iPhone battery usage and calibration

Smartphones are known for bad battery life. iPhone is no different in this regard. In this post, we will share some tips to get the most of your iPhone battery.

Calibrate your battery

Run your phone through several cycles of completely draining battery then charging up to 100%, then draining again. This will calibrate internal battery controller. Do this once every month as it will help with your iPhone properly using its battery. While calibrating, you should never connect iPhone for charge if it still has some charge left.

You can use a helper app like iBetterCharge for calibrating. Use these simple steps:

  • Connect iPhone for charge to computer with iBetterCharge installed
  • Charge until you get full battery notification on your computer screen
  • Disconnect from notebook and run your iPhone as usual. If you decide to put it off, iBetterCharge will tell you when iPhone has low battery. But you should wait until battery is completely drained and iPhone shuts down by itself.
  • Connect iPhone for charge back to notebook. Repeat all steps at least 2-3 times.

Smartphone vs. Handset

Note that to save battery, you will have to balance between having all the features of your phone vs. disabling some features, essentially making it somewhat less of a smart phone.

Disable some services

What you need to always know, is that iPhone runs a bunch of services in background. Not every user needs every service. Disable GPS and any app running in the background if you don’t use them. In edge cases, when battery is at very low level but you need to keep your phone running, switch to Airplane mode when iPhone is not being used.

Cut off your connectivity

3G enables faster mobile Internet access. But if your 3G signal is not stable, switching it off and using just EDGE will save some battery resources.

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