Think of all the times you felt you couldn’t function at your best because your phone battery ran out. You spent all night diligently charging it, but five minutes into Snapchatting your besties about the day ahead, you notice your battery level decreases by 40%. You muster whatever morning energy you have to do the math: By first period, you’ll be hovering at around 10% battery. And when you’ve become accustomed to recording your professor’s lectures on your Voice Memos app, that’s just not going to fly. In order to help you out of this difficult situation, here are some genius tips for keeping your battery alive and well throughout the school day.
1. Let it snooze
We all need a rest from notifications. Slide up on your home screen and hit the moon button to put it on Do Not Disturb. You’ll be able to use your phone as you normally would, but the lack of alerts will save tons of juice, according to Info World.
2. Optimize battery
When you’re hanging out at home with all your friends by your side (re: chargers), go ahead and let your phone operate on low battery power. Head to General, Battery, and check Low Power Mode for more efficient power delegation that automatically enables once you hit 20% battery. Once you’re there, double check that you’ve clicked Battery Percentage underneath so you know exactly how much juice you have before your device turns off.
3. Invest in a special phone case
The avocado phone case you bought after Kylie Jenner was spotted rocking it is on-trend and all, but it’ll do you no favors in the battery department. The Mophie Juice Pack Air available for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S is a super-sleek and protective case that will fuel your phone while you’re on the go.
4. Adjust your lighting
You might not realize how unnecessarily bright your screen is. You may have turned it on to its full brightness capacity to help you find the remote control behind the couch that one time, but for everyday use, minimal brightness will do just fine. Go to General, Display & Brightness, and adjust accordingly. Switch to Auto-Brightness so your screen can illuminate itself in sunlight, and dim itself in the dark, where you need less light to see.
5. Shut off automatic updates
If you’re the type to receive hundreds of emails a day, automatic notifications are a huge power-suck. To start: head to Settings, Mail, Contacts and Calendars, then under Fetch New Data, uncheck Push, according to PC Mag. You’ll save so much battery going to your email app and manually refreshing your inbox. Plus, you won’t get annoying beeps and buzzes when you’re just trying to stay focused in class.
6. Shut off Background Refresh
Your iPhone is a beautiful thing in that its Background Refresh function takes care of itself throughout the day, like a cactus that doesn’t require water for maintenance. Through an algorithm, Background Refresh detects when you’re most likely to open an app (8 a.m. Instagram scrolling on the bus, perhaps?) and then loads the most recent data so you don’t miss a beat. But if you’re looking to keep your phone alive all day, head to Settings, General, Background App Refresh, and then turn off the feature completely or select only certain apps, according to iMore. Loading your friends’ photos manually is a small sacrifice when you think about all the battery you’re saving.
7. Disable Location Services
Not only can automatically detecting your location be a potential breach of privacy, but it’s eating up your battery without you even knowing it. Many apps you use suck up tons of power detecting where you are, so either geotag that brunch with caution, or go to Settings, Privacy, Location Services, and turn off System Services, according to Macworld, on any individual apps that, save for a couple minor features, function perfectly fine without your location, like Camera or Snapchat.
8. Vet your chargers
A good bargain is hard to resist, but when you’re getting thrifty with chargers, you’ll end up paying more in the long run. Apple chargers designed for your iPhone help them run optimally and with enough battery power to last you the day. Purchase a reasonable off-brand model, and you’re still in the safe zone. But shell out a couple bucks for a knockoff and you might even do permanent damage to your device, according to an experiment by Lifehacker.