iPhone battery life is a precious thing and it seems to disappear all too quickly as it is, so it’s concerning to hear that iOS7.1 is actually having a negative effect on iPhone and iPad battery life for some. If you are one of many experiencing low battery life then the good news is there are ways to save battery, and identifying the main culprits is a great start. Below are 5 simple steps you can take to get better iOS7.1 battery life today.

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1. Get rid of Unused Apps and turn off push notifications


Unused apps can still be running in the background without your knowledge and your Smartphone could be working hard to install updates, making these apps a battery draining culprit. Uninstall unused apps and you will be able to save yourself a bit of battery juice. Apps with Push Notification alert you to new data, which may impact battery life. To disable these, go to Settings > Notifications, choose the app you want to disable, and change the alert style to: None and turn badge app icon and sounds: off


2. Turn off Vibrate settings


There probably isn’t any real need to have vibrate turned on if your phone isn’t on silent as  it doesn’t really add anything, in fact on when your phone is placed on some surfaces it can be more of an annoyance than an asset. Vibrate uses more power than ringing does, so turn this function off if you don’t require it and save yourself some battery. You can turn this off by selecting Settings> Sound->Vibrate


3. Turn off location services


The iPhone has a built in GPS which is rather useful when trying to get driving directions or find local shops and restaurants. However to keep it working, data is being sent over a network and it requires battery power to work. Unless you require Location services to find your way from your desk to the kitchen to make your Monday morning coffee then you should consider turning these off when not in use. If you are an iPhone user then you can turn off Location settings selecting Settings >Location services


4.  Manage your internet connections


Remember the days before the Smartphone when mobile phone battery power lasted for days? Well that’s partly because they weren’t permanently connected to 4G LTE networks. Your Internet connection can be one of the worst power draining gremlins, so if you can live without receiving Facebook updates at 3am in the morning then it may be worth switching your phone to flight mode while you sleep. If you have access to the internet from your work PC to access to wireless networks then turn off your 3G / 4G settings where possible to save some precious juice.


5. Adjust your screen settings


Believe it or not your screen could be one of the biggest battery draining gremlins. Adjusting your screen brightness and time out settings will help you save some precious battery life. You can reduce the length of your screen time out by going to Menu > Settings > Display > Screen Timeout.

If you find that your battery is still draining faster than it should be then you can find out what the main culprits draining our battery are by going to Settings > About device > Battery use.

Considering how frustrating it is when your phone battery dies and you are stuck without your Smartphone for the remainder of your day. If you were to lose or damage your phone then you will be even more frustrated should you have to go without it while you try to fork out for a replacement. Of course, this situation could be avoided by making sure you have the right Gadget Insurance. Then you can rest assured that if anything were to happen to your phone you won’t be without it for too long.

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