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The Simplest Ways to Extend Your iPhone Battery Life

The Simplest Ways to Extend Your iPhone Battery Life
With the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple’s handy gadget appears to remain the top selling smartphone this fall. However, despite the phone’s amazing functionality and impressive hardware, iPhone battery life can run out pretty quickly if you leave some features running all the time. So here are ten smple tips to help you get the most out of your iPhone battery life.

Don’t play music

To extend your iPhone battery life, you’ll want to minimize the amount of work your iPhone is performing. The first and easiest way to do this is to turn off your music. Even when your screen is off, playing music drains your battery fast. If you can’t get to a charger and need to get every minute possible out of your battery life, turn off your music player.

Turn Down screen brightness

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    Another simple way to extend your iPhone battery life is to turn your screen brightness down. Yes, your iPhone’s screen is crisp and saturated, but all that beauty does a number on your battery. To minimize this drain on your battery life, open the command centre by swiping up from the bottom of your iPhone screen. You can do this with your iPhone unlocked or from the lock screen. Once the command center is open, slide the brightness toggle all the way to the left.

    Turn off background motion

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      One of the newer features on your iPhone is that fancy parallax motion. In English, this refers to the way your iPhone background pans to show more of the photo when you tilt your phone. While a sleek addition to iOS’s design, parallax motion also contributes to a short iPhone battery life. To turn off background motion, go to Settings>General>Accessibility and toggle Reduce Motion to “on”.

      Limit your location tracking

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        One highly useful feature on your iPhone is location monitoring. This feature allows you to use mapping apps, track exercise, check social media platforms, and search for services nearby. While these are all useful smartphone features, constantly refreshing your location keeps your iPhone battery life short. To manage your location tracking, visit Settings>Privacy>Location Services. Here, you can turn off location monitoring altogether, or switch off certain apps one at a time.

        Turn off Wi-Fi

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          Another simple way to extend your iPhone battery life is to turn off wi-fi features. With wi-fi turned on, your iPhone scans every five to ten seconds to detect new wi-fi connection points. This constant scanning is part of the reason your iPhone can automatically detect and connect to wi-fi points you’ve used before. While this feature is immensely useful, it’s another function that quickly drains your battery life. To toggle wi-fi off, simply open the command center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, then tap the button with the wi-fi symbol. You can also visit Settings>Wi-fi to turn your wi-fi on and off.

          Turn off bluetooth

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            Much like leaving your wi-fi on, keeping Bluetooth on when you’re not using it will deplete your battery faster than normal. You can also switch Bluetooth off in the command center by tapping the button with the Bluetooth symbol. Even if you have a Bluetooth device connected to your iPhone, it’s a good idea to disconnect and power off your Bluetooth device if you need to stretch your battery life until the next recharge.

            Turn off cellular data

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              Another simple way to extend your iPhone battery life is to turn off cellular data. This won’t interrupt your ability to text or call your contacts, but it will prevent you from browsing the web, using data, or sending and receiving picture text messages. However, if you need your battery life more than you need to text multimedia or use the Internet, this is an effective option to extend your battery life. To turn off cellular data, navigate to Settings>Cellular and hit the button that says “Cellular Data”.

              Kill apps

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                Additionally, an easy way to extend your iPhone battery life without interrupting your communications is to “kill” your apps. Whenever you open an app, your iPhone leaves it running in the background so the app starts faster should you want to switch back to it. While convenient, this feature is misunderstood by many iPhone users, so they don’t know they need to properly exit apps when they’re finished using them. To see all the apps currently open on your phone, hit the menu button twice in a row. You can scroll through the open apps by swiping left and right, then exit an app by putting your finger on the window you want to close and swiping up.

                Turn on airplane mode

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                  Similarly, turning airplane mode on will drastically extend your battery life. Unfortunately, this will interrupt your ability to communicate with your contacts. With airplane mode on, your phone will not transmit any signals, which means you won’t be able to make or accept incoming calls, send or receive texts, or use the Internet. For this reason, turning on airplane mode to extend your battery life is best used only in emergencies.

                  Stop fetching data

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                    Finally, another easy way to extend your iPhone battery life is to stop your phone from fetching data. This happens on apps that automatically download new information. Fetching data is most common on email, but can also be turned on for other services, like Calendar and iCloud. Instead of letting your phone constantly update your messages, photos, dates and reminders, just check your apps manually for new messages or content. Navigate to Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars>Fetch New Data and switch off data fetching and push data to extend your battery life.

                    Featured photo credit: Paul Hudson via flickr.com

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                    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                    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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