Help! My iPhone 3G Battery Drains Too Fast!

We’ve had complaints (and have made gripes of our own) about the weak life of the iPhone 3G battery.  The 3GS battery is better, but only slightly better.  What about the original iPhone battery you ask?  Well, some of our users swear that they never had the problems with their pre-3G phone’s battery that they do with their new and supposedly superior 3G or 3GS battery (one of the chief complaints is that the 3G battery dies overnight).  But there are many users out there that think the 3G and 3GS batteries are much improved.

Apple’s website provides a number of useful tips on how to conserve the power of your iPhone’s battery.  Most of it comes down to disabling certain services and features on your iPhone and only using them when necessary:

  • Turn off location services and use only when needed.
  • Turn off push notifications.
  • Fetch new data manually.
  • Turn off push mail and use only when needed.
  • Auto-check fewer email accounts.
  • Minimize use of third-party applications.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi and use only when needed.
  • Turn off Bluetooth unless you’re using a Bluetooth headset or car kit.
  • Use Airplane Mode in low- or no-coverage areas.
  • Set Brightness to Auto Brightness.
  • Turn off EQ in the settings for iPod.

Also keeping your iPhone locked while not in use will help conserve the life of the battery.  Set the auto-lock to 1 minute by going to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and selecting 1 Minute.

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