Every night before you lay yourself down to sleep you plug in your phone charger and connect it to your phone. Chances are it’s plugged into the closest outlet to your bed, which is probably right behind your bedside table. You double check to make sure your phone is charging before you hit the light switch. Once in the dark and under the covers, you cuddle with your pillow, settling into the perfect soft spot of the bed you’ve made for yourself over the years and drift off into a deep sleep. If you’re lucky, for the next eight hours you dream of glamorous promotions and the Redskins actually winning a Super Bowl.

Those dreams are rudely interrupted as the sunlight spills under and over your curtains, letting you know you’ve been seen and it’s time to get out of bed.  Groggy and still half asleep your arm reaches over to your beside table where you left your beloved phone charging for the night. Disconnecting the phone from the charger, you turn on your back bringing your phone in front of you, propping it on your belly. As your eyes adjust to the bright world you’ve woken up to, you’re happy to see that the battery charge is at a perfect 100%.

Before you know it the day is going by at a nauseating pace, yet nowhere near it’s end as it’s only 10:00 in the morning and you’re not even halfway through your unrealistic to-do list. As you wrap up meeting number 2 of the day you glance at your phone. In your horror you realize the battery is at a low 30% and you panic. You’ve barely used your phone since you got the office. Maybe a few texts, a couple of 30 second phone calls, and one minute of data usage, if that. So why is your phone battery draining so fast?

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Image: convergent1.com

There are a few possible solutions to your rapidly draining battery woes. To satisfy your inner DIY-er, you may want to give these suggestions a try before. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but it’s a good start. Of course, you can always just bring your phone to us at Repair Wireless.

One of the most common causes of a battery draining quickly are the app settings. Thankfully that can be changed. But before making changes it would be a good idea to see how many of your apps are open. Leaving them open uses up battery life because they are constantly having to refresh. Close out any apps that you’re not using.

Check your Notifications. When you download a new app onto your phone,  you are asked you if you would like to receive push notifications. If you say yes, you are agreeing to be notified of anything important that happens, such as a private message or a friend/follow request. You want to receive app notifications that you really need because each app will cause your phone to light up to alert you of anything new that happens.

The iOS 7 or newer software has a feature that defaults all apps to refresh. You can disable the setting entirely by going to Settings –> General –> Background App Refresh.

Second on the list that you may not be fully aware of is the Location setting. When you share your locations, this allows for location-based apps to let whoever you might text or friends on social media know exactly where you are. This can be nice for mapping purposes, but it’s a serious battery drainer at the expense of your privacy, so I would select for which apps you leave this feature on. For iOS 7 or newer you can do this by going to Settings –> Privacy –> Location Services.

It’s kind of a no-brainer, but adjusting the brightness on your phone is one obvious way to conserve battery life. Having your screen on full brightness will drain your battery much quicker. You can adjust this by going to Settings –> Wallpaper & Brightness.

Automatic updates are helpful, but if you’re not going to be close to a power source for a while, it’s probably a good idea to disable it. To do this, go to Settings –> iTunes and Apple Store, and turn off the Updates option. Remember to turn it back on when you will have your charger or check the App Store for updated app versions.

Believe it or not, the temperature of your phone can have a serious effect on your battery life. According to Apple for iPhone  users, your device’s ideal temperature comfort zone is between 62 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s 16 to 22 degrees Celsius). Hot temperatures can permanently damage your phone. To keep this from happening, avoid leaving your phone in a hot car or charging it in high temperatures. Cold weather can’t damage your phone, but it will drain your battery relatively fast.

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Image: apple.com

If your phone is getting way too hot on its own, that’s not good. Usually this is a software problem,but sometimes it can be hardware related. For more information on how software affects the temperature of your phone, you can read more here and here. Apple also suggests that you remove cases while charging to prevent excess heat.

Just about every technology blog will mention right away to disable Push Mail. Push Mail is when your iPhone is constantly connected to your email server checking for new mail. This constant exchange of data consumes battery life quickly. To fix this, go to Settings –> Mail, Contacts, Calendars –> Fetch New Data. Disable Push. Then scroll down and change Fetch to Every 15 minutes (there’s a 30 minute option if you prefer). You will want to change every individual account to Fetch as well.

If none of these tips work and your device is still under warranty, I suggest taking it to the Apple Store. Coverage for a defective battery is part of the one-year warranty. Once out of warranty, Apple’s battery service is $79, plus $6.95 shipping and local tax.

Finally, there were a lot of complaints of battery life issues when iOS 7 was released. Apple does have an iPhone 5 Replacement Program that offers a new battery free of charge for any iPhone 5 devices sold between September 2012 and January 2013. You have to use your device’s serial number to determine eligibility. To learn how to find the serial number, go here. For any iPhone generations sold before or since, a new battery would have to covered under warranty or paid for.

Do you have any tips you’ve tried in fixing your iPhone’s battery problems?

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