As you want to improve your iPhone’s battery life? Sick of running out of juice around 8pm? Follow these tricks for all-day iPhone battery life. Poor iOS 10/11/9 battery life got you down? Here, we show you a few simple tricks to get more battery life out of your iPhone 7/7 Plus/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5/5s/SE or iPad Air running iOS 10 or iOS 11. More recently — with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6 — Apple has made some pretty big steps forwards with battery performance, especially on the larger Plus models. For a lot of people, though, namely those using older iPhones, battery performance is still something of an annoyance, and getting through an entire day can be problematic.
Get Tricks that will not only save you battery life, but – in some cases – also improve the overall performance of your beloved iPhone. Most of the tricks listed below are easy to implement and should, when viewed cumulatively, equate to some pretty impressive bumps in your iPhone’s endurance.
Here are a few tricks I’ve found to be most useful for iPhone/iPad user:
Turn on Low Power Mode
In iOS 10 (and iOS 9), there’s a feature called Low Power Mode that reduces overall power requirements and makes your battery last longer. Apple claims the mode will allow you to gain three extra hours of battery life from your iPhone.
Low Power Mode isn’t a default option that happens automatically in the background. It will be offered automatically when you hit 20% remaining power: you’ll see a warning flash up and the option to turn on Low Power Mode. Do so and you will notice that the battery indicator turns orange rather than red (or the green it would be if you had plenty of power). The mode will be switched off again automatically when you charge past 80%.
Updating iOS is a useful all-purpose fix when you’re experiencing minor problems with an iPad or iPhone; Apple uses its regular (free) operating system updates to roll out fixes for vulnerabilities, bugs and glitches, and it’s entirely possible that an issue you’re experiencing can be fixed with a simple OS update. This includes battery problems.
Enable Wi-Fi Assist
Wi-Fi is something that sucks a ton of battery from your iPhone. The problem is your iPhone usually desperately tries to hold onto a Wi-Fi signal–even when it’s only got one bar. This will drain battery like you can’t believe. To prevent this enable Wi-Fi Assist on your iPhone. Wi-Fi Assist automatically switches over to your cellular data connection when a Wi-Fi signal gets too low. Just be warned that enabling Wi-Fi Assist will mean you eat through more of your data plan. To enable Wi-Fi Assist go to Settings > Cellular and toggle the switch next to Wi-Fi Assist to ON (green).
Stop Those Motion Effects
The parallax effect is the name given to the slightly moving icons and notifications in iOS when you move your iPhone. Apple created the parallax effect to give the flat icons some depth. However, as with any process that requires movement, the graphic capabilities needed to do this eats up battery life. To disable this effect go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion > and toggle the switch to ON (green).
Disable Dynamic Backgrounds
Another motion feature in iOS is the dynamic backgrounds. These are the wallpapers that have subtle movement in them. They look cool, but that movement is eating into your precious battery life. It’s best to use a still image for your wallpaper. To get rid of the dynamic images go to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper and select a wallpaper from the “Stills” selection.
Check Battery Usage
A quick way to check whether there really is a problem with the battery in your iPhone or iPad is to head over to Settings > General > Battery and wait for your Battery Usage report to load up. This will let you check your Usage and Standby times. The Usage time is how long you’ve used the device for since the last charge, and Standby indicates the total time that’s passed since the last charge. Expect usage to be a lot lower than Standby (unless you’ve been using your iPhone non-stop since unplugging it).
To test your battery, make a note of the usage and standby times and then put the device to sleep by pressing the on/off switch at the top. After five minutes check the change in the times.
Reduce Screen Brightness Manually
If Auto-Brightness isn’t doing it for you you can also set the brightness levels automatically. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > and reduce the brightness level by adjusting the slider. This will set the maximum value of screen brightness and can do a lot to saving that extra battery charge.
Turn Off 4G
4G is another blessing of modern mobile networks, but it uses a lot more power than traditional 3G networks. Thankfully any iPhone that can connect to a 4G network can also still connect to a 3G network–and anywhere you can get a 4G signal you can almost certainly get a 3G signal. So if you’re running low on power and the fastest Internet speeds aren’t a priority at the moment, disable 4G on your iPhone. To do this go to Settings > Cellular > Voice & Data and select 3G
Which apps are killing the battery?
In iOS 10, 9 and 8 you can see exactly which apps are the biggest battery drainers. Go to Settings > General > Battery and scroll down to see which of your apps were the biggest battery guzzlers in the past 24 hours, or last seven days.
Expect to see Facebook up the top; Safari also seems to be quite draining. But obviously these are also frequently used apps. Note any apps that highlight background activity as battery-draining – perhaps you need to address what this background activity is