How to Improve Battery Life on iPhones

Let me start by saying I love my iPhone because it is a great companion that provides plenty to do but it is little more than metal-and-glass slabs in my hands when out of juice. We would all agree that the battery is the most critical technology of any mobile device because without the battery it doesn’t matter how advanced the mobile phone is, it is less useful than a pen and paper. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be like that.

Although all batteries as you might expect degrade as they’re charged over and over again, Apple’s iOS deals with this problem by enhancing processor performance in order to limit energy consumption on the battery life. So with the days getting longer, the clocks changing and a need for an extended battery life growing, here are some tips to improve that battery juice just a little more.

Enable Low Power Mode

Introduced back in iOS 9, Low Power Mode allows the iPhone to zip power until it is charged. With Low Power Mode on, users can expect a longer battery life possibly for hours but there are some commas to it; mails won’t fetch, background app refresh is turned off, no automatic downloads, some visual effects in the interface are turned off or reduced and the screen dims faster. Though if the iPhone’s battery gets really low to 20 percent or so, iOS will ask if it should turn on Low Power Mode but it can also be turned on manually. To enable Low Power Mode manually go to Settings>Battery and toggle the switch to ON next to Low Power Mode. When Low Power Mode is active, the iPhone’s battery meter will appear in yellow instead of black.

Turn on Wi-Fi Assist

Since Wi-Fi consumes far less energy than LTE, it’s generally advisable to use local networks whenever possible. However, attempting to use a Wi-Fi network that’s just out of range or not delivering steady performance can actually hamper battery life more than a stable cellular connection. To prevent this, users can enable Wi-Fi Assist on their iPhones. It automatically switches over to a cellular data connection when a Wi-Fi signal gets too low. To enable Wi-Fi Assist, go to Settings>Cellular and toggle the switch next to Wi-Fi Assist to ON.

Disable Dynamic Backgrounds

This is one of the motion features in iOS. They are basically the wallpapers that have subtle movement in them. They look cool but that movement drains your precious battery life and so, it’s best to use a still image as wallpaper. To get rid of the dynamic images go to Settings>Wallpaper>Choose New Wallpaper and select the “still” wallpapers.

Turn Bluetooth Off

While new bluetooth versions of the latest iPhones uses a lot less power than earlier versions of Bluetooth, it still drains power needlessly when left on without the intention on connecting to any Bluetooth device. To switch Bluetooth off, simply swipe up from the bottom of any screen in iOS to bring up the Control Center and tap the Bluetooth button so it turns black hence disabling the Bluetooth.

Turn Off 4G

4G is obviously a blessing of modern mobile networks but it uses a lot more power than the regular 3G networks. Thankfully any iPhone that can connect to a 4G network can also connect to a 3G network. So when running low on power, the fastest internet speeds aren’t a priority, therefore disabling the 4G on the iPhone isn’t such a big deal. To do this, simply go to Settings>Cellular>Voice & Data then select 3G.

Prevent Background App Refresh 

This is a feature in iOS that enables apps to learn how they are frequently checked. This allows the apps to predict when they will be checked next hence pining their servers right before one checks so they can pull the latest data and have it ready and waiting for users when they open the app. It’s a really handy feature except that it leads to battery drain since these apps are running in the background. To disable, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and toggle the switch to OFF.

Turn on Auto-Brightness

Increased screen brightness drains up a large chunk of battery power. This is because the extra light required to illuminate the screen requires a lot of energy hence draining the battery a lot faster. Screens generally require less light in darkness and more light when it’s bright outside. So to adjust to external brightness levels automatically go to Settings > Display & Brightness and toggle the Auto-Brightness switch to ON.

Turn Off Location Services

There are so many apps on the iPhone that requires location services in order to work properly but all that activity consumes power. Users can put a stop to it by turning off Location Services either for every app or just some selected ones. To disable, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > and toggle the switch to OFF.

If you still need more battery life after these tips, you should consider a power bank or a casing with an in-built battery pack. Do you know about any extra tips that aren’t on the list? Let’s know in the comment box.

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