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iPhone Battery Tips and Tricks

Now that many of us rely on our smartphones the way we rely on oxygen and electricity, battery life has become a prime concern. While the iPhone isn't a major power hog, particularly in terms of standby time, there are still situations where your battery can drain too quickly. If you have trouble making it through the day without charging up, here's what you can do right now to boost your iPhone's battery life.

One caveat before you get started: Some of the tips below defeat features you may find important. The idea isn't to completely disable everything that makes the iPhone great. Instead, it's to start from a clean slate. This way, you can figure out exactly what has been draining your battery. Follow the tips in this article, and get iPhone battery life back up to where you can get several days of standby, or at least a full day of use out of the phone. Then, once you've established that, gradually turn back on a few of the features you need most.

If, after all is said and done, your iPhone battery is still draining very quickly, then it's likely your iPhone's battery is nearing the end of its useful life. To find out if that's the case, make an appointment with a nearby Apple Store Genius Bar; they'll be able to test it for you.

1. Turn off Background Refresh for apps you don't care about. This keeps the phone active and doing things in the background, including polling the data network, which reduces battery life. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh, and either turn it off globally, or deactivate it for certain apps as you see fit. When you return to the app, it may take a moment longer to bring you new information, but it otherwise shouldn't have any effect on how the app works.

Apple iPhone Battery Tips: Background App Refresh

2. Disable as many notifications as possible. I normally leave important ones (such as text and voicemail) intact, but for most apps, you probably don't need the phone waking up and displaying notifications all the time. Head to Settings > Notification Center, scroll down to Include and Do Not Include, tap a given category (Phone, Messages, Reminders) or app (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and choose as few notifications as possible. The fewer you enable, the more standby time you should see. While you're in there, note that you can change the way each one appears (Alert Style) and whether it shows on the lock screen, as well as disable it entirely.

Apple iPhone Battery Tips: Notification Center

3. Watch your signal strength indicator. If you spend a lot of time in areas with poor reception, your iPhone will continually search for a stronger signal. This drains the battery much faster. I've left my iPhone untouched on my desk, where there's a particularly poor signal, and watched the battery drain by almost half over the course of a workday. Short of switching off your phone, there's not much you can do about this one, but keep in mind that it could be your power-sucking culprit—and you can always put the phone in Airplane mode if you don't need the cellular network at that time.

4. Check for email manually. Push email is another perennial battery drain, albeit less so. Normally I set all accounts to receive updates manually (i.e. when I load the app), instead of at a set polling frequency or via "push." Head to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data, toggle Push at the top to Off, and then set Fetch to Manually.

5. Turn off Location Services and Frequent Locations. This is a big one, as hitting the iPhone's GPS constantly can blaze through your battery. Head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services to cap this behavior. You can tap the On/Off slider next to Location Services to turn all of them off, but you can also disable these services on an individual app basis below. Many apps don't need to know your whereabouts, especially in the background. Another one to be aware of is Frequent Locations, a relatively new feature that tracks where you are most often in order for apps to send you targeted ads; aside from being annoying, it also drains battery. From Location Services, scroll down to Frequent Locations and turn it off.

Apple iPhone Battery Tips: System Services

6. Check for software updates. Software updates will often contain fixes that enhance battery life. You can check for OS updates right from the phone, instead of using a USB cable and syncing with iTunes. Simply head to Settings > General > Software Update.

7. The old power-saving standbys still help. You can still do all the basic, old-school things to improve battery life, such as reducing screen brightness, disabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and so on. The one that helps most here, in my experience, is screen brightness, but you still need to crank it up to see the Retina Display in bright sunlight.

8. Consider a battery case or an add-on battery. Battery cases from Kensington, Mophie, and other manufacturers combine a hardware enclosure, which protects your phone, with an extended battery that can double your iPhone's endurance.

iPhones 'most likely' to get stolen - government list says

The research suggests people are most likely to have their phones stolen directly from their person

Apple's latest iPhone models are the smartphones in England and Wales most likely to be stolen, according to a new government list.

The Mobile Phone Theft Ratio, published by the Home Office, shows iPhone models 5, 5C, 5S and 4S are the most targeted, followed by the Blackberry 9790.

The index is based on crime data between August 2012 to January 2014.

Women and 14 to 24-year-olds are the two groups most likely to have phones stolen, according to the list.

People are most likely to have their phones stolen directly from their person, through pick-pocketing, or when the handset is briefly left unattended - the research suggests.

The Samsung Galaxy and HTC phones also appear on the index.

Home Secretary Theresa May said that while crime had fallen under the coalition government, the level of mobile phone theft remained "a concern" and she hoped the new index would inform consumers about the habits of thieves.

Pick-pocketing

She said: "People are increasingly carrying their lives in their pockets, with bank details, emails and other sensitive personal information easily accessible through mobile phones.

"This is why it is vital that government, police and industry work together to tackle this crime."

She said that the mobile phone industry was also taking action against criminals and had introduced features that enabled phones to be tracked and wiped if they were stolen.

There were 742,000 victims of mobile phone theft in England and Wales during 2012-13 - according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

In London alone, almost 100,000 mobile phones were reported stolen to the Metropolitan Police during 2013.

Original Article Link - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29097483

What to Do in Case of Water Damage

Water Damage on an iPhone (What to Do in Case of Water Damage)

If you happen to drop your iPhone in the water, no matter what type of water is currently inside your iPhone, you are not completely out of luck. It can be very difficult to begin building a completely new app database on a new phone, and getting all of the data back on your new phone that was on the phone that you lost can prove nearly impossible.

In many cases, it is still possible to retrieve any data that is still in the iPhone, and still use the iPhone in the future without having to send it into a shop. This can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs, as well as completely save any data that is currently on the phone, even if it is completely waterlogged and will not work at the current moment. This article will cover some of the different steps that you will need to take in order to dry out your iPhone and save any data that is still on the phone, without having to completely give up hope and simply buy a new phone.

Before ever plugging it in, it is incredibly important that you do not turn the phone on. Turning the phone on or plugging the phone in could destroy the chips inside the iPhone. To remove water from the outside, simply wipe off any water that is on the phone, and give the phone a shake in order to remove any water that is clogging the ports on the phone. After doing this, completely cover the iPhone in a bowl of rice and leave the phone in the rice for at least 24 hours. This will draw out any moisture that is inside that phone, and will whisk it away from the surface. Finally, after a few days of drying the phone in rice, or using silica gel packets to get the job done, turn the phone on and see if it will work. If it does not, it may need to be repaired or replaced.

For the future, consider using some type of waterproof case in order to safeguard your new phone, or your dried phone from any further damage from water. Water damage can be a huge hazard for iPhones, but hopefully these tips and tricks will allow you to recover any data that is currently on the damaged iPhone.

How to Save a Wet Cell Phone

 

Take the phone out of the water as soon as possible. Ports for hands free kit, tiny hole for microphone, charging, usb cable connectivity and the plastic covers on cell phones even though tight can freely allow water to enter the phone in a just a few seconds of time. Grab your phone quickly, and turn it off immediately, as leaving it on can cause it to short circuit – if it has been in water, assume it is waterlogged whether it is still working or not.

Your phone may not be too damaged if you take it out of the water right away. A longer period of immersion, such as being in the washing machine cycle, is more cause for alarm. It is still worth trying the following steps to attempt saving the phone, before giving up.

  • If the phone is connected to a wall charger and is also submerged in water, do not attempt to remove it from the water. Seek a professional immediately to ask the proper steps to do this safely (as in turning off a main power switch, or similar action). Electricity and water do not mix and can result in electrical shock. However, if your phone was NOT connected to a wall charger but fell into water, remove the phone from the water as quickly as possible, and proceed with the next few steps.
  • Acting quickly can make all the difference in being able to save your phone from water damage, however don't panic. Maintaining a level head is key to working more efficiently under pressure.

After removing the phone from water, quickly gather some paper towels or soft cloths to lay the phone on while you remove the battery cover and battery. This is one of the most important steps to saving it. Many circuits inside the phone will survive immersion in water provided they are not attached to a power source (battery) when wet.

  • To find out if the phone is truly water damaged, check the corner near where the battery is – there should be a white square or circle, with or without red lines. If this is pink or red, your phone has water damage.
  • Quickly read the manual to your phone if you're not sure how to remove the battery.

Remove the SIM card if your phone has one. Some or all of your valuable contacts (along with other data) could be stored on your SIM. For many people, this could be more valuable and worthy of saving than the phone itself.

  • SIM cards survive water damage well, but getting it out immediately makes good sense. Pat it dry and set it aside to dry out until you reconnect your phone to your cell network again. (If your phone does not have a SIM card, skip this step).

Remove all other peripherals such as ear buds, memory cards, as well as any phone cases or protective covers. Remove all plugs that cover the gaps, slots, and crevices in the phone to expose them to air drying.

Dry your phone with a soft rag or towel. If there is even one drop of water left inside, it can ruin your phone by corroding it and making the circuits corrode or short out. Obviously you need to remove as much of the water as quickly as possible, to prevent it from easing its way into the phone:

  • Gently wipe off as much water as possible without dropping the phone. Avoid shaking or moving the phone excessively, so as to avoid moving water through it.
  • Wipe down using a towel or paper towel, trying not to clog the paper in the gaps and grooves of the phone. Keep wiping gently to remove as much of the remaining water as possible.
  • If you pulled the battery out in time, cleaning the inside of your phone with rubbing alcohol will displace the water which alone could remedy the problem.

Use a vacuum cleaner. If you want to try and suck the liquid out of the inner parts of the phone, try using a vacuum cleaner if there is one available. Remove all residual moisture by drawing it away with a vacuum cleaner held over the affected areas for up to 20 minutes, in each accessible area (take turns with a friend).

  • This is the fastest method and can completely dry out your phone and get it working in thirty minutes. However, unless the exposure to water was extremelyshort, it's not recommended to attempt to turn your phone on this soon.
  • Be careful not to hold the vacuum too close to the phone, as a vacuum can create static electricity, which is even worse for the phone than water.

Do not use a hair dryer to dry out a phone. Contrary to common advice, it is not recommended that you use a hair dryer (even on the "cold" mode). Using a hair dryer may force moisture further inward toward the crevices, reaching the electrical components deep inside the phone. And if the hair dryer air is too warm, it could .

  • If moisture is driven deeper inside, corrosion and oxidation may result when minerals from liquids are deposited on the circuitry which could eventually cause component failure inside the phone.
  • While avoiding blowing air into the phone, conversely, using a heater, fan or other air-flow device to blow air ACROSS the phone's openings will aid drying. The Bernoulli principle states that as the warm, dry air moves fast over the phone, the decreased air pressure will gently pull or suck moisture out of the phone. The best part of this option is that you can leave a phone in front of a warm, moving air for hours on end without effort.

Use a substance with a high affinity for drawing out moisture. An inexpensive option is to place the phone in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice overnight, Rice Krispie cereal, or just cover the phone in paper towels. The rice might absorb some remaining moisture.

  • If available, it is preferable to use a desiccant instead. Desiccants may absorb moisture better than rice. You can also try slipping the cell phone inside a plastic bag that can be sealed or a plastic container (airtight). Add a desiccant packet, such as silica gel — often found with new shoes, purses, noodle packets, etc — in with the cell phone. The downside of this method is the packets packed with shoes has usually already reached its absorption capacity. Dessicant for flower drying can usually be purchased at most craft stores. Leave the phone with the dessicant or rice as long as possible (at least overnight) to absorb the moisture.
  • Rotate the phone to a different position every hour until you go to sleep. This will allow any water left inside to run down and hopefully find an opening to escape.

Let the phone sit on absorbent towels, napkins or other paper. After removing the phone from the rice or desiccant (or if you were not able to use either method), place the phone flat on an absorbent material. Remember that the goal is to evacuate all of the moisture and humidity from the device.

  • Check the absorbent material every hour for 4 to 6 hours. If moisture is evident, repeat the vacuuming step and desiccant steps.
  • Test your phone. After you have waited at least 24 hours, or longer if needed, check to see that every area of your cell phone is clean and looks dry. Check all the ports, compartments and in between crevices for any moisture or dirt. Wipe away any dust and dirt from the device and covers and insert the battery into the phone. Attempt to power on the device, listening for odd noises and observing to see if the phone appears to function correctly
  • Plug it into its charger without the battery if your phone is completely dried out, but still does not work. If this works, you will probably need a new battery.
  • Take your cell phone to an authorized dealer. Sometimes they can fix it. Don't try to hide the fact that it has been wet - there are internal indicators that prove moisture - and the repair people are more likely to be able to help you if you explain exactly what has happened to the phone.

Unless you are trained and skilled to do so, never take a phone apart.Leave that to the professionals, since doing so could potentially cause shock or exposure to harmful chemicals or components.

  • If your phone is powering up but doesn't operate correctly after you've dried it, then it's likely that you've missed some liquid, or that corrosion has already occurred. Remove all the covers, battery, cards and other extraneious attachments again, and rub it gently with a clean dry paintbrush or toothbrush. Look on YouTube for instructions on how to properly go about this process.