Reduce battery drain

If you've had your phone for a while now, you may be asking yourself, "Why is my battery draining so fast?" . Here are a few tips to help extend your battery life.

  • Turn off location services. Apps that use location services in the background can quickly drain the battery. Go to Settings >General >Location Services to select the apps for which you want to disable this feature.
  • Check Internet tethering. The tethering feature on your iPhone seems to be persistently attempting to establish a connection. To stop this, go Settings >General >Network, select "Internet Tethering," and tap on "Cancel." You may need to turn Wi-Fi off and back on again to stop the tethering connection attempts.
  • Calibrate the battery. Fully charge your iPhone and then allow it to drain until the device shuts down. Then recharge it again.
  • Close open Safari windows. One iOS app that consumes memory and processor time in the background is Safari. Close all unused windows in the application by pressing the page switch button in the lower right portion of the screen then clicking the X at the top left of each page.
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Rich Hall

Rich Hall has written about Handheld and Pocket computers for the last 13 years. He is the Editor of Pocket PC magazine and former editor of The HP Palmtop Paper, the NEC Ultralite Connection and the HP Portable Paper. He began his career as a high school Math and English teacher. Rich lives in Fairfield, Iowa, with his wife, Lucinda, and their children, Robert and Ella. You can contact him at