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10 Hidden tips that you can use to extend the iPhone & iPad Battery

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10 Hidden tips that you can use to extend the iPhone & iPad Battery
If you use iPhone, you will agree that iPhone battery is the biggest pain point. Dying iPhone battery is the biggest & frustrating problem.

Many of the current Android flagships have batteries rated over 3000mAh, but Apple is still revolving around 1800 mAh, we understand that the Apple optimize the battery well. But that doesn't mean we still don't struggle to keep our iPhones going for longer, no matter how big the battery pack.

Until the next big leap in battery or charging technology comes along, we'll have to rely on smarts to get the most out of our iPhones. Here are a few simple tips you can follow to get a whole lot more juice from your Apple smartphone.

Limit apps from churning up data, power in the background

Apps that refresh in the background with the latest data can churn up valuable cellular or Wi-Fi data, even when you're not using them. Some can be useful, while others may not be. For instance, while it may be useful for a mapping app to provide you with turn-by-turn directions on the road, you may not want your Stocks app to update if you don't need up-to-the-minute information on the financial market.

To change this setting, tap through to Settings > General > Background App Refresh, then deselect apps that you do not want to update in the background.

See which apps are sucking up the most power

iOS 10 tells you which apps churn up the most battery life. Often the top ones are in-built features, like the "Home & Lock Screen." But, you can see which third-party apps use the most battery, too, and decide whether to keep using them.

Go to Settings > Battery and scroll down. This gives you the last few hours of battery usage, as well as how long apps have been open.

Disable auto-brightness and adjust manually

Your iOS device's "auto-brightness" feature dynamically increases and reduces the brightness of the screen, based on how light it is around you. But this can drain the battery.

The best practice seems to point to disabling the auto-brightness. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness, then reduce the brightness to 10-25 percent, or depending on your personal preferences.

Disable fitness tracking on iPhone

The sensors in your iPhone will build up a profile of your fitness and activity levels for the day. Some users don't want this and will experience unnecessary battery drain as a result.
You can disable it by going to Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness and switching off the Fitness Tracking setting.

Use AirDrop sparingly, and only when needed

AirDrop allows you to share files and photos with other users wirelessly when they are in close proximity. But it can take a heavy toll on your battery, particularly when AirDrop is in "discoverable" mode.

Simply swipe up from your home screen to bring up the Control Center, then tap AirDrop. Select Off when you're not using it.

Switch off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth unless you need them

If you are not near or not using a Wi-Fi hotspot, or sending items to other devices using Bluetooth, these can (and should) be turned off.

Under the swipe-up Control Center, tap the Wi-Fi button (second in from the left) off, and the Bluetooth button (middle) also off.

Disable location-related system services

Location services use GPS for location-aware apps and services. While it's useful knowing where you are on a map, what you don't see is what is going on behind the scenes. Ads are being displayed based on your location, and traffic data is updated -- meanwhile, your iPhone or iPad is always pinging out to see where you are. All of these things are unnecessary and churn up your battery life.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. When On, scroll down to System Services, then uncheck all of these items. When you're not using Location Services, such as GPS, simply turn it Off.

Stop the animations

You don't need dynamic backgrounds and parallax, '3D' effects. They're fun but they're munching your power. Pick a static image or a favorite photo in Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness, then choose 'Wallpaper' and turn 'Reduce Motion' on in Settings > General > Accessibility.

Get email manually

There's some argument about the benefits of push email (arriving when sent) versus fetch (the phone checks at pre-agreed intervals), and it really depends on how many emails you get and how often you have it syncing.

Push should only send from the server when a mail comes in, and it will be more power efficient than checking every five minutes with fetch, but if you get a lot of emails then push could drain the battery faster than fetch with a slower refresh time of an hour.

Assuming you're only going to check your email once every couple of hours, getting it manually is going to save you power over both options... but you'll have to actually remember to do it!
Update selectively

Generally speaking, updates are going to bring improvements, but it doesn't hurt to check the feedback from others before you pull the trigger on a software update.

For iOS newness, you should check in Settings > General > Software Update to alter the automatic settings. Don't let your content update automatically either.

Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store and consider turning all automatic downloads off. That way you can choose when to update and make sure to use Wi-Fi or hook up to your PC to save power.

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