As I have not had the time to write my review of Apples iPhone 4S yet, I do have time to give a quick rundown of the battery. At first glance, it seemed as if the battery life with the iPhone 4S was not nearly as good as compared to the iPhone 4. After only a couple of days of use I found that I had already been charging it more then I had ever charged my iPhone 4. Combining that fact that at the keynote for the iPhone 4 they emphasized the battery life, I really began to wonder what it meant that the battery had not even been mentioned during this years keynote.
I did some searching and when reading the boards on MacRumors.com, I came across a post suggesting to disable the “Raise to Speak” option in the Siri settings. (Unfortunately I did not bookmark the post and I could not find the post again when I went back to look for it to credit the original poster) So late yesterday I did exactly that and since then I have noticed that the battery is draining at a much lower pace. The funniest thing about it is that while I had not even tried to raise the phone to activate Siri, I never knew it was an option. I could gladly give this feature up, obviously I would not miss it if I did not know it existed, in exchange for a much slower drain on the battery. In case you are wondering just what “Raise to Speak” is, it enables you to hold the phone to your ear (like you were talking on it during a call) to activate Siri instead of pressing and holding down the home button.
If you would like to disable this feature, you can do so by following the below steps:
- Click the Settings App
- Tap on General
- Tap on Siri
- Under “Raise to Speak” set the on/off switch to off
Here are a few other battery saving tips that you can use with either the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.
- Do not leave Apps open. Remember to double click the home button, hold one down and select the red – in the upper left hand corner.
- Disable Ping in – Settings>General>Restrictions
- Only have Location Services enabled for Apps that you feel you need to have use it
- Disable Push Notification for Apps that you feel you do not need to receive notifications from. Many Apps offer it, but which ones do you really need to have notify you?
- E-Mail, check it when you want to by setting Fetch to Manual and disabling Push E-Mail.
- Turn off Bluetooth when not using a Bluetooth device
- If you never connect to a WiFi network, you can disable that as well
- In Settings > Brightness, disable the Auto-Brightness as it can wear your battery quickly. Set the brightness manually to how bright you would like it and remember the less bright you set it, the more battery it will save.
- Turn off the Equalizer by going to Settings>Music>EQ and tap off
Let us know if you try this and it works for you or if you have any battery tips of your own to share with us.