Ever had one of those days when you seem to spend all day on your phone? Between phone calls, texting, using apps, and checking your social networks, it may seem that your cell phone’s battery just isn’t holding a charge long enough for you to get through the day.
Well, there’s good news! Most phones have tweaks you can use to help boost your battery life.
Close your applications that are running in the background On the iPhone, with the screen unlocked, double click the home button. This will show you all the apps running in the background, which are eating away at your battery life. To close these apps, touch and hold the first app until you see the red minus button in the upper left-hand corner of each app. The apps also will start moving.
Next, touch the red minus button on each app to close it. Don’t worry; your apps will still be on your phone. This only closes the apps, but does not delete them.
Reset your network settings Another tip is to reset your network settings. To do this, select the “settings” app on your phone. Once open, select “General,” then “Reset.” From the Reset screen, select “Reset Network Settings.” This will prompt your phone to restart. Resetting you phone will not erase any data, but you will have to reenter your WiFi password.
Turn off Location Services The location services feature can be useful with certain apps, but it also drains your phone’s battery because it is constantly searching for your location.
To turn off location services, go into the “settings” app and select “privacy.” From there, select “location services” and turn it “off.”
Turn off diagnostic reports Your phone may be sending Apple diagnostics reports periodically about your usage. To turn off automatically sending these reports, go into “settings," choose "general," and select “about.”
Next, select “diagnostics and usage” and put the checkmark in “don’t send.”
Change your Siri settings If you’re using an iPhone 4s or an iPhone 5 you have the voice assistant Siri. To change your settings for Siri, go into “settings,” select “general,” then select “Siri.” From there, turn off the “Raise to Speak” feature. While useful, this feature constantly eats away at your phone’s battery life by monitoring your phone’s light sensor to activate Siri.