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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.

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                    Last Updated on May 28, 2020

                    18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

                    18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

                    No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. Undoubtedly, it has allowed us to connect, perform, improve, and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

                    If you’re not taking advantage of some of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

                    But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use?

                    Well, this will depend on your needs. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 18 of the best time management apps that can help you with the most common challenges of managing time.

                    Let’s dive straight into the list.

                    1. Rescue Time – Use Your Time Wisely

                      If you have doubts if you are using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. Aside from its automatic time-tracking feature, this app also has distraction blocking and efficient report tools.

                      RescueTime helps you avoid being overwhelmed by too many tasks. This app also has a team software that’s dedicated to time management among team members. With this app, you may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

                      Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                      2. Remember The Milk – Keep on Top of All Your Tasks

                        If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool that is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc., and it allows you to sync all your devices for easier time management.

                        This app will help you to manage your tasks easily and reminds you of them – wherever you are. You can share tasks and lists with others, making it a great tool for teams as well.

                        Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                        3. Focus Keeper – Boost Motivation to Complete Tasks

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                          This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and it is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It has a simple, efficient user interface that is easily customizable based on your needs.

                          Focus Keeper is designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures. This is a great app to use if you want to prevent yourself and your team from being burned out.

                          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                          4. Toggl – Keep Track of Time Spent on Projects and Tasks

                            Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks and through analysis – working out how you can manage them more effectively. Toggl allows you to do all this even with its simple design.

                            Toggl includes great time-saving features integrated with its intuitive interface. This is a great alternative to time-sheets if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects.

                            Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                            5. Dropbox – Store and Send Large Files Easily

                              There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices, but Dropbox is free and it is easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go. It is an easy way to share your files and documents with others for improved productivity.

                              Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                              6. Evernote – Keep All Your Notes in One Place

                                Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts, and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes, or images). You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches, and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to better optimize your time.

                                Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                7. MindNode — Focus on Tasks at Hand With Mind Mapping

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                                  Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mindnode is one of the best free mind mapping apps available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

                                  This app allows you to customize various visual tags and templates to suit your needs. You can also easily share your documents with others.

                                  Available on iOS and Desktop

                                  8. GoodSync – Back Up and Sync Your Files Effortlessly

                                    This software allows you to back up, restore, and synchronize your files easily. It supports folders from a variety of locations, and it has filtering options that let you exclude subfolders from synchronizing.

                                    This app also allows you to sync files to and from your phone. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this tool.

                                    Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                    9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) – Manage Your To-Do Lists Effectively

                                      Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, work with your to-do lists, and organize your goals. This task management software helps you target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives.

                                      MyLifeOrganized is one of the best task management apps for focused work. It automatically generates to-do lists with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                                      Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                      10. 1Password – Have All Your Passwords Remembered

                                        1Password allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database – protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. This also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                        Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

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                                        11. Pocket – Keep Your Eye on the Ball

                                          When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. That’s why you need effective time management apps like Pocket. You can use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time. This prevents you from getting distracted and negatively impacting your immediate work.

                                          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                          12. Focus@Will – Boost Your Attention Span

                                            This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400% using Focus@Will, making this one of the best time management apps available.

                                            Focus@will is ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working, or reading. It also helps you control your ADD.

                                            Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                            13. Alfred – Interact With Your Computer in a Smart Way

                                              This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want. The only downside is that it’s only available for macOS.

                                              Available on desktop (macOS)

                                              14. Forest – Boost Your Focus by Growing a Forest

                                                Forest is a unique reinvention of time management apps. This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track by making you focus on another thing.

                                                The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop (Firefox Add-on)

                                                15. Trello – Track Your projects in a highly visual way

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                                                  Trello is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board, which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed. This serves as your cue to start working on and completing the associated tasks.

                                                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                  16. Quire – Unfold Your Ideas

                                                    Quire is an innovative time management app that helps boost your team’s productivity. The strength of this app lies in its features for collaboration and ease of sharing. You can streamline and adjust your workflow based on your team’s needs and preferences.

                                                    Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                    17. TimeTree – Have a Shared Calendar With Your Family

                                                      This TimeTree app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments with each other. So, whether you’re planning a party or running a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                                      Available on iOS and Android

                                                      18. Todoist – Capture and Order All Your Tasks and Activities Easily

                                                        Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list and one of the best time management apps out there. It’s available via browser and app, and it lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as a given due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                        Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                        Final Thoughts

                                                        The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools available. And the good news is that many of them are completely free of charge!

                                                        So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you, and begin boosting your productivity now!

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