These days, we use our iPhones for everything and considering they’re jam-packed with photos (do you even actually have a dog if you don’t have 7,345 pictures of her?), messages and apps, it’s not really a huge surprise to see your iPhone battery draining fast.
However, it isn’t exactly ideal either and most of us go to great lengths to avoid that feeling of low battery anxiety. Being that we create wireless chargers here at Fiora, we’re pretty obsessive about keeping our phones charged. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best tips on how to save battery on iPhone.
Check the Battery Percentage on Your iPhone
There’s a difference between battery life, which refers to how long the battery lasts before it needs to be recharged, and battery lifespan, which is the length of the time your battery works before it should be replaced altogether. If it needs to be replaced, no amount of tips and tricks will improve iPhone battery life. If it seems like you have to recharge constantly regardless of what you do, you might want to perform an iPhone battery test by checking the battery capacity. To show battery percentage on iPhone, go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health and it will give you a percentage. If the percentage is under 80%, you have more than 500 recharge cycles and it tells you your battery isn’t supporting peak performance, you may want to have it serviced or see if it’s time for a replacement.
Update Your Software
A lot of times, Apple software updates will feature energy-saving technology that might help you get some extra battery life. To take advantage, make sure you’re using the latest version of iOS. Simply go to Settings > General > Software Update to see if you need an update.
Do a Quick Audit to See What’s Draining Your iPhone Battery
Go to Settings > Battery to check how much of your battery each app is using. This will help you manage your battery usage and adjust accordingly. For example, under the app it might tell you “Background Activity.” If that’s the case, you’ll want to consider turning off Background App Refresh for that app to help extend iPhone battery life a bit, which brings us to our next tip.
Turn Off Background App Refresh
That Background App Refresh feature we just mentioned is meant to be useful. It automatically updates apps you use a lot so when you open them, you have the latest information at your fingertips. However, it also uses some juice to do this. Either turn it off completely or pick and choose which apps you’ll let use it by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
Enable Auto-Brightness (or Dim the Screen Manually)
Auto-Brightness automatically adjusts your screen to the current lighting conditions, which helps to improve iPhone battery life. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations and turn it on. You can also do this manually by going to your Control Center and dragging the brightness slider down.
Say Goodbye to Location Services
Every iPhone has a built-in GPS and while location services are a must when you’re using an app for driving directions, do you really need it for something like the App Store? It uses precious battery and it’s unnecessary for many contexts. To turn it off, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. You can turn it off for everything or pick and choose your permission settings based on the app. For example, you might want to switch Google Maps to allow location access “While Using the App” and turn your bank’s app to “Never.” You can do the same for System Location Services by scrolling down in Location Services until you see System Services. Toggle off anything you don’t need locations services for like Location-Based Apple Ads or Location-Based Settings (unless you really want these).
Turn off Data Push
Your phone is able to connect to the network on its own and automatically get new data pushed to it for some accounts whenever it’s available. While this can be great if you like getting notifications that you have a new email right away, accessing wireless networks uses battery. You can set your email to check for new data periodically or for maximum iPhone battery saving, just do it manually. Go to Settings > Mail > Accounts > Fetch New Data > Push and then either turn it off or go longer in between checks.
Enable Low Power Mode
Low Power Mode came out with iOS 9. When your iPhone battery reaches 20%, it will automatically reduce display brightness, optimize the performance of your device, minimize any system animations, block apps like Mail from downloading content in the background and turn off some features (you can still get texts and calls). When you charge your phone, it will switch off on its own.
Turn Off Bluetooth When You’re Not Using it
The newest iPhones have Bluetooth 4.1, which uses way less energy than its predecessors. However, when you’re trying to extend iPhone battery life to the max, eliminating any power drain that’s not necessary can be helpful. Go to Settings > Bluetooth and then move the slider to off. Or, quickly turn it on and off through Control Center by tapping on the Bluetooth icon.
Disable “Hey Siri”
Siri is always using power in the background waiting to hear you shout out, “Hey Siri” followed by a command. If you love this feature, by all means, keep it on but if you’re on a mission to save iPhone battery, go to Settings > General > Siri & Search and then turn off “Listen for ‘Hey Siri’.” If you still want Siri in your life, activate “Press Home for Siri” right below it instead.
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