Unfortunately, you’re finding that due to the exceptional performance of the iPhone, the battery life suffers. Sound familiar?
Here I’ve rounded up the tips I’ve discovered or researched that can help you improve the battery life of your new iPhone.
Update: if your problems started only after updating to the latest version of iOS, then check out my post on solving battery problems after updating.
- Screen Brightness
- The backlight on the screen makes it look incredible, even in full daylight. I’m sure you remember a time when that wasn’t possible with an old phone! But it’s battery intensive.
- Turn your brightness down by going to Settings > Brightness and Wallpaper.
- Tip: you may also want to disable Auto-Brightness so that your phone doesn’t change back without you noticing!
- Disable Connections
- Any radio connections that aren’t being used are wasting battery life big time. Here are the main culprits
- Bluetooth – if you’re not using any bluetooth accessories in your car, or never connect to other devices via bluetooth, turn it off. It’s under Settings > Bluetooth > Disable Bluetooth.
- WiFi – be careful here, since you want to remember to enable wifi when you’re at home or plugged in to avoid massive data fees, but if you’re not connected to a WiFi network, then allowing your phone to search for nearby networks is wasting battery.
- 4G LTE – Yes, I know. You bought the iPhone for its 4G LTE Capabilities and Apple claims that being connected to LTE shouldn’t hurt your battery life. But when you’re only receiving a 3G connection or no service at all, the radio in your phone is constantly scanning for a nearby LTE connection. This is an energy-intensive job. Wasting Battery. To Disable, go to Settings > Network > Enable LTE > OFF.
- Personal Hotspot – This should go without saying, but if you’re broadcasting your personal hotspot, you’re using up extra radio resources and that means battery time.
- Airplane Mode – Really Desperate to make it through the afternoon? Switch to Airplane Mode to disable all connections incoming and outgoing. It makes your phone into an iPod though, so don’t forget to check your messages now and then.
- Push Notifications
- Push notifications are a great way of staying up to date with your favorite apps but any Apps that you rarely use should be disabled.
- Go to Settings > Notifications to see what Apps are currently listening for these notifications.
- This also has the added benefit of keeping your notification center neat and tidy!
- Location Services
- Many Apps ask to track your location so they can do stuff like find the nearest Starbucks or add Geo-Tagging to their social network.
- The list of these apps can be found at Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
- Disable as many as you want (they will just ask you for permission again if they need to) or disable all location services using the override switch.
- Tip: only the Apps displaying the location icon in the list are actively using your location so it is only these apps that are really affecting your battery. But every bit helps and you can disable the rest too if you want.
- Quit Background Applications
- When you hit the home button and exit an App, it automatically enters the background of your iOS device. This means that the Application is running only the bare necessities in the background, but it is still running.
- The only way to actually quit these applications completely is to Double-Tap the Home Button, then press and hold one of the icons in the Application Tray that pops up (as if you were going to delete it). It will come up with a little red and white quit icon which you can tap to actually quit that App and regain bonus battery minutes.
- Fetch Mail Less Often
- Your email is probably set to be constantly listening for new emails to retrieve in order to alert you as fas as possible that you’ve got mail. This is great, but may be hurting your battery a bit.
- Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and disable push, then choose a less frequent interval for fetching your emails.
- If you have push enabled for fetching, this will be particularly bad for your battery. Basically, when push is enabled, your phone is constantly checking back to the mail servers to see if there is any new email available. That’s network activity which eats up your battery.
- This is a known cause of significant battery drain in iOS 6 versions 6.1.1, 6.1.2, and 6.1.3.
- Shorten the Screen Auto-Lock Time
- The screen lock time won’t make a huge difference, but when the phone is unlocked there are more processes likely to be running.
- Set the screen lock time in Settings > General > Auto-Lock.
- Disable Siri’s Raise to Speak Function
- This is another feature that is constantly in the background waiting for you to use it. Generally, if you raise your phone to your ear Siri will perk up and listen for instructions.
- Disable this in Settings > General > Siri > Raise to Speak.
- Reset your Wireless Router
- Some users have noticed their phone switching rapidly between WiFi and 3G/LTE. This seems to be caused by a bug in their router’s firmware. Try to reset your wireless router, and if you feel comfortable, reinstall the router’s firmware.
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