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Reality Check: 3 tips to get more life out of your phone battery

Call it the digital drain. It seems like no matter what you do, your smartphone will run out of data and battery long before you think it should. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Call it the digital drain. It seems like no matter what you do, your smartphone will run out of data and battery long before you think it should.

Much like the hustle and bustle of downtown Asheville, reliance on technology in 2017 is nonstop. So it's no surprise so many people are glued to their smart phones as they go throughout the day.

"I got my first phone in fifth grade, first iPhone in eighth grade," Katie Bernhart said.

Millennials like Bernhart have never really known anything different.

"My favorite app is Twitter and Instagram and texts," she said.

Those apps use up battery and data quickly.

Tech experts say questions about battery life are some of the most common ones they get.

"Battery life may not be the No. 1 thing, but it's up there," Apple specialist Tom Quinlam said. "They're usually complaining that their battery life isn't very good."

Quinlam, who works at Charlotte Street Computers, said apps, even when you're not using them, are the culprit.

Fortunately, there are a few basic steps you can take to keep your phone battery from draining quickly.

Quinlam said many people don't realize their apps are using up data and battery even when they're not using them. That is is because locations services is turned on for the app. So, it is searching for your location all the time, even when you're not using the app.

To fix that, go to "Settings" and then click on "Privacy." From there, click on "Location Services" and change the option to "While Using" for the apps you want to use your location.

There's a way to change which apps can use data in the background, too. Go to "Settings," then "General" and then "Background App Refresh." From there, you can chose which apps refresh their content when they're in the background.

Finally, if you go to "Settings" and then "Battery," you can see which apps are using most of your battery. It will also tell you how much of that is being used in the background.

Another option to save data is to connect to Wi-Fi when possible. But Quinlam cautioned to be careful about using public Wi-Fi if you're doing anything sensitive, like personal banking.

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