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How to increase battery life on iPhone 5?

Updated on August 21, 2013

The iPhone 5 is a sturdy device with an interesting set of features and functionalities that make it a preferred choice for many. But even this magnificent piece of smartphone intelligence is plagued with mediocre battery life. Some users even complain of battery drain within just 7 hours of use.

There are many ways in which users can save the battery life of their iPhone 5. However, many of these options involve opting out of various features and services. Thus, customers need to choose between conserving battery life or the option of enjoying all its cool features.

Some of the varied ways in which users can increase the battery life of iPhone 5 are listed below:

1. Use the ‘auto-brightness’ feature

The iPhone 5 comes with an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the screen brightness as per the intensity of light present in the environment. The screen will be brighter when more ambient light is present and murkier in dark areas. This allows easy views of the display items and also helps save battery life, as less power is needed in darker places. Go to the Settings app -> Brightness & Wallpaper -> Auto-Brightness, to turn on the feature.

2. Turn off Bluetooth

Use of Bluetooth earpieces or wireless headsets is particularly helpful for mobile phone users. However, the transmission of data via Bluetooth can consume a lot of power. If you keep it turned on all the time, then it is most likely to drain the battery. Keep the option turned off when you are not using it. Go to Settings -> Bluetooth and move slider to turn off Bluetooth.

3. Decrease the display brightness

It is possible to modify the default brightness settings on your iPhone 5. If you set your default brightness option to high, then it will consume more battery power. Adjust the default brightness setting via Settings -> Brightness & Wallpaper.

4. 3G/4G can be turned off

The iPhone 5 allows customers to benefit from use of speedy 3G and 4G LTE mobile phone networks. It is a known fact that 4G LTE and 3G require more battery juice to provide better call quality and rapid data speeds. You may turn off these options whenever you feel the need to increase battery life. On your iPhone 5, go to Settings -> General -> Cellular ->and Slide Enable LTE to Off.

5. Location services can be turned off

The in-built GPS system is one of the best features of the iPhone 5. It gives driving directions to users and allows you to know your exact location. You can use this location data on varied apps to find nearby theaters, restaurants, and more! However, as it sends information over the network it needs additional battery power. If you are not an avid user of location services, then turn it off. Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services ->and slide to turn off

6. Wi-Fi can be kept off

Wi-Fi allows users to connect to high speed networks that is often faster than 3G. However,unlike 3G which is offered by your cellular network provider, Wi-Fi is available only at hotspots. iPhone 5 users should avoid keeping the Wi-Fi turned on in the hope of coming across a hotspot, as it causes the battery power to rapidly wane. Keep Wi-Fi turned off unless you are connected to one. Go to Settings ->Wi-Fi -> and slide to turn it off.

7. Turn off ‘data push’

Users can set their iPhone 5 to automatically pull in the new emails and other data, or get the new data pushed into their phones whenever it is available. This is done wirelessly, which in turn means that it consumes more battery power. Users who do share vital information via email and other options can turn off the data push feature and increase battery life. You may choose to manually check for new emails. Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendar -> Fetch New Data -> and slide to turn off the data push feature.

8. Decrease the time period for auto-lock

Auto-lock allows users to set the iPhone to automatically lock after a certain period of non-usage. This helps in saving battery life which would normally be consumed to run the display and other services. You can set the auto-lock feature to commence after a minute or two. Go to Settings -> General -> Auto-Lock -> and tap the choice

9. Lower the time frame for automatic fetch email option

iPhone 5 users can set the fetch email option to occur less frequently. This will help increase the battery life. Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendar -> Fetch New Data -> and tap your preference

10. Equalizer can be turned off

The iPod app present in your iPhone 5 comes with an Equalizer which automatically adjusts the music whenever it is played. This can lead to a lowered battery life. Turning off the Equalizer may however result in a modified quality to the music. Go to Settings -> Music -> EQ ->and tap to turn off the feature

11. Avoid constantly alternating between sleep and awake modes

Sleep and awake options are a normal facet of phone usage. However, users need to avoid frequently switching between sleep and awake patterns as it causes the battery to drain.

12. Turn off additional location services

The iPhone 5 comes with numerous types of location services which drain the battery life. Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> System Services ->and turn off options such as Location-Based iAds, Diagnostics & Usage, and Setting Time Zone.

13. Purchase an extended life battery

If you cannot do away with all the cool features of the iPhone 5, then the only option for you is to get an extended life battery. There are several vendors who provide such batteries for the iPhone 5.

14. Avoid using your iPhone 5 for battery-intense purposes

Watching movies, streaming lots of data over the web, playing games and other such activities tend to drain the battery. Limit such usage and increase the battery life of iPhone 5.


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