I’m not a happy driver, so I chose to be the navigator for this adventure, which required some driving on unfamiliar roads.
I love love love the way you can follow your own car with the little blue dot as it travels the highways and byways. Watching us travel I was able to let my driver-friend know that we were getting closer to the turn we had to make, or even that there was a lot of traffic up ahead (google maps/traffic gives you red lines when the going gets tough.)
All this is wonderful, BUT it is a
big huge battery drain. Since we were going to be in the car for a good number of hours, and I knew I’d be using these maps a great deal (draining the battery), I brought along a handy dandy car charger to keep the juice flowing.
I was happy with that, and it worked just fine.
Discussing this with daughter-in-law Carmen, she suggested that I turn off my wifi and bluetooth in the car.
Duh. Why didn’t I think of that? There was no reason to have wifi on in the car, and since I wasn’t in my own car, the bluetooth was needless, also.
But I wondered …. would it really make any difference?
I decided to test this.
So on the way home, I turned off both the wifi and the bluetooth ….and used my iPhone to navigate just as much as I did on the way out.
But THIS time, instead of draining the battery, I arrived home with an iPhone still over 50% “full”. This was a huge difference.
With wifi and bluetooth “on”, I drained the phone in hours and needed the car-cable to keep it powered.
With wifi and bluetooth “off”, I ended the road trip with an iPhone still holding a significant charge.
Wow. I never knew it would make THAT much of a difference! (thanks, Carmen!)
How to turn off your wifi and bluetooth on your iPhone:
Just run your finger UP on your iPhone screen to bring up your control center.
There you will see them both….the wifi icon and the bluetooth option. Just tap them to turn them on or off. In this screenshot, my wifi is “on” and my bluetooth is “off”.
Remember this when you want to prolong your battery life! The control center makes it easy to do (as opposed to drilling-down in the settings).