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iPhone 4S battery tips

My iPhone 4S is over two years old and the battery is awful now, but I'm trying to hold out for the iPhone 6 in a few months, as I'd like a bigger screen. In the meantime - any tips for trying to extend my iPhone 4S battery?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Jun. 16, 2014 at 11:32

Screen brightness: disable 'automatic' and instead adjust it manually as needed.
The brightness sensor otherwise works permanently, and especially indoors, imho, goes for unnecessarily bright.

3G: you do not need 3G for sms, calls, and even emails (without attachments)... disable it whenever you can. If you have WiFi, disable 3G or put the phone in airplane mode if you don't expect urgent calls. If you're not online, disable it.

Background services and notifications: disable. The lot.

Update email, Twitter and FB etc WHEN you need to, i.e. when you open the app, hit refresh.
In Twitter you can disable image preview.

iCloud: disable iCloud backup and Photostream etc. Instead backup to iTunes every other day or so.

If you browse a lot, use Opera Mini! You can set image quality to low or disable images completely. And Opera Mini compresses pages on their servers. You get a tenth of the data
sent to your phone. Less data traffic, less battery use.

Bluetooth: off.

If you listen to music: don't. An iPod shuffle is cheaper than a new battery fitting. (ridiculous, I know!)...

Delete all games, apps, and photos, etc.... The iPhones processor has to constantly 'keep track' of all the content on your phone! Every image stored gets a preview thumb rendered whenever you open the gallery.... that all costs juice.

BUT here: the screen is the biggest culprit: wean yourself off of looking at the phone for no reason. We all do it: What time is it? Did I miss a message etc.... don't.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 16, 2014 at 11:32

Screen brightness: disable 'automatic' and instead adjust it manually as needed.
The brightness sensor otherwise works permanently, and especially indoors, imho, goes for unnecessarily bright.

3G: you do not need 3G for sms, calls, and even emails (without attachments)... disable it whenever you can. If you have WiFi, disable 3G or put the phone in airplane mode if you don't expect urgent calls. If you're not online, disable it.

Background services and notifications: disable. The lot.

Update email, Twitter and FB etc WHEN you need to, i.e. when you open the app, hit refresh.
In Twitter you can disable image preview.

iCloud: disable iCloud backup and Photostream etc. Instead backup to iTunes every other day or so.

If you browse a lot, use Opera Mini! You can set image quality to low or disable images completely. And Opera Mini compresses pages on their servers. You get a tenth of the data
sent to your phone. Less data traffic, less battery use.

Bluetooth: off.

If you listen to music: don't. An iPod shuffle is cheaper than a new battery fitting. (ridiculous, I know!)...

Delete all games, apps, and photos, etc.... The iPhones processor has to constantly 'keep track' of all the content on your phone! Every image stored gets a preview thumb rendered whenever you open the gallery.... that all costs juice.

BUT here: the screen is the biggest culprit: wean yourself off of looking at the phone for no reason. We all do it: What time is it? Did I miss a message etc.... don't.

JOjar  Jun. 16, 2014 at 12:57

Woah :o Thanks very much! :D

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