How to Make Battery Last Longer on iPhone

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    How to Make Battery Last Longer on iPhone

    We’ve all heard the complaints about the battery life of iPhones. iPhone 8 and iPhone X can do a lot, but all of that costs you. What most people don’t know is that we have a lot of control over the battery draining features.

    With a little patience and thorough settings adjustments, your phone can last considerably longer. Here is a complete list of tips and tricks to make your iPhone battery last longer.

    iPhone Battery Usage

    Knowledge is power – before you start changing things up, learn a little bit about what is costing your phone the most battery. Start by going into your Settings app and tapping on Battery.

    SETTINGS > BATTERY

    First you’ll see something called Low Power Mode – we’ll come back to that. You’ll also see a toggle for Battery Percentage – go ahead and flip that on and off a couple times. That just adds a numerical percentage next to the battery icon at the top right of your phone’s display. You’ll also see Reduce Brightness – we’ll come back to that too.

    What you want to look at is which apps have had the most impact on your battery. You’ll see options to see which apps over the last day and the last week. The top offenders are at the top of the list.

    Tap the apps to see how much time it used battery while on the screen, and how much time it used battery in the background. Any surprises? Anything using TONS of battery life in the background? If so take a look at the settings of the offending app. Or just continue reading here – we’ll get to it all.

    Enable Low Power Mode

    iPhone users were clamoring for this feature, a powerful tool that disables functions that require a lot of battery power. It even has the ability to stop functions that you can’t manually stop yourself! Tap to toggle it on or off.

    SETTINGS > BATTERY

    You can also swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center and tap the battery icon there to switch into Low Power Mode. If you don’t see that icon in your Control Center, you can add it easily.

    SETTINGS > CONTROL CENTER

    Then just click the green circle next to Low Power Mode.

    Note that you can also tell Siri to turn on Low Power Mode!

    Don’t Use Cellular Data

    Wifi is a much more economical way to use data, when it comes to battery life. When you’re using wifi, you really don’t need to be using cellular. Turn off cellular data when you’re going to be using wifi for a while. Calls and texts will still come in – those don’t count as data. Remember to turn it back on when you leave the wifi area! You can also disable cellular data for specific apps. If you have apps that require a lot of data, or that you only use when connected to wifi, disable those.

    SETTINGS > CELLULAR

    Note that you can also turn off cellular data from the Control Center. Swipe up from the bottom of the phone and look for the antennae. It’s green when it’s on. You can tap to turn it on and off.

    Set Your Flashlight to Low

    Many people use Flashlight as a simple on/off application, but you are able to control the intensity of the light. Swipe up from the bottom of your phone to go to Control Center. Then force-touch or long-press (play around – you’ll figure it out) the Flashlight icon. You’ll see a measuring tool. Drag your finger up and down, or tap the different areas of the tool, to increase and decrease the intensity of light. Less light = less drain on the battery.

    Use Wifi Assist

    Wifi Assist, when on, automatically switches your data usage to cellular when the wifi signal is weak. Even though wifi uses less battery than cellular, using this function will help your battery life. When a signal is weak, your phone will continue trying and trying to use it for data. Sometimes switching to cellular is the most efficient way to work, in terms of battery life. Make sure it’s on!
    SETTINGS > CELLULAR > scroll all the way down (might be far if you have a lot of apps!) > WIFI ASSIST

    Disable Wi-Fi

    When wifi isn’t connected to anything, it’s still trying to connect. Turn it off when you’re not using it for a little savings in battery life. Simply toggle your Wifi off.

    SETTINGS > WIFI

    You can also swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Center and tap it off there.

    Disable Bluetooth

    Bluetooth is super convenient to have, but when you’re not using it, there’s no need to run it and cost you battery life. Toggle it off when not in use.

    SETTINGS > BLUETOOTH

    You can also swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Center and tap it off there.

    Disable Airdrop

    Airdrop is a simple way to send files between Apple devices. No need to run it while you’re not using it. To adjust the settings here, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Center. Force-touch or long-touch the connectivity section (the square that contains Airplane Mode, Wifi, Cellular, and Bluetooth.

    Tap on Airdrop and you’ll see three options. Tap Receiving Off to disable Airdrop until the next time you need it.

    Disable Auto-Brightness

    Screen brightness is probably in the top three things that is draining your battery. Savvy battery savers manage their screen brightness as they go. No need to be at full brightness while in a dark bar, for instance.

    Auto-Brightness is a function that senses the ambient light around your phone and automatically adjusts your screen brightness. Problem is, your phone isn’t worried about your battery life. Turn this function off and start manually adjusting your screen brightness from control center. Tap to toggle on or off.

    SETTINGS > GENERAL > ACCESSIBILITY > DISPLAY ACCOMMODATIONS

    Remove Widgets

    When you swipe left past your home screen, you’ll see a different kind of screen with a search bar at the top. Below you may or may not have widgets. Widgets are a way for apps to display information here for you to browse quickly. Weather, stocks, travel times, media, etc.

    It’s a cool feature, but it does take some battery power to make it work – particularly applications that access your GPS (location services).

    Scroll to the bottom of your widget area to edit the screen. Here you can remove a widget by tapping the red circle next to a particular app.

    Turn Off Background App Refresh

    Background app refresh is a multitasking feature. When it’s on, your apps can continue working in the background while you use another app. The problem is that you can now have more than one app actively using your battery at the same time. Turning this feature off will afford you more battery life. If you have particular apps that are draining your battery the most, you can also choose to disable this function on a per-app basis.

    SETTINGS > GENERAL > BACKGROUND APP REFRESH

    Disable Significant Locations

    Your Location Services is set to automatically remember areas you visit often. It’s a way of providing more robust location data where you need it most. If you’re all about saving your battery, you can turn this feature off.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > LOCATION SERVICES > SYSTEM SERVICES > FREQUENT LOCATIONS

    Turn Off Hey Siri

    You don’t need to push a button to talk to Siri. If Hey Siri is turned on, you just need to say, “Hey Siri” and she comes up to help you. Very convenient…and also costs your battery since your phone is always listening for your voice. If you don’t use Hey Siri, or just value your battery life more, turn off the feature by tapping the toggle for Listen for “Hey Siri”

    SETTINGS > SIRI & SEARCH

    Stop Video Autoplay

    Some apps, particularly social media apps, will automatically play a video when you scroll by. Video requires a lot of data, and therefore a lot of battery life. If you don’t watch every single video you come across on Facebook, turning off Autoplay is a smart battery life saver.

    Every app handles this differently – you have to make the change within the app itself, not in the settings of your phone. For Facebook, go to Account Settings, Videos and Photos. Here you can choose to never autoplay.

    Configure Location Services at the App Level

    Location Services, GPS, are a major battery drain. Most apps want access to Location Services, but not all apps really need it. Some apps will continue using Location Services even after you’re done using it!

    You can adjust the settings for Location Services on an app by app basis. Most apps you really only need to allow Location Services while you’re using the app. Some really don’t need access at all.
    Go through your apps and decide on the settings for each.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > LOCATION SERVICES

    Turn Off Raise to Wake

    Newer iPhones, when you pick them up, automatically display the lock screen, along with the date and time. Sometimes it wakes when you didn’t mean to though, which means you’re spending battery life where it it’s not needed. Disable by toggling Raise to Wake.

    SETTINGS > DISPLAY & BRIGHTNESS

    Disable App Notifications

    The makers of apps want you actively using their app, and they use notifications to get your attention. It takes battery power to get all those notifications in front of you, bot in processing power and in screen brightness when it wakes up your phone. You can disable notifications, or adjust them, for each app individually.

    SETTINGS > NOTIFICATION

    Adjust iCloud Preferences

    iCloud connects all of your Apple devices. Only have one? Maybe you don’t want or need iCloud for every application you have. You can turn iCloud off app by app.

    SETTINGS > YOUR NAME (at the top) > ICLOUD

    Fetch Data Less Often

    The more often your phone looks for data, the more battery is used. You can choose to have your phone fetch data less often.

    SETTINGS > ACCOUNTS & PASSWORDS > FETCH NEW DATA

    Disable Animation

    When an app opens and closes, there’s a touch of animation for aesthetic purposes. All the animation built in to iOS looks great, but does require battery power. Apple has provided a way to reduce the amount of motion in iOS animation. You can toggle to reduce motion.

    SETTINGS > GENERAL > ACCESSIBILITY > REDUCE MOTION

    Disable Location-Based Alerts

    Want Apple to send you alerts based on your location? If that’s not important to you, feel free to toggle this off.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > LOCATION SERVICES > SYSTEM SERVICES > LOCATION-BASED SUGGESTIONS

    Disable Location-Based Apple Ads

    Do you care if the ads you see within apps have relevance to your current location? Feel free to toggle off this function for a save on GPS and battery.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > LOCATION SERVICES > SYSTEM SERVICES > LOCATION-BASED SUGGESTIONS

    Disable Share My Location

    If you don’t ever use apps to share your location with friends and family (like, for instance, in Messages), you won’t be losing much by toggling off this function.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > LOCATION SERVICES > SYSTEM SERVICES > LOCATION-BASED SUGGESTIONS

    Disable iPhone Analytics

    Apple crowd sources it’s data to learn how to better serve its users. It takes a touch of battery life for you to participate. Toggle this off to save a bit of battery.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > LOCATION SERVICES > SYSTEM SERVICES > LOCATION-BASED SUGGESTIONS

    Disable Popular Near Me

    This is a funny one – when this is toggled on, your iPhone will share what app you’re using and recommend it to others in the same location. No harm in toggling it off to save battery power.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > LOCATION SERVICES > SYSTEM SERVICES > LOCATION-BASED SUGGESTIONS

    Disable Improve Maps

    If your desire to make your battery last longer is stronger than your desire to be a part of improving Apple’s maps features, toggle this off.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > LOCATION SERVICES > SYSTEM SERVICES > LOCATION-BASED SUGGESTIONS

    Disable Suggested Apps for Lock Screen & App Switcher

    iPhones are able to use Location Services to try and recommend an app for you. It can be convenient, but is pretty superfluous. Turning it off is probably a fine choice for most people.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > LOCATION SERVICES > SYSTEM SERVICES > LOCATION-BASED SUGGESTIONS

    Place Your iPhone Face Down

    When you put your phone down on a table, do you place it face down or face up? When you place it face up, notifications will wake the display and your screen will light up. That’s has a cost to your battery, of course. Place it face down, notifications don’t pop up on your screen.

    Disable Fitness Tracking

    iPhones are set by default to monitor your fitness, taking note of all of your physical activity. This takes battery life, to be sure. If you don’t use this element of your phone, or use another device to track your fitness, toggle it off.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > MOTION & FITNESS

    Disable Siri Suggestions

    Siri kind of knows, somehow, what app you want to use. When you search for one, Siri will try to present you with what you’re looking for. To save a touch of battery, you can turn off this function completely or on an app by app basis.

    SETTINGS > SIRI & SEARCH > SIRI SUGGESTIONS

    Disable Handoff

    If you work across different Apple devices, Handoff offers you to continue your work by suggesting the last app you used on another device. Most people don’t need this function, which costs a little battery.

    SETTINGS > GENERAL > HANDOFF

    Disable Download Apps to All Devices

    The App Store has a few non-necessary functions that can be toggled off. To get a little extra juice out of a charge, turn off the function that downloads a new app to all your devices automatically.

    SETTINGS > ITUNES & APP STORES

    Limit Ad Tracking

    Your iPhone is tracked with GPS to benefit advertisers. It takes battery and isn’t really necessary to users at all. You can limit ad tracking.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > ADVERTISING

    Don’t Send Data to Apple

    As mentioned above, Apple loves tracking you to learn more about the habits of its users. To save a little battery life, you can stop your phone from sharing info with Apple.

    SETTINGS > PRIVACY > ANALYTICS