Tips & Tricks: How To Save Your iPhone Battery Life

Smartphones are now a part of our day to day activities. We need our phones to be always with us at all times. We need it to make calls, send text messages, to capture photos and videos as well as to play games and many other things that iPhones can do. With all the things iPhones are capable of, it would require a much higher and longer battery life. Although there have been reports that their iPhone are draining faster than it usually is. It is very important to know the ways on how to save your iPhone battery life. 

Aside from the apps on your iPhone that’s contributing to drain your battery faster, there have also been complaints from Apple users that when they upgraded to the newest iOS version their battery is draining fast, to the point that it can’t even make it throughout the entire day without charging. 

A compilation of tips on how to save iPhone battery life will be shared below. One important point to keep in mind is that you do not have to necessarily do all the tips, but instead it’s more like a way of starting a fresh iPhone making it is easy for you to distinguish which app or feature that has been draining the battery of your iPhone. Read on below to find out how to save iPhone battery life.

TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE iPHONE BATTERY LIFE

TIP 1: CHECK WHAT APP OR FEATURE IS DRAINING YOUR BATTERY

The very first thing to do is to check which apps or feature on your iPhone is causing your battery to drain the most. In order to do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on Battery
  3. Then scroll down to find ‘Battery usage by app’ category. In this category you will see which apps are using most of your battery life for the past 24 hours or the last 10 days based on the show activity as seen on percentage.

Take note of these battery drainers app and taking into consideration its usage on a daily basis. For instance, for the last 24 hours Facebook has been using up to 45% of your iPhone battery. With that in mind, you need now to make some necessary changes such as exiting facebook background refresh and or possibly disabling notifications are among the few that you can do. 

TIP 2: ENABLE LOW POWER MODE ON

 The basic function of Low Power mode is to simply reduce the power usage of your iPhone when the battery gets extremely low. For the latest iPhone models starting from iPhone 6 and later versions, Low power mode has been activated automatically whenever the battery level of your iPhone reaches 20%. This function can ultimately help increase the battery life of your iPhone since some apps will be reduced such as background app refresh, visual effect, downloads and mail fetch until you can recharge your battery fully. 

How to enable Low Power Mode:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on Battery
  3. Than tap on Low Power Mode, toggle ON.

When Low Power Mode is enabled, the battery percentage of your battery which is located at the upper right corner of your iPhone will turn to color yellow. This means that it is on Low Power Mode.

TIP 3: TURN OFF BACKGROUND APP REFRESH 

Background App basically check your apps for new updates and information behind the app. Which means, it automatically refreshes content of your app in the background allowing your app to have a new content every time you run it. So whenever Background app refresh is enabled, it can drain battery life since it refreshes at a certain time, locations and every time you are connected to a network.

Although it is a good thing to have a new content on your app when you run it, however it is not advisable and is therefore recommended to disable background app refresh for apps that you don’t frequently use. That way it lessens the usage of your battery and thereby extending its battery life.

How to disable Background App Refresh:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on Background App Refresh
  4. Choose which apps to disable. Select the app that you rarely used and Toggle it OFF. You may leave Background App Refresh ON when on WiFi or Cellular Data but disable those apps that you don’t frequently used.

TIP 4: AUTO-BRIGHTNESS ADJUSTMENT

With the new iOS 13 software versions, Apple has added a new feature which is Dark Mode. Now you can choose appearances between Light or Dark Mode. Although between the two appearances, Dark mode saves more battery life than Light mode because of the OLED display used in dark mode as compared to the LCD display which is traditionally used in the previous iOS versions. 

Aside from the appearance of light and dark mode available, you can also set your iPhone Display and Brightness to automatic and will have the option to choose between sunset to sunrise and or you can customize the time schedule for  light appearance and dark appearance. You may schedule the time to change the appearance automatically. Although iPhone may wait before transition or until you are no longer using the iPhone screen.  

How to adjust auto-brightness:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on Display and Brightness
  3. Toggle OFF Auto Brightness tab
  4. You may adjust Brightness by swiping from right to left to low level or just according to your preferences which is not too low and not too bright. 

TIP 5: FORCE CLOSE APPS

If you are no longer using an app, make sure to force close apps that are running on the background of your iPhone. This can save your battery life since most of the apps that are running requires a network connection that constantly tries to connect thus can drain your battery life.

The method to force close an app varies with iPhone models as they have different way for app switcher to appear.

For iPhone X and later models:

  1.  Swipe up starting from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Take a pause  slightly in the middle of the screen. You will directed to the app switcher.
  3. Running apps will appear
  4. Choose from the list of running apps that you are no longer using, swipe up to quit. You may also choose to quit everything. You can relaunch it later when you will be using it again. 

For iPhone 8 and earlier models: 

  1. Press Home button twice to open app switcher. 
  2. You will then see all running apps on your iPhone represented as cards. 
  3. Choose from the list of running apps that you are no longer using, swipe up to quit. You may also choose to quit everything if you like since you can always relaunch it later on. 
  4. To end quitting apps, tap anywhere on the screen or press the home button. 
  5. Do not tap on the app card as this will automatically open the app. 

TIP 6: ENABLE AUTO-LOCK

As we are already aware, when the screen of the iPhone is ON it is consuming power of your battery. That is why it is always recommended to Enable Auto lock feature on your iPhone so that it is not awake whenever you are not using it and can help preserve battery life. The recommended Auto Lock is at least 1 minute.

How to enable auto-lock:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on Display & Brightness
  3. Then tap on Auto-Lock
  4. Choices available: 30 seconds, 1-5 minutes and Never.
  5. Select 1 minute (recommended). This will set your iPhone to sleep after a minute of inactivity. However you can have the option as to the time you want your screen to be awake. Make sure to choose the lower time if you want to save battery of your iPhone.

TIP 7: TURN OFF WiFi WHEN NOT IN USE

It has always been our common practice to always keep our WiFi connection ON. But did you know that it can drain your battery life. Wherever you go, with a WiFI on, it will always attempt to connect to any available WiFi connection causing your battery life to drain. We have to make it a habit to turn OFF WiFi connection when we are not using it. 

How to turn off Wifi:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on WiFi, Toggle OFF 
  3. If in any way that you always have to keep your WiFi ON, there is another alternative to help save battery life and that is to set Auto-Join Hotspot to Never. That way your iPhone will not automatically search and connect to a WiFi connection. 

TIP 8: DISABLE LOCATION SERVICES 

Location services can drain your battery life. Why is that so? It’s simply because when location services is activated, the iPhone will constantly search for satellites  via a GPS and receives your exact location. It allows your iPhone to know your location, can give driving directions and or help you find locations using the GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi Spot and cell tower locations. Its function simply requires to use up your battery to work. That is why when you are not using Location services or don’t plan to use it for awhile, turning it OFF can save the battery life of your iPhone

How to disable Location services:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on Privacy
  3. Next tap on Location Services
  4. Toggle OFF

Tip 9: MANUALLY FETCH EMAIL

In order to save the battery life of your iPhone, make sure to set your Phone to manually fetch email. Since manually checking your email access a network less often thus the lesser battery it uses. You may try to check it from time to time rather automatically setting it to update. Manually checking your iPhone means that you will never have an email notification not unless you check and update it yourself.

How to set to manually fetch email:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on Passwords & Accounts
  3. Next tap on Fetch New Data
  4. Toggle OFF Push tab

TIP 10: UPDATE TO THE LATEST SOFTWARE VERSION

Everytime Apple releases a new software update, it’s aim is usually to fix bugs and there are some instances that these bugs are contributing to make your battery drain faster. Updating to the latest software version of your iPhone may fix the battery draining problem. The current iOS version to date is now on 13.1.3. However not all iPhone models can support the latest version. But whatever model you are using, make sure your software is up to date according to the software that your model supports.

How to update software:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on General
  3. Next, tap on Software Update
  4. Apple server will now Check for update. 
  5. If there is an available software update, click on the Download and Install
  6. Download process will now start.

TIP 11: TURN VIBRATIONS OFF

As it turns out, setting your iPhone to vibrate whenever you are receiving a text message, calls or any notifications can drain your battery as compared to when its on silent or ringer mode. Make sure to turn off Vibration setting.

How to turn off VIbration:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on Sounds and Haptics
  3. On the Vibrate category you will find tabs: Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent
  4. Toggle OFF Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent. But Vibration on Silent is important to be able to receive notifications whenever your iPhone is not silent mode. You always have the option to turn it off or not.

TIP 12: MANAGE NOTIFICATION SETTINGS

Make sure to only allow notification from apps that are useful to you at the moment. When Push Notifications are allowed on all the apps it can wear down the battery of your iPhone. Choose only the apps to allow notification. Apps that you require for updates such as App store, Calendar, Bank related Apps and many more. Turning off unnecessary app notifications can help save  iPhone battery life. 

How to manage notification setting:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on Notifications
  3. From the list of apps available, choose and select on each apps.
  4. On each app, check whether you want to Allow Notifications or not. Toggle ON or Toggle ON.
  5. Turning notification off meaning you will not be able to receive updates from that particular app.

TIP 13: DISABLE BLUETOOTH

Bluetooth is as important as WiFi Connection. Bluetooth is used to connect to wireless earphones and share data via hotspot and or to connect to your Apple watch. But it can also drain the battery life of your iPhone. It is highly recommended just like with WiFi to turn it OFF whenever you are not using it. 

How to disable bluetooth:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on Bluetooth
  3. Toggle OFF bluetooth to disable it. 

TIP 14: DISABLE PERSONAL HOTSPOT

Personal Hotspot allows you to share your cellular data connection on your iPhone to another device using WiFi, Bluetooth and or USB. It is a perfect way whenever you’re not connected to a WiFi connection, you do not have to worry about looking for a WiFi hotspot to connect to.

Since Personal hotspot uses WiFi and Bluetooth, it can drain your battery even more. Make sure to turn ON personal hotspot only when you need it right then and there. 

How to disable personal hotspot:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on Cellular Data, Toggle OFF
  3. When Cellular data is off, Personal hotspot will automatically turns off.

TIP 15: ENABLE AIRPLANE MODE

If you are running out of battery and you want to keep it to be used in certain situations, enabling airplane mode helps save your battery. It basically suspends signal that transmits on your iPhone such as receiving and making calls and receiving and sending text messages. It can also saves your battery life whenever you are in a location that does not need a connection such as in an Airplane, it is best to turn your iPhone to Airplane mode ON to save it later when you land. Although Enabling it does not necessarily prolong the battery life

How to enable airplane mode:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on Airplane Mode, Toggle ON

Easiest way is via control center: 

  1. Swipe up for iphone 8 and older versions or Swipe down from the right side corner of the screen for iPhone X and newer versions to reveal Control center
  2. Turn ON airplane mode by tapping on the Airplane icon. 

TIP 16: DISABLE AUTOMATIC APP DOWNLOADS/UPDATE

Updating an app technically uses the battery of your iPhone, of course. But when app downloads and updates are set to automatic, it can actually drain your battery because whenever there is an available update for a particular app and is connected to a WiFi or cellular network, it will automatically update it and using more of your battery life. Make sure to disable automatic update to save the battery life of your iPhone.

How to disable automatic update:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen
  2. Tap on iTunes and App store
  3. On the Automatic download category there are four selections: Music, Apps, Books and Audiobook and App updates. 
  4. Toggle OFF App updates
  5. Then App updates is turned off or disabled, in order for an up to be updated you may need to manually update it yourself. 

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