Apps can make life easier, but they can also make life more challenging if they are using up your phone’s battery life and cellular data. If you have an unlimited data plan and have plenty of battery charge left at the end of the day, then you may not need to worry about managing your app settings.
But if you tend to run out of battery life on your phone, and use most of your cellular data by the end of the month, then you should take a few moments to adjust two app settings. By adjusting these two settings, you can improve your phone’s battery life and use less cellular data.
In your iPhone’s app settings, you can control which apps are consuming battery and cellular data. Two settings, in particular, can make a big difference in how much battery and cellular data your apps use.
Turn Off Background App Refresh
You can save both battery life and cellular data usage by turning off Background App Refresh. This iPhone feature updates information in apps so that when you open an app you don’t have to wait to download current information.
Background App Refresh can be a handy time-saver when you use an app often and want updated information immediately when you open the app. But Background App Refresh can also drain battery life and use up cellular data, which can be annoying, especially for apps you don’t use much.
The good news is that you can turn off Background App Refresh for all apps or only for apps you don’t use often.
To manage Background App Refresh go to Settings => General => Background App Refresh.
There you can turn off the setting for all apps, or restrict Background App Refresh to work only over Wi-Fi.
You can also turn Background App Refresh off for individual apps. Scroll down and turn off Background App Refresh for apps you don’t use much. Also, if you don’t need current information immediately when you open the app, turn off Background App Refresh for that app.
Managing Which Apps Can Use Cellular Data
If you find yourself running out of data at the end of the month, you can adjust the settings of your apps so they’ll only work when your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
To turn off cellular data for apps on your iPhone, go to Settings => Cellular, then scroll down to the list of apps on your phone. You will see how much data each app has used.
Check out => How to Tell Which Apps Are Draining Your Battery
Turn off any apps you don’t want to use cellular data. You can change this later for individual apps if you find you need to connect when you’re away from Wi-Fi.
Do you adjust your settings to manage how apps use battery life and cellular data? Do you delete unused apps from your iPhone? Do you often run short of cellular data at the end of the month and battery life at the end of the day?
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