With iOS devices boasting more and more features and apps, battery consumption has typically become an issue. Therefore, it is now important to learn tips to boost our battery life, knowing that the way we use our devices defines how long our battery lasts. Below are some tips that will help you save the battery life on your device.

Use the Wi-Fi service from STC:
This service is available at more than 3000 locations throughout the KSA so that you are connected to the Internet wherever you go using the Wi-Fi technology. You can use MySTC app to know the locations where the Wi-Fi service is available.

Monitoring of your data usage though MySTC app:
MySTC offers several services and features including monitoring of Internet data usage on your mobile by accessing your Internet data.

Disabling icloud while on mobile data:
iCloud service keeps your files present on all devices connected to your account. Disabling such option would definitely save your data usage. To disable syncing through your data plan, go to “Settings” then “iCloud” and then “iCloud Drive” then go to the bottom of the page and disable using cellular data.

Stopping Auto-update apps:
The app store uses mobile data to update app when there is an active Internet connection. Therefore, you have to deactivate this option so that apps are updated only when connected to a Wi-Fi network. Go to Settings then iTunes and App store and disable using cellular data.

Stop the Wi-Fi Assistant service:
The iPhone has a Wi-Fi Assistant feature, which means activating cellular data once the Wi-Fi signal is weak, i.e. after activating Wi-Fi and the signal is weak, the cellular data will automatically kick in and be used as a wireless assistant. To disable this feature, go to “Settings” then “Cellular” and scroll down then switch off the Wi-Fi Assist feature.

Stopping Background App Refresh feature:
Some applications, such as mail, stock market, and instant messaging (IM) applications, use the Internet for background refreshing to display notifications that reach you. This feature consumes cellular data and should be disabled by going to “Settings” then “General” and switching off the “Background App Refresh” feature or switch off the access to this feature for each app individually.

Stopping apps –notification:
You should know the most apps consuming cellular data so that you stop those that are rarely used. Go to “Settings” then “Notification” then turn off notifications you do not need through each application's options.

Track data usage:
There are many applications that calculate data consumption. Perhaps the best among them is MySTC, as it shows you the consumption of your data plan and your remaining megabytes. You can also monitor the most cellular data consuming apps. Go to “Settings” then “Cellular” then "Current Time" found under “Cellular Data Usage”. Through this feature you can find out your data consumption, and you can reset the counters every time you activate your new data plan by tapping on “Reset Statistics”.

Streaming YouTube at lower resolutions:
You can lower your streaming quality on YouTube, since higher resolutions consume more data. To do that, go to YouTube settings and activate “Play HD on Wi-Fi only”, thus saving mobile data consumption.

Turn off email notifications:
Push e-mail notification may consume data. You can turn off this feature and restrict it to manual refreshing. Go to “Settings”>“Mail”>“Contacts”>“Calendars”>”Fetch New Data”, and then stop the “Push” feature at the top of the page. Then scroll down the menu and select “Manual”.

Other Data Saving Recommendations:

  1. VoIP and Video Calls Deactivation:
  2. All VoIP and video calling apps use a lot of data. It is better to use such apps when connected to a Wi-Fi network only.
  3. Reduce downloading or streaming videos from Internet:
  4. Video clips are the biggest consumers of data. Try to reduce playing them as possible.
  5. Turn off data connection when not needed:
  6. You should turn off your data connection when not needed. To save data usage by apps that need Internet connection, use Wi-Fi networks only.
  7. Avoid playing music at the highest quality:
  8. Certainly when streaming high quality music from music application, the size of the file will be large. This means a high consumption of cellular data. It is therefore recommended not to play high-quality audio tracks when connected to cellular data. Go to “Settings” then “Music” and then disable the “High Quality on Cellular” feature.
  9. Turning off Hotspot:
  10. Try avoiding the use of Hotspot option to access Internet. This option consumes a huge amount of your data plan.