The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are bigger and better than ever, and come complete with an extra two hours' battery life. We've got some great tips to save you precious bars...
Let’s be honest: a phone, no matter how fabulous it looks, is only great when we know we can rely on it, anytime, anywhere. Since most of us take our trusty iPhones with us wherever we go, battery power plays a huge role in a phone’s performance and popularity.
Here are the hacks you need to know to save your iPhone 7 battery and make the most of all the features the iPhone 7 has to offer:
Adjust your screen brightness
The screens on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are bigger and brighter than ever, so you can prolong your battery life by adjusting screen brightness.
Just swipe up from the bottom of the display to open the Control Centre, then drag the brightness slider as far left as possible.
Make sure you’ve got the latest software updates
Yes, we’re telling to you go get iOS 10 (and not just for all of its cool features). It’s good for your iPhone 7 battery life, too. Just go to Settings >General > Software update to get manual updates on your devices, or plug your phone into a power source for a wireless update.
Low power mode for longer iPhone battery life
Low power mode is a helpful battery-saver on your iPhone 7 – when your device goes down to 20% and then 10%, you can turn on the low power mode manually by going to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode (it automatically turns off once your phone is charged back up to 80%). This feature also reduces display brightness and disables battery-sapping features like iCloud sync until your phone is charged, when low power mode will switch off automatically.
Plugging in those EarPods when you want to listen to some tunes or watch the next episode of Transparent can help extend your battery life when you need it to – they don’t use as much power as the iPhone’s internal speakers.
With the stereo output of the iPhone 7, the potential for louder volume means you should also be conscious of sound impacting your battery life – lowering the volume is another battery-saver.
Charge your phone at 50%
Hands up if you thought that you should let your battery life drain to zero before recharging? A common myth, and unfortunately one that will shorten your phone’s lifespan. By a lot.
When it comes to battery best practice, if you let lithium-ion batteries die, then they degrade over time. Do this 300+ times and the battery won’t be able to hold a charge as long as it once could, and performance will decline after a year or two. According to Battery University, you should be charging your phone when it’s around 50% to optimise performance and keep the phone going for longer.
Turn off your GPS
Disabling location services is another good way to extend battery life. Just head to Settings > Privacy, then tap on Location Services and toggle the switch off. Oh, and be sure you know where you’re heading before you do that…
Auto-lock your phone
With the hyper-sensitive home button on the iPhone 7, it’s super easy to unlock the screen when you need it. Which means that the screen should be turned off when you’re not using it to make sure it’s not consuming power unnecessarily.
If you want to get the maximum battery life from your iPhone, set the Auto-lock to one minute in Settings > General > Auto-Lock. You should also press the Sleep/Wake button at the top of your iPhone as soon as you’ve finished using it.
Use your PC to charge your phone
Keep the computer plugged in, with the power on, when charging your iPhone 7 with the USB cable. Your battery will drain if the computer’s off or in sleep mode.
And be careful when trying to charge your iPhone 7 in its case – excess heat may affect the battery.
Manage your app usage
iOS 10 is designed to be the most battery-efficient iOS ever. And it gives you more ways to improve iPhone battery life, because you can see exactly which apps are the biggest battery drainers. To view and manage your usage, go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage.
The arrival of iOS 10 also gives you a new battery-saving mode that Apple says should help your iPhone battery life last much longer. We can’t wait to give it a try.