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With the addition of iOS 8, iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus, battery life was expected to be increased. However, that is not the case despite the larger phone size. The iPhone 6 has a 1810mAh battery compared to the 1560mAh battery in the iPhone 5S. What may not come as a surprise is the 2915mAh battery in the iPhone 6 Plus.
iOS 8 may not have the best battery life, but now you will be able to see a breakdown of which apps are using the most amount of battery:
Go into Settings –> General –> Usage –> Battery Usage.
With this open, you will now be able to see a ranking of all the apps that were open since your last charge and how much battery it has drained by percentage (%). You will be able to see the data in the last 24 hours or even the last week. Under the App name you may see “Background Activity.” This means the app will drain your battery even if you do not have it open. This may result from automatic updates or email updates. (Look below on tips on how to turn these iPhone settings off)
We’re dedicated to helping people solve their cellphone battery issues and have compiled a list of the top 15 common iPhone battery problems. If you want a quicker response, post on our facebook page. We are a growing community dedicated to all of your charging needs. Come ask questions, join our contests, or just say hello!
Here’s a list of the 15 most common questions we’ve been asked:
Facebook can be one of the most destructive apps on your phone. As a default setting, videos will auto play as you are scrolling through your feed. The videos that play will drain the battery and even use data when Wi-Fi is not available. Who knew one of the most downloaded 3rd party apps in the AppStore could be this dangerous! Luckily, its a quick fix:
Go into Settings –> Facebook –> Settings–> Auto-play –> choose “Wi-Fi only” or “Off.”
To save every bit of battery, I would suggest “Off.” With this setting, videos will only play when you choose.
It’s most likely either the contact, wire, or the build of the cable. You can easily buy a new iPhone or MicroUSB charger here. A second option is to bring your cable into the Apple store within a reasonable length of time from purchase (about 60-70 days), they’re usually happy to replace it. Talk about excellent customer service.
* Tips: If you have Apple-care on your phone, they’ll do it for two years from the date of purchase. If you are no longer under Apple’s warranty, use this opportunity to try our portable external battery.
3. After 8 hours of charging, the battery shows 93%, but after unplugging and re-plugging it shows 100%.
This may not be a software issues. Reconnect the charger to your phone and see if your charge goes up within an hour. If not, there is most likely a physical issue that is slowing down the charging process. This can range from a foreign object obstruction or corrosion on the contacts inside your phone. For example, sand clogging up the internal workings of your phone after accidentally dropping it at the beach.
* Tips: DIY. You can buy a 3rd party replacement charging port for $20 and install it yourself, which a caveman could easily do. All it takes is some screwing, unscrewing, and a couple minutes out of your precious time that I’m sure you’re willing to spare for your oh-so-precious phone.
4. After upgrading my iPhone to the latest iOS8, my cable won’t charge!
Since the latest update, all lightning cables that are not MFi certified may not charge your iPhone. To avoid future headaches, make sure your cable is certified and it will always charge. Although it could be the cable’s fault, it is probably Apple’s update that locks down counterfeit cables that is the issue. Bring your iPhone with you when you buy a cable and try it as soon as you walk out the store. If you don’t want to wait until home, attach the cable to our portable charger and see if your phone chargers.
5. After charging the iPhone all night, the charger says “this accessory is not compatible” when I detach and then reconnect the two.
The issue could either be:
1) The charger, and you should purchase a replacement
2) The charging port, which you could also replace yourself
* Tips: Try charging your phone with another charger, and if it works, buy a new charger. If it doesn’t, try try cleaning it with compressed air. Sometimes dirt can mess up the connection between the device and charging device.
Updating software on your phone will not always increase battery life. In fact, the iOS 8 update decreased battery life on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad 4, and iPad mini Retina.Use the standard battery saving tips for every iPhone (decrease your brightness, turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, location services when not in use, and cycle through your battery in full at least once a month).
This is when accessories will come in handy. Check out our Portable Power Outlet which can charge any device on the go. Even your laptop!
There are two terms which you should know pertaining to resetting your phone:
1. Soft Reset: To soft reset your iPhone, hold down the power button and home button until your phone shuts off. To turn it back on, hold the power button. If you just got your iPhone 6 and are experiencing battery issues, a simple soft reset can fix issues in the software.
2. Hard Reset: A hard reset is more extreme than a soft reset. To initiate a hard reset:
Go into Settings –> General –> Reset –> Reset all Settings OR Erase all Content and Settings
A hard reset is never recommended because it can delete all of your information. Because of this, be sure to back up all of your files.
Given the recent updates to iOS8 by Apple, it could be the auto update features that are turned on by default. Follow the steps below to turn these off and recover your battery life.
Parallax is the effect of seamless scrolling and transitions. It may look pretty, but it won’t help you get through the day on just one charge. Just turn it off.
Go into Settings –> General –> Accessibility –> Deselect Reduce Motion.
You can manually update your apps and save battery life by doing the following to turn off auto app updates.
Go into Settings –> iTunes & App Store –> Scroll down to Automatic Downloads and deselect: Music, Apps, Updates, and Use Cellular Data
Background app allows applications to refresh themselves while they are in the background. Turning this off allows your apps to refresh only when you select them.
Go into Settings –> General –> Turn off Background App.
Airdrop is Apple’s newest feature that allows users to share files to other iOS users within the same wifi zone. Have no intentions of ever using it? Turn it off:
Go to Control Center –>Turn off AirDrop.
You can reset all of your settings back to factory default, which means all the prior changes you’ve made prior will be gone. You will have to turn off all of the battery consuming settings mentioned above after resetting
Go to Settings –> General –> Reset
This should be your last resort to fix network issues as you will have to manually re-sync your data back after a complete wipe and restore.
In iTunes, click on Summary and then Restore to convert the iPhone back into its factory settings.
Some users have reported issues with iMessage after upgrading to iOS7.
To fix this, go into iCloud’s settings –>Turn off Documents & Data.
You may notice some chargers and cables charge faster than others. No, it is not because one brand is better than the other. Simply, it is because of the watts, volts, and amps. Without getting too technical:
Amps x Volts = Watts
Several of our mobile devices come with proprietary 5-volt chargers. However, the speed at which your device is charged depends on the amps. Smartphones such as iPhones come with 1-amp chargers while tablets such as iPads have 2-amp chargers. To clarify, 1-amp chargers = 5W chargers and 2-amp chargers = 10W chargers. The higher the amp, the higher the charge.
Still confused? Here’s an example we have all experienced: driving in traffic.The difference between 0.5-amp, 1-amp, and 2-amp charging is similar having 1,2, and 4 lanes open while driving. 0.5-Amps is the equivalent to driving to your destination with only one lane. It’s small and slow. 1-Amp charging is the equivalent to driving with two lanes. 2-Amp charging is the equivalent to driving with 4 open lanes. With each amp increase, the charge doubles within the exact same amount of time.
To get the most out of your chargers, USB 3.0 ports must be used. USB 3.0 ports support up to 5-amps. Avoid USB 2.0 ports because they only charge 0.5 – 1 amps. Charging from your laptops USB port should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. The most efficient way of charging would be by wall outlet.
Let’s put all of the information we just learned together. Because we already know iPhone chargers are 1-amp or 5W, it would not make sense to charge an iPad with the same charger. iPad’s are larger devices which require a 2-amp or 10W charger to be the most efficient. Using a 10W charger would provide a faster charge within the same amount of time.