Everyone who owns an iPhone knows that it is full of features and power. But as we start taking advantage of all the features in an iPhone, we see a significant drop in the battery life of our device. You can conserve battery life on your iPhone at the cost of few trade-off’s. You will have to turn off some of the features and services in order for the battery to hold the charge for longer time.
Here are 15 tips that will help you to extend the battery life of your iPhone. You can choose to follow some or all of them.
1 Turn off Background App Refresh
In iOS 7 Apple has added the feature of background app refresh. This feature lets the apps run in the background while you multitask or while the screen is turned off, this way your content is continuously refreshed when on WiFi or Cellular network. By doing this your apps are up-to-date with latest contents every time you open them, instead of updating the content after opening the app, which saves you some time. This however drains the battery quickly. So to save some battery you can go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and disable the feature entirely or just disable the background refresh for the apps that you don’t need.
2 Limit the number of Location-Tracking Apps
Location tracking apps like “Find My iPhone” are essential to track and locate your iPhone if it is misplaced or stolen. There are so many apps which use your location at all times like Twitter, Facebook, iOS native camera app and so on. These apps use more battery while tracking your location. You can turn off Location services completely (Not Recommended) by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, or you can disable certain apps one by one.
Further going into the System Services option under Location services, you can turn off location tracking for “Popular Near Me” and “Frequent Locations” which will help improve your battery life even more.
3 Turn off Parallax
iOS 7 brings a new feel to the iPhone with bunch of animations and parallax effect. These are all great features but they drain away the battery faster. You can turn these features off if you don’t need them. To tun off Parallax and animations go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn Reduce Motion “ON”.
4 Disable Dynamic Backgrounds (iOS 7)
Another feature introduced in iOS 7 is animated wallpapers, but they also use more battery than a simple static wallpaper. Dynamic background is not a feature you have to turn on or off, just don’t select the Dynamic Backgrounds in the Wallpapers & Backgrounds menu.
5 Turn off Automatic Updating of Apps
iOS 7 lets you automatically download new app updates whenever they’re available, without you visiting the App Store to do it manually. It’s a smart function, but the last thing you want to do when your battery is low is automatically update apps. To disable this, visit Settings > iTunes > Apple Store and uncheck the Updates option.
6 Turn Off AirDrop when not in use
Apple has finally added AirDrop function to iOS 7 which allows you to share files with other iOS 7 users via WiFi and/or Bluetooth. When you are not using AirDrop, WiFi and Bluetooth still search for other devices, which ultimately consumes a lot of battery. So slide up to open the Control Center and turn AirDrop off.
7 Turn Down the Brightness
This has long been a helpful way to save battery life on any device and your iPhone is no exception. Use the Control Center or visit Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness and disable Auto-Brightness and decrease the setting manually. We would however recommend to do this only when you are low on power and need to consume less battery. Having auto-brightness “on” rest of the time is a good feature so that you don’t have to keep on adjusting the level of brightness of the screen every time you step in different lighting conditions.
8 Turn off notifications
The apps that send you notifications have the tendency to use lot of battery while doing so. You can go to Settings > Notifications and turn off the notifications for the apps that you don’t need, especially the notifications from all games should be turned off if they are not very important.
9 Turn Data Push Off
Your iPhone can be set to fetch email and other data automatically or for some kind of accounts, have data pushed out to it whenever new data becomes available. You must have realised by now that accessing wireless networks (WiFi or Cellular) cost you battery life, so turning data push to off, and thus reducing the number of times your phone connects to the network, will extend your battery’s life. With push turned off, you’ll need to set your email to check periodically or to do it manually. For this go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Fetch New Data and turn it Off.
10 Turn Off Vibration alerts
When you are in meetings, cinema or other places where it’s necessary to keep the phone silent, vibration alerts are great for notifying you about incoming calls or messages. In places where it doesn’t matter, it will be better for you to use your ringtone as notification if you want to extend your smartphone’s battery life. Vibrations actually use more power than ringtones. The same applies for using vibration alerts for touch feedback, so if you don’t think it’s necessary, then disable vibration alerts.
11 Stop searching for Wi-Fi
If you are not using WiFi then there is no need to have your phone searching for WiFi networks. You’ll save yourself some battery if you get in the habit of turning of WiFi from the Control Center when not needed. Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Wi-Fi and turn ‘Ask to Join Networks’ to off. This way your phone will join the Wi-Fi networks it knows, but won’t look around for more without direct orders from you.
12 Turn off Siri’s “Raise to Speak” feature
If you want Siri to use less of your battery power, turn off ‘Raise to Speak’ feature in Settings > General > Siri > Raise to Speak. If you don’t use Siri then you can go ahead and disable Siri completely to save more battery.
13 Turn Off Keyboard And Device Lock / Unlock Sounds
The iOS keyboard click and device lock/unlock sounds drain the battery continuously. Turn them off by heading over to Settings > Sounds and turn off Lock Sounds and Keyboard Clicks located at the very bottom of the page.
14 Use Airplane Mode in areas with low signal strength
If you are in a area with less cellular coverage or no coverage at all then it is better to turn on the Airplane mode by going to Settings > Airplane Mode > ON, you can also do this by swiping your finger up to bring up the Control Center and turn Airplane Mode on or off from there. By doing this your phone will not be constantly searching for the network and hence preserve battery for a longer duration.
15 Stop Picking up your iPhone every few minutes
It is very tempting to pick up your iPhone every few minutes and check to see if there are any messages, missed calls or notifications. Putting your phone to Sleep and Wake every few minutes will drain the battery life. So one of the easiest way to make the battery on your iPhone to last longer is to stop checking the phone every few minutes.
These tips will definitely help you improve the battery life of your iPhone. If you have any more tips to preserve the battery of iPhone, then please make a note of it in the comments section.