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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 October 16, 2019

                    11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                    11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                    Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                    Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                    Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                    In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                    1. ScheduleOnce

                      ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                      ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                      ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                      Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                      Available on Web

                      2. Calendly

                        Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                        You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                        Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                        3. Assistant.to

                          For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                          From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                          While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                          Available on Web

                          4. Acuityscheduling

                            Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                            It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                            Available on Web | iOS | Android

                            5. Pick

                              Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                              At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                              Available on Web

                              6. X.ai

                                For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                Available on Web

                                7. YouCanBook.me

                                  is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                  They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                  Available on Web

                                  8. Doodle

                                    Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                    It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                    You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                    While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                    9. WhenAvailable

                                      WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                      Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                      Available on Web

                                      10. Rally

                                        Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                        Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                        Available on Web

                                        11. NeedtoMeet

                                          Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                          NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                          While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                          Available on Web

                                          Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                          In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                          To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                          Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                          A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                          Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                          If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                          Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                          With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                          Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                          Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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