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5 Ways to Make Your iPhone Battery Last Longer

No matter how long your iPhone’s battery lasts, getting more mileage out of it is always better. After all, most of us use our iPhones for nearly everything these days: reading emails, taking photos, streaming videos, browsing, paying by Apple Pay and even actual phone calls. A dead battery can bring life to a halt, so conserving that power can help you keep your life on track.

5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR IPHONE BATTERY LAST LONGER

1. USE THE LOW POWER MODE

In iOS 9, Apple introduced a way to get an extra three hours of battery life. The catch: The Low Power Mode doesn’t actually kick in until you’re down to 20% battery life. Once the charge reaches a critically low level, a warning appears, along with the option to enable Low Power Mode. Once Low Power Mode is enabled, the power indicator goes from the ominous red to a less-worrisome orange. The reason that Low Power Mode works so effectively is that it shuts down unnecessary background apps. You can automatically enable this mode by going: Settings > Battery > Turn on Low Power Mode.

2. MANAGE THE BATTERY-DRAINING APPS

In both iOs 8 and iOS 9, you can get a better handle on battery life by simply finding out which apps consume the most juice. To do this, go to: Settings > General > Battery to view a list of apps that you’ve been using in the last day or last week. The apps listed at the very top are the ones that are causing the most battery drain. Expect Safari to be near the top of the list, but many other apps like Facebook are power hogs, too.

Naturally, reducing use of these apps will help reduce drain, but there is another way to manage the damage done by these apps. Go: Settings > General > Background App Refresh. You can then turn off background refreshing for the biggest battery-draining apps. After all, not every one of those apps needs up to the minute updates on your whereabouts anyway!

3. REDUCE UNNECESSARY NOTIFICATIONS

Some lock screen notifications are absolutely essential, but many are not. The more notifications you get, the faster your battery is draining. Navigate to your notifications menu from the settings page. Once there, you can go down your list of apps to disable notifications from the ones that you really don’t need to see immediately. This can greatly improve battery life.

4. MANAGE BRIGHTNESS SETTINGS

The display on iPhones today is so bright that it rivals a MacBook Air’s brightness. However, the battery on the iPhone is much smaller and less equipped to handle that kind of power drain. Navigate to your brightness menu by: Settings > Display > Brightness. Slide the brightness bar down as low as you find tolerable. The lower you go, the longer your battery will last.

5. TURN OFF BLUETOOTH

Many iPhone users have Bluetooth enabled without needing it (or even realizing it’s on.) Bluetooth is a major battery hog, and for most people it’s just not necessary. If you don’t currently use Bluetooth headphones or other accessories, turn your Bluetooth off by navigating to the Bluetooth options from the Settings menu.

Don’t Fix Your Cracked iPhone Screen On Your Own

Whether you purchased your iPhone yourself or you received it as a gift, there are few things that can make your heart sink as quickly as dropping it. Picking it up to discover a cracked iPhone screen can fill you with a distinct sense of dread. This often leaves you wondering how you are going to afford to get a new phone. Instead of getting a new phone, consider replacing the screen first.

You may find yourself to be handy around the house and perfectly tech-savvy, but you should never attempt to replace the screen on your own. Here are 4 reasons to let the experts handle your cracked screen repair.

4 REASONS YOU SHOULD NEVER ATTEMPT TO REPLACE YOUR CRACKED IPHONE SCREEN YOURSELF

  1. You probably don’t have all of the right tools. You’ll have to get several different pieces and tools that you’ll probably never need again.
  2. You risk shattering the screen and frying the LCD if you don’t do it exactly perfect. This will end up being way more costly than just letting a professional take care of it.
  3. You’ll probably be following the guidance of an amateur on YouTube or from some blog. You don’t know this person’s credentials and have no reason to trust their guidance and advice.
  4. If you make one small mistake, you may end up frying the entire phone.

In the end, it’s just not worth the risk. Don’t follow the guidance of someone from YouTube or a DIY blog. Instead, let an expert handle your iPhone screen repair or LCD replacement and rest easy knowing your phone is going to be returned to you in perfect working condition.

What to Do if Your iPhone is Stuck in Recovery Mode

Have you ever walked away from your iPhone and then come back later to find it stuck in recovery mode? You may find some solutions to this problem, but oftentimes these are not permanent solutions, and you’ll find yourself stuck in the same situation just a few short days after you thought you fixed it the first time. If you want to know why this problem happens, and how to keep it from happening again, keep reading. If you’re not able to fix the issue on your own, please contact us.

WHAT IS RECOVERY MODE?

To understand recovery mode, we have to talk about boot loader and what that means. All iPhones need a boot loader in order to load the operating system onto the device. Your boot loader, referred to by Apple as “iBoot”, is constantly scanning and checking your phone for errors. If iBoot discovers an error, such as an iOS installation issue or a failed upgrade, it places your phone in recovery mode to avoid any further damage.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOUR PHONE IS IN RECOVERY MODE?

If you find your phone is in recovery mode, you’ll have a few options: restore, update, or do nothing.

IF YOU CHOOSE TO UPDATE OR RESTORE

If you restore your iPhone while it is in recovery mode, you will permanently erase all data, apps, photos, games and documents from your device. You should be able to restore and recover them later.

If your phone is still responsive while in recovery mode, choose to restore or update your device. Updating it will automatically update your device to the latest iOS software, which should take care of the problem.

IF YOUR DEVICE IS STUCK IN RECOVERY MODE

If you’ve found that your device is stuck in recovery mode — meaning that you can’t navigate away from the recovery mode screen and it doesn’t register that you’re connected to your computer — then try this. Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable, hold the home button and the sleep button until you see the Apple logo pop up on the screen. Keep holding the home button and the sleep button until your device boots up and shows you the white screen with the Apple logo. Once you see the Apple logo, you’ve successfully gotten out of recovery mode.

All You Need to Know about Using Apple Pay on Any Apple Device

Have you heard about one of the newest ways to pay using your iPhone? We’ve talked about Android Pay before, but haven’t fully unpacked everything that Apple’s mobile payment option has to offer. If you’re new to the idea or haven’t used Apple Pay before, check out this guide of everything you need to know about Apple’s digital wallet service.

APPLE PAY — THE DETAILS

Mobile payments are not exactly a new idea — Apple is competing with both Android Pay and Samsung Pay for a share of the digital wallet world. Each company’s mobile payment offering comes with its own sets of pros and cons, but here are a few of the most important aspects to consider for Apple Pay:

  • Apple Pay was announced over a year ago at the iPhone 6 event. The service is only available for mobile on iPhone 6, 6 Plus and later devices. It can also be used on iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 3 and all later devices.
  • To use Apple Pay, you simply hold the top of your phone, iPad or watch near the contactless reader. You’ll be prompted to select a card — either your default card or another — and then confirm your identity by placing your finger on Touch ID.
  • Apple Pay is generally not accepted at as many places as its rivals, and may come with additional stipulations on how large of a purchase you can make, but this is changing as more companies and banks are coming on board and beginning to work with Apple.
  • Individuals using Apple Pay can do so on any terminal that has NFC technology. This is a major difference from its competitors, as Samsung Pay can be used on any terminal, regardless of whether or not the terminal possesses the NFC technology.
  • In addition to in-store purchases, Apple Pay can be used for online and app purchases as well. This can be done by selecting the Buy With Apple Pay option as your preferred payment during checkout.
  • 2016 will be bringing several new partnerships for Apple Pay, such as Starbucks, JC Penney, Cinnabon and more.

SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS

The reason many are flocking to the idea of using digital wallets and mobile payment options is the increased level of security that comes with using such a payment option. By removing the act of swiping your physical card, you remove the change that someone is able to get your credit card or bank information.

Apple Pay adds an additional layer of security by requiring a fingerprint confirmation in addition to the contactless payment. If you choose to pay using your Apple Watch, you’ll be asked to enter a four digit pin every time you take your watch off or if it has lost contact with your skin (e.g. you’ve taken your watch off and handed it to a friend.) This removes the possibility of your watch being stolen and used to make payments.

Iphone 6s battery problem

In the past week, Apple acknowledge that some units of iPhone 6s would shutdown randomly. As a result, Apple will be replacing these faulty batteries free of charge. How convenient will this be for some people to take three hours of their working day to visit the Apple store. Otherwise, you can make an appointment with the Genius bar and get on the week waiting list. 

According to the Chinese press, Apple claims that the glitchy battery was due to a “prolong exposure to air exposure prior to assembly”. The source also indicated that this issue has affected iPhone 6s all over the world. 

Apple has been drag through a tough month since its announcement of the iPhone 6s battery replacement program. If you own an iPhone  6s, click here to determine if you are eligible for a replacement.

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