Apple claims a pretty impressive battery life for the iPhone – up to 8 hours of use. But my experience is that the iPhone’s battery is not that good. We also receive a lot of battery related issues from users. Here are a few simple tweaks you can apply to improve your iPhone’s battery life considerably.
Turn off auto-brightness
- Go to Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper and toggle off Auto-Brightness and reduce your screen to a comfortable settings (e.g. 20-25 percent).
Turn off (unnecessary) location services
- Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. and turn off location services; when you are not using them (e.g., Maps etc).
Turn off push email
- Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Fetch New Data set Push to Off.
Fetch data less frequently
- Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Fetch: Instead of having your iPhone push you new emails every 15 minutes, set it to “manually” or “hourly.”
Turn off push notifications
- To disable push notifications, tap Settings > Notifications and disable notifications for apps.
Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Wi-F- and bluetooth may use a significant amount of battery life. When you are not using them, turn them off. Tap Settings > Wi-Fi > set to Off. And tap Settings > Bluetooth > set this to Off.
- You can decide how quickly your iPhone should lock when it hasn’t been in use. Tap Settings > General > Auto-Lock > set this to 1 Minute or 2 Minutes.
Turn of vibrations
- Vibrations can be useful but you may want to disable vibrations to save battery. Tap Settings > Sounds and and change your vibrations settings.
Fully close unused apps
- iPhone apps don’t completely close when press the home button. Close apps down when you do not use them/ To do that, double-clicking the Home button, then touch and hold any open app, when they jiggle, tap the red minus sign to close them.
Turn LTE off
- If you don’t use LTE much, turn it off by going to Settings > General > Cellular > Enable LTE to OFF.
Turn Off Unnecessary Cellular Data Usage
- Turn off cellular data usage for items and services. Go to Settings > General > Cellular > Toggle everything under “Use Cellular Data for:” to OFF.
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Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the original editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.