Most of us think that the choice to be a wallhugger occurs when one decides to purchase an iPhone. And for the vast majority, that is the case. However Nate Swanner over at Slash Gear didn’t want to be one of the crowd and found a way to get 2 days of use out of his new iPhone 6! Amazing isn’t it? How did he do it? By turning things off of course!
Be realistic about this one — and by realistic, I mean for your use-cases and needs. I have most apps turned off for background use, which obviously won’t work for everyone.
Is that because I just don’t want to know what’s going on? No, I just don’t care to have it force-fed to me. I still check Twitter, but getting a pop-up that someone favorited my post or mentioned me isn’t something that interests me.
Yes! This is a hyper-connected time! Nate has just spent an awful lot of money on something he was told was a smart phone. On top of that, Nate is a blogger. Why would he possibly want to keep up on things as they happen? There’s simply no reason for that right Nate? You can just catch up in your own time.
First, I’ve been resistant to check apps habitually. Not having them run in the background can leave you with a sense of missing out.
Some apps, like Facebook, are pretty power consumptive. In the screenshots you see at the end of this article, I’d checked Facebook for a total of ten minutes in the second screenshot. It had a fairly significant impact on my battery life in that time.
Keep in mind which apps you use, and monitor them for drain. I was using Google Hangouts for chatting, but noticed it was responsible for a lot of my power loss, even when I wasn’t chatting. I simply turned to a different chatting platform, and battery life improved. Similarly, Milk is handy, but in the screenshots of battery life at the end of the article, Milk was running for no longer than five minutes.
Nate bought in to the Apple ecosystem. What do we know about this ecosystem? Apps, Apps, Apps! It is the chant of all those that believe the iPhone to be the ultimate phone. It is the reason that those same users won’t look at any other device. Give up Candy Crush? No way! Sideload Instagram? Why, we must be insane! Download from Amazon? Well, you must be peasants to not have iTunes. But Nate has let us in to a big secret of how to use your iPhone for more than a couple hours at a time. Turn those apps off! Don’t use them! You know you have them, be proud of it! Laugh at those BlackBerry users that are happily using those android apps so smoothly and easily now, but don’t you dare use those apps! The minute you do, you’d best find an outlet and a cord!
Your screen lighting up to say “hi!” is handy, but do you need it to do so? More to the point, do you have an app that just doesn’t shut up?
Shut it up, then! That quick screen on/off may not seem like much, but when it happens several dozens (or hundred) times a day, it adds up. Consider what you need or want to know, and adjust accordingly.
That can even translate into your app settings. For instance, I spend all day at my desk hovering over an email app. I use CloudMagic for email on the iPhone, and simply turned notifications for my work email address off.
Notifications. Who need’s them? Text messages, e-mails, even the BBM’s from Nate’s lone BlackBerry friend, who needs to see those when they come in? It’s much handier to just look and see who has contacted you when you feel like checking. Of course, don’t check too often of course. Checking once or twice a day is a sure way to get your day’s worth out of your iPhone.
People think of airplane mode as some strange setting you use on a — well, on an airplane. I prefer to think of it as do-not-disturb mode.
I use Airplane mode when I know I have no use for my phone, especially during the night. Keeping my phone in airplane mode overnight still allows the alarm clock to go off when I need it, but I only lose about 3-4% of my battery life in the 8 hours or so I’m down for the count.
If you know you’re not going to look at your phone, slip it into airplane mode. Whether you’re sleeping, at the movies, or just don’t want to be bothered, airplane mode keeps battery consumption as low as you can get without powering off.
Airplane mode cuts off all connections… but yes, your alarm will still work. Is anyone else starting to think that iPhones were actually made for hermits that live in the woods and want no outside contact? No, it wouldn’t work for them either. They’d never get a signal in the woods with an iPhone!
Some apps are tracking you, and that’s a good thing. Others that track you don’t really need to, they’re just cobbling metadata for their own use.
Location tracking can be handy, but can also reduce battery life a great deal. I won’t encourage you to turn location tracking off altogether, but you should take a look at your apps and see what differences you can make.
Ok. I take it back. These directions are surely for the hermit that lives in the woods.
Once again, we see a helpful article for iPhone users. Helpful in the sense that it is telling them how to get more use out of the weak batteries that Apple continues to insist to place in it’s phones for the sake of thinness. Year after year, Apple chooses form over function, which is why, year after year, their competition passes them by.
Hey Nate, I know how to at least double the battery time that you’re getting on your iPhone. Just turn it off. Get yourself a real smartphone. Get yourself a BlackBerry. And in a few days, switch your iPhone on, but for just long enough to see the battery meter. If I’m right, you may still have a bar left!