iPhone Battery Saving Tips

Optimizing music playback time on the iPhone

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Modern portable devices like the iPhone are great at streaming digital music, playing music videos from YouTube etc, but they can soon run out of power before you know it. Granted, rechargeable batteries are much better designed these days, but they can still drain quicker than expected. With all the services and apps typically running in the background, it's no wonder your device can rapidly run out of juice.

If you've haven't tweaked the iPhone's settings in order to optimize power usage yet, then you'll probably be re-charging the battery more than is necessary. And, with a finite lifespan, making the most out the power between charges is essential.

But, how can we optimize power usage for more digital media playback time?

In this article, we'll focus on what you can do with your iPhone to make it more efficient for playing music and videos.

Use a Music Service's Offline Mode (if available)

Streaming music uses more of the iPhone's battery reserves than playing locally stored audio files -- either the ones you've directly downloaded or synced. If the streaming music service you use supports an offline mode (like Spotify for example), then consider using this. If you stream songs multiple times, then it makes sense to download them to your iPhone providing storage space isn't an issue. You'll then be able to listen even when there's no Internet connection.

See Which Music Apps Are Battery Drainers

If you're running iOS 8 or higher, there's a battery usage option in the settings menu to view which apps (by percentage) are using the most power. Streaming apps can be battery killers so shut them down if you're not listening to any music.

Use Earbuds/Headphones Instead of Speakers

More power is required to listen to music via the iPhone's internal speaker or a wireless setup. Using your earbuds can reduce the amount of power needed.

Turn Your Screen's Brightness Down

This is perhaps the biggest drain of them all. Reducing your screen's brightness is a quick way of instantly saving battery life.

Disable Bluetooth

Unless you are currently streaming music to a set of Bluetooth speakers, it's a good idea to disable this service. Bluetooth unnecessarily drains your battery if you're not using it for anything.

Disable Wi-Fi

When listening to locally stored music, you don't really need Wi-Fi unless you want to stream to wireless speakers. If you don't need the Internet (via a router for instance), then you might as well temporarily disable this battery drainer.

Turn Off AirDrop

This feature is enabled by default for sharing files. AirDrop can be used to transfer music to another device (using the iZip app for example). However, it also uses battery power while running in the background.

Download Music Videos Rather Than Streaming

Watching videos from sites like YouTube usually involves streaming. If you can download music videos instead, then this will save quite a bit of power.

Disable the Music Equalizer

This feature is great to EQ the audio on your iPhone, but it uses more power than you'd think. This is because it is quite CPU intensive.

Disable iCloud

Apple has made iCloud seamlessly work with all your devices. Trouble is, convenience usually comes at a price, and iCloud is no exception. Disabling this automatic service will save power which you can put to better use.