iPhone’s have revolutionized the way many people carry out their day to day lives. However, without the proper care, the iPhone battery can die, leading to an annoying (and costly) experience. With the proper battery care, however, you can enjoy a long and healthy life with your iPhone.
The most important rule for iPhone battery care is to keep the iPhone out of the sun and the hot car. This includes the glove box. Heat is the No. 1 way to degrade a battery’s life. Aim for 32 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, the optimum temperature in which an iPhone performs. Keeping your iPhone near room temperature is ideal, and the most extremes that it can be stored range from -4 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. The iPhone battery is lithium, so be sure to go through a “charge cycle” monthly. This involves fully charging the battery, then letting it completely run out of juice.
Monitoring how long your battery lasts will help you maintain its battery life. Under settings, you can find out time since last full charge. Under this setting there is usage, how long the phone has been awake since its last charge-up session. An iPhone is considered awake when it is taking a call, opening an e-mail, playing music, logging online, text messaging or certain automatic checks such as checking e-mail. The other “time since last full charge” listing, standby, is the amount of time the iPhone has been powered since its last full charge, including asleep and awake times.
Another way to prolong your iPhone battery’s life is to monitor your settings. Certain features will drain your battery’s life, for example retrieving e-mail too often or checking too many e-mail accounts. If you are using iPhone 2.0 or later, consider limiting the use of applications that require the use of maps. Under Settings, then General, you can disable Location Services or only use when you need it. Meanwhile, reduce the amount of time your iPhone is fetching data. Under Settings, go under Fetch New Data and select “Manually” or the time interval of your choice. Also under this menu selection, turn off the “push mail” option. Another way to preserve your iPhone’s battery life is ti limit third-party applications, turn off WiFi and Bluetooth and use Airplane Mode in low- or no-coverage areas. Still looking for ways to save battery power? Decrease your screen’s brightness and turn off EQ and 3G.
It is essential to make sure that your iPhone has the latest software, since upgrades often enhance the battery performance. To do this, first make sure you have iTunes 7.7 or later. Then connect your iPhone to your computer, select Source List, then “Check for Updates.” From there, when there are new software updates, select them and install them. Finally, be sure to lock your iPhone when you’re not using it. Doing so will prevent anything from happening to your screen when you touch it. To lock your iPhone, press the Sleep/Wake button. There is also an Auto-Lock function that can automatically shut off after a specified period of inactivity. To achieve this feature, go to Settings, then General, then Auto-Lock. Choose the time interval of your choice and you’re set.
If your battery runs out and your warranty has expired, Apple will service your phone for a fee. Drop into your nearest Apple store to make this possible. It is imperative to sync up your iPhone with your iTunes to save any pertinent photos, files, etc. because by servicing your battery, all information will be cleared from your phone. This service typically will take up to three business days.