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Is this iPhone alternative the latest “must-have” piece of kit?

nophoneYou know how it is.

You shut the door behind you and even before you’ve got the key out of the lock, you’re checking your pockets to make sure your mobile phone is safe and sound.

It’s a sad fact, but so true for many smartphone users today who just can’t bear the thought of being separated from their handset – or indeed the urge to stare blankly into a screen at regular intervals.

This could all be about to change, however, with the arrival of the “noPhone”.

This rectangular-shaped piece of black plastic (not completely dissimilar to a certain popular brand of smartphone) has been described as a new way of helping you manage your app addiction – despite being unable to send a text or make any calls.

The brainchild of a group of friends from the Netherlands and America, the idea came about after a night out socialising.

“A thin, light and completely wireless design, acting as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment.”

Creators Van Gould, Ingmar Larsen and Ben Langeveld said the noPhone came about as a “satirical security blanket” which makes a statement on our present addiction to technology.

“On a night out we stare at our phones and occasionally look up from our screens to order another round, which is the norm nowadays,” they explain.

“However, after we created the project the response from people actually wanting to purchase the NoPhone was overwhelming.”

And despite being just a redundant, phone-shaped object the “device” is proving popular thanks to a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, raised nearly £9,000 by using the rather catchy description; “Never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand.”

So what do we know about the noPhone and how does it compare to other models on the market?

Well, not only will it never distract you at concerts or disrupt your visit to the cinema, some of the most impressive features include its very own “selfie” feature (a mirror stuck to one side of the phone), a 0-megapixel camera, infinite battery life as well as being waterproof and shatterproof if dropped from a great height.

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Why should IT Support be part of your business strategy?

Q. Why should IT Support be part of your business strategy?

A. Because your whole business may depend on it!

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  • If you sell online through your company website or even just use email to receive orders or send quotes then downtime due to IT failure most certainly means lost sales and revenue
  • Unplanned IT support can be a quite hefty expense you hadn’t planned for!
  • Attempting to secure an IT expert to call out at short notice to fix a serious problem can be a problem in itself.
  • A serious data loss incident could put you out of business altogether
  • Slow or unreliable computers mean slow productivity and frustrated staff

 Q. What difference will IT Support make?

A. You will be able to plan properly, set a realistic support budget, prioritise the most important areas and anticipate future needs.

  • Ensure the people working on your IT support have full understanding of your business objectives so that they can evaluate where your IT systems fit in and how they will need to evolve.
  • Like insurance, IT Support can save your business from much larger losses if disaster occurs.
  • The right IT support can give you a distinct advantage in your market, bring overall cost savings and improve your business efficiency, ultimately helping to make your business more successful

Q. Should I outsource IT Support?

A. There can be many advantages to think about, including…

  • The salary for just one full-time member of IT support staff could be anything upwards of £25k, but outsourcing can be a small fraction of the cost of in-house staff.
  • Outsourcing means you don’t have HR issues, holiday and sickness cover to deal with and can afford you access to more Engineers, a greater range of skills and often for longer hours than an in-house team.
  • If the outsource team doesn’t perform you can quickly and easily change it. Changing in-house staff isn’t so simple.

Q. I’m not sure about being tied into a Support contract – what should I do?

A. Look for an IT Support Company that doesn’t tie you in because…

  • As your business changes, so will your IT Support requirements and it’s important to keep on top of this.
  • You may decide to move to a new IT Support company if you outgrow the one you are with or they don’t perform

Most businesses these days rely on IT and support is too important to leave to chance. As a bare minimum you need somewhere to go when problems occur. Good business IT Support is about more than just repairing faults or ‘troubleshooting’. The more diligent, like The PC Support Group, perform regular preventative maintenance on your IT systems, help you plan for the future, install new equipment and provide monitoring of back-ups and anti-virus amongst other things. Look for evidence that they provide great customer service.

Truly great IT Support can definitely help take your company where you want it to go.

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5 Warning Signs That It’s Time To Upgrade Your PC

upgradeimageYou only bought it a couple of years ago, so it can’t be time to upgrade your PC just yet.

Can it?

Well, for a start, it was probably much longer ago than you think that you purchased your latest desktop, and even so, there are no cast-iron assurances that your hardware will stand the test of time year-after-year.

Unfortunately for your wallet, technology runs in cycles. What was considered “mod” and revolutionary five short years ago (you know, 2009) might just be well past its sell-by-date.

Like any diagnosis, discovering you have a problem early can help you when it comes to finding the cure and limiting the damage.

So, if you’re sensing a little sluggishness or noticing some nasty noises, it could be a warning sign that all is not well with your computer.

Here are five signs it’s time to upgrade.

1) It runs infuriatingly slow

When you’re sitting waiting for what seems forever for your computer to spark into life, this is a strong sign that your PC is not up to the job. There is a chance that a clean-up will improve things but modern software will stretch older PCs to their limits.

Whatever the cause, a slow computer means less productivity (and more anger!).

So you need to ask yourself, as a business, are you sure you can you afford that?

2) Unexpected noises

A loud groaning noise from your fan or hard drive is a pretty good indicator that hardware failure is imminent.

So if you’re not in a position to upgrade just yet, at least take these noises as a warning and make sure you have a backup of all your important files.

3) Repairs are costing you a small fortune

Computers are rather like cars, there are so many individual components that have the potential to go wrong at any one time and they suffer from wear and tear.

So, if you find yourself constantly making-do and mending, it may be time to bite the bullet and opt for a new PC all together.

4) Continual Crashing

Fortunately most ”blue screens” aren’t fatal and you can simply re-boot your PC with little harm done. But if crashes are occurring with concerning regularity it might be time to ask why.

Constant crashing is usually either a sign that you have a virus or it’s a pretty good sign that the computer is running up against the limits of its ability and an upgrade is the only solution.

5) You’re out of space

If there’s not enough room for software to run properly and your demands exceed the systems’ specifications, then put simply – you need a new PC.

It’s no good just trying to manage a space or memory crisis on a day-to-day basis, so you need to think about your long-term requirements and planning for the future is key.

You need to ask yourself, will the software you are buying now be able to run on your patched up PC in 12 months time?

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Windows 10: What you need to know

whatyouneedtoknowAt a rather low-key ceremony in San Francisco last week, Microsoft announced to the world the imminent release of its brand new and hotly-anticipated operating system.

Wait a minute, where’s Windows 9?” I hear you cry.

Okay, new software will be released in 2015, but Microsoft has decided to skip “Windows 9” and bizarrely shoot straight for Windows 10 instead (presumably because the number 10 sounds a lot more complete than 9 does – at least in theory).

So why the change of heart?

Well, the problem for Microsoft is that around 1.5 billion people use Windows in one form or another but very few use the platform on their phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

So, if anything, tweaking their already successful Windows OS could be more of an effort to move with the times than cornering a new fan base.

Some even see it as an attempt to win back the traditional PC user, who has been on the receiving end of some serious flirtation from the likes of Apple and Google in recent years.

On first impressions it would appear that, rather that adding a load of new and unnecessary features, the latest package has been designed with simplicity very much at the forefront in an attempt to seduce those lost to Microsoft’s previous incarnation.

So what else can we expect from a company that is so keen to move on from Windows 8?

Here’s what we can all look forward to when Windows 10 is released next year.

1) A new name

First and foremost, the name of course… The official explanation; “When you see the product in fullness, I think you’ll agree with us that it’s a more appropriate name”. So it would seem it’s simply a case of putting a little numerical distance between the two packages rather than any technical rhyme or reason.

2) Back to the start

The Start button had been part of the furniture since the days of Windows 95, only to be kicked into touch with the introduction of Windows 8. Well, it seems Microsoft has listened to public opinion and brought back this most basic of tools – with a vengeance. Users will now be able to customise the start menu and even add live tiles displaying personal appointments, emails, even what the weather is doing.

3) Multiple desktops

Windows 10 allows users to switch quickly between apps and desktops through a feature called “Task View”. This is activated either by clicking on a button in the taskbar, or by swiping left on a touch screen device. It is then possible to access different apps through a range of mini-screens, which crop up at the bottom of the interface and enable users who spend a lot of time on their machine to grab apps from other desktops. This makes life a lot easier when using lots of programmes all at once and for extended periods of time.

4) Greater control of apps

Users will now be able to resize apps from the Windows store rather than always having to run them in full screen mode. Windows 10 will allow everything from the store to open in resizable windows that can either be minimised to the taskbar or completely closed.

5) Emphasis on business use

Put bluntly, serious businesses shied away from Windows 8 in their droves. This is mainly due to the fact that it was just too different from its predecessors. For this reason alone, Windows 10 is seen as being more familiar, more compatible with all the modern management systems, with productivity being very much at the heart of the product. There is even an option to allow the separation of personal and corporate data, allowing for varying levels of security and keeping confidential business information just that – confidential.

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Staff AND Technology – must unite in the fight!

Spam2_2-300x200If you’re in the habit of checking the news online you will have noticed that almost daily now there are reports of data breaches by attackers. Cyber security headlines are all too frequent and alert us to the skill and persistence of hackers.

Many organisations still rely on traditional security controls in the form of technology such as anti-virus software and firewalls, etc. to protect their critical assets but it is now clear that this is not enough. The increasing importance of employee security awareness is often overlooked with companies providing little or no basic awareness training.

Personnel and processes are often disregarded when it comes to improving security, partly because the security risk they pose to an organisation is difficult to measure and track.

These days, this a crucial issue with cyber security, but businesses that (very sensibly) put in place IT software security often struggle to get senior management to address a risk that they haven’t been able to quantify, or even prove exists.

The problem is that as the technical, on-line security of organisations increases, attackers are looking instead to a much weaker area: employees.

Investing in improving security via staff and processes can vastly reduce the chances of undermining the investment in your technology-based solution.

If you think about it – there is so much information regarding an organisations employees available online and the most common way to exploit them is a phishing email that attempts to attract them to click on a link or attachment. Such e-mails can be anything from promises of deals or offers, to false claims of attached invoices or bank statements. Phishing assessments against employees have shown that as many as 60% to 90% of employees are susceptible to these attacks – effectively allowing an attacker to jump right over the traditional security controls.

So… how can you combat this?

How about some practical employee security awareness training?

Managed phishing assessments, for example, can act as a ‘cyber fire-drill’ for employees, regularly exposing them to various realistic attacks but in a controlled environment – it isn’t unusual for businesses to have 80% susceptibility the first assessment, but see a reduction to less than 10% after the second or third assessment.

Now for the processes … what do your computer users do when they do actually detect an attack? Do you have a process in place for them to follow if that happens? When employees fail to report attacks, it results in a greater exposure than your business would otherwise have had.

Regular “controlled” attacks can not only teach staff how to spot them, but also drills the security process to follow – dramatically reducing your exposure to attack.

Action you can take:

  • Teach employees to recognise bogus emails and not click anything they do not fully trust. Not all security technology will stop malicious emails getting through, therefore they must be vigilant
  • Carry out regular phishing assessments or “cyber-attack drills”
  • Have in place a process to report phishing emails and who to notify in case they clicked purposely or by error; ideally to be carried out within 15 minutes

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What are the chances of your Smartphone being stolen? (And how to avoid it happening to you)

IMG_1119A new Mobile Phone Theft report compiled by the Home Office has indicated that over 740,000 people were victims of phone theft over the last two years – with Apple handsets more likely to be stolen than any other phone.

In London alone, almost 100,000 mobile phones were reported stolen to the Metropolitan Police during the 12 months of 2013.

The report states that the iPhone 5, 5C, 5S and 4S were most targeted followed by the Blackberry 9790.

Apparently, 37% of mobile phone thefts took place on public transport or in another public place, with under a third taking place in bars, pubs and clubs. Surprisingly, nearly 20% of thefts occurred in places of work.

And as for those more likely to be the victim of mobile phone crime, the report suggests 4.7% of phone theft victims were women aged between 18-21, while 14-24 year olds are the targeted more than any other group – either stolen directly from their person, through pick-pocketing, or when the handset is briefly left unattended.

Interestingly, there is only a small difference between the numbers of thefts during the day and in the evening. Forty per cent of reported incidents were reported between 6am and 6pm, while 60% occurred between 6pm and 6am.

Despite the alarming numbers, the research suggests that the introduction of stronger security features in phones is likely to have reduced theft levels, and in recent years mobile phone manufacturers have been stepping up security measures to try and combat this trend.

Apple claim to be leading the industry in protecting people’s devices mainly due to the new finger print recognition system as part of the iOS7 operating system introduced with the release of the iPhone 5 in September 2013.

While Samsung have introduced the Find My Mobile and the Reactivation Lock.

But it’s not just the phones themselves that criminals are keen to get their hands on.

It’s no surprise that smartphones are much more desirable than older models due to the technology they can offer, but they also provide access to more personal content like bank details, which can also be exploited or sold on.

How to avoid your Smartphone being stolen – 5 tips

So what can be done to stop you being the next mobile phone crime statistic and how can you ensure you don’t give would-be criminals an easy ride?

In addition to the security functions introduced by the industry, there are some simple steps that mobile phone owners can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of mobile phone theft. Here are five of them.

1. Register your mobile

Register your mobile device for free at Immobilise.com. This will help the police to identify you as the owner if your phone is recovered and allows you to keep a record of your IMEI number, which you will need if your mobile is lost or stolen.

2. Use a PIN

It might seem like a pain, but using a security PIN might just deter someone from stealing your phone as it locks the device and means nobody else is able to access your information. But try to ensure your code is not easily guessed.

3. Don’t leave it unattended

Never leave your phone unattended in a public place, like in an unattended handbag. Keep your eye on your phone at bars, cafes, coffee-shops, restaurants or music venues – anywhere that criminals are likely to be active.

4. Install a tracker

If your device is stolen a tracker/security app could help trace your device and allow you to wipe personal data before it falls into the wrong hands. If you are unsure which app to install, seek advice from the manufacturer.

5. Report theft immediately

If your phone is stolen, the quicker it is reported, the quicker something can be done about it. Tell your network about the theft immediately and report it to the police, informing them if you have a tracker app installed. Ensure you have the IMEI number available for the police, which your network will provide for free, or you can type *#06# into your handset and make a note of the number should you require it at a later date.

Key points

- Over 740,000 people were victims of phone theft in the last two years

- 100,000 mobiles were stolen in London alone during 2013

- 37% of thefts took place on public transport

- Nearly 20% in places of work

- 4.7% phone theft victims were women 18-21

- Apple’s iPhone most desirable smartphone at around 55%

- Blackberry second with around 17% and Samsung 15%, Nokia 6%

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Is your office computer network costing your business money

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Is this a familiar situation with the data cabling in your offices?  Is there just one of these or are there multiple situations throughout the building, hiding under desks, in cupboards and above ceilings?

The reason for the appearances of these “Mini Switches” is usually that as a company grows or invests in new equipment they find they don’t have enough IT cabling outlets to support what they need.

Additional staff will require extra data cabling outlets for PC’s and phones and as new equipment such a telephone systems are installed, new dedicated IT cabling outlets are required but not always available.

The quick fix approach shown in the photographs is to find 1 spare data cabling outlet and add on 5/8/16 way mini switches and plug all the new requirements into that.  These can number 1 per room if the equipment installed needs a lot of new IT cabling outlets.

However, the more of these mini switches are installed, the greater the bottlenecks down the IT system.  In a lot of cases these mini switches will then link from one to another.  In some businesses we’ve seen (for example) a main switch linking to a floor serving switch to 4 mini switches in a row in each office.  Several of them also had 2 connections between switches creating a loop on the network almost shutting it down completely.

The end results are:

  • A much slower network
  • Increasingly poor quality on IP phone systems and increased drop outs
  • Several points of failure
  • Trip hazards and fire risks

Steps to an overall solution:

To minimise the effect of these mini switches on your computer cabling network, the aim should be to always run the data cabling back to the central core cabinet in that office, floor, building.

The data cabling should go back to the main switch in this cabinet for the most effective speeds and quality of service.

  • Locate and highlight all the mini switches within the building
  • Determine how many data wiring outlets these mini switches serve as this will be the additional number of cat5e cabling or cat6 cabling outlets you will require
  • Install new cat5e or cat6 cabling as required
  • Re-label, re-patch and swap over network to a single central point.

Look for a data cabling company who offer a free site survey to locate your mini switches, determine the potential bottlenecks and issues, and who will propose a solution to removing these.  Check that they offer a same rate installation on weekends so that your network will not be down during your working day.

Guest post by Garry Crilley of NM Cabling – Complete Voice & Data Cabling solutions

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Six Things You Can Expect from the iPhone 6

iphone6There are a few things you can be sure of at this time of year.

The nights start to draw in, the weather takes a distinctively autumnal turn and Apple produce their latest iPhone handset.

If rumours are to be believed, Apple’s latest offering – the iPhone 6 – is expected to be just around the corner with a September 9 announcement date mooted.

Despite what seems to be an annual event at the end of every summer, there appears to be no let-up in the frenzy of excitement that surrounds this well rehearsed event and there’s little doubt that the world will be watching as CEO Tim Cook unveils another piece of “must-have” technology.

However, with many questioning the advances in innovation that Apple’s recent iPhone models have made – the pressure is somewhat on Cook to deliver.

The rumour mill has been in overdrive in the lead up to the widely anticipated launch, with many experts predicting a larger, faster, “all singing, all dancing” version of a handset which was first released over seven years ago.

So, as we all wait for the official announcement, here are six things that you should probably expect from the iPhone 6.

1. Bigger is better

We all look back and have a good giggle at the size of some of the early mobile phones, yet their evolution has been fascinating to watch. From the “brick” size handsets of the 1980s, phones then became no bigger than a packet of cigarettes during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

But now it seems manufacturers are in agreement that size does matter, with the iPhone 6 expected to launch with two screen sizes – one measuring 4.7ins, and a larger 5.5ins version.

2. Larger display

It goes without saying that a bigger phone allows for a bigger display, and the iPhone’s screen has been criticised for being a little on the small side, with rivals such as Samsung opting for much larger screens on their devices.

Though it’s unclear how big the display will actually be, Apple are rumoured to have spent millions on developing a toughened sapphire glass for their screen, which will be music to the ears of anyone who has smashed their display recently and had to pay to get it fixed.

Extra strong and virtually scratch free this new material would suggest a larger display, but Apple chief executive Tim Cook has refused to confirm that it will be used on any new models –  despite a new plant being built in Arizona to manufacture the material.

3. Protruding camera

If predictions are to be believed, then an impressive 10-megapixel camera (two megapixels more than the current iPhone 5s) will be included on the new iPhone 6.

However, even that would leave it trailing behind some of its rivals, who now boast resolutions of up to 16 megapixels.

A more interesting addition could be the introduction of a protruding camera that will pop out of the back of the phone. A patent filed in 2012 shows interest in a bayonet mount system for an iPhone camera, which is currently seen in SLR cameras to allow interchangeable lenses.

This would be Apple’s answer to the more clunky screw-mount systems used in other phones to enable features like wide angle and optical zoom capability.

4. Improved software

As sure as night follows day, a new iPhone release is backed up with some nifty new software that shows off just what the new handset can do, and we can expect no change this time around. And unlike the phones themselves, this could be immediately available for download for existing iPhone users – if only to fuel anticipation for the release of the iPhone 6.

It’s thought that the latest version (iOS 8) comes with a smart keyboard, more advance photo sharing facilities, improved messaging, as well as a health monitoring app!

One thing that is likely to remain the same though is the dual-core in the new A8 processor, something which Apple are reluctant to change. While Android phones have boasted quad-core chips offering speedier performance, it would seem this version will simply be be supped up to 2GHz – a massive increase on the A7’s 1.3GHz.

5. More capacity

If any evidence was needed of how much we store on our phones, it’s Apple’s decision to not offer a 16GB hard drive on the new iPhone 6.

Word is that the iPhone 6 will only be available in options of 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB, a decision that will only fuel speculation regarding any budget options for the phone – which are currently offered on the 16GB models..

6. Recessed controls

Leaked pictures from a Chinese website apparently show recessed volume controls on the side of the new Apple handset.

This will please those who yearn for a smoother design around the edges without the annoying buttons protruding out, as well as removing the risk of accidentally changing the volume when the phone is in your pocket.

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Microsoft Office 365: What it means for your Business [Infographic]

With their latest Office 365 suite, Microsoft has certainly made a bold statement when it comes to the future of home and business computing, while also throwing down a challenge to competitor products.

Their innovative office suite differs greatly from previous versions of Microsoft Office – from how you use it, what you can do with it and even how you pay for it.

And though change for change’s sake isn’t always a good thing, it certainly seems like this latest software has real potential.

But before you decide to install the suite to your own machines, here’s a look at just what Office 365 can offer you and your business, as well as how we at The PC Support Group might be able to support you in this process – we call this infographic Office 365: What it means for your business.

Want to demonstrate how Office 365 can benefit a business you know? Feel free to share our infographic using the HTML code below. You can also click to enlarge the image.

For more information on Microsoft Office 365 Support contact The PC Support Group

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9 Top Secret Ways to Extend Your iPhone Battery Life

iphonebattUnless you’re still using that faithful old Nokia 3210 you’ve had since the turn of the millennium, you probably find yourself constantly checking the battery life of your iPhone to make sure you’re not stuck on a desolate hillside in the middle of nowhere without being able call for help or (more importantly) left out of social plans, unable to see what your friends are up to or play Candy Crush Saga.

Battery drain for smartphone users isn’t a new phenomenon but since the launch of Apple’s iOS 7.1 mobile operating system iPhone users in particular have complained about dwindling battery life.

But according to former Apple Genius Bar worker Scotty Loveless, it’s not necessarily iOS itself that is causing batteries to drain quickly – but all the Apps that are running on it.

So does this mean we need to change the way we all use our phones and access the Apps we value so dearly or simply change our phones full-stop?

Here are nine tips you can try that might just increase the battery life of your smartphone.

1. Stop Closing Apps in the Background

You may have heard that closing Apps in the background increases your battery life – however, you may be surprised to learn the opposite is true.

In the same way that a car uses more petrol when you turn the ignition, a smartphone actually saps more battery life launching an App than keeping it “idling” in the background. So for Apps you use regularly, it’s probably best to leave them open, while closing the ones you only use once in a while.

2. Disable Push Notifications

If you can just about survive without constantly being told what the weather is doing, how your favourite team are getting on or the latest news headlines; then turn off your push notifications. Each time you get one of these push notifications, your phone wakes from sleep to illuminate your screen and wait for your potential action upon each notification. So think about it, receiving 50 notifications a day amounts to 8 minutes of your usage time.

3. Use Airplane Mode (even if you aren’t in an Airplane)

Should you find yourself somewhere with little or weak phone signal (that desolate hillside maybe?) your smartphone will increase its power to the antenna in order to maintain the strongest signal possible. When this happens then it’s time to cut your losses, as if you can’t make or receive calls or access data, then what’s the point in having the phone on anyway? Switch your settings to “Airplane Mode” in order to save whatever battery you have left for when you might need it most.

4. Disable Background App Refresh

This is a feature that allows Apps to check for new content and download updates even when they’re not running. All good in theory, but a terrible drain on your battery’s resources, especially if you have dozens of Apps installed. Facebook is one of the worst culprits for this, consuming a huge amount of memory and processing power, even when you’re not using it. So go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh to select the Apps you don’t want to automatically update.

5. Reduce Auto Lock Period

Obviously, for security reasons we all like to lock our phones and tablets when we aren’t using them. But most phones go into Auto-Lock mode after a period on inactivity anyway. So obviously the sooner the device goes to sleep the less battery it will drain. In order to reduce the amount of time before your Auto-Lock kicks in, go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and set the interval to the shortest possible time.

6. Carry a charger

If the thought of not being able to use your phone when battery life becomes critical makes you go cold, why not consider carrying a charger around with you? This can either be in the form of a USB cable or there are some on the market that you pre-charge and can then use to boost your battery without the need for a plug. An external battery can also extend the life of your iPhone for almost twice the ordinary amount of time, though these will make your iPhone thicker in size and heavier to carry.

7. Turn off Location services

Smartphones use the inbuilt GPS for handy functions such as maps and weather updates. They also use this technology for updating pointless personal information or allowing people to know exactly where you are. It’s actually surprising how many Apps use the GPS and that all adds the pressure on your battery. Either turn off all of your location services or go into Settings and decide which Apps need to use it and, more importantly, which ones don’t.

8. Reduce the number of Apps you have

As we’ve established, Apps use up vital battery life. So if your phone is loaded with Apps you simply never use, have a good clear-out and get rid of them. Most Apps these days are free, so have a thing about what ones you don’t need – as you can always download them again (even those you’ve paid for).

9. Change your habits!

Maybe there’s nothing wrong with your phone battery at all? Maybe you simply use your phone far too much and should think about limiting the amount of time you spend on your devices?

Limit yourself and designate particular times of the day for tasks like checking messages, sending email and browsing websites. You’ll be amazed how much more use you will get out of your battery – as well as how productive your days can be.

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