Improve iPhone 6 Battery Life

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Disabling Background Apps

You're watching VisiHow, and in this tutorial, we are going to show you how to improve your iPhone 6 battery life by disabling background apps.

Steps

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    To begin, press the home button at the bottom of the phone one time.
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    Alternatively, press the lock screen button on the top left side of the phone. Either of these will open the phone's lock screen.
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    At the lock screen, swipe across the phone to enter a passcode.
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    The phone can also be unlocked by pressing a finger to the home button, and it will detect the fingerprint.
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    Next we will tap on the Settings icon, which is a gray gear. This will take us to the "Settings" menu.
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    We are going to scroll down until we find "General". This will take us into the "General" tab
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    Now, we want to scroll down and tap on "Background App Refresh". This enables background apps to refresh their content whenever we are using WiFi or cellular in the background. When the apps are turned off, it can help improve battery life. The reality of the situation is that this really helps battery life and not by just a little bit.
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    Tapping the main button across from "Background App Refresh" at the top of the screen will automatically turn it off automatically for everything. However, there are times and situations where you may want to actually have some of these applications running and refreshing.
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    Tap on the "Background App Refresh" switch to turn the option on if needed. The switch will be green when it is on. We'll explain a little bit about some of the programs.
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    One example is "Amazon" at the top of the list. If you are not shopping on Amazon, the background refresh does not need to be set up for Amazon.
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    "Carousel" "Dictionary", and "Dropbox" are all the same thing.
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    "Evernote" is not needed.
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    When "Facebook" is opened, all of the messages and notifications will be downloaded automatically. The same with "Google+".
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    Scroll down, for example, to "Inbox", "Instagram", "Match", and all of the options that we have do not necessarily need to be running and refreshing in the background in order to receive notifications. These programs only need to work when they are turned on or opened.
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    Scroll back to the top and disable all of the programs by pressing the "Background App Refresh" button.
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    However, the programs can also be disabled one at a time by pressing on the switch across from each program. Only use the programs that might be relevant to you or your particular usage style.
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    When finished, double press the home button at the bottom of the screen.
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    Swipe open program Windows up to close them.
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    Then tap once on the home screen to open it. Now, we can continue what we were previously doing with our phone, while enjoying the newly improved and longer battery life.
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    Thank you very much for watching VisiHow. We hope that this tutorial on disabling the background refresh for the iPhone 6 will help you extend battery life. List any comments and suggestions in the section below. Have a great day.
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Video: Improve iPhone 6 Battery Life Disabling Background Apps

Reducing Screen Brightness

You're watching VisiHow, and in this video, we are going to show you how to save battery life on the iPhone 6 by reducing the brightness of the screen.

Steps

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    To begin, let's press the home button at the bottom of the phone one time. This will take us to the lock screen.
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    Alternatively, the power, or the lock button, at the top left side of the phone will also open the lock screen.
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    Then we'll swipe across the phone to enter a passcode.
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    The phone can also be unlocked by pressing a finger to the home button, which is also the touch ID sensor.
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    From the home screen, find and tap on the gray Settings icon. It is a gray box that looks like a gray series of gears. This will open our "Settings" menu.
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    We are looking for the third area, where we have "Display & Brightness" as the second option.
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    The "Display & Brightness" icon is a small "A" and large "A" in a blue box. Let's give that one press to take us into the "Display & Brightness" panel.
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    In the "Display & Brightness" panel, we are concerned with the "Brightness" section at the top of the screen. The brighter the phone screen, the more it will use the battery.
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    For example, if we increase the screen brightness, the camera being used to record this video will react by darkening the background. The light balance is changing significantly, and the background looks darker.
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    If we move the slider back down and make the phone screen darker, the background lightens back up.
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    If we tap to turn off "Auto-Brightness", the phone will stay on the dark status where we can barely see it.
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    If we tap the "Auto-Brightness" option again, the phone will brighten back up, but it will not be too bright. Leaving "Auto-Brightness" enabled allows the phone to dim or brighten as necessary to assist in visibility.
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    However, if battery life seems to be running down quickly, or the phone is constantly out of charge, then move the slider to a darker "Brightness" level and turn off the "Auto-Brightness option. Then it will stay at that level of brightness.
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    Still, leaving the "Auto-Brightness" option on is recommended, and there are a number of other battery saving tips shown in VisiHow tutorials that can be used to save battery power in other areas while maintaining viewing comfort.
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    Let's tap on "Settings" at the top left corner. This takes us back to the main "Settings" panel.
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    From here, we can give a single press to the home button to return to the home screen.
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    A double press to the home button will bring up open apps and screens, which can then be swiped up to close.
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    This concludes our tutorial on how to adjust the brightness of your iPhone 6 to save battery life. You can now enjoy all that extra battery life you're going to have, thanks to VisiHow. If you have questions, comments, or tips, please leave the in the section below. We would love to hear from you. Otherwise, have a great day and make sure to check out our other videos on how to save battery life.
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Video: Improve iPhone 6 Battery Life Reducing Screen Brightness

Enabling or Disabling Mail Push and Fetch Settings

You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to save battery life on the iPhone 6 by enabling or disabling mail push and fetch settings.

Steps

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    Start by pressing the home button at the bottom of the phone one time, and this will take us to the lock screen.
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    Alternatively, press the power or lock button on the top left side of the phone.
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    Then swipe across the phone to enter a passcode if you have one set up.
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    The phone can also be unlocked by using a fingerprint on the home button, which is also a touch ID sensor.
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    Now, we should be on the main home screen, where the Settings icon usually resides. It is a gray box with a series of gears inside.
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    Give the Settings icon a single press. This will take us into the 'Settings' panel.
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    We are looking specifically for 'Mail, Contacts, and Calendars', which we'll give a single tap.
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    Now, note that under the 'Mail, Contacts, Calendars', we have one mail account, iCloud, which is currently managed by the iPhone.
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    'Fetch New Data' is set to 'Push'. This is what will drain battery life.
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    Let's tap on 'Fetch New Data'. The worst thing about battery life draining is the actual fetch, where every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or hour, the phone is set to automatically check for mail. The mail can be periodically checked manually.
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    Alternatively, if 'Push' is enabled, it will let us know when we have messages.
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    There is also a calendar option that is set to 'Fetch'. That means that the calendar is constantly checking to see if there are updates even though there are no updates on that calendar, and it has never been used. This is a constant drain on the battery. The same for mail.
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    Since we don't need new mail pushed to us, we can go ahead and turn that option off by pressing on the green switch on the right side of the screen.
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    Tap to go into 'iCloud'.
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    Then make sure it is set to 'Manual' by tapping on that option. The mail does not need to be pushed to us.
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    Tap on the left facing arrow at the top left corner to go back to 'Fetch New Data'.
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    Now tap on 'Holiday Calendar'.
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    Set this to 'Manual' as well by tapping on that option.
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    Tap at the top left corner again to go back to 'Fetch New Data'.
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    As we can see on this screen, we have 'Manually' checked for 'Fetch', 'Manual' checked for the calendar, and 'Manual' checked for iCloud. 'Push' is turned off. Disabling these things will improve the battery life because the phone will not only not be trying to connect and check for mail and calendar updates. More importantly, if we are underground in the subway, in an elevator, or we are in an area where the cell phone reception might switch from 4G to 3G or even down to 2G, we are not going to be using all that extra battery power, and that's important.
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    Tap on 'Mail' and the arrow at the top left corner of the screen to go back.
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    On the next screen, let's press 'Settings' at the top left corner to go back another screen.
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    On the 'Settings' screen, give a single press to the home button.
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    We can also give a double press to the home button in order to swipe up and close other open programs and panels.
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    Tap to return to the home panel.
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    Now you can enjoy using your extra battery life thanks to this excellent energy saving tip from VisiHow. This concludes our tutorial on how to disable Fetch and Push on your iPhone 6 to save battery life. If you have questions or comments, let us know in the section below. Otherwise, we will look forward to seeing you in our future videos and hope that you have a great day.
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Video: Improve iPhone 6 Battery Life Enabling or Disabling Mail Push and Fetch Settings

Disabling Location Services

You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to improve iPhone 6 battery life by disabling certain location services.

Steps

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    To begin, press the Home button at the bottom of the phone one time. This is the circular button at the bottom center of the phone.
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    Alternatively, press the Power or Lock button at the top left side of the phone. Either of these will open the Lock screen.
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    Then swipe across. If security is not set up on the iPhone 6, it will go straight to the Home page. However, if security is set up, enter a PIN or passcode to unlock the phone.
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    A fingerprint or thumb held onto the Home button will open the phone using the Touch ID sensor.
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    From the Home screen, locate the "Settings" icon, which is a gray box with series of gears, one inside of the other. Give that a quick press, and it will open the "Settings" menu.
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    We are now looking for the "Privacy" option, so scroll down and find it at the bottom of the third section. Give "Privacy" a single tap.
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    At the top of the "Privacy" menu, we can immediately see that "Location Services" is set to "On".
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    If we tap on "Location Services", it takes us into the "Location Services" panel. There are two ways to disable locations options and items.
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    The first way is simply by tapping on the "Location Services" switch and turning off all location services.
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    As soon as we do this, a message will appear at the bottom of the screen. This states that "Location Services will be disabled for all apps, but your personalized location services for apps may be temporarily restored if you use Find my iPhone to enable Lost Mode."
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    Let's go ahead and tap "Turn Off".
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    Now, we'll see that everything that was listed in "Location Services" has been turned off. However, perhaps using certain items or applications is a part of our regular daily life, and we don't want to disable them.
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    In this case, let's tap on the switch to enable "Location Services".
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    Then we can choose certain apps and selectively disable them.
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    For example, let's tap on "Maps". I'm not particularly fond of that application, and it doesn't usually work for me.
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    On the "Maps" screen, let's tap "Never" to not use our location for that application.
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    After doing this, we'll tap "Back" at the top left corner to return to the previous screen.
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    Now, the "Maps" application will never use our location again.
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    Let's tap on "Passbook".
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    I don't use Passbook, so I'm going to tap "Never". Now, Passbook will also never use my location.
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    I don't like "Paypal" to use my location, so let's tap on that.
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    On the next screen, we'll tap "Never". Notice we also have the option to allow Paypal to "Always" use our location even when we are not using the app. There is no reason Paypal needs to have this information though.
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    Let's tap "Back" at the top left corner of the screen.
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    We can go down and continue disabling location on as many apps as desired on the list.
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    Let's scroll back up to the top now that we've seen how to disable these applications, and tap on "Privacy" at the top left corner of the screen to go back.
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    Then tap on "Settings" at the top left corner to go back to that screen. This takes us back to the main "Settings" panel.
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    From here, press the Home button at the bottom of the phone to return to the Home screen.
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    Let's give the Home button a double-press.
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    Swipe open Windows up to close them, then tap on the Home screen to return to it.
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    Now, we're back on the Home screen, and we can use our phone with the newly improved battery life thank to this great battery saving tip from VisiHow. This concludes our tutorial on disabling location services to improve battery life for the iPhone 6. Please leave your comments, questions, and/or suggestions in the area below. We hope that this has been a helpful tutorial, and we look forward to hearing from you.
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Video: Improve iPhone 6 Battery Life Disabling Location Services

Disabling Notification Widgets

You're watching VisiHow. In this video, we are going to show you how to improve battery life on the iPhone 6 by disabling notification screen widgets.

Steps

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    To begin, give the Home button a single press. This is the circular button at the bottom center of the phone.
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    Alternatively, press the Lock button at the top left side of the phone. This will take us to the Lock screen.
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    From there, swipe across, which will allow us to enter the phone, or enter a passcode.
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    We can also press our thumb or fingerprint to the Hone button to use the Touch ID sensor. The next thing we need to do is access the Notifications panel.
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    To do this, we simply take our finger and swipe down from the top of the phone screen.
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    On the Notifications panel, we have a series of events listed. We have a list of stocks, and we have stuff for tomorrow set up.
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    To change and manage the items on this screen, press the "Edit" button at the bottom of the screen one time. Pressing on this will let us delete items.
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    In this case, we'll delete "Stocks" by tapping the red minus sign to the left of that option.
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    Then tap on the red "Remove" button that appears on the right side of the screen on that same line. As we have demonstrated in another tutorial, Stocks is something that eats up quite a bit of the battery life. It uses 1 percent of the battery each day, which is significant over the life of our phone. Deleting this option removes "Stocks", which we do not need to see.
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    We now have "Today Summary", our "Calendar", and "Reminders".
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    If we would like to add something else to the screen, we simply tap one of the apps at the bottom with the green plus sign in front of it.
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    For example, we can tap on "DomiNations" at the top.
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    Now, "DomiNations" has been added to the top list.
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    To remove it, tap on the red minus sign on the left.
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    Then tap on the red "Remove" button that appears on the right.
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    When finished adding and removing items, we can tap on "Done" at the top right-hand corner of our screen. This will set up our Notifications panel.
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    We have our "Calendar" for the current date, and we have a quick view of events for "Tomorrow". That's it. We no longer have Stocks or other things on there, which I don't generally use.
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    Let's give a quick swipe up to close the Notification panel, and now we are back on the Home screen. We can begin doing whatever we would like to do with our phone, secure in the knowledge that we have just slightly improved the battery life, which will allow us to do even more and more of it.
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    This concludes our tutorial on how to disable the notification widgets on the iPhone 6 to improve battery life. Thank you for choosing VisiHow. Let us know of any questions, comments, or suggestions in the areas below. Thanks and have a great day.
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Video: Improve iPhone 6 Battery Life Disabling Notification Widgets

Disabling Hidden System Services

You're watching VisiHow, and in this tutorial, we are going to show you how to improve iPhone 6 battery life by disabling hidden system services.

Steps

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    To begin, press the Home button, which is the circular button at the bottom of the phone.
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    Alternatively, press the Lock or Power button. Either of these methods will take us to the Lock screen.
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    Then swipe across to open the passcode or Touch ID screen. If there is no password set up, swiping across will open up the Home screen. However, if there is a password or PIN set up, enter it using the numbers on the screen.
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    The phone can also be unlocked by pressing a thumb or fingerprint on the Home button using the Touch ID.
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    Now, we are looking for the "Settings" icon, which is a gray box with a series of gears inside of it. One press on this icon will take us into the "Settings" panel.
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    Scroll down to the "Privacy" option, which is indicated by a white hand in a gray box. Tap on "Privacy" one time, and this will take us into the "Privacy" panel.
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    We want to tap on "Location Services" at the top of the "Privacy" panel.
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    Now, rather than change or edit any of the information on the "Location Services" panel, we'll scroll all the way down to the bottom to "System Services".
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    Give a single press to "System Services", and this will open a list of several different options that are sucking up battery life and passing on information about the phone. We might be surprised to know that some of them are even there at all.
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    Let's start at the top with "Cell Network Search". This one is fine to keep on.
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    "Compass Calibration" when we're calibrating the compass. If the compass is not usually being used, this is not a big issue.
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    "Find My iPhone" - we always recommend leaving this on. It's a great way to save a lost phone.
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    If using "Location-Based Alerts", such as a sale here or a shopping thing there, this option will need to be active. If we're not in a major metropolitan area where such things exist, it is not needed. We'll turn it off for now by tapping on the switch.
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    "Location-Based iAds" is just advertising, which we certainly don't want, so let's tap on that switch to turn it off.
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    "Motion Calibration & Distance" is fine.
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    "Setting Time Zone" is okay.
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    "Share My Location" is also okay.
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    "Spotlight Suggestions" are things that come up in the search. If interested in nearby "Spotlight Suggestions", or those that are specific to a certain location, leave this option on.
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    Finally, "Frequent Locations" is also on. This is an interesting one.
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    If we tap on tap on "Frequent Locations", we will see that this phone keeps a list of places we currently visit.
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    Let's tap on a place under "HISTORY".
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    This will open a map, and on the map are little blue dots around the city. These are all of the frequent locations. We can see where I have gone and where I have been.
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    Let's click the arrow at the top left corner of the screen to go back.
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    Go back again by tapping on "System Settings" and the arrow in the top left-hand corner.
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    "Frequent Locations" can be left "On" if desired. However, it can also be turned Off. Personally, I leave it turned on because anytime my wife asks me where I was, I can just show her the list of locations. It is not like we can go in and delete an entry from the list of locations. It's kind of like my big boy babysitter.
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    Next, we have the "Diagnostics & Usage" of the phone, what is "Popular Near" you, "Routing & Traffic", and map improvements.
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    Let's tap to turn off "Improve Maps" because we are not concerned with that.
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    We are also not interested in "Routing & Traffic", so we will turn that off as well.
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    We don't want to know what is "Popular Near Me".
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    We also are not concerned with "Diagnostics & Usage". None of these things are important, and all of them drain our battery life.
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    Finally, at the very bottom, the "Status Bar Icon" will show when items are using Location Services. The problem with that is we won't know what those items are, so we don't recommend having this on. It is just an extra little thing to pop up when the Location Services are enabled, and we don't know which of those things might be using that.
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    Go back to the top and make sure we're satisfied with all the things as they are set up.
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    Then tap the arrow at the top to go back one screen.
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    Now, we have the other set of things, which we've already discussed which of those are turned on and turned off.
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    When satisfied with everything, tap on "Privacy" at the top left corner to go back.
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    Then tap on "Settings" at the top left to go back to that panel.
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    Give a single press to the Home button.
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    Double press the Home button to bring up open apps and screens, and swipe those up to close them.
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    Tap once to return to the Home screen. We're now able to use and benefit from the increased battery life we have just seen how to get.
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    This finishes our tutorial on how to disable the services options on the iPhone 6 in order to improve battery life. Thanks for choosing VisiHow. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, make sure to leave them in the section below, and we'll get back to you. Have a great day.
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Video: Improve iPhone 6 Battery Life Disabling Hidden System Services

Disabling Parallax

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    To do this, we first need to press the Home button one time, which will take us to the Lock screen.
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    Alternatively, we can also press the Lock screen button on the right-hand side of the phone.
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    Once this is done, press a thumb or fingerprint to the Home button to enable Touch ID, or swipe across the phone screen to access the Home screen.
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    Now, we are looking for the "Settings" icon. This is a silver box with a series of gears inside of it, and it has the label "Settings" underneath.
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    We are going to tap on "Settings" one time, which will take us into the main "Settings" menu.
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    In the "Settings" area, we're going to scroll down and tap on "General". A single tap on "General" will take us into that panel.
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    Next, we are going to scroll down to "Accessibility". Tapping on this will take us into the "Accessibility panel.
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    On this screen, we are going to scroll down once more to the "Reduce Motion" option.
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    As we can see, "Reduce Motion" is currently turned "Off".
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    If we tap it, we'll be taken to the area where we can turn it on. What this does is reduces the motion of the user interface, including the parallax effect of icons and alerts. Parallax is when we shift the phone or move it around back and forth, the screen saver basically moves and shifts. They make it look like the wallpaper is moving behind the icons. Some people like this, and some don't. Whether you like this or not, it's a big battery drain.
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    We're going to turn this option on, and this will let us save some battery power.
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    Now we can tap on "Accessibility" in the top left corner to go back.
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    Just confirm that "Reduce Motion" is indeed turned "On".
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    We can now give a quick double-press to the Home button.
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    Swipe open Windows up to close them.
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    Then tap once to return to the Home screen.
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    Now, if we move the phone, we can see that nothing is moving. The image in the background isn't shifting as it normally would behind the icons. In trying to save battery life, this can be a great way to do that.
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    This concludes our tutorial on how to improve battery life on the iPhone 6 by disabling parallax. If you would like more help with this or other features, or want more tips on saving and improving battery life, make sure to check out our other tutorials on this topic. Also, leave us a comment in the section below. Thanks for choosing VisiHow and have a great day.
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Video: Improve iPhone 6 Battery Life Disabling Parallax

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