Your iPhone battery needs to at least get you through the day, but even if it does there are likely times when it gets too low for comfort. In this article, we’ll share all of the best ways to extend your iPhone’s battery life, as well as its overall battery lifespan!
Maximizing iPhone’s Battery Life
If your iPhone battery just isn’t getting you through the day, and you can’t get to a charger, then these tips on how to extend your iPhone’s battery life might just save you!
Adjust Screen Brightness
Having your screen on uses battery, so dimming the screen when you’re able to can have a big impact. You can manually do this by dragging the brightness bar in the Control Center, or you can set Auto-Brightness in your settings. This setting automatically adjusts the brightness up or down depending on the lighting conditions.
You can also enable dark mode. This mode may be easier on the eyes, but it can also save a bit of your iPhone’s battery life.
Enable Low-Power Mode
Low-Power Mode turns off extra power-hungry features on your iPhone to extend its battery life. Your phone will automatically prompt you to do so at 20% and 10% charge, so that you can turn it on with one tap. This mode turns the screen brightness down, optimizes performance, and minimizes unneeded app animations. It also turns off some background syncing – for example, the Mail app won’t sync in the background. Key functions will still be available in this mode, but it can extend the life of your iPhone battery in a pinch.
Identify Which Apps are Using Power
On iOS you can see which apps are using the most of your battery. It’s likely that the highest ones will be the apps you use the most (we know it’s TikTok, and we promise we won’t judge you), but you should be looking for the apps that indicate that they have background activity. Apps that are doing things when you’re not using them can be a large and unexpected battery drain. If your apps are doing a lot in the background, you can turn off background app refresh or limit it to only working on Wi-Fi. This does mean that app may not update as often and you may need to manually check them more often.
Disable Location Services
Apps that have to access your location frequently will drain your battery faster. This is why you should try to disable as many location services as you’re able to. Apps have four different privacy options: Never, Ask Next Time, While Using The App, and Always. Unless you absolutely need to for a specific app, you should avoid letting an app always use your location, as this will drain the battery quite a bit. To get the best balance of convenience plus battery life, set most of your apps to only use your location while using the app. You can also evaluate whether the apps that want your location need it in the first place, and turn off location services for those apps.
Use Wi-Fi Instead of Mobile Data
Wi-Fi uses less power than a cellular connection, so if you’re able to and if the Wi-Fi is fast enough, try to stay connected to Wi-Fi. Especially with apps running in the background, this can save a lot of power over time.
Adjust Auto-Lock Time
Auto-Lock is the amount of time that your phone screen stays on before turning off if it hasn’t detected any activity. If you have it set high, you might be losing a lot of power every time you set your phone down without turning off the screen. If this is a problem for you, you can reduce the Auto-Lock time to as low as 30 seconds.
While it’s not an Auto-Lock setting, you should also keep in mind if you have an app that generates frequent notifications. If you do, that means your phone is probably turning its screen on every time a new notification comes in. Over time, this can add up to a lot of wasted power, so you may want to consider how
Maximizing iPhone’s Battery Lifespan
If you plan on keeping your phone for more than a year, you’ll probably want to do whatever you can to keep the battery as healthy as possible. If you treat your battery poorly, your phone will hold less of a charge as time goes on, meaning you’ll need to charge it more often.
Charge in Small Increments
It has recently become more common knowledge that consumer phone batteries will last longer if they are charged in a certain way. Experts say that you should never let your battery go below 20% or above 80% capacity. You can turn on Optimized Charging on your iPhone, and it will prevent the battery from being charged beyond 80%, even if it’s still plugged into the charger.
It’s actually best to charge in short spurts throughout the day. So if you can charge in multiple 10% increments over time, your battery is likely to live a longer life. It’s inevitable that the battery will wear down and lose capacity over time, but charging in this way can extend your iPhone’s battery life.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Extreme heat and cold can damage the electronics in your phone, specifically the battery. To keep your iPhone battery healthy, you should try to keep it within an ideal range of 62 to 72 degrees F (or 16 to 22 degrees C).
The most dangerous scenario is high temperatures. At 95 degrees F (35 degrees C), you can permanently damage your battery capacity. This is at an ambient temperature, but keep in mind how much your phone can heat up if it’s left in the sun – that black screen will absorb the heat into your phone quickly! At these high temperatures, your iPhone may limit charges to 80% if it detects too much heat.
Cold conditions won’t permanently damage your battery, but you might notice a temporary decrease in capacity. Anything above freezing temperature should be completely fine.
If you need to store your iPhone for a long period of time, Apple recommends charging your device to 50% before doing so. A battery that is fully charged before storage may lose some maximum capacity. Conversely, a fully discharged battery in storage may go into a deep discharge state and be incapable of holding a charge. Additionally, you should keep a stored device powered down and in a moisture-free environment that is within the safe temperature range. If you have older iPhones lying around and you want to keep them in good condition, you should follow this advice.