Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Review

The 2018 Toyota C-HR stands out with unique looks, a high ride that gives you a great view of the road and, despite a crossover badge, it comes with a hatchback. The all new C-HR isn’t a quick car and there is no All Wheel Drive option or support for Apple CarPlay. The 2018 C-HR is, however, an interesting mashup of things I love about hatchbacks, small SUVs and Crossovers.

But is the first showing good enough?

With two trim levels, a starting price of $22,500 and no packages, this small crossover doesn’t come with many options that will increase the price. The 2018 C-HR XLE Premium is a tempting upgrade for many buyers as it includes Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and other convenience upgrades that add enough value to justify the $24,350 starting price.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Best Free Tax Software for 2018

This is the best free tax software for 2018. You can use this free online tax software to do your own taxes in no time and without any hidden fees.

Do you make less than $100,000 and get a W-2 for your income? If you answer yes to those questions you can file a 1040 EZ or 1040A for your 2017 taxes without paying to file your taxes.

Read: Are Online Tax Apps Safe?

The 2018 Tax deadline is April 17th, not April 15th like you are used to. You can file federal taxes free and state taxes free with free tax software and apps from well-known tax preparation companies. After you file, use this guide to check your tax refund status.

If you have to pay in, check out the best apps to make money fast and the best budget apps to keep you on track.

Best Free Tax Software & Apps for 2018

<figcaption class=" wp-caption-text/>The best free tax software and apps you can use in 2018.

These are the best free tax software options that you can use online, without spending money on software. Doing your own taxes is easy, especially if you work a normal 9 to 5 job and get a W-2 for your taxes. Even if you have student loans, this is something you can do on your own, for free. Here are the best free tax software tools and apps;

If you made less than $64,000 in 2017 (after payments for alimony or contributions to an IRA) you can use the IRS Free File Software to do your taxes without paying.

You can start using the free tax software, and if you discover along the way that you need to upgrade to a paid tool because of investments or other income, you can do that without losing your progress.

You can file your taxes free if you file a 1040EZ or 1040A using all of these tax software tools. The tools are online, so you don’t need to download and install anything. You can use your PC, Mac, iPhone, Android or iPad.

After you file your federal and state taxes you will need to fill out a simple form for your local taxes. This is often very easy to do once you have the numbers from your federal taxes.

TurboTax Free: Absolute Zero

<figcaption class=" wp-caption-text/>TurboTax Absolute Zero is a popular free tax software option.

You can use TurboTax Absolute Zero to file your federal and state taxes free of charge. There are no hidden fees or costs to this, so you won’t get to the end and see that you need to pay to actually use the software. You need to meet these requirements to use the free Turbotax tool to prepare and file your federal and state taxes in 2018;

  • Made less than 100k

  • Don’t own a home or rental property

  • Didn’t sell investments

  • Don’t own a business or have 1099 income

  • Don’t have major medical expenses

If this sounds like you, then you are able to get started online right now. You can use your iPhone or Android to take a picture of your W-2 and get a head start on your refund. This tool works with the Earned Income Credit and you can use self-help tools and tap into the Turbotax community with other questions.

Credit Karma Tax

With the Credit Karma Tax tool, you can file your federal and state taxes free, with support for more forms and situations than you’ll find at TurboTax and some of the others. We love using Credit Karma to track our credit score and this is an excellent option for doing your taxes. In addition to a normal W-2, you can even include 1099-MISC, other 1099 forms, and

In addition to a normal W-2, you can even include 1099-MISC, other 1099 forms, and many other tax forms. This free tax software even handles 1040 Schedule C, Schedule E, and Schedule SE.

The Credit Karma Tax tool is easy to use and you can choose to e-file or to print and mail your form. You will need to use your browser on a Mac or PC to complete this as there is no Credit Karma Tax app this year.

H&R Block More ZERO Free Edition

<p>Get a jump start by taking a picture of your W-2 to get the information into the free tax software from H&R Block. This is similar to TurboTax, as it is designed for simple filing situations with a W-2. You can add in the EITC and you can even import your 1095-A and various 1099 forms including 1099-INT, 1099-R and 1099-DIV. One plus to H&R Block is that you can use a 1040 with Schedule A if you itemize with the free option.</p>
<p>You get free technical support by chat, but you will not get tax expert advice. For that level, you need to upgrade to a paid plan.</p>
<h2>TaxACT Free Federal Edition</h2>
<p><img data-attachment-id=" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="size-full wp-image-368784 alignright" src="" alt="free tax software TaxACT" srcset=" 152w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 152px) 100vw, 152px" data-recalc-dims="1"/>The TaxACT Free Federal Edition includes support for 1040 AX and 1040A. You can import your W-2 from a number of companies, but if you want to import last year’s TaxACT return you will need to pay $10. You can file federal and state free with the online tool.

While this may not look as fancy as some of the other options, it does have one big benefit. You get unlimited email and phone support that includes technical support and answers to tax questions. The support staff will not do your taxes, but they can help answer questions about them.

Choose to use this free tax software online, or download it locally so you can prepare and store your tax information offline.

Now that you’ve handled your taxes, check out our best budget apps to stay on top of your finances in 2018.

15 Best Budget Apps for 2018

Mint Budgeting App

Mint Budgeting App

Mint is one of the best budget apps because it takes the hassle out of making a budget. You connect the Mint app to your bank and the app can use your details to help create a personalized budget.

The Mint app uses the same security as banks and the team behind this service also makes TurboTax and Quicken, so you can trust that they take all possible steps to secure your accounts and your data.

Mint will send you alerts to unusual charges and helps identify tips customized to your spending that can help you reduce the money you spend on fees and on other bills. Mint also includes your credit score, so you can see a big picture view of your budget and your personal finances.

With the Mint apps for iPhone, iPad and Android you can see your budget anywhere and there is also an online component to look at from your computer and a bill pay component to help you manage and pay your bills in one place.

Lenovo Miix 520 Review: Less Money, More Problems

With time, all things become better. It’s an adage that’s tested by the new Lenovo Miix 520.

An alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Pro, the Lenovo Miix 520 is a tablet that can replace your laptop. It comes with a keyboard cover, a carry case and a digital pen, so you don’t need to fork over more money to take advantage of all that it offers. It has new quad-core 8th Generation Intel Core processors, making it an unstoppable powerhouse. On top of all, it’s priced right at just $999.99.

All this means the Miix 520 is a better value over rivals even as it fails to be a better Windows 2-in-1 than they are.

Lenovo Miix 520 Design & Internals

Part of the reason the Lenovo Miix 520 still falls short is its design. It’s unchanged from the previous models. And it wasn’t as if the tablet had a solid foundation to start with.

Certainly, Lenovo gets points for using premium materials and making a tablet that feels substantial and rugged. The Miix 520 has a polished magnesium and hardened glass body. It only comes in an unpainted silver, which is great because it won’t easily show scratches.

For any device that’s going to replace a tablet, weight and thickness are important measurements, though. The Miix 520 is 0.65-inches thick and weighs 1.98-pounds. That’s heavy for any device looking to replace your tablet. With the detachable keyboard, the entire thing weighs 2.65-pounds.

I immediately noticed the device’s weight as I removed it from its packaging. If felt ungainly in a way that other PCs in this category just don’t. The laptop’s curved body does little to compensate for that feeling either. Lenovo’s engineers tried to compensate for the device’s thickness by tapering its edges. The result is a tablet that feels bulbous as you carry it in your hand from place to place.

A 12.2-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display sits in the center of the Lenovo Miix 520’s front. Only a 720p web camera sits beside it. There’s an 8-megapixel camera above the device’s sturdy fold-out kickstand.

In keeping the same design as the last generation, Lenovo has kept ports in some very controversial places. Sound pours from two stereo speakers along the device’s left and right edges instead of directly at you. The dedicated power port is in the middle of the device’s left edge, which makes it stick out when you’re charging. A USB 3.0 Type-A port and a USB Type-C port sit above this power port.

There are no ports on the right-edge of the Lenovo Miix 520, which is smart. That’s where the power buttons and volume buttons are. Below them is the headset jack. Their position is bad for a few reasons. Expect to fend off your headphone cables as they continuously drift over the included keyboard as you type. Second, side-mounted power buttons become an issue in portrait mode when you are reading, sketching or taking notes.

The Lenovo Miix 520’s keyboard accessory connects through a slot at the bottom of the device with a refreshing click. It has backlit keys, plenty of key travel and a smooth multi-touch trackpad that’s embedded in a sea of soft-touch plastic. The front of the cover is plastic too, but it mimics a leather texture.


The Lenovo Miix 520 is a powerful machine that you will spend significantly less on compared to what the competition offers.

At the heart of this device is the 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor. It has four processing cores, giving the Miix 520 more raw power for apps, programs and games than Core i5 devices using Intel’s last generation processors, like the 2017 Surface Pro. Intel HD 620 graphics and 8GB of RAM back up this processor. More horsepower for less money is always good.

Besides the USB 3.0 Type-C port, USB 3.0 Type-A port and headphone jack, the Miix 520 has a MicroSD card slot behind its kickstand. Unless you have a huge media collection, it’s possible you won’t use this SD card slot ever. The device has a spacious 256GB SSD. That’s double what you get with Microsoft’s device at $999.99.

On paper, the weakest part of the Miix 520’s impressive spec sheet is its 12.2-inch display. With a resolution of 1920 x 1200, it’s nowhere near as sharp as other devices in this category. Built-in Wacom technology allows you to sketch and draw with an included pen that detects up to 4,096 different levels of pressure. That’s on par with the sensitivity that other devices in this class offers.

Lenovo Miix 520 Experience

Using the Lenovo Miix 520 every day causes some mixed emotions. On one hand, you’re happy to have this much power and portability at this price. On the other hand, it is rare that you see a device this compromised by strange design decisions.

Lenovo boasts that using the Intel Core i5 processor allows the Miix 520 to perform up to 40% better than PCs using last-generation processors. It does perform well. There’s no lag as you open any part of Windows 10, and everything transition flows smoothly as if your mind simply willed your apps and programs open. Solid performance on any PC running Windows 10 is a high compliment. Years after its release, the operating system still studders and drags on machines with less than 8GB of RAM.

Then the fan kicks on and shatters the illusion for you. Other devices in the class have really quiet cooling systems. After all, no one wants to hear a fan as they watch a movie in bed or read a book curled up in their favorite chair. The Miix 520’s fan is always running and it gets annoying when the processor is under heavy load.

I had my reservations about the display inside the machine, but it won me over. No, videos aren’t as crisp as on a Surface Pro, but the display gets bright enough to fight off glare. It’s good enough that I stopped noticing the difference in resolution when compared to my usual PC, the 2017 Surface Pro. While unsightly, the huge bezel that surrounds the display gives you a safe place hold the tablet without accidentally tapping anything.

Very poor placement aside, the connectivity options you do get are solid. In the long run, a USB Type-C port will prove more useful than the MiniDisplay port other devices use.

Finally, even the included accessories are solid. The keyboard cover has backlit keys, plenty of shortcuts and lots of key travel. There’s absolutely no keyboard flex and its small trackpad is slick and sensitive. The Lenovo Active Pen 2’s metal body feels great in the hand and there’s no lag. Just a press of the pen’s top opens Windows 10′ Ink WorkSpace area or whatever app you want it to. I do wish it had a rubber eraser.

But then there’s the truly bizarre. Lenovo gives you this excellent pen with no real convenient place to put it. A plastic loop that slots into the USB Port feels clunky at best and deprives you of an essential way to connect accessories. The pen loop on the included slipcase holds the pen just fine, but that’s another accessory you need to keep close by.

All that horsepower absolutely hammers the device’s battery. Lenovo estimates 7 hours with average usage, but it’s closer to four hours with moderate use and the display at 40% brightness. I fear, that for the average person, a little less performance is perfectly acceptable if they can go an entire day without needing to charge. A device with last generation Intel Core i5 processor and no fan gets around 10 hours of battery life.

As I feared, the power button and speaker placement are problematic in Tablet Mode. Don’t rest the device on this edge in your lap or you risk accidentally turning it off. The power button’s LED indicator would be very useful for knowing when you’ve successfully turned the device on – if only you didn’t have to move your head or turn the device to its side to see it. It is very easy to accidentally muffle one of its stereo speakers since they are on its edges.

Finally, the Miix 520’s support of unique Windows 10 features is mixed. A Windows Hello scanner or a fingerprint reader for signing in is essential at $999. Yet the Miix 520 doesn’t have either. The device does improve on Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant though. A microphone array allows her to hear you from around 13 feet away, which is around the size of a modest room. This I liked.

Lenovo Miix 520 Specs

Processor & Graphics8th  Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor

Intel HD 620 Graphics

Memory & Storage8GB of RAM


Display12.2-inch 1920 x 1200 display with Touch and Pen Input
Ports & Extras1 USB 3.0 Type-C Port

1 USB 3.0 Type-A Port

Headphone Jack

8 Megapixel Camera

720p Web Camera

Dolby Audio Speakers

MicroSD Card Slot

Lenovo Active Pen Support (Included)

Lenovo Miix Keyboard Cover (Included)

Battery Life4 Hours

7.5 Hours, According to Lenovo Benchmarks and Your Usage

Dimensions and Weight 11.81-Inches x 8.07-Inches x 0.63-Inches

2.65-Pounds with Keyboard Cover

1.98-Pounds without Keyboard Cover

Should You Buy the Lenovo Miix 520?

Not enough about the Miix has changed in a year to make the Lenovo Miix 520 the best Windows 2-in-1 that you can buy. If anything, changes other devices makers have implemented in their own PCs have whittled away at potential Miix 520 customers. You’re giving up a better tablet experience, longer battery life, Windows Hello sign-ins and getting a heavier bulkier machine in return.

However, cash rules everything. If you want as much raw horsepower as your budget can allow – regardless of the quality of life extras and battery life it costs you, the Lenovo Miix 520 is for you. Just $999 a for an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and every accessory you need is a steal. Compare that price to the $1,557.99 a 2017 Surface Pro with similar specs, a Signature Type Cover and a Surface Pen would cost you, and the savings is almost unreal.

The Lenovo Miix 520 isn’t a better PC than the 2017 Surface Pro, but it is a far better deal.

Huawei Museum winner photos now showing in Times Square

Earlier this year,  Huawei launched a new contest called the Emergent Project as part of the smartphone company’s online photography community, the Huawei Museum. Earlier this month, the winners of the contest were revealed, and their images have been on display on a massive electronic billboard in New York City’s Times Square.

If you remember, the photos that were eligible for this contest had to be taken with a camera included with a Huawei or Honor-branded smartphone, including the Mate 10, the P10 Lite, the Honor 9, and even the newly launched Honor 7X,  Contest entries could even use the camera inside the Nexus 6P, since that 2105 Google-branded phone was also made by Huawei. Huawei Museum community members help select photographs that are uploaded to the Facebook group to be featured across Huawei’s social media pages.

The company created the Huawei Museum online community in part to help promote the its smartphone camera hardware and technology, some of which have been made in partnership with Leica for its flagship phones. They offer features such as lossless zoom, PDAF and laser AF, and OIS enhancements to help take better pictures. Of course, the best camera hardware can’t create award winning images on its own; it takes a photographer with a keen eye and instincts to create truly memorable photos.

On the Huawei Museum Facebook page, the company revealed the final winners of the Emergent Project challenge. They include:

A Fisherman by Rama Dani

Harbor Sunset by Mahfooz Ceecy

Lazy Days in Suburbia by Steven Rea

Lynn Beach by James Nalesnik

Ray of Light by Ernest Papera

The Leaves of Fall by Matt Ambrose

Tranquil Sunset by Mahmudui Shaikat

Waiting Shot by Hurdogan Keskin

In addition to having their images projected for millions of Times Square visitors to see on a huge billboard, the winning photographers will have their images featured in Leica store galleries in New York and Los Angeles.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Amazon’s Digital Day 2017 is full of discounts on apps, games, movies and more

  • Amazon’s second-annual Digital Day is like Prime Day, but for digital items

  • Over 5,000 deals on movies, TV shows, apps, eBooks, games, and mobile titles

  • Digital Day starts on December 29 at 12:00 am ET

If you thought that Amazon was done offering discounts for the year, I don’t blame you. We are nearing the end of 2017, after all.

That doesn’t mean the online retail giant won’t move forward with Digital Day, which threatens our wallets one more time with a day full of huge savings.

If you missed the first Digital Day in 2016, think of it like Prime Day, except the discounts only apply to digital items. Some of the bigger deals will only be available for today, though others have been available since December 26.

As for what is being offered, Amazon took up to 60 percent off movies like Wonder WomanThe Fate of the FuriousMoonlightThe Dark Tower, and more. Deals also include up to 50 percent off TV shows like Game of ThronesAmerican GodsThis Is UsOutlander, and more.

You also get some pretty solid music-related deals, such as a 90-day trial for Tidal, three months of Amazon Music Unlimited for just under $1, and 25 percent off an annual subscription to Boomerang, which is sure to satisfy my nostalgia needs.

Editor’s Pick

Apps and games are also being discounted, with at least 30 percent off games like Sonic ForcesCivilization VINBA 2K18, and WWE 2K18. Mobile games get some love as well, with a Digital Day Pack containing bonus gold, XP, speed-ups, and resources for Final Fantasy XV: A New EmpireGame of War, and Mobile Strike.

Finally, PC gamers are not left in the dust, since they can save up to 60 percent on games like Assassin’s Creed Origins – Gold EditionFor HonorOverwatch – Game of the Year Edition, and more.

These are not all of the deals available on Digital Day — select best-selling Kindle titles are also being discounted and, because there are over 5,000 deals, we wanted to pick some of the better ones — so make sure to swing by Amazon’s online storefront to see what else the retailer has in store.

Remember that the deals are also available through the Amazon Appstore and the regular Amazon app, if you don’t have access to your computer. All of the deals will go live on December 29 at 12:00am ET.

Huawei PSmart (Huawei Enjoy 7S) leaked with 5.7-inch 18:9 display and Android Oreo

Huawei revealed the Enjoy 7 Plus in April this year and it looks like a successor could be on the way soon. Evan Blass leaked a device with the name Huawei Changxiang 7S earlier in December, but a retranslation (via Google Translate) suggests that this would actually be “Enjoy 7S,” while a look at the leaked renders further indicates a relation to the Enjoy 7 Plus.

After leaking the specs, Blass has now provided further images of the rumored device and suggested that it will launch outside of China as the Huawei PSmart: here’s what we’ve learned about it so far.

According to Blass, the Huawei PSmart may come with a 5.65-inch, 18:9, 1080 x 2160 LCD display, octa-core Kirin 659 chip (4 x 2.36 GHz + 4 x 1.7 GHz), and 3 GB /32 GB or 4 GB / 64 GB storage variations. As for the cameras, these would include a 13 MP + 2 MP setup on the back, with an 8 MP camera up front.

Meanwhile, the device is said to measure ~7.5 mm in thickness, weigh 143 g and include a 3,000 mAh battery. It’s is expected to arrive running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with Huawei’s EMUI 8.0.

Price and release date details haven’t yet been speculated upon, though with this information coming to light now, it’s possible that we’ll see the device at CES 2018 next week (alongside further details of Huawei’s planned US launch).

Is this the kind of Huawei device you’d be interested in? Let us know in the comments.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

How to Fix Bad iPhone 7 Battery Life

iPhone 7 battery life problems continue to popup for users and today we want to show you how to fix bad iPhone 7 battery life on the 4.7-inch model and the larger iPhone 7 Plus.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are excellent devices, but they’re far from perfect. We continue to hear about a variety of problems plaguing the two flagships as we push into 2018. Problems include broken Wi-Fi, busted Bluetooth, and abnormal battery drain.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus battery life will vary from person to person but if you’re sure your device is draining faster than normal, you’ll want to take action.

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While your first instinct might be to head down to a local Apple Store for diagnostic tests, you might be able to fix your bad iPhone 7 battery life from home.

There are a number of potential fixes out there and today we want to run down some tips and fixes that’ve worked well for us, and others in the past.

Restart Your iPhone 7

A simple restart could improve your phone’s battery life.

If you haven’t turned your iPhone 7 off for awhile, try restarting it. This fix has worked for us and others in the past and it’ll only take a minute or so.

Wait A Few Days

If you just opened your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus or installed a new iOS update, and you start to notice weird battery drain, don’t be alarmed. This is normal and it could take a couple of days for your device to settle in.

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If your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus is still exhibiting abnormal battery drain after two days it’s time to dig a little bit further.

Use Low Power Mode

Your iPhone 7 comes equipped with a a feature called Low Power Mode and it will allow you to stretch out the last 10-20% of your iPhone 7’s battery life without killing off core services. If you’re experiencing abnormal drain or if you simply want to save some battery life, start using this feature.

If your iPhone dips into the 10-20% battery mark, you should get a prompt that asks you if you want to turn it on.

You can also manually turn it on in your iPhone 7’s settings if you think you need it before that. Go to Settings > Battery > Toggle Low Power Mode on.

If you’re running iOS 11, you can add Low Power Mode to Control Center. Head to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and tap the green plus sign next to Low Power Mode.

Use Airplane Mode When You Have Bad Service

When you’re in a bad service area your iPhone 7 will extremely hard to pull down a signal. This can destroy your device’s battery. To offset this, you can do a few things.

If you’re fine with killing off all your services, you’ll want to toggle on Airplane Mode. Airplane Mode kills off all of your connections and it will help you conserve battery when you start noticing a huge drop.

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To toggle Airplane Mode on, you can head right into your Settings. It’s right at the top. You can also access it from the Control Center. To access the Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

Flip off Airplane Mode when you leave the bad service area.

Shut Off Location Services

Location services like GPS can wreck havoc on your iPhone 7’s battery life. If you’ve ever used Google Maps or Waze you know what we’re talking about.

To help conserve your device’s battery life, you’ll want to get a handle on what services are active on your iPhone 7.

To do this, head into Settings > Privacy. You can turn Location Services off completely with a toggle off but we recommend going through your apps to determine what apps should be using your services and when.

If there’s an app you barely use working in the background you’ll want to limit its capabilities. You can do that with a simple toggle.

Check Your Apps

You’ll also want to get a handle on your applications. If you use an app a lot, it’ll suck up your battery life. But if you’re confident it’s using up more battery than it should, you’ll want to dig in.

First, you’ll want to head into your Settings and locate the Battery Usage tool. It’s located in Settings > Battery. It’ll show up under the Battery Usage header. This tool will show you the apps eating up your iPhone 7’s battery.

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If something seems off about an app, you’ll want to act.

The first thing to do is look for a bug fix update. Apple’s developers have been rolling out a steady stream of iOS 11 support updates and these updates should help squash bugs. They’ll also deliver new features to your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

If a bug fix update doesn’t help, you can try reinstalling the application. You can also try uninstalling the app to see if that nets you positive results.

The Facebook app is known to be a problem so if you’re a heavy Facebook user you’ll want to weigh your options.

Turn Off Push When You Can

The iPhone 7’s push feature for notifications, email, and calendar can suck up battery life. If you don’t need push, you might consider turning it off to see if that helps your cause.

You’ll find your Push Notification settings in Settings > Notifications. Once you’re there you can turn off push for the applications you don’t use and even some that you do use if you decide you don’t need the feature.

Consider switching Mail, Contacts and Calendar to Fetch instead of Push. To do that, go into Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and turn off Push.

Manage the iPhone 7 Display

Your iPhone 7’s display can and will eat up battery life if you don’t manage it properly.

The iPhone’s auto brightness feature can be useful but there are times where it fails to work properly. And when that happens you will lose precious battery life. So if you start to notice abnormal drain, you might want to get a handle on your screen.

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iOS 11 makes it easy. Simply pull up from the bottom of the screen to enter Control Center.

From there, just use the screen toggle to adjust your screen brightness. If you don’t need the screen to be bright, keep it low. You’ll conserve battery that way.

If you’d rather adjust the screen brightness in your settings head to Settings > Display & Brightness to adjust.

Reset All Settings

If none of the above works, it’s time to take some bigger steps to help solve your iPhone 7 battery life problems.

The first step we recommend is a reset on all of your iPhone 7’s settings. To do this, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings and then enter your passcode when prompted. If you don’t have a passcode it obviously won’t prompt you.

This process could take a few minutes and it will force your device to forget your connections (and passwords) but it might resolve your battery life issues. It won’t delete any files.


If that doesn’t work, you could try downgrading your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to the previous versions of iOS if a downgrade is available.

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For more on the downgrade process, take a look at our walkthrough.

Restore from a Backup

If none of that works, you can try restoring from a backup or wiping your iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus completely. This should only be used as a last resort because it’s extremely time consuming.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Plug in and backup to the computer or to iCloud.

  2. Turn off Find My iPhone – Settings -> iCloud -> Find my iPhone -> Off.

  3. In iTunes, Click Restore.

  4. Follow the prompts and the iPhone will reinstall iOS from scratch.

  5. When it completes click Restore from Backup to put your information back on the iPhone or Choose to set up as a new iPhone.

Again, you should only do this if nothing else works.

Take Your iPhone 7 Into an Apple Store

If you don’t want to restore or perform a factory reset, you can also make an appointment to go see an Apple Genius at the Apple Store. Geniuses will be able to run some diagnostics on your phone and they could help you figure out the problem.

If you’re under warranty, and you are right now, you might be able to get another iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus for free.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 11.2.1 & 10 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 11.2.1 If You Use HomeKit

Install iOS 11.2.1 If You Use HomeKit

Apple’s iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought some problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.

The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.

Last week, Apple rolled out a server-side fix, but the company’s restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1.

If you use HomeKit and value your home security, you’ll want to install the iOS 11.2.1 update right away. 


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