How can I preserve battery life on my device while using TigerConnect?

A smartphone’s display is typically the biggest drain on a battery. However, there are a few things that you can do to help preserve the charge you have.

Auto-Lock/Screen Timeout

A screen that is left on and is not sent into “sleep” mode (turning off the screen by pressing the phone’s power button), is going to drain the battery. In order to help preserve the life of your battery, set your phone’s settings accordingly. The longer the time to screen timeout, the more battery will be drained.

To change your iOS device’s Auto-Lock time, do the following:

  1. On your iOS device’s home screen, tap Settings
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Display & Brightness.
  4. Tap Auto Lock.
    1. This can be set to 30 seconds, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Minutes or Never.

3G/4G/LTE and Wi-Fi

Your phone is constantly searching for towers and connections when 3G, 4G, LTE or Wi-Fi are turned on. You can help preserve battery by turning on Wi-Fi and connecting to a local wireless network (if available).

If your device is utilizing 4G and LTE, this can drain your device’s battery faster than 3G. If you notice a significant drain on the battery, consider turning 4G/LTE off. Your connection may be slower when using more heavy browsing (image uploads/voice memos) but you will conserve more battery power this way.

GPS

GPS is one of the largest drains on a smartphone’s battery, next to the screen display. If you have an app that requires GPS location (navigation/map/geotagging), your phone will be searching to find a satellite signal, and that requires a considerable amount of power from your phone’s battery.

Note: TigerConnect does utilize location services on your device only when sending your location within a conversation. However, if you are noticing a significant decrease in battery life, be mindful of GPS-heavy apps (i.e. – iOS Maps). Changing these settings will disable GPS, and will not allow your phone access to apps that require it.

To disable GPS for specific apps on your iOS device:

  1. From the iOS device’s Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy. 
  3. Tap Location Services
  4. From here, select devices that utilize GPS, and disable Location Services for that app by selecting OFF.

Posted in: iOS - Data Usage and Battery Life