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USA Today contributor Jennifer Jolly shows us some absolutely genius ‘re-uses’ for an that old iPhone that you have lying around the house.
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An hour after upgrading to iOS 11, my iPhone 7 Plus phone was at 30%. It was 11 a.m. and I had barely used it.

An hour later, another update came out: 11.0.1. I updated again, so then it made it until about noon.

If you just upgraded your iPhone, there’s a really good chance you’re noticing a serious battery drain problem, too. According to security research firm Wandera, early updates of iOS 11 took an average of one hour and 36 minutes on average to drain iPhones completely, compared to the iOS 10 update, which took about four hours.

I scoured Apple’s help site and the Internet for the fix and only came up advice like, “look at what apps are using the most battery,” “enable low power or airplane mode,” and “just wait, it will all get better.” Okay. But now what?

So I went back to expert advice from Scotty Loveless, an Apple consultant at Appinstructor.com who helped me with iPhone battery problems earlier this year. From earlier tips and tricks he taught me, I was able to reclaim my battery life once and for all. (Or until the next update at least.)

Here’s how to do it.

1. Do this battery check right now

There’s a good chance you have an app that’s bugging out in the background. It happens every iOS update, as apps scramble to play nice in the sandbox with Apple’s newest operating system. Let’s start with a basic battery check:

Go into Settings > Battery.

Scroll all the way down to the bottom and you’ll find two numbers, one for Standby…