How to Save a Life: iPhone Style

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, (I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive feedback) All opinions are my own.

The sad truth: We rely on our smart phones more than we rely on oxygen. For most people, it’s the end of the world when they see their battery strength switch from green to red. Here are a few tips to save you from having to say RIP to your iPhone.

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Turn off “Background App Refresh” for apps that you don’t care as much about. This setting allows apps to refresh their content when on Wi-Fi or cellular, or use location services in the background. If you go to Settings, General, and then Background App Refresh, you can choose which apps you’d like to turn this setting off for. It may take a bit longer to bring up new information next time you load the app, but it’ll save your quickly draining battery.

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Turn off location services and frequent locations. This allows apps to track your location and can also track of the places you visit most often, so that apps can send you targeted ads. This kills your battery. Go to Settings, Privacy, then Location Services and tap ‘On/Off’ next to Location Services or choose which apps you want to turn it on and off for. Then scroll down a little more, click System Services and you’ll be able to turn off frequent locations.

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Disable some of your notifications. If you’re getting a notification from every single app, you’re battery will live a short life. Sure, it’s important to receive for push notifications for texts and voicemails, but you probably don’t need an update every time someone re-pins you on Pinterest. To edit these, go to Settings, Notification Center, and then scroll down to Include and Do Not Include. You’ll see here that you can choose the notification settings for every app on your phone!

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Manually check your email. You probably receive tons of junk mail, daily emails from every store you’ve ever shopped at and website you’ve ever visited, and only the occasional important email. If you’re receiving a push notification every time you get an email, you’re not helping your battery. All you have to do is open up the application and your emails will load. Go to Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Fetch New Data, and then finally toggle ‘push’ to ‘off’.

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If you’re in an area with bad signal, turn off your phone or put it in airplane mode. When your phone is constantly searching for a stronger signal, you’ll unnecessarily drain a lot of battery life.

Other things you can do: check for software updates, turn down your screen brightness, disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, turn off your vibration, etc. You can also buy an external phone battery like this!

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