Does your iPhone battery need acceleration? These Apple iPhone battery tips and tricks will help you use it all day without charging.
It’s hard to survive without smartphones today and with so much of our lives contained inside these tiny devices, we don’t want them to run out of water at an inappropriate time.
In our tests, the iPhone 11 Pro Max offers a battery life of more than eight hours, but what if you had an older model that might not last long? Apple’s $29 battery replacement program has long ended, but you can still pay $49-$69 to redeem a new one, depending on the type of iPhone you have. However, if you want to spend a few more months without paying for a new battery (or iPhone), here are some things you should try.
Best ways to live by
Before we learn short-term ways to increase your battery life, it’s important to know what you can do to help your battery withstand the test of time. Here’s what the Battery Alliance has a responsibility to say:
Avoid excessive heat, both high and low, when using or storing lithium-ion batteries.
Reduce battery life at 100% or 0%, as both the battery strains in an extremely high and extremely low “charging state”.
Avoid “fast chargers”, although convenient, but also make lithium-ion batteries faster than standard charging.
If you want to do more, there are settings that can be changed and features you can turn off to save energy. Here’s what you can do right now to increase the battery life of your iPhone and hopefully use it all day without having to recharge.
Activate low power mode
One of your most powerful weapons to combat battery drain is Low Power Mode. When enabled, your phone only performs the most necessary tasks, so background activities such as downloading and refilling messages are turned off.
Low Power Mode automatically activates when the battery drops below 20 percent, but you can also manually activate it to keep your phone working longer (although it will only work if your phone’s battery is less than 80 percent).
Go to Settings> Battery> Lower Power Mode and turn it on. You’ll know the feature is activated because the battery icon in the upper-right corner will turn yellow.
Adjust screen brightness
Nowadays, smartphone screens are getting bigger and brighter, but sharp screens that make you stay up white at night are killing your battery life. The good news is that you can easily dim that brightness.
First, activate the brightness automatically. Navigate to Settings> Assistant> Screen size & text> Brightness automatically, and turn it on. Your phone will then adjust its brightness based on your current lighting situation. If you have enough light to watch, the screen turns itself off and saves battery life.
You can also manually adjust the brightness in Settings> Screen & Brightness, where you can turn on dark mode if iOS 13 is available, but brightness can also be adjusted through the slider. A slider is also accessible through the Dashboard; drag down from the upper right corner on the iPhone X models or swipe up from the bottom on older iPhones. Tap the brightness icon lightly and move the slider up or down.
Turn off Location Services
Location services are useful for apps like Google Maps or Yelp, but those GPS pings can drain the battery quickly. Turn off location services entirely through Settings> Privacy> Location Services, and your phone will stop providing location data for these services.
However, this will cause some useful applications to stop working. Your weather app won’t know where you are for the latest forecasts, and you won’t be able to ask Google for directions based on your current location. Therefore, Apple offers the option to customize how most apps use location data: Never, When using an app, or Always. For example, select “While using the app” for Google Maps, and the app will only ping your location when you open it, not in the background, draining the battery.
Turn off background app refresh
When you close an iOS app, it will continue to run a little until it moves to a suspended state. However, with the Background App Refresh, those suspended apps can still check for new updates and content —a process that can drain battery life.
You can turn off background app refresh altogether, or only for certain apps. Navigate to Settings> General> Refresh background apps. Tap Refresh the background app at the top to turn it off or choose to do it only over Wi-Fi.
To turn it off on an app-by-app basis, go back to the previous menu, and find apps to refresh, like email or social media platforms. Turn them off. This won’t affect how the app works, but it may take a while longer to display new information when you return to them.
Customize ‘Find new data’
Having email on your phone can be extremely convenient, and finding data means that your inbox always displays the most recent messages. However, you can customize how these refills take place so that your phone doesn’t drain your battery by constantly searching for new messages or calendar items.
Turn off data pushing by directing to Settings> Password & account> Find new data. Here, you can deactivate push data altogether or choose how often you want your iPhone to check for new content on different apps that support it.
If your screen lights up with a preview of every notification you receive, it’ll consume power with each text, breaking news alerts, or Following Twitter. Cutting down on these interruptions can save your battery and alertness.
One option is to find notifications from the app you want to mute, swipe left, and choose Manage. Here, you can choose to have the alert delivered quietly, which means it will go to your Notification Center, but won’t show up on the Lock screen, play a sound, or display a banner or badge icon. You can also turn off notifications for this app completely.
Or go to Settings> Notifications and customize how and when specific apps will display notifications.
Turn off Wi-Fi
Using Wi-Fi is a great way to cut down on the amount of data you use, but it doesn’t work for your battery. Your phone is constantly searching for nearby Wi-Fi networks, which is why the list of available networks keeps changing when you’re out.
The fastest solution is to turn off Wi-Fi at Settings> Wi-Fi; turn the switch at the top of the screen to off. You can also do this through the Drag-down Control Center; tap the Wi-Fi icon to turn it off. Just remember to turn it back on when you get home or go to a location with stable Wi-Fi, lest you use up your mobile data.
Turn off Bluetooth and AirDrop
Similarly, Bluetooth and AirDrop are constantly trying to connect, but there’s no reason for them to always work.
Turn off Bluetooth by going to Settings> Bluetooth and sliding the switch to the off button. Turn off AirDrop by directing to Settings> General> AirDrop> Turn off receiving.
You can also turn off AirDrop from the control center. Swipe down from the top right on iPhone X or later or from the bottom of the screen on older iPhones. Tap down the menu options at the top left. Tap AirDrop in the menu that appears and select Disable receiving.
Switch to Airplane Mode
If you’re really having power problems, put your device in Airplane Mode, which turns off all of your phone’s wireless features. Calls and messages won’t work, but you can still connect to Wi-Fi if needed for iMessages and other tasks. The easiest way to do this is to find the aircraft icon in the Dashboard and tap it. It is also accessible in Settings; just turn it on.
Turn off Siri suggestions
Siri is said to act as your “digital assistant,” so on iOS, she’ll make suggestions based on your activity. For example, if you drink coffee most days, Siri can suggest your order around the time you usually place it. That’s great, but she has to do some operations in the background for this to happen, which – you guessed it – drains the battery.
Navigate to Settings> Siri & Search. In Siri Suggestions, you can turn them on or off in search, in Lookup, and on the lock screen.
Kill sounds proactive
Some iOS devices support hands-free Siri, meaning you can say “Hey, Siri” and ask questions without having to touch your iPhone. But that means your device is waiting for your command, so if you don’t use Siri that much, turning off active listening can help drain your battery.
Navigate to Settings> Siri & Search, where you can turn off “Listen for ‘Hey Siri'”. Instead, you can turn on “Press the side button for Siri” and still call the Apple assistant at the touch of a button.
Turn off automatic app updates
It’s always a good idea to keep your apps and operating systems up to date. Some updates can help your apps run faster and smoother, reducing the processing power required for them to work.
Since iOS 7, Apple has supported automatic app updates, which means that when an app update is available, your phone will install it in the background so you stay up to date. However, that process can drain the battery. To temporarily turn it off, navigate to Settings> iTunes & App Store and turn the switch next to Update turned off.
Clear motion effects
There are some eye-catching iPhone features — such as motion effects on app icons and dynamic wallpapers — but drain the battery slowly.
Turn off motion effects on the app by directing to Settings> Assistant> Motion> Reduce motion, and then turn on the switch to turn it on. Keep in mind, however, that this will also disable screen switching and vanishing effects and radiograph effects —where your wallpapers, apps, and alerts move with you as you tilt your device.
Dynamic wallpapers, meanwhile, are wallpapers that contain movement and change over time. You don’t need to turn it off; just select a wallpaper that doesn’t move through Settings> Backgrounds> Select New Wallpaper> Stills.
Dynamic wallpapers and perspective zooms turn off automatically when your phone is in Low Power Mode.
Do you know the mechanism that causes a vibration that actually drains your phone’s battery? Since the small motor inside the device responsible for vibrating requires energy, it can help your phone to mute a little.
To turn it off, go to Settings> & Haptics, and turn off Vibration when it sounds or Vibrates when silent.
Apple’s iCloud Photos feature sends photos you take on your phone to the cloud so you can access them on other devices and the web. It’s a good feature, especially if your phone is lost, stolen, or broken. But yes, sending those photos to the cloud requires battery power.
If you need a little extra battery when you’re out and want to take risks, turn it off through Settings> Photos> iCloud Photos.
Buy a battery case
If you still can’t use it all day without recharging, consider a battery case. There are many options available for iPhone X, iPhone 11, as well as other iPhone models.