Download it here.

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                                                                                          25. Sync.Me

                                                                                          This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            26. Droplr

                                                                                            One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              27. Dropbox

                                                                                              Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                28. iDolly 

                                                                                                In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                                Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  29. Soulver

                                                                                                  It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                    30. Captio

                                                                                                    A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      31. Drafts

                                                                                                      A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                        This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

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                                                                                                          33. Doodle

                                                                                                          This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                            I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                              A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                36. GoodReader

                                                                                                                This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                  Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                    38. 1Password

                                                                                                                    There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                      You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                      All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                        40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                        Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                          There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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