The iPhone battery life is all dependant on what model iPhone you have and how long you have been using that iPhone for. With each new iPhone model released apple have improved the battery life on their devices but they are still lagging behind their competitors when it comes to battery life. There are ways to conserve your battery to make it last longer that I have spoken briefly about in past blog posts.
The iPhone battery has a lot of misconception surrounding it in terms of what can be done to improve or it or make it last longer than its shelf life and if charging your device more than once a day will affect the battery life of the device. The iPhone battery life and how it long it will last it all depends on the battery cycle. Apple have said their iPhones have 500 charge cycles before their batteries start working at below their 80% charge capacity. A full charge cycle is charging your phone from when its dead till its 100% that counts as one charge cycle. Charging your phone for a little while when it’s on to get the battery percentage up doesn’t count as a charge cycle. As iPhones have lithium-ion based batteries it’s good to completely drain the battery once a month to prolong the shelf life of the battery.
Apple have said that their iPhones can offer up to 8 hours of talk time per charge. That is the capacity of their average battery life but we all know everyone’s battery is used differently on an individual basis. Hence why some user’s battery may last longer than others for various reasons as we knew with the first batch of iPhone 6 devices had a major battery fault in them that they had to be recalled. In that case that was a fault on Apples part. The more you use your device the more battery you will use up (simple, right?) especially as a lot of us use apps such as Facebook, twitter, snapchat and Instagram that are literally battery killers. That’s what happens when using high powered apps all at once a way to combat that is to use the web version sites of these social media outlets.
As with an iPhone it’s not like any other normal phone where you can just open the back of it and take out the contents you usually need to go to engineers to do that. You can get an iPhone battery replacement here at repairly. We offer that service to customers as we know with time and constant use your battery won’t work at the same level it did when it was new. We at repairly feel customers should be able to have a suitable battery that won’t die on them. You get a new battery for your iPhone replaced by our apple approved engineers for a great price. Use this code BATTERY10 when booking the battery replacement for 10% off. You can never say we don’t take care of you at Repairly!
As majority of Repairly repairs are booked right from the comfort of our customers desk chair at work. A few times every week we’ll notice a friend or two who have seemed to clumsily break their phone. It happens to all of us, so there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Funny enough, this time we raced out to collect Dave’s phone, CEO of KitMapper. If you’re in need of a DSLR for a quick photoshoot, he’s your guy. KitMapper is a platform that let’s you rent photo and audiovisual kit near you. After returning Dave’s phone good as new, we thought we’d ask him a couple questions in the case we needed some kit in the near future.
Where did the problem, the one that fueled the start of KitMapper, first arise?
When our founder Dave, an artist and curator saw his kit stacking up on shelves not being used for months, he struggled to find a strong network within the creative community to rent from and share kit with. Professional sound, photography, AV and studio equipment is very expensive. Buying kit doesn’t work out cost effective if it is required for a short time or for a one-off project; KitMapper a kit sharing community for creatives became the perfect solution.
List three reasons why a user should hire kit from KitMapper ?
Do you guys hire out kit for events?
Yes, we have been involved in some very exciting events, shows and exhibitions! We even offer consultancy, so if you need help with setting up the hired kit for shows we will be there on set to help out! You can find out more and keep up to date with our project collaborations at The KitMapper Blog.
What are some of the most popular pieces of kit?
Sony FS7 for professional use from £140 per day.
3 x Led 1×1 LitePanels which are light and compact from £50 per day.
Canon 5D MKIII which is lightweight and very easy to use, it’s perfect for beginners from £40 per day!
Sony A7s a mirrorless camera perfect for filming in 4K and low light from only £50 per day.
Optoma Short Throw Projector an excellent projector for events or exhibitions from £30 per day.
What’s a highlight moment as a company for KitMapper?
It’s difficult to choose one highlight, however if we I had to choose a moment it would have to be Artquest and KitMapper’s anniversary collaboration event. Take a look at the video for more.
How can I get started renting out my kit, or renting out a fellow KitMapper’s kit?
It’s very quick and easy to join our KitMapper community. If you’re only looking to hire, fill in a form, add an icon image and start searching under ‘Browse’, book kit or reserve for a future date or pick-up on the same day. If you’re lending, just fill out the form, add some photos, list away and wait for the requests to come in.
Whether you’re looking to hire equipment or to list your own kit it’s free to join us. Create an account, get verified and begin your KitMapper journey.
The Best iPhone 7 Wallpapers Of All Time
This is going to be an aesthetically pleasing article because we will be looking at the best iPhone wallpapers that show London in all its glory.
The first wallpaper I have chosen is a helicopter view of London with all the lights on. We at Repairly have chosen this wallpaper because you rarely get to see London at any other level besides ground level. By doing so we can forget how much of a beautiful city we are blessed to live in. This picture was even taken at sunset so the sun is just going down and the lights are starting to come and breathe life into the nightlife of London. London shines brightest when the lights are on as you can see in this wallpaper.
This wallpaper gets a pick because it’s a snapshot of London in full flow at street level with also Big Ben peeking its head in the distance. Big Ben as the backdrop of this wallpaper enhances its look because it adds to the overall picture without being the main attraction and taking away from what’s going on at the street level. Which is a busy London with the traffic being blurred because it’s a moving at high speeds so you can only see the lights left behind.
Now this wallpaper has been chosen because it showcases one of London’s most world-famous tourist attraction the London eye. This looks like it was taken from a mid-helicopter level from some distance as the wallpaper shows the whole of the London eye and not just the top of it as some pictures tend to do.
Now this wallpaper was chosen by us at Repairly because it showcases one of the most iconic thing about London and it’s the big red buses. You can’t be in London too long without seeing one no matter where you are. So, having this wallpaper in your phone is just a reminder of something unique London has to offer in them big double decker buses. The backdrop helps the wallpaper come to life also with the way the buildings look due to the surrounding lights shining on them so that brings another dimension to the iPhone wallpaper.
This wallpaper was chosen by us because we are able to marvel at the tall skyscrapers in the city of London. we all know how the public feel by big shot bankers and the like but let’s not let the occupants of these buildings make us forget and ignore the sheer architectural beauty of these buildings. It’s a wallpaper for those will admire the city of London from a superficial standpoint due to the way the picture is taken. The skyline level it was taken at shows just how huge these buildings are in comparison to the buildings surrounding them.
This wallpaper shows the London bridge and the river Thames from some height and distance. This world-renowned bridge connects the city of London with Southwark it’s one of the most popularly visited tourist locations. Due to how unique and iconic it is.
A street level shot looking up at all the buildings in the canary wharf area with the lights on showing these magnificent pieces of architecture in all its glory. It’s the night time so all the lights being on just add to the backdrop of the wallpaper as the luminous lights are a good contrast to the dark London night. This wallpaper was chosen by us at Repairly because of the way it stands out due to how bright and vibrant it is. It’s like having a homing beacon on your iPhone due to how the lights shine and beam off the screen.
You can save the wallpaper directly onto your phone through the website. Once you are on the post hold onto the image of your choice and a save image button will come up press it and it will save the wallpaper directly onto your phone.
You then go onto settings> wallpaper> choose a new wallpaper and then go onto your all photos list to choose the wallpaper you chose from the website. This is how your phone will look just before you set the wallpaper
So we have now come to the end of this blog post it’s heartbreaking i know, this post was made because it’s so easy for those of us who live in london everyday to forget how fortunate we are to live in this beautiful city. Its very easy to take something for granted especially the city you live in but this post shows that this city is a marvel of the world and should be appreciated. So we here at Repairly hope you guys will pick one of these wallpapers and add it to your phone as your phone deserves to showcase the beauty of our city on a daily basis.
Where to get your iphone fixed?
iPhone has broken and you think it’s the end of the world? It’s ok, we at Repairly have got you. This article is going to give you all the options on where and how to get your iPhone fixed.
The first option is usually for those who have insurance on their phones so that option is send your phone to get repaired or replaced by insurers.
The downside to this is that going through an extended period without your phone is an inconvenience for anyone and usually it takes weeks to go get your phone fixed. This is due to getting your insurance to even believe you’ve broken your phone and you’re not just looking for a quick replacement when you contact them. You also have to post your phone and wait for it to get fixed and then sent back to you by post.
That’s way too much time for the average person to go without our iPhone we are addicted how will we cope for so long without our precious devices!
Another option to use when your iPhone breaks down for whatever reason is to go to a Genius Bar. There are various locations and there are many around London.
The thing about the Genius Bar is that it’s always busy, you need to book in advance for an appointment and on average waiting time alone is like 3 weeks. That’s way too long to get your problem sorted.
Also, it’s rare for the genius bar to be free where you can just pop into the store to speak to someone as you need to book first.
When you do get a booking though and you get quoted on a price you must pay a premium price to get your iPhone fixed by the genius bar so it’s not the best option if you don’t want to basically splash the cost of a new iPhone just to repair your old one.
Phone Repair Shop
An increasingly popular option now for fixing your iPhone when it’s broken is to take it to a corner shop type establishment. This is all good if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative option to get your phone fixed but you must take time out of your day to go do that and leave your phone with them to repair it.
Also, it’s a hassle and time-consuming task to find a shop you can trust to fix your phone for you. These corner shop repair people are never Apple Approved also so it’s a problem If they make your phone worse.
There’s also been horror stories of these types of establishments taking parts of the phone out and selling them on and giving customers phones back with internal hardware missing.
Now the best option to get your iPhone fixed and no, I’m not only saying because I’m on the payroll right here at Repairly. We have dedicated couriers that come to your location to pick up your phone and deliver your iPhone to our apple approved engineers.
Our average turns over time is around 3 hours so you we will pick up, get your phone fixed and delivered back to you all in that time. Super-fast I know, right?
At Repairly we also have a 12-month warranty just in case your phone breaks down again as iPhone can be prone to do so. All our prices are on our website so you won’t be in for an unpleasant surprise as you’ll already know how much you’re paying and we don’t charge you till the phone fixed. Have I also mentioned our prices are very reasonable?
As the years go by more and more people are starting to get smartphones and iPhone from the old, right down to the young, the technology savvy, to the ones who are not so much (this is a shot at you grandma). We at Repairly have learned that iPhones year after year are selling like hotcakes and yet a lot of consumers barely touch the surface when it comes to exploring and truly knowing their phones.
Apple have enough cash reserves to literally give everyone on earth $35 and that’s only possible from everyone to their pet dog having one Apple product or another. This article is going to show cool tips and tricks that will not only surprise you but also make having an iPhone even more fun and easy to use. Crazy I know, right?
Let’s get started shall we tip numero uno. Do you need to charge your iPhone and you’re in a bit of hurry? No fear charging your iPhone in airplane mode will use less battery life whilst doing so and consequently charge your iPhone much quicker, so you can go about your day as soon as possible.
Cheeky tip number two. Do you love falling asleep to music but you don’t want the music on your phone playing all night? Don’t worry we at Repairly have a cheeky tip just for you. The first thing you do is go onto the clock app on your phone. You then set a countdown timer and then you can choose to stop playing as the option from when the timer ends menu to turn off your tunes after the allowed amount of time has passed.
Another tip we have for you is to do with notifications. Don’t you just hate missing notifications? Whether it’s from important work emails to messages from the love of your life, we have a tip that will help solve that problem. I bet you didn’t know you can get your iPhone LED lights to flash whenever a notification comes in ? It’s another way to alert you to new notifications. You go into settings, then choose general, then accessibility and then you toggle LED flash for alerts to the ‘on’ position.
This tip is for you guys who know it’s going to be a long day and you’re going to be using your iPhone. You might not be near a charger to charge your iPhone yet you still want to save your battery so what do you do? You put your iPhone onto low power mode.
What’s low power mode you ask? Low power mode reduces battery consumption by turning off a variety of iPhone features. So, for example Siri gets turned off, the background app refresh gets turned off and mail fetches less frequently. Also, the screen will go dark after a shorter period of inactivity from the iPhone user. You’ll waste less battery and stay in the game longer!
You’re out and you want to take some photos of your surroundings. Panorama mode allows you to change the direction of your panorama photographs in the camera app. You do this by tapping the arrow that appears in the middle of the screen in the panorama mode.
Now this tip is for the selfie taking fanatics (aka literally every single millennial) you’ve been taking selfies. What if I told you that you can improve the quality of your selfies? I bet your eyes just lit up at the thought of such a thing. Well it’s true we at Repairly can help you with that too.
Most people know that you can use your iPhone camera by pressing one of the volume buttons, the up or down button it doesn’t really matter which button. This usually produces less camera shake.
Now there’s another better but less known option and that is to use the volume button on an attached pair of headphones. This will reduce camera shake even more than using the volume button and it will also mean that your selfies will look more natural because they can be further away. No matter the pose you are doing and you can take a photo hands free.
Need to work out a quick sum or equation but you don’t want to do the working out? Well that’s ok because you can use Siri to do your math for you! All you need to do is go and open Siri and tell Siri your equation. Also remember if that the numbers are complex you should make sure you say it at a clear and slower pace so that Siri understands it all. This tip means you will never have to work out anything by yourself ever again! (we joke)
On the messages app, you can swipe from right to left see the timestamps of each individual message sent. Usually you can see what date and what time the first message was sent but to see individual message after that, you’re going to have to have a look at the timestamps by swiping. This tip helps because it allows you to know the time of when the last message was received.
This tip is for the iPhone users who are running IOS9 or above. Sorry to you guys who still have older models. You press and hold two fingers on your keyboard to turn it into a makeshift trackpad.
Wi-Fi not working where you are or it’s running very slowly? Siri allows you to turn off the Wi-Fi with just your voice. All you need to do is just open the app of your choice and say, “turn off wifi.
We’ve all been there – some have survived, some haven’t. Here’s how you increase your chances of getting your device back from the abyss.
Step 1: Remove the device from the water source! GET IT AWAY FROM H2O NOW!
Step 2: If you’re lucky enough to see your phone survive impact, then: turn it off straight away and remove the sim card and battery if possible.
Step 3: Now comes the important part: BATHE your device in RICE and I literally mean BATHE it! If you’re really fancy you might want to try the Bheestie bag although it’ll cost you £20! (see below)
Step 4: WAIT at least 48 hours! Boring I know but the longer you leave your device the higher the chances it’ll live!!
Step 5: Reassemble and test. Put the sim and battery back in and see if it’ll work! If it does, back it up straight away. If not we’ll see what we can do. Water damage is a tricky one, unfortunately we can offer no guarantees as damage may strike at the time of incidence or later.
We now repair LG phones! This is a simple announcement that we are now offering new devices for phone repair in London. If you need to fix your LG phones or Google phones, we are here to replace those damaged screens!
After reviewing our conversations with customers, we realised that there was a growing need for us to fix more than just iPhones and iPads. As a result, we know it’s the perfect time to crossover into Android territory. This will only help us turn even more horrible broken phone experiences into an easy ones knowing you don’t even need to leave your desk or home for your phone to be repaired.
What LG Phones Will You Repair?
We will repair damaged screens on the LG G5, LG Nexus 5, and the LG Nexus 5X phone.
We will be able to repair damaged screens on your Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL as well.
We don’t want you to have to go without your phone for longer than needed. It’s understandable that you have to be in touch with friends, family and colleagues most hours throughout the day. If you or someone you know has a damaged Google or LG phone screen, let them know about us, we’d be happy to fix their device for them.
We often go to great lengths to protect our phones, whether that’s buying screen protectors, cases, or carrier bags to hold our phones securely. You probably drop loads of money to prevent the inevitable from happening, but unfortunately your phone will eventually break. There is a correlation in the data Repairly has collected, so we thought it would be useful for you to know the 5 common ways to break iPhones.
A study by Verizon and KRC Research stated that 49% of mobile phone owners have broken or lost their phone at least once. On average people will break or lose their phone twice. Knowing this information, hopefully this list will assist you in locating and preventing the problem, or just encourage you to be more careful.
The first way to break iPhones is one we see on a daily basis. In fact 64% of our repairs are damaged iPhone screens. A lot of people tell us they sit on their phones, which is easily preventable. But other times it’s hard to limit human error.
If you are a millennial, odds are against you. It’s estimated that a millennial’s phone will take 200 falls per year.
Top Tip: If you have a high propensity to get angry while watching football matches, we would strongly advise not to have your phone anywhere near you, just in case you feel like throwing it.
The second way to break iPhones is to keep your charger plugged-in too often. A huge frustration for our customers is a battery fault. It’s common knowledge that the battery life of an iPhone deteriorates over time. But you don’t need to keep it on charge until the battery has gone flat.
Another issue could be your most used apps. There are specific apps which may be draining your battery quicker than needed, and you can find those in our last blog Worst Apps For Your Battery Life. I would suggest taking five minutes to read it and see which apps you have that are your battery stealing culprits.
Top Tip: Turn off apps in Background App Refresh. Go to Settings>General>Background App Refresh. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend turning Background App Refresh entirely. Here you can select which apps to turn off and which ones to leave running.
The third way to break iPhones includes your home button. Buttons on your phone affect everything: your ability to navigate, text, search the internet, and switch between apps. It can be quite frustrating. We constantly see repair requests for the home button. Possible reasons that your home button may be stuck are because you dropped the phone or exposed the circuits to moisture or heat. If you need a temporary fix enable Assistive Touch to keep using your phone, even if it may be somewhat annoying.
Top Tip: Enable AssistiveTouch. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility, and scroll until you see AssistiveTouch and turn it on. You can even customise it if you want to get technical.
The fourth, a lot of people freak out when their phone doesn’t charge. I do too. How would we function without being connected 24/7? This is key indication of damage to the charging port. Usually the charging port will fail to function if it’s had water or debris inside of it. A damaged charging port doesn’t mean that you need a whole new device. You can stop holding your breath. You’ll just simply need to get the charging port replaced.
Top Tip: Don’t try this at home for risk of messing up the whole device. Get a trusted professional to do the replacement.
Lastly, speakers often stop working because of loose or corroded internal parts, a big drop of your phone, keeping the volume on a high for long durations, or even a software issue. Most software issues can be fixed at home, which is a good thing. If it’s a software problem you can do a DFU Restore of your phone. In the case of a hardware issue, you’ll need to have that fixed by a professional.
Top Tip: Back-up your iPhone before doing the Restore. It would be a shame to lose all of your holiday and cat photos.
If you are in over your head, we do diagnostic checks. From their our Engineers will locate the problem with your iPhone and do the necessary fixes. Remember it’s always best to leave your device with a professional. In case of a future issue we offer a 12-month warranty on the parts we replace, just so you know your device is in good hands.Get My Phone Fixed
Your smartphone battery life is important. An iPhone with a full charge can get you anywhere, connect you to anyone, and even supply you with anything, like the city’s best food of course. To keep your phone up and running, we want to tell you the worst apps for your battery life, be it iOS or Android.
We’ll simply give you the battery life killer hit list, tell you how to reduce their impact on then show you a couple of comparisons of the different battery killing apps represented in Repairly HQ.
Remember, depending on your app usage, these may very. Obviously, all apps consume battery life. But some are severe battery drainers. This is a list of the worst.
All of these apps make your battery sad. But we want to teach you the trick to making it last longer.
There are a few things you can do to prevent your battery from draining so quickly. These couple of points below will help you locate the problem. Soon you should be on your way to increasing your daily mobile consumption. Hopefully, it can be that little extra bit of battery juice that can hold you over until you get to the next charging point.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is check what apps are draining your iPhone.
To keep an eye on battery usage, open Settings and select Battery.
There will be a list with the apps you use and information on the percentage of battery that is drained by each. You can choose to toggle between the ‘Last 24 Hours’ and ‘Last 7 Days’ to get a better overview.
If you want to see how much time each app spends running in the background. Simply select the clock in the right corner to see how much on-screen time and minutes of background time each app uses.
Now that you’ve identified the battery stealing culprits, it’s time to take action. The apps that are running way too often in the background are the one’s you’re definitely going to want to turn-off. We’ll show you how to do a background app refresh.
To perform a background app refresh, open Settings, select General, select Background App Refresh, and toggle it off.
This can go a long way in saving significant amounts of battery life by itself. You can choose individual apps from refreshing in the background, or turn-off background refresh altogether. However, there is one more method you can use that most people don’t know about.
This last method is useful for your favourite social apps, which will always use the most battery life, unless you are gaming a lot on the tube.
Here’s an example: The Facebook app may use a lot of your battery, but you can bypass using the app by doing this:
To skip using the app, open Safari. Go to Facebook and login. Then select the Share icon at the bottom, center of the screen. Tap Add to Home Screen.
A screen will pop-up with the name and url address. When you tap Add, the icon will be added to your Home Screen for easy access to Facebook, or whatever website you choose.
The icon added to your Home Screen will look like the Facebook app but will open a web browser instead of using the energy-draining app. You can use this method for Twitter and other websites you love that don’t have apps as well.
Unfortunately, this last method won’t work for some apps like Google Chrome or Google Maps. However, turning off Background App Refresh should make a significant difference for those two. If you’re still not happy about the battery usage, it could be time to look into other options, like getting a battery replacement.
In the office we did a survey of our phone battery usage. It’s quite interesting to see where people spend their valuable time engaging on their phone. I’ll show you the top 5 apps that our team uses from 5 different team members (one is from WeGym, but we work together often).
Myself – You can tell where my priorities lie. I love chatting to friends and family whilst listening to music.
Rich – As you can see Rich has a lot of background activity on. He loves browsing the safari, because he’s a facts guy. You can always count on him. Citymapper is also pretty popular in London.
Fraser – This is interesting. I’ve never seen Fraser play 8 Ball Pool, but he does have a thirst for knowledge, which is what I assume he was doing on YouTube for so long.
Andy – From these percentages, either Andy doesn’t use his phone much, or he just has a really efficient Android. He is currently building a side hustle company, which is probably why Acast (podcasts) and YouTube take-up a chunk of his battery power.
Josh – Our friend founded a company called WeGym, where you can get a Personal Trainer with a squad who have the same fitness goals as you do. He is quite the outgoing type. Can you tell?
Most of us are constantly using our phones. If you need us to help you figure out your battery issues and have any questions feel free to get in touch with us directly. We’d love to get your battery performing it’s best as quickly as possible.
We live in London, it’s almost inevitable that at one point or another you’ll end up with a water damaged iPhone or Android. As a repair company, we care a lot about the devices you use every waking minute. Our phones are personal. We FaceTime our best friends and family, schedule important reminders to our calendars for work, even find live updates for public transport. That being said, it’s in your best interest to know how to protect your phone from water damage. Listed below are some helpful tips we found to help you keep your phone dry.
It’s winter. Let’s face it, in the UK it’s almost always rain season. Investing in a good waterproof case now could save you money in the long run. Some of our favourites are:
Pelican Marine Case
Catalyst Waterproof Case
LifeProof Waterproof Case
An easy way for your phone to avoid getting wet on your daily commute is to simply keep it in your pocket or bag. Use a set of headphone if you need to speak with someone urgently, or pop into the nearest cafe to use citymapper. Wired headphones, even bluetooth headsets will have better water resistance than your phone.
Another way to protect your phone from water damage is to secure it in a zip pouch. You can find Vansky waterproof pouches on Amazon for a reasonable price that will fit most phones. They are a best seller and are fully submersible up to 30m, perfect for any activity involving water.
All of these options can certainly reduce your risk of water damage, but nothing is a one-hundred percent guarantee. If your phone manages to still get wet you can use the good old, tried-and-tested dry-out method by following these steps:
*Remember if your phone is fully submersed in water and unprotected, don’t turn it on.
If it is still on:
We hope this helps to keep your phone dry and connected to the world around you. Accidents happen, and water damage isn’t something that is covered under warrantee. Make sure you’re careful when it’s raining, and more importantly around water.
Remember to keep us in mind next time your phone or tablet is damaged.
At Repairly, we collect, repair and return your device in an average of 2 hours and 06 minutes. All you have to do is enter your postcode and book. You don’t even have to leave your home.
Not only do you get your phone collected and delivered for free, Repairly offers a 12-month warranty. Often, it works out cheaper than getting your phone fixed with Apple directly.