With the new iOS 13, your battery life can drain very quickly. That’s why you need to know how to save the battery life on your iPhone or iPad to ensure that it’s running on the latest version of iOS for as long as possible.
Why Your iPhone Battery Drains so Fast
The reason your iPhone battery dies so fast is due to how long the device is used for and what it’s used for. If you’re constantly using your iPhone day and night and you never give it any rest, your battery is going to get even worse and your batteries energy is going to plateau.
As you know, your iPhone and iPad uses lithium ion battery and lithium batteries don’t last forever. As you use your iPhone, the lithium is constantly getting older and it then reaches a point where the lithium battery is very old and there’s only so much battery saving tips you can use to fix the battery.
This is where you’re going to have to get your iPhone’s battery replaced because it’s been worn out so much.
1. Enable Low Power Mode
The first battery saving tip is to actually go in and enable low power mode.
The way to get there is to:
- Click on settings
- Scroll down to Battery
- Turn on low power mode
This is going to turn off some of the battery guzzling features on your iPhone, such as hey Siri, background mail refresh, background app refresh, automated downloads, and some of the visual effects that are on your iPhone.
Low power mode will make sure that as long as low power mode is on, your iPhone is conserving battery power and not wasting it instead. You’ll notice things like the screen turning off a lot quicker.
In the bar at the top right of your iPhone, you’ll see that the battery juice will turn orange like this rather than staying green. Your iPhone will prompt you, asking whether or not you want to turn on low power mode when you reach 20% battery power.
If you do turn it on at this point, when you get to over 80% battery power, low power mode will automatically turn off, and at 20% it will automatically turn on. So that way it really conserves your iPhones battery power when you need it the most.
From that same place, you can also turn on battery percentage. This is going to make sure that your iPhone shows you the percentage that your battery power is on, at any given time. This can be very useful for seeing exactly how much battery power you have left. It can also let you know when it’s time to start saving your battery.
2. Check Which Apps use the Most Battery
You can actually view the battery usage for the last 24 hours or the last 7 days. You can see this underneath the battery section in settings. If you have a lot of apps installed, you’re going to see which apps are using most of your iPhones battery power.
You can also switch it up and see how many hours it was on the screen for. You can see a good visualisation of which apps are using the most battery power. If there is an app that’s using a ton of battery, you might want to cut down on how much you use the app in order to save battery power.
Background activity allows you to check the apps that are causing your iPhone to die so quickly. Even if it’s an app and you don’t open it that often and it’s using a lot of battery, there could be background app refresh issues which I’m going to cover as we go down the list.
3. Turn off Location Services
So if an application is using a lot of battery power, then it’s time to investigate. There are 2 main sources that could be causing this. The first is whether it’s using location services.
So if you want to check this:
- Go into settings
- Scroll down and click on Privacy
- Now click on Location Services
Under that, you’ll be able to see which apps have location services enabled. You want to look for apps that say “always”.
This is usually the weather application. So if it always enabled, this means it’s constantly able to check and see where your location is. Now, this doesn’t mean that it’s a battery problem, you should double check and see how much battery power each app is using.
But once you’ve determined an app that’s using a large proportion of your battery power, then come into location services, select the app and change it to “never”. You can always go back and change it. If the app actually needs your location to function then the best thing to change it to is to “while using”.
‘While using’ makes sure that the app only uses your location when you’re in the app itself and not in the background. Remember that you should double check first to make sure that it’s a battery problem before you go around changing the settings. You don’t want to accidentally disable something that you need in an application.
4. Prevent Background App Refresh
The next way to see where an app might be getting its extra power consumption from is to check background app refresh.
Here’s how you check it:
- Go to settings
- Then general
- You’re going to scroll down until you see background app refresh
As you can see, these applications are all able to refresh in the background. However, this doesn’t mean that they’re using a lot of your battery power. You should always cross reference this with the previous area I showed you how to check battery usage.
Let’s say you see the stocks application using a lot of battery. You just toggle the green switch off. This means that the app won’t be able to refresh in the background.
This doesn’t mean that it’s going to break the app. It just means that it’s only going to refresh when you go into the app itself instead of constantly checking on your iPhone.
Another really cool thing when you turn a couple of them off, you can toggle all background app refresh off then toggle it back on, and you’ll still get the same options that were chosen before. So that’s a really good tip if you want to save battery power.
If you see some apps that might be a battery issue, then you need to make sure location services are disabled for those various features.
5. Turn on ‘Do Not Disturb’
Now we’re going to get into some of the more advanced tips that are really going to make a huge impact on your battery life. So the first one is actually really simple, but it can save you a lot of battery, especially throughout the night.
So when you’re using your iPhone, sometimes you put it down screen side up. Once you get notifications it will light up and it will pop up with those notifications.
But did you know with iOS versions older than iOS 10.2.1, you can actually put your iPhone upside down (screen side down) which is going to make sure that your iPhone will not light up when you receive any notifications.
This is because it automatically knows when your iPhone is upside on a table or surface and it’s not going to light up the screen. Of course, you can get the same effect by swiping up and turning on do not disturb and potentially even turning on Airplane mode.
This is a cool feature to save battery life and you don’t have to worry about not receiving calls. You’ll still receive calls but it just means that when you get a notification, it’s not going to turn on the screen and use a little bit of your extra battery life.
6. Remove Unwanted Widgets
This battery saving tip is very specific to iOS versions later than iOS 11 and it has to do with your widgets. What you want to do is you want to make sure that you remove any unwanted widgets because you don’t want them using up your precious battery life.
You also want to make sure that you don’t have too many widgets on the screen. This means every time you load up your widgets, it’s going to load all these different apps and really consume your battery life.
This is how you edit widgets:
- Scroll to the right
- Click edit right at the bottom of your widgets area
Then you can choose to delete any unwanted widgets that you want. You can also arrange the widgets as well but that’s not related to saving battery.
You could delete the different widgets especially if it’s one of those more complex widgets that’s really going to be constantly checking. For example, weather widgets.
If you don’t need it, then I definitely recommend removing it. I also recommend not having more than 10 or 15 widgets at a time, otherwise, you’re going to be using a lot of your precious battery life.
7. Tone Down Visual Effects
This battery saving tip could really save a lot of your battery over time and it’s something you probably don’t even think about that much. Have you ever noticed on your iPhone the little parallax effect you can see if you turn your iPhone screen to the side while it’s on? The icons move a little bit in conjunction with the device itself.
The various 3D effects were first introduced in iOS 7.
You could probably manage without it if you were trying to get a last half hour of use out of your iPhone on a long journey home. Of course, those really cool animations when you open up any app are all great but there is a way to turn this off.
If you’re really looking to save battery life, I recommend turning this off.
So here’s how:
- Go into your Settings application
- Click on General
- Click on Accessibility
- Then scroll down to Reduce Motion
Now, this is really hidden but it’s a great trick. All you have to do is click reduce motion and as you will see, it no longer has a parallax effect.
It also doesn’t have the animations when you open up applications which is going to save you a lot of battery life over time. Now of course if you’re an iPhone fan you’re going to love these animations. If you love the parallax effect, you don’t have to keep this off the whole time.
You can of course always toggle it whenever you want but this is a great way to save battery life if you really need to.
Note that this will replace many system zoom effects which don’t look as nice, but might just give you those extra few minutes power that you need.
8. Turn off Notifications
The next tip is to make sure that your notifications don’t bog down your battery life.
So here’s how you do that:
- You go into settings
- Scroll over to Notifications
You can see these all the apps that have notifications enabled on your iPhone. You want to make sure that they’re only the apps that you actually want notifications for.
So for other applications you know you might want to turn off, all you have to do is toggle it off just like that or you can choose to show notifications when you’re on the app.
However, the easiest way to do it is to turn notifications off for every app that you don’t need notifications for. This way, it’s not constantly checking for those notifications and bogging down your battery life.
9. Turn off Automatic Downloads
Next, you want to make sure that you turn off App Store automatic downloads that could go in the background and really use up a lot of your precious battery life.
To do this, you need to:
- Go into settings
- Scroll down until you see iTunes and App Store
Then make sure automatic downloads are all turned off, otherwise, they could really use a lot of your battery power if it’s just downloading these large applications.
So I recommend turning all of these off and doing it manually or just turning it on every once in a while.
10. Remove Dynamic Wallpapers
Now live wallpapers and dynamic wallpapers can be a lot of fun but I recommend turning those off to really conserve your battery life.
So here’s how to do it:
- Go to Settings
- Scroll down to Wallpaper
- Choose a new wallpaper and make sure it’s a still wallpaper
There’s a lot of great still wallpapers but if you choose one of the dynamic ones that move around these are really going to eat up your iPhones battery life.
This is the same with the live wallpapers that move as well, these are really going to use up your precious battery life.
If you’re in an area where you know you’ll be able to charge your iPhone very often, you can switch to battery intensive features.
However, this guide is designed to show you how to save iPhone battery in absolutely every way possible so I do recommend switching to a still wallpaper to make sure that that aspect isn’t eating up your battery life.
11. Turn off auto brightness
The next tip is to turn off auto brightness. Lighting the pixels on your device’s Retina display requires a lot of energy. In fact, in testing, excessive screen brightness was the single biggest iPhone battery killer I found.
If you go to settings then display and brightness. You’ll notice that there’s no longer an option there to turn auto brightness off. While you can adjust it from there or from the control centre, you can’t stop the iPhone from automatically changing it based on the light around you.
To change this, you’re going to need to:
- Go into general
- Tap on accessibility
- Then Display Accommodations
Now you can toggle it on and off. Keep in mind that the brighter you have your screen the faster you’re going to use battery life.
But with this turned off, you’re in total control of the iPhone screen brightness. If you ever need to turn it back on, just tap that and it will allow the iPhone to change back to how it was.
12. Update to the Latest iOS
Updating iOS is a useful all-purpose fix when you’re experiencing minor problems with an iPad or iPhone.
Apple uses updates to fix vulnerability and problems for iPhone users. An example of a problem Apple may fix in an update is battery issues.
For example in the iOS 10 update, Apple was aiming to fix a particular issue which was the battery.
13. Decrease Auto-lock Time
While the screen is on, you’re consuming power, so make sure that your iPhone or iPad isn’t awake when you don’t need it to be. How long your screen stays lit up while your phone is inactive is typically 1 or 2 minutes by default.
If you want to get the maximum battery life, I would recommend setting the Auto-Lock to an ultra-low 30 seconds. Here’s how to change the auto lock timer on your iPhone:
- So you want to go ahead into settings
- Scroll down to ‘Display and Brightness’
- You’ll see an option that says auto lock
If you tap on that you’re going to see the option four one two three four five minutes or never. The auto lock is how long that the phone screen will remain on before it turns itself off automatically.
So if you want to save battery life, you want to choose around 30 seconds to 1 minute. If you don’t want the screen to ever turn off and you want it to always be available to you’re going to want to choose never.
As you can see I wanted to save some battery life so I chose 30 seconds. If you don’t touch the phone for 30 seconds it will automatically lock the screen.
14. Turn Down your Volume
This might surprise you, but your iPhone’s volume affects its battery life too.
So if you’re playing music or some audio it’s best if you turn it down using the volume but or you access the volume through the control panel.
You can easily save battery power by just not playing music, or you can just use headphones which won’t use up as much power as using the internal features.
15. Disable Vibrations
Next, you’ll need to disable all vibrations on your iOS device so normally if you get a call and it vibrates or you get a text message and vibrates and you want to turn that off,
here’s how you do it:
- You just hop into settings
- Go to the sounds section
- Turn off ‘Vibrate on Ring’ and ‘Vibrate on Silent’
However, if you want to completely disable all vibration on your device,
here’s what you do:
- You’re going to go into settings
- Scroll to General
- Go to Accessibility
- Scroll down until you see ‘Vibration’
Here you’re going to go here and then toggle this off and of course, says when this switch is off all vibration on your phone will be disabled. This also includes not only when you get a text message or a phone call but emergency alerts tsunami alerts, and earthquake alerts.
Vibrations use up a lot of battery and you don’t really need it.
You don’t really need it, you can instead just leave your iPhone on silent or use the ringtone settings with the volume turned down as low as possible.
16. Stop Push Email
You can set your iPhone to push or rather pull down emails as soon as it arrives on the server. This is very useful if you never want to miss an email and it can save you time because you’ll be able to see all your emails as soon as you open the Mail app.
But when your iPhone is running on low battery, it’s best to only grab new emails when you really need them. You can instead choose to fetch your emails at certain intervals. Using Push data for email uses far more data and battery power than fetch.
You can choose from Every 15 Minutes, Every 30 Minutes, Hourly, or Manually so you only grab emails when you choose to.
Here’s how you do it:
- Go into settings
- Now scroll down to accounts and password
Right here, you’ll see fetch new data which is a default setting to push. Go ahead and select that and then you want to turn off the push feature by toggling off the switch.
Now you can set the schedule for when your emails will come in simply by choosing the time that you’d like and it will change to that automatically. Now, you will start receiving your emails every 30 minutes.
17. Turn on Airplane Mode
The final battery saving tips will really make sure that your battery life lasts as long as possible. So the first one is to make sure in you’re in control centre.
Make sure do not disturb and Airplane mode is on. When you don’t need access to the internet and you’re not using your iPhone. I do recommend at least turning on do not disturb but also potentially turning on Airplane.
This is also incredibly important when you’re driving. So if you’re driving and you know you don’t need to receive any calls you can turn on Airplane mode.
This makes sure that it’s not constantly looking for new Wi-Fi networks not constantly looking for new cellular connections and wasting your iPhone’s battery.
So, that’s why I recommend turning on Do Not Disturb and Airplane mode, and turning Bluetooth off. Turning air drop off to make sure that it’s not eating up your iPhone’s battery is a really good thing to consider as well.
18. Switch off 3G LTE
If you urgently need to save what little battery life you have left, switch off not only Bluetooth, WI-FI and similar features, but 3G LTE as well. If you really struggle to have no 3G or 4G for a long period of time, I would suggest that you stop streaming music and watching YouTube videos.
The things that take up the most data on your iPhone is when you’re watching videos on YouTube for example, and streaming music with apps like Spotify. The more streaming you do, the more data your iPhone is going to use and the faster your iPhone battery is going to die.
Cutting your iPhone access to the internet will significantly prolong your battery life.
19. Don’t Let your Phone Search for a Signal
If you’re ever in an area where you have poor cell reception, you’re iPhone won’t stop searching for a better connection, and doing this, it’ll drain the battery. Have you ever forgotten to put your phone in Airplane mode during a flight? exactly.
You’ll know that your battery energy just plummets. If you’re at an event, let’s say Times Square on New Year’s Eve, you’ll know that you never have any signal and it’s incredibly hard to make a call.
Networks are further strained because these are times when people are apt to use data-heavy applications such as photo and video sharing.
You might see bars on your phone showing there’s a signal available, yet nothing’s getting through. That happens because the phone’s failing to get “associated” to the network”. The best way to avoid this situation is to check that you have a good signal at all time, and if you notice the signal isn’t perfect, just turn on Airplane mode.
20. Don’t Wait Until Your Battery is Dead to Charge it
You’re all guilty of it, using your phones till they die in your hands, and usually at the worst moment possible. Then, you plug it into the charger and wait until the battery goes from zero to 100%.
Letting the battery run all the way dows actually damages your iPhone battery. That’s because modern lithium batteries are specifically made to be charge in short quick sessions.
If that’s what they designed for, then you should do it that way. When your iPhone’s battery power reaches about 20%, you should then think about charging it back to full.
It’s not a good idea to let your iPhone drain all the way down so charging it when it’s nearly about to die is good practice.
21. Keep Calls Short
A dying battery is one of the most used white lies out there when we want to end a boring conversation on the phone. But, even if your battery is fine at the moment and you’re chatting up a storm with your friend, the longer you talk, the faster your battery drains.
So, keep it short if you don’t want your phone to go black on you.
If you use apps such as Facebook Messenger, FaceTime or Snapchat to have phone calls, you can expect your battery to drain in a flash.
Using apps that use WI-FI to connect calls is a guaranteed way to lose your battery energy. Your battery is dying quickly because the app is being used while your iPhone is connecting a call.
So, only use the phone app to make calls and keep them short and sweet.
22. Avoid Temperatures Below -20º & Above 45º C
The most comfortable temperature for your iPhone’s battery is room temperature. If the temperature is lower than 0ºC or 32ºF, the power of lithium-based batteries decreases by 40 t0 50%. And really high temperatures, won’t do it any good either.
So, avoid leaving your iPhone or iPad in a hot car or in direct sunlight.
And, don’t keep your phone in your pocket because your body heat will actually make it heat up.
Always remember to check your iPhone while it’s charging. If it gets too hot, there may be some problems with your charger.
23. Hardware Problem on your iPhone or iPad
If you read the first part of the article, I mentioned that the problem with your iPhone or iPad’s battery is going to be software based.
Surprisingly, your iPhone may also be dying really quickly because of a hardware problem and this may have nothing to do with the battery. If you’ve previously dropped or spilt water on your iPhone, this could have damaged the components inside your phone that help it to charge.
If you tried the steps above and your iPhone’s battery still dies quickly, you might need to replace the battery.