MacMost Now 123: Extending iPhone Battery Life

Gary Rosenzweig takes a look at some techniques to help you stretch the iPhone battery so it lasts through a long day.

Comments: 13 Responses to “MacMost Now 123: Extending iPhone Battery Life”

    16 years ago

    Very good show! All these tips show be given or posted by Apple.
    Because of the long hours I work, I've made "travel kits" for work, car and every day trips. That way I won't be caught with out a charger or sync cable. So this won't get to expensive, I use third party equipment. I found items that work just as good as Apple brand at cheaper prices here:

    14 years ago

    Really helpful,much appreciated.Thank you

    13 years ago

    Hi Gary
    Thanks a lot for all these fantastic videos.
    Can you please make a video about what strategies are best & when (what percentage) to recharge the batteries on Macbook pro , Iphone and Ipad to get the bet lifetime from the batteries.

      13 years ago

      My advice there is not to worry about it. Do the reconditioning once a month if you like (drain the battery completely while working and then charge completely right after). But I think that people worry too much about this kind of thing. Today's batteries are smart. Just USE your device like you need to use it to get your work (or whatever) done. You might gain 1% of the life of the battery or some such, but you lose by changing your behavior to get that 1%.

    13 years ago

    Another great video from you, Gary. I don't have an iPhone but many of these tips can be used to extend battery life on an iPad/iPod. The lower brightness *really* made a difference for me.
    I read/heard somewhere that turning of the equalizer in iTunes will save battery life.... is that a valid claim? and I guess it would only be an issue if you were listening to music. thanks .

      13 years ago

      I seriously doubt that changes to the equalizer would make a difference. I've never heard that.

        John M. Hammer
        13 years ago

        Apple itself has recommended disabling the equalizer on iPods for as long as I've owned one (2003). Here's an Apple KB article on the subject:
        "Turn off EQ: Applying an equalizer setting to song playback on your iPhone can decrease battery life. To turn EQ off, go to Settings > iPod > EQ and tap Off. Note that if you’ve added EQ to songs directly in iTunes, you’ll need to set EQ on iPhone to Flat in order to have the same effect as Off because iPhone keeps your iTunes settings intact. Go to Settings > iPod > EQ and tap Flat."

        Here is a recent non-Apple article, not technical:

    13 years ago

    Great, clear instructions, Gary. A big help in figuring out my late-in-life shift to the I-Phone, I-Pad, and I-Pod...

    Daniel Gartin
    13 years ago

    Will recharging my iPod touch with the adapter meant for the iPad mess it up in any way,i had an iPod adapter but it is lost right now

    Daniel Gartin
    13 years ago

    Good,except 3G is always on when you are connected to a CDMA network

    12 years ago

    You may want to update this video from 2008 and is in the "popular pages" category. ie the screens have changed, like "fetch new data", not where shown, does it even exist? Possibly other changes or updates. the Netflix app eats the battery but is worth it.

      12 years ago

      Fetch New Data is certainly still there. Right in the Settings, Mail screen. The screens have changed a bit -- they do with almost every update. But the concepts here are still sound.

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