Some iPhone users are reporting battery life issues after installing the latest version of iOS .
But if you’re one of the people finding that your phone is dying quicker than usual after making the upgrade, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the damage.
For starters, it’s a good idea to wait for a couple of days and see if the problem sorts itself out.
When you first install a new version of iOS, your phone starts performing a complete index of everything on it – not just photos and messages but also background settings and cached data. This obviously can put a strain on your battery life as it’s demanding more from the phone’s functions.
Once the indexing has finished, the phone’s battery life should return to normal.
In fact, Apple’s latest software should improve your battery life in the long run. The tech giant has had 12 months to redesign the software and make it more efficient.
If there are proven issues with the system then we expect Apple to offer some kind of a patch in order to fix it. However, if you’re still having problems, these tried-and-tested methods should help in the meantime.
1/ Dim your display
One of the biggest energy suckers is the smartphone’s colourful display. Most smartphones will automatically adapt the brightness according to ambient light levels.
To save even more energy it’s worth popping into the settings to manually change the brightness to the lowest level.
2/ Reduce the screen timeout time
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While you’re at it you can also change the settings so the screen turns off more quickly after you put the phone down. Look for an option called “screen timeout” in an Android phone or “auto-lock” in an iPhone and you can then tweak how long the screen stays on – set it to the shortest possible time.
3/ Close apps you aren’t using
Most modern smartphones now let you multi-task with apps – so you can be composing a Facebook post but then quickly pop into your internet browser to find a link – and you won’t lose the original post.
The problem is, this means you can easily leave many apps running in the background, consuming precious battery life.
4/ Turn off your wi-fi
When you’re out and about your phone will constantly be searching for wi-fi networks to connect to, which can zap the battery life. It’s worth switching the wi-fi off when you’re on the move and only turning it back on when you reach your destination.
5/ Don’t use vibrate mode
The power needed to run the vibration motor of your phone is far greater than the power needed for a ringtone. So if you’re trying to make your battery last longer it’s best to turn off the vibrate mode. If you’re trying to be discreet in a meeting or at work, then it’s worth just switching to silent.
Even if you do all of the above, you’re still not going to get the battery life you were accustomed to in the 1990s. If you can’t handle that, it might be worth taking the extreme nostalgia option :
6/ Go back to the Nokia 3210
The Nokia 3210 is the greatest phone ever made. It might not have done any of the snazzy non-phone things that modern devices do – fitness tracking, altitude sensing, eye-testing fandangery – but it was great at sending texts, making calls, having a long battery life and not smashing even when you threw it across a room in a supermodel-esque rage.