A HANDY iPhone feature can help you avoid draining your battery unnoticed.
Hidden somewhere on your device is an app that lets you set up custom notifications to signal when you’re using energy.
Apple’s Shortcuts app comes preinstalled on all new iPhones and is also available on the App Store.
Launched in 2018, the tool allows you to create custom actions or phrases to automate specific tasks on your device.
We’ve already talked about how shortcuts can help you catch snoopers or set off an alarm when you plug your iPhone into a charger.
You can also use it to have Siri give you an audible alert when your iPhone battery reaches a certain percentage.
Your iPhone will automatically display a notification when you reach 20 percent, 10 percent, and five percent charge.
However, these alerts will be muted if you have set your device to Silent Mode. You can also come a little late if your battery is draining quickly.
With Shortcuts, you can have Siri announce when your charge reaches 40 percent, 50 percent, or even 75 percent.
Because you get a verbal alert, the alert will play even if your phone is on silent.
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They also come a little earlier in your phone’s battery cycle, giving you more time to get to a charger if you think you need one.
To set up notifications, open the Shortcuts app.
You can find it by swiping down from the middle of the screen and typing “shortcuts” into the search bar.
Next, tap automation at the bottom of the screen, and then press Create personal automation.
Scroll down and tap battery level to create an automation based on the amount of energy left.
Move the slider the battery level at which you want to be warned.
This can be a low number if you often miss the default notifications, or a higher number if you prefer to be notified sooner.
You can choose to have the alarm sound when your battery reaches, falls below, or exceeds the selected percentage while charging.
Beat Next and then hit Add action to tell your iPhone what to do once it reaches your chosen charge percentage.
In the search bar that appears, type “speak‘ and then tap speak text. blow text and type what you want Siri to announce. Beat Finished.
Next toggle Ask before you run out. A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm your choice. Beat do not askthen tap Finished.
Voila! Your iPhone will now read your chosen warning text whenever your phone reaches your chosen battery percentage.
You can add more battery alerts by repeating the steps above.
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