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Saving battery in iOS 11

  • Published at 05:17 pm October 2nd, 2017
Saving battery in iOS 11

App-by-app usage

One of the wonderful things about smartphones, especially the iPhone, is its ability to keep a list of apps that abuse the most of your battery. Go to Settings > Battery and you’ll be able to see which apps used the most power within the past 24 hours. You can then determine which apps to avoid when you might be running low on your battery.

Brightness down

This is an obvious one. The smartest way possible to lower your screen’s brightness is to enable Auto-Brightness. This feature will automatically adjust the screen levels based on ambient light. The latest update, however, has shifted this option to a different branch under settings. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations.

Low on the flashlight

Another small yet significant change to save battery is the ability to lower the brightness on your flashlight. Putting it down to the lowest brightness not only saves your battery, but is still bright enough to find your way around. This is a very useful tool in a city like ours. Who knows when the electricity goes out and for how long? Save battery, while bringing in the right amount of illumination to the room. Swipe up for your Control Centre and long-press the flashlight button to set your brightness preferences.

Limit the background noise

The app refresh and auto downloads will definitely affect the longevity of your iPhone’s battery. There are some apps, when allowed, will refresh in the background when you aren’t using them. It’s convenient yes, but definitely draining the battery. Go toSettings > General > Background App Refresh. Once there, you can turn Background App Refresh completely off or choose which apps should be allowed to refresh or not.

Auto-lockdown

Here’s another very obvious and simple fix. Leaving your display on when idle will be taking too much of your battery, especially in a well-lit environment. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-lock. Once in this option, the best choice is to check off the 30 Seconds, appropriately placed at the top of the list. This means your phone will lock after 30 seconds and the display will be turned off.

Tracking takes battery too

For most, apps that use your location are definitely a privacy issue. That’s why you can adjust this setting by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Apps that request your location will obviously use your battery. It may not be a big hit, but it might take a good chunk out of the energy depending which apps you like to use often. Now, with the latest update, you’ll be able to decide which apps can never track your location, and which apps will be able to track by selecting ‘While Using’.

No thanks, Siri

This is another one of those minor battery issues that also have to do with privacy. Many users will turn of the “Hey Siri” feature for security purposes. What you may not know is that the phone is constantly listening for those magic words to pop up when you’re actually using the darn thing. When observed carefully, this feature is actually turned off when you set your phone into Lower Power Mode. This obviously means the feature actually uses some of the battery to function. You can turn it off by going to Settings > Siri & Search and toggle off Listen for “Hey Siri.”

Desperate times

Low Power Mode, simply put, is when you are dangerously low on your battery and there is no socket to plug in your charger nor are there any power banks laying around. This feature kicks in when there is 20 percent left in your battery. It’s up to you to use it or not. By choosing this, keep in mind a pop up message will warn you, it will disable or reduce Mail fetch, Hey Siri, background app refresh, automatic downloads and some visual effects. You can toggle this automatic request off by heading to Settings > Battery. But for obvious reasons, we suggest you don’t opt out of this life saver.