Hate how your iPhone drains its battery faster than a vampire exposed to a pale neck? Well, we hate that too. The good news is you can do something about it (make your phone charge faster, I mean.)
And no, it doesn’t mean getting a new iPhone because it promises to have a ‘better’ battery life. Here are 4 tips and tricks you can use.
Top Tip #1. Stop using your phone and turn it off!
The exclamation point is needed for emphasis. It’s painful to have to turn off your phone, who knows, you might miss out on juicy news while it’s temporarily out of commission, right? BUT, turning it off while charging makes it charge so much faster than usual. Since it’s not working, it’s not using up power, speeding up the charge time.
So hang in there! It’s just a bit of wait; afterwards you can use your phone all day.
Top Tip #2. Switch to Airplane Mode before charging.
This is kind of the same principle as turning the device off. Switching to Airplane Mode means you stop your phone from checking emails, receiving phone calls, messages etc., temporarily. Hence, you save up power! No power-hungry processes happening in the background as you charge so it makes you charge faster.
Just keep in mind; you’re not going to receive important calls on this mode as well. But at least you won’t have to see a lifeless black screen as you charge, if turning your phone off is that painful for you.
Top Tip #3. Hook it up to the Wall.
If you read your manual when you first got your shiny device, Apple advices you use a wall outlet instead of a USB if you want to charge faster. USB charging is fine if you have plenty of time, but if you don’t then reach out for that wall charger instead.
Top Tip #4. Stay cool.
Your battery hates extreme temperatures, especially heat. So don’t charge with your phone in direct sunlight. Keep it to a nice room temperature like 22 degrees Centigrade or its equivalent of 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
A NOTE ABOUT BATTERY MAINTENANCE:
Uncle Steve and well, whoever’s manning the Apple helm right now, had something to say for keeping your device’s batteries working properly. Apple recommends:
"For proper maintenance of a lithium-based battery, it’s important to keep the electrons in it moving occasionally. Be sure to go through at least one charge cycle per month (charging the battery to 100% and then completely running it down)."
The tips and tricks mentioned above are pretty basic. I’m sure you probably do some of these at home. If you don’t put it into practice, it’s best to start now. It can totally cut back on frustrating wait times.