If you are an iPhone user, you probably enjoy both the look and productivity of your device, which is equally good for business and fun. Nevertheless, you still have to face the issue as common as it is unpleasant: limited battery life.
Depending on the iPhone generation and how you are treating your device, the average battery life after a single charge may vary widely.
The tips below will help to minimize iPhone battery drain on a daily basis while preserving the most of its operational capabilities. It contains tips on how to optimize and save battery on iPhone; most of them also apply to other iOS devices such as the iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.
Tips to minimize iPhone battery drain
Optimizing iPhone settings is key to minimizing battery drain. Here are the steps which will immediately help to extend the daily life of your iPhone battery.
Reduce screen brightness or enable Auto-Brightness. The backlight used to illuminate your device’s screen consumes plenty of energy. You can minimize the power used by the backlight by navigating to Settings > Display & Brightness and dimming the screen’s brightness.
With iOS 13 you can use Dark mode, which can also save your battery power. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > select Dark Mode.
If you’d rather not dim the brightness of your iPhone and don’t want to use Dark mode, you can alternatively turn on “Auto-brightness”. This will optimize the battery energy used by the backlight by adjusting its brightness based on the current ambient lighting. To enable “Auto-brightness” mode go to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size, scroll down, then find the “Auto-Brightness” setting and turn it on by tapping the button.
Turn off location services or minimize their use. iPhone automatically uses a built-in GPS antenna in addition to 3G and WiFi data to accurately locate the device. Many applications use iPhone location services which ultimately hurts battery life. To disable location services go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > OFF.
If you do not wish to disable location services completely, turn them off for certain apps. To change options go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
Turn off push notifications and fetch new data less frequently, better still manually. Apple Push Notification service is used to notify you about what happens to your emails, notes, contacts and other cloud data to the iPhone. Fetch is another method of checking for new data when Push is disabled. Push is generally more power-hungry than Fetch. Therefore, turn off Push and set Fetch to bring data less frequently or manually (i.e. upon request). Go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts. Tap Fetch New Data then tap the Push switch to turn it off.
Warning: if you disable Push you will not receive notifications on-the-spot (e.g. as soon as you receive an email). If you set Fetch to bring data manually, you will not receive notifications unless you manually open the respective app (e.g. you will only get notifications about new email messages upon launching the Mail app).
Force quit apps. If you’re not using some apps, don’t forget to close them as they can drain battery life. To force quit an app on your iPhone, just double press the Home button and swipe up on the app card to close it.
If you’re using iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR: swipe up from the gesture bar and hold. In the app switcher mode, find out the app you want to quit and swipe up on it.
Enable Low Power Mode. This useful feature reduces display brightness, disables background app refresh, automatic downloads, minimizes system animations etc. When your battery hits 20% and 10%, your iPhone will offer you to turn the Low Power Mode with one tap. Or you can enable it by going to Settings > Battery.
Disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Unless you are using a Bluetooth accessory such as hands-free or wireless speakers, you can safely turn off Bluetooth by going to Settings > Bluetooth > OFF. This will reduce battery usage. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi use the same antenna and receiver.
If you are really low on battery power and don’t plan on using the Internet, turn off WiFi by navigating to Settings > WiFi > OFF.
Avoid poor- or no-reception areas. The iPhone will use more power to maintain an operational cellular connection in low-coverage regions. Be vigilant of signal-strength indicated on top of the iPhone screen.
The lower the amount of bars, the less the signal-strength and the more battery power used by iPhone to stay connected. If you are not planning on using the iPhone for cellular calls when in low- or no-coverage areas, enable Airplane mode by going to Settings > Airplane Mode > ON.
Warning: this will disable iPhone’s access to the cellular network.
Disable app-specific notifications. Most iOS apps have the ability to send notifications. This increases overall iPhone activity. Turn off notifications for all non-essential apps by navigating to Settings > Notifications. Next, tap on an application from the list.
Toggle the switch next to “Allow Notifications” to off position.
Set Auto-Lock to 30 Seconds. This way your iPhone will automatically go to standby mode if not used, which is essential to conserve battery life. Navigate to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock and set the time interval to the minimum available which is 30 seconds.
Extra tips to make iPhone battery last longer:
fully charge the iPhone battery at least once a month after having completely run it down;
use the iPhone in its prescribed operational temperature ranges which is between 0 C and 35 C (32 F to 95 F);
store the iPhone in temperatures not exceeding -20°C (-4°F) and 45°C (113°F).