If you are an iPhone user, you probably enjoy the look and feel of your phone and relish the productivity and fun iPhone provides towards both your business and personal life. Nevertheless, there is a single insurmountable and rather common iPhone users’ complaint – limited battery life.
Depending on the iPhone generation and how you use the device, average battery life on a single charge may widely vary. Heavy iPhone 5 users, for example, might find it difficult not having to charge up every night.
The tips below are helpful for minimizing iPhone battery drain on a daily basis while conserving normal iPhone experience and operation as much as possible. The article will help you optimize and extend iPhone battery life and most of the tips are also valid for other iOS devices such as the iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.
Tips to minimize iPhone battery drain
Optimizing iPhone settings is the single most important factor to weather battery drain. Here are the steps which will help extend the daily life of your iPhone battery with immediate effect.
Reduce screen brightness or enable Auto-Brightness. The backlight used to make your phone screen visible is a major consumer of iPhone battery energy. You can minimize the power used by the backlight by navigating to Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper and dimming the screen brightness
If you’d rather not dim the brightness of your iPhone, you can alternatively turn on “Auto-brightness”. This will optimize the battery energy used by the backlight by adjusting the backlight brightness according to the current ambient lighting around you
Turn off location services or minimize their use. iPhone automatically uses the in-built GPS antenna in addition to 3G and WiFi data to accurately localize the device. Many applications use the 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 completely disable location services, select the apps for which to keep location services turned-on. Keep the apps with enabled location services to minimum
Turn off push notifications and fetch new data less frequently or manually. Apple Push Notification service is used to bring new-mail, notes, contacts and other cloud data to the iPhone. Fetch is another method of bringing data when Push is disabled. Push is in general more power-hungry than Fetch. Therefore, turn off Push and set Fetch to bring data less frequently or manually (i.e. upon request). You can access the Push and Fetch options from Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars… > Fetch New Data
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. it is only when you open the Mail app that notifications for new email messages are received)
Disable Bluetooth. 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. Both bluetooth and WiFi use one and the same antenna and receiver
If you are really low on battery and don’t plan to use the Internet turn off WiFi by navigating to Settings > WiFi > OFF
Disable 3G and LTE. When data such as email and web-browsing is transferred over the cellular network, it loads faster over 3G but this consumes more power than data loaded over older cellular protocols such as EDGE. To conserve battery power turn off 3G by navigating to Settings > General > Cellular > Enable 3G > OFF
If LTE is available in your country, disable that too
Note: Cellular data regardless of protocol used is more power-hungry than WiFi. Your iPhone will automatically prefer loading data over WiFi than cellular when connected to a WiFi network in range
Turn off non-essential cellular data usage. In addition to disabling 3G, turn off all unnecessary cellular network data transfer such as iCloud Documents, FaceTime, Reading List synchronization, etc
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 of 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 access of the iPhone to the cellular network
Disable app-specific notifications. Most iOS apps have the ability to send notifications. This increases iPhone activity. Turn off notifications for all non-essential apps by navigating to Settings > Notifications
Next, tap an application from the list and under “Alert Style” tap “None”
Set Auto-Lock to 1 Minute. Setting your iPhone to automatically go to standby mode when not used is essential for conserving battery life. Navigate to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and set the time interval to the minimum available which is 1 Minute.
Tips to make iPhone battery last longer during the phone lifetime
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)