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10 tricks for saving your phone’s battery life

Yeah, people don’t like what iOS 11 did to their battery life. In fact, a recent poll showed that 70 percent of users reported lower battery life after Apple’s most recent update. 

Experts predicted that most phones would regain their normal battery life a few weeks after the release. But even if your phone pulls itself together, there’s a chance it may never return to the way it was before. 

Use these tricks to make sure your phone’s battery life lasts for as long as possible. 

1. Figure out what’s sucking your battery. 

In Settings > Battery, you’ll get an overview of how much battery power each app is using. 

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Close the apps that are sucking a lot of your power when you’re not using them, and consider not using them when your battery is low. 

2. Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode can help you out when your battery is at 20 percent or below. It suspends background app refresh and automatic downloads. 

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You can turn on Low Power Mode under Settings > Battery. 

3. Fix your auto-lock.

Your iPhone sucks battery whenever the screen is lit up, even when you’re not using it. To decrease the amount of time it spends doing this, set your phone to auto-lock as frequently as you can tolerate. 

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Navigate to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock. 

4. Disable location services. 

Some apps consistently track your location, even when you’re not using them, which takes battery life.

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Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and select the “While Using” option for all of your apps. 

5. Turn of “Push” on your email accounts. 

There are two ways you can set your accounts to go about checking for new emails. They can “Push” (check and download in real time) or “Fetch” (check and download every 15 minutes or so). “Fetch” uses less battery power because it pings the server less frequently. Go to Settings > Accounts and Passwords > Fetch New Data and select “Fetch” for each account. 

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If you are really ambitious, you can also select “Manual” and check your emails manually. 

6. Turn on auto-brightness. 

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If your battery is draining quickly, there’s a chance your screen is brighter than it needs to be. Auto-brightness will darken your screen as it gets later in the day. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations and toggle “Auto-Brightness” to On. 

7. Don’t use data when you could be using wifi. 

Not only is cellular data expensive to use, but it also requires more battery power to access than a cellular network. To turn on wifi, swipe up and select the Wifi icon in the top left box of your Control Center. 

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8. Turn off background auto-refresh. 

Many apps are constantly refreshing and updating their content, even when you’re not using them, which eats up battery power. 

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To stop them from doing this, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and toggle Background App Refresh to off. 

9. When you don’t have cell coverage, use Airplane Mode. 

If you’re in an area without cell service, your device is probably spending a lot of power searching for a signal. If you know you won’t be getting signal back any time soon, swipe up from the bottom to open your Control Center and tap the Airplane Mode button in the top left. 

10. Make sure your computer is on while it’s charging your phone. 

If your phone is connected to a computer that is asleep or powered off, its battery won’t charge much, and may actually drain. Keep your computer on when your phone is plugged into it. 

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How to downgrade your iPhone from iOS 11

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We were all excited for iOS 11, but some of us were disappointed when we finally updated our phones. Specifically, those of us who still have the iPhone 6. 

For iPhone 6 users like me, iOS 11 has created more issues than it’s actually solved. The new operating system has often slowed down our phones to the point where the novelty of new features is outweighed by the decrease in performance. My phone just doesn’t work like it used to.

Luckily, there’s a way to go back to the previous version of iOS, if Apple’s latest update isn’t for you. It’s pretty complicated, but it’ll be worth it. The entire process takes about 40 minutes, and it could very well save your relationship with your phone. With that in mind, here’s exactly how you can downgrade from iOS 11 to a previous version.

1. On your computer, install the latest version of iTunes in iTunes > Account > Check for Available Downloads. 

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2. Download the iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file for your device to your desktop.  

3. On your device, turn off Find My iPhone in Settings > Your Name> iCloud > Find My iPhone and toggle Find My iPhone to “Off.” 

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4. Connect your device to your computer. 

5. Enter DFU mode by resetting your iPhone. If you have the iPhone 6, hold down the Power button and Home button until you see a message on your computer screen indicating that your phone is in recovery mode. For an iPhone 7 and above, do the same, but with the Volume Down button instead of the Home button. 

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6. Hold down Shift on Windows or Option on a Mac, and click “Restore iPhone” in iTun7. In the window that appears, select the IPSW file you downloaded earlier. 

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8. Follow iTunes’ instructions to restore your device with iOS 10.3.3. 

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Congratulations! You may now enjoy a phone that’s faster and doesn’t mute your texts while you’re in an Uber. Have fun using a phone that actually works properly again.

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Apple pushes out the first bug-fixing iOS 11 update

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iOS 11 has only been out a week but Apple has already released its first update.

The company rolled out the 11.0.1 update Tuesday, which includes an important fix for a bug that was causing some users a major headache.

The update fixes a bug that prevented some people who used Microsoft email accounts from sending messages, according to the company’s support website. Specifically, the bug affected Outlook.com and Office 365 users who saw an error message when trying to send emails. 

Updating to iOS 11.0.1 should fix the issue, according to the company.

As always, you can update to the latest version in your device’s main settings app Settings —> General —> Software Update.

Though the email bug is the first to be fixed, there’s likely to be more iOS 11 updates and bug fixes coming sooner than later, as there’s always more issues that crop up in the weeks after a major new release.

Apple is also expected to roll out some significant new features, like its Venmo-like payments feature, in subsequent iOS 11 updates later this year.

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Here’s what’s happening to your iPhone battery life in iOS 11

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Apple rolled out iOS 11 on Sept. 19, giving everyone with devices as old as 2013’s iPhone 5S some fancy new features and ramped-up processing speeds. 

The OS has been widely adopted as users flock to upgrade for the new features. As of press time, about 23 percent of all Apple devices are now running iOS 11. That’s a great adoption rate for Apple — but for some iPhone owners, cycling up to the new OS hasn’t been an entirely smooth process. 

Some of these new users have reported glitches, as is expected with a massive migration to brand new software — but there is one complaint that’s much more widespread than just a few isolated cases, if countless angry tweets are any evidence: iOS 11 may cause an unexpected drain on battery life.  

We’ve experienced the issue here at Mashable, too, as fully-charged iPhone 7’s running the new OS have eaten through power at a noticeably quicker pace than on the previous versions of Apple’s OS.

But iOS 11’s power drain woes aren’t just confined to Twitter gripes. Mobile security firm Wandera took a look at the battery performance of 50,000 “moderate to heavy iPhone and iPad users” running both iOS 10 and 11 to compare battery performance in the three days following the new software’s rollout. 

The graph shows the battery life issues go beyond just a few tweets.

The graph shows the battery life issues go beyond just a few tweets.

The results weren’t pretty. Devices on iOS 11 burned through power at much faster rates than those running iOS 10, taking an estimated 96 minutes of use to drain a full battery compared to 240 minutes for iOS 10. 

Before damning Apple for throttling your phone’s overall usefulness to give you screen recording, however, there are some important caveats to consider. Wandera was only able to analyze phones running its software, so the findings might not be representative of the general population — case in point, only 2.98 percent of the devices investigated were actually running iOS 11. We also don’t know if the iPhones and iPads were being used for, which could provide some more context as to why the battery life was so short.  

There could be other reasons for the power discrepancy, too, so we put a call out to developers with experience working within Apple’s system. All respondents said our collective battery gripes are par for the course with any OS update.  

Pikover also told me via DM that there could be other factors contributing to the battery drain, but he hasn’t found anything in the OS that gives him cause for concern. 

Other developers who have worked with iOS 11 since its beta was released back in June reported that their experience with early versions of the software didn’t include any egregious battery issues. 

Files stored on devices are often re-categorized for every new OS install, which may account for some of the battery issues. Many apps have not yet been optimized for iOS 11 either. Developers are updating them quickly, though, but that too has an effect, since downloading and installing them uses more power, too. Battery consumption will likely return to less drastic levels once the system is firmly in place and the initial newness wears off.  

Apple declined to comment on the matter. Our advice: Give your brand new OS a chance to iron out the kinks, but if battery problems persist, there may be more at play than the usual iOS iteration troubles. In that case, you may need to wait for the 11.1 update before things get better.

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The tiny secret in Apple’s new App Store and why it matters

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There is a tiny, hidden Easter egg on the new iOS 11 App Store screen. It’s so subtle that most probably missed it, but it’s an important one, a gossamer thread that leads all the way back to Apple’s core, and to what the App Store means to Apple.

Find it?

You can be forgiven for not noticing the new Games icon at the base of the iOS 11 App Store app is based on a familiar shape. Take a close look at that tiny rocket. Remind you of anything? It’s based on the Apple logo leaf. In fact, it is the leaf, with some obvious embellishments.

On the left are the Apple Logo and the new App Store Games Tab icon. At right, we overlaid the Games Tab rocket icon on top of the Apple logo leaf. The angle and shape are a perfect match.

On the left are the Apple Logo and the new App Store Games Tab icon. At right, we overlaid the Games Tab rocket icon on top of the Apple logo leaf. The angle and shape are a perfect match.

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Apple did it because of the importance of games in the App Store ecosystem. 

A 2015 Electronic Software Association study found that 155 million American play video games and 53 percent of gamers play on mobile devices. Mobile gaming is a $36 billion industry.

Dedicating a tab to Games (the only category with its own tab) makes obvious sense.

Just doing that, though, was obviously not enough. So, Apple made the rocket out of a piece of its own iconic logo. It’s simply another way of connecting the new App Store to its storied past

App history

People forget how revolutionary the App Store was for mobile applications and their developers: One ever-present app on every single iPhone that would serve as the central vetting and distribution platform for software.

At the launch in 2008, Apple founder Steve Jobs outlined every developer’s dream:

“You’re a developer and you’ve just spent 2 weeks, maybe a little bit longer, writing this amazing app and what is your dream? Your dream is to get it in front of every iPhone user and hopefully they love it and buy it.”

Some developers, said Jobs, could handle the distribution chores, but many could not.

“Even the big iPhone developers would have a hard time getting their app in front of every iPhone user. Well we’re gonna solve that problem for every developer, big-to-small.”

The App Store was Apple’s great equalizer.

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There were just 500 apps in the App Store at launch. Now there are over 2 million, making search and discovery nearly impossible, and, yet, prior to iOS 11, there’s never been a major redesign.

The menu options that Jobs launched the App Store with in 2008 — Featured, Categories, Top Charts, Search, and Updates — remained the same for almost a decade.

Along with the Games tab, iOS 11 introduces the Apps tab, which is like the old Featured tab, shifts Search to the far left, and moves Updates over one to the right. The first tab is the brand-new Today section, and it represents the broadest and most fundamental App Store change of all: a heavy lean into managed, editorial content.

Writing on apps

Human curation of apps is not new. It was there from the very start. When Jobs described the App Store in 2008, he promised apps with screenshots and a little write-up. Most of that, however, was provided by the developers, while Apple’s scattered editorial team pulled together app lists that had just a smattering of supporting text.

Recent editorial content in the App Store's new Today tab.

Recent editorial content in the App Store’s new Today tab.

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It has a magazine quality.

It has a magazine quality.

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If you’ve updated to iOS 11 and taken a good look at the App Store, you’ve noticed that Today is almost like a digital magazine for apps.

For the first time, Apple can offer some insight into why they’ve chosen to highlight certain apps. 

Behind the scenes is a global editorial operation run by Smokey D. Fontaine, Apple’s editor-in-chief.

Their goal is not to show off with their app expertise, but to give app users the kind of perspective and insight they usually find outside the App Store.

App Store stories now feature lengthy interviews, behind-the-scenes stories, and high-quality photos of the developers (not just the apps). One recent “Meet the Developer” piece featured an interview with “The Witness” director Jonathan Blow of studio Thekla. The lengthy Q&A ends with a link to download the iOS Witness game app (full disclosure, I bought the game and it’s quite good).

The ubiquity of apps means that they are now part of our culture. These stories are an opportunity for developers to go on record with that culture.

I wondered, though, if so much editorial curation might run counter to Steve Job’s original goal of giving all app developers, even the little guys, a chance to be seen and downloaded

Most experts I spoke to though, expressed little concern.

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“These upgrades give app marketers more opportunities to stand out from the crowd and optimize app ranking. To do so, marketers will have to create more editorial content, adapt their story telling, and master the latest App Store Optimization marketing tips, the same way they learned to optimize SEO over the past few years,” said Thomas Husson, a vice president and principal analyst of marketing and strategy for the research firm Forrester.

Husson does, however, think that some of the other changes, like promotional app videos that can auto play in the App Store, will put more pressure on developers to tell their stories in an authentic way.

‘I don’t think it will have a large effect, positive or negative, on the vast majority of developers out there.’

“I think it makes sense for marketers and developers to do a better job at explaining what consumers will get from the app … The less it feels as an ad or a promotion and the more it is about what the app truly delivers, the more likely they will download the app,” said Husson.

Programmer, app developer, and podcaster Marco Arment thinks these changes may add more value for app consumers and some value to developers “lucky enough to catch Apple’s eye.”

“But I don’t think it will have a large effect, positive or negative, on the vast majority of developers out there. Most of us live or die by the App Store’s search rankings for relevant keywords, which are all over the map, as usual,” said Arment.

Search, though, is undergoing a change, as well, with editorial content flowing into search results. I have yet to see this in my apps searches, but Apple may still be ramping up that indexing change. 

Like any other editorial operation, the App Store edit team will write timely and topical stories. The App Store recently featured the lead programmers for EA and the popular Madden NFL Football at the start of the football season.

And like other media operations outside those that live inside iOS, Fontaine’s edit team is doing lists like “Ten Surprisingly Gross Games.” They’ll also fill the App Store with tips and tricks. 

Games will get a lot of focus. The App Store is now the place where you might find out how to go from Level 2 in a game to Level 22.

The Apps editorial team is producing six stories a day and giving iOS 11 users access to a seven-day archive and, naturally, every story is shareable on social media.

Distributing and selling you iPhone apps is still the App Store’s primary aim, which means the editorial teams can’t be entirely unbiased. I mean, I don’t think you’ll find a negative app story or write-up in the App Store, unless it’s an app user review.

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