Have you ever been in the middle of an important phone call when your iPhone suddenly dies? Have you ever walked around an event looking everywhere for an outlet to charge your iPhone? If so, you might want to take a look at these little tricks to get the most out of your iPhone battery.
Turn on low power mode
Utilizing low power mode can be one of the most efficient ways to preserve your battery. Low power mode reduces power consumption by temporarily turning off the following features: mail fetch, Hey Siri, background app refresh, automatic downloads, and some visual effects. One of the best aspects to utilizing low power mode is that key functions are not affected. With low power mode, you can still make and receive phone calls, send messages, search the web, and more. When your battery reaches 20% and 10%, a pop up notifies you with the option to easily turn on low power mode. However, you don’t have to wait until your battery hits 20% to utilize low power mode. To turn on low power mode, go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode.
Update the latest software
Apple develops new iOS software every once in awhile to improve overall performance, fix bugs, and execute new features. Sometimes iOS updates have features to improve battery life, so having the most up to date software can help maximize your battery. To check to see if your software is up to date, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
Adjust the screen brightness
A simple way to get the most out of your battery while still using all the functions on your iPhone is to lower the brightness of your screen. To do so, simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen to pull up the Control Center. Then, move the slider to the left until your screen becomes dim to your liking. You can also turn on Auto-Brightness by going to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Brightness. This will automatically alter your screen depending on the lighting outside and can help extend battery life.
Turn off background app refresh
Background app refresh allows apps to update their content when connected to Wi-Fi or with cellular data in the background. By turning this setting off, these apps will stop running when you’re not using them, but will work as normal when opened. The best part about background app refresh is that you can choose individual apps to turn off, so not every single app needs to be on the same setting. To access this feature, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Also, note that when turning on low power mode, background app refresh automatically turns off.
Remove the case when charging
Although cases can help prevent scratches or shattered screens, certain cases can actually harm your iPhone battery. Some cases can generate excess heat when your iPhone is charging, ultimately affecting the capacity of your battery. How do you know if your case is harmful or not? It’s simple. If your iPhone gets hot while charging, there’s a good chance too much heat is being generated and your case should be removed for the duration of the charge.
Turn on airplane mode
Typically used for flight safety, airplane mode turns off the wireless features on your phone and stops your iPhone from searching for a network connection. Enabling airplane mode can significantly improve your battery life and is especially handy when charging your battery. Studies show that iPhones on airplane mode tend to charge faster than iPhones that are not. Although this can make your battery last longer, it also eliminates the use of key functions while enabled, such as making and receiving phone calls. To take advantage of this trick, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access the Control Center. Then, press the airplane button on the top left corner.
Turn off Bluetooth
Bluetooth is a handy wireless technology setting that can be beneficial for connecting your iPhone to other devices. However, even when you are not using Bluetooth, it is still running in the background and should be turned off to preserve your battery. The easiest way to turn off your Bluetooth setting is to swipe up from the bottom of the screen and press the third icon on the top of the Control Center. Keep in mind that if you have an Apple watch, disabling Bluetooth on your iPhone can increase the strain on your Apple watch battery, so it may be better to keep both settings enabled for more efficient use between devices.
Turn off location services
Location services uses features like Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi hotspots, and cellular towers to determine your location. Although it is crucial for certain features, such as Maps, it is not necessary for every app. Check out location services by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Once on that screen, you can choose whether you want to disable location services, only allow it while using the app, or always allow it for each individual app. The more apps that always enable location services, the quicker your battery will drain.
Manage battery usage
While the previous eight tricks can help maximize your battery, the most obvious way to prevent your battery from depleting is to use your iPhone less. Not sure what apps or features you should give up? Well, looking at your battery usage allows you to assess the proportion of battery used by each app in the last 24 hours and last four days. If you click on the clock button under Battery Usage, you can even see exactly how many minutes you spent on screen for each app. This can be a clear indicator of which apps are taking up the majority of your battery and can help you better manage your priorities. To see your battery usage, go to Settings > Battery.
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