12 Desperate Battery-Saving Measures for Your iPhone
You’re out in da club, or a Starbucks parking lot, or wherever it is that cool people like you spend their evenings these days, and your smartphone is low on battery. No one in your direct vicinity has a phone charger.
You need just a little bit more juice out of your smartphone — enough to find your way home or to coordinate your next stop. What do you do?
Here are a few last-ditch tricks to avoid total shutdown. May the lithium-ion gods be with you.
1. Kill Paralax.
It’s a beautiful visual feature of iOS 7, but it’s also a huge battery drain. Plus, maybe it makes you want to vomit?
Turn it off by going to Settings → General → Accessibility → Reduce Motion. Turn Reduce Motion on.
2. Kill background app updates.
The last thing you need when your battery life is hanging on for dear life is some random photo app you downloaded three months ago sucking the life out of your phone while it updates.
Turn it off by going to Settings → iTunes & App Store. Scroll down, and under a section called Automatic Downloads you’ll see Updates. Turn that off. But, remember, this means you’ll need to either update your apps manually or remember to turn this feature on again when you’re at a full charge.
3. Kill background app refreshing.
In a similar vein, you probably don’t need your Instagram feed to update every time someone posts a photo of her fancy cocktail.
Turn it off by going to Settings → General → Background App Refresh. Turn Background App Refresh off. You can always turn it back on when you’re in a location with more plentiful electricity.
4. End the search for WiFi.
This recommendation is based on the assumption that you’re not currently in a WiFi-blessed location. If your WiFi is nevertheless enabled, that means your phone is constantly searching for a new network to hook up with, draining your cherished battery in the process. Turn it off by swiping your thumb up from the bottom of your phone’s screen. A mini control panel should pop up. Simply tap the WiFi symbol so that it is no longer highlighted in white.