9 Ways To Beat Apple iPhone Battery Drain

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Modern smartphones make life easier, for sure, but when it comes to battery life there's still plenty of room for improvement.

Apple has created a wonder device in its  Apple iPhone, but battery life won't get you much past a day or two tops. Recharging every night is a necessity and if you forget, it'll mean a day full of charging pit-stops. Or it did.

We've found 10 brilliant ways to avoid battery worries and stay connected all day, everyday...

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1. Restart Your Phone Daily

One thing that most people don't do is restart their modern smartphones. We've all been there, set the alarm before bed, turn it off in the morning, keep going. While you get the rest overnight, your poor phone has no respite.

By resetting your phone from time to time it's able to clear the cache memory. This can help to free up space and allow the phone to run more efficiently.

Since efficiency means better battery performance, it makes sense to do this when you get the chance. It only takes a few seconds but could save you enough power to get home in time for that next charge should you forget your phone charger.

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2. Charge On The Go

If you cycle to work on a road bike this is the ideal way to keep your iPhone in charge.

The mount on this iPhone bicycle charger will let you see you phone for notifications or navigation guidance but there's more. The seriously smart dynamo will allow you to directly harness your pedal power – charging your iPhone.  

This will work with any USB extension cable allowing you to plug in the appropriate iPhone charging cable to get juiced up on the move.

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3. Save Juice And Time

The Apple Watch is not only an accessory that looks good and makes notification access easier, but it saves battery too. 

By using the Apple Watch to interact with your smartphone more, it lets you leave the handset locked. That means you won't be chewing through battery to power the large screen or run full apps.

Plus, it tracks steps to get you fit (just like a fitness tracker), lets you tap to pay for items (so you don't have to lug around that leather wallet)  and so much more.

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4. Switch Airplane Mode On

At night, when you likely don't want to be disturbed anyway, it makes sense to put your Apple iPhone into airplane mode.

Simply sliding 'airplane mode' to 'on' in settings means fewer active tasks and less battery drain, while still leaving the phone able to act as an alarm clock.

The advantage here is that you won't need to charge your phone every night.

Lithium ion batteries perform best when kept between 20 and 80 per cent. Charging to full every night isn't best for the handset, so why not get a juice up at the office instead? This will extend your phone's battery life and still leave you with plenty of charge when you need it.

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5. Charge While You Listen

If you're going to play music from your phone, don't use the built-in speakers. These sound tinny anyway and mean you'll chew through battery life.

Instead, connect to a wireless Bluetooth speaker like the JBL Charge 2+ Speaker for better sound and prolonged phone life.

This speaker not only saves battery but it'll give back. You can actually charge your phone from the speaker's plentiful battery. It'll even work by the pool as it's water resistant too.

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6. Make Your Case Work Harder

Sometimes a mobile charger is needed. Putting a case on your iPhone is pretty much a necessity these days – presuming you don't want a scratched, cracked mess.

Combining that case with an extra battery has often meant lugging around a massive unit. A portable battery backup cover gives you the best of both worlds.

At just 2.2mm thick, it only adds an extra 10 per cent depth to the phone while offering a hefty 1000mAh more battery. That's over half the size of the iPhone 6 battery, so should give you at least an extra 50 per cent battery life – more than enough to get you through that important call.

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7. Use A Battery Saving App

Sometimes it pays to run apps that can help improve your iPhone 6.

Apple has plenty in its App Store, begging to be downloaded. The vast majority will help improve your phone's efficiency and extend battery life.

While free ones like Battery Doctor or Battery Life Pro do the job just fine, some people will want to pay for a version of the app that doesn't mean adverts or other apps popping up.

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8. Attach A Fuel Charger To Your Keys

This is one of the smallest iPhone chargers on the planet. But as the saying goes good things do come in small packages.

In fact the Fuel Charger crams in a decent 220mAh of charge into its fuel-can style shell.

Unlike lots of other larger charger blocks or cases this can be attached to your keys like a key ring. That way you can leave without the worry of remembering to take a charger, or even to have your phone fully charged.

It won't give you a whole lot of juice but should be enough to make some calls, send messages and even snap a few pics – whatever the priority really.

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9. Turn Location Settings Off

Turning off location on your iPhone might sound like the paranoid move of someone who thinks they're being watched, but it's actually astute for battery savers.

Location involves looking for GPS, among other signals, repeatedly. When indoors, where GPS can't be found, this means wasted battery life.

Turning location off in your privacy settings will save lots of battery life and should you need it, just pop it back on – it's worth it.

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