Energy Saving Techniques to Make Your iPhone Last Longer
An iPhone battery that’s dead can be both annoying and potentially hazardous; but there are various energy conservation techniques you can employ in order to extend its lifespan and prolong its battery life.
Low Power Mode can quickly turn off your display, refresh apps less often, limit email fetching frequency, and more while disabling Raise to Wake. Furthermore, you can configure your iPhone to automatically turn off its display after 30 seconds of inactivity.
1. Turn Off Background App Refresh
Refreshing apps automatically in the background is a wonderful feature, but it can quickly drain both battery and data plan resources. If you want to save both, disabling background app refresh will extend iPhone life by decreasing how often apps refresh themselves without requiring manual intervention and fetch new information without your knowledge or approval.
Step into Settings, navigate to General, and find the Background App Refresh section. Here, you will be able to see a list of apps that frequently refresh themselves in the background while also showing what percentage of battery they’re using for this task – this can help identify which apps are consuming most battery/data plan resources.
To change this setting, just tap an application that you would like to uninstall and select “disable for Wi-Fi only”, “Wi-Fi and cellular data”, or just “cellular data”. If your data plan is limited, selecting Wi-Fi and cellular data could help lower mobile data usage by stopping apps from updating while on WiFi networks.
Reduce data and battery use further by activating Low Power Mode in either your Settings’ Battery section or via Control Center shortcut. Low Power Mode reduces brightness, stops push notifications and stops background app refresh – all which are surefire ways of saving both data and battery.
2. Turn Off Bluetooth
People often worry that bluetooth earbuds will significantly drain the iPhone battery; however, their energy use is minimal and won’t have any discernable impact on its lifespan.
Leave Bluetooth turned off if you aren’t actively using it to save battery power and save on roaming costs. Your iPhone will constantly search for devices in range that may use Bluetooth technology; so if it isn’t being utilized turn it off to preserve power.
Your screen brightness can also help conserve energy by visiting Settings Display & Brightness and altering Auto-Brightness setting. Screen backlight consumes much energy; dimming can extend iPhone battery life. In iOS 13, Dark Mode may help enhance this effect even further!
As another way of conserving battery, disabling vibration and haptic feedback on your iPhone may also help extend its battery life. Doing this won’t affect functionality but will extend it.
Some users have also reported that disabling Screen Time has helped preserve battery power on iPhone. Screen Time monitors your usage patterns and may reveal apps which drain your battery without your knowledge. You could also try disabling Raise to Wake for maximum battery optimization; however, this will make the phone less convenient to use. Alternatively, try factory resetting your iPhone to see if that improves it!
3. Turn Off Screen Brightness
The iPhone screen is one of the biggest drains on its battery, particularly when playing games and watching videos. But there is one trick you can use to slow this process: when an app wants to notify you about something, your iPhone may briefly illuminate its display to show a notification; you could decide which apps don’t need this extra step and turn them off — this will extend battery life!
If your battery level drops dangerously low, your iPhone will suggest activating “Low Power Mode” at 20% and again at 10% to save power by dimming display brightness, disabling mail fetch/download/autoplay and system animations/limitations and other features to save energy. Alternatively, manually enable this by heading into Settings > Battery and switching on this feature.
Turn off Raise to Wake and maintain auto-brightness to save battery power when necessary. Furthermore, Wi-Fi instead of cellular data uses less power; here is a short guide on how to enable this in iOS; Apple’s operating system is one of the most battery-efficient around, so following these tips should ensure a longer battery life for your iPhone!
4. Turn Off Auto-Lock
iPhone battery life has steadily been improving over time. A recently manufactured model can run all day on one charge; however, many features continue to consume energy; you could save some by disabling unused features.
Enabling keyboard vibrations and haptics can dramatically decrease battery life by draining power to vibrate every keypress; turn this off in Settings > Sounds & Haptics. Also, keeping your iPhone cased may generate excess heat that reduces its capacity over time, potentially impacting battery capacity.
Opting out of Raise to Wake can also help save battery. Doing so prevents your iPhone’s screen from automatically turning on when you pick it up, decreasing power usage. Furthermore, your iPhone’s display can be turned off for 30 seconds to never via its Auto-Lock section of Settings.
When using your iPhone for video games, GPS navigation, photography or photography purposes, remember to switch Low Power Mode on in the Settings app in order to save power and extend battery life for a short while by disabling 5G, visual effects and refresh rate – but be warned – doing this may impact performance negatively and lead to some apps not functioning correctly.
5. Turn Off Location Services
Although it may seem contrary, restricting your iPhone’s location services can significantly extend its battery life. Apps that use your location often can consume considerable power when they update frequently; additionally, enabling location sharing allows apps to track your movements and habits which could present privacy risks as well as increased data usage if your plan limits what can be shared.
Apple’s own system services and software features can significantly drain your iPhone’s battery. To avoid this from happening, visit Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn off its toggle. Furthermore, disabling Haptic Feedback on your keyboard (Settings > Sounds & Haptics) as it uses battery-draining vibrations to inform you when keys have been pressed – this feature uses battery draining vibrations as notification of keystrokes.
To extend the battery life of your iPhone and make every charge count, make use of Wi-Fi whenever possible and LTE when needed – these options offer more efficient cellular networks with lower data usage compared to traditional networks and allow for Wi-Fi calling if supported by your carrier – but avoid extreme temperatures that could damage or degrade its batteries permanently; avoid placing it near extreme heat sources which could shorten between charges; remove its case when charging since this could generate excess heat and affect battery capacity – these energy-saving techniques can extend its battery life and ensure every charge counts!
6. Turn Off Wi-Fi
Good news is that iPhone battery life has steadily been improving over time; recent models boast some of the best battery performance of any mobile phone available on the market. On the downside, however, your iPhone consumes considerable power – and various factors may increase its usage even more quickly than expected.
Backlight of an iPhone screen can be one of the biggest energy drains, so lowering brightness as much as you can tolerate (especially in bright environments) will save energy and extend battery life. Auto-Brightness (Settings > Display & Brightness or Accessibility > Display & Brightness) automatically adjusts screen brightness based on ambient light levels – with iOS 13 you can even take steps further by activating Dark Mode which reduces backlight further and helps save battery.
Wireless networks can be another serious drain, forcing the iPhone to search for and connect to WiFi access points constantly. Wherever possible, try to connect it via WiFi instead of using cellular data for connectivity. Finally, charging with cases or wireless chargers may produce excess heat that reduces battery capacity over time.
Your iPhone battery life can be extended by activating Airplane Mode, which will temporarily block all radio connections – including those for cellular and Bluetooth services – as well as reduce data consumption through Personal Hotspot. Airplane Mode can be enabled either through Settings or by tapping its icon in Control Center.