iPhone Battery Draining Fast? The Best Solutions
Is your iPhone battery draining fast, maybe too fast? It can be quite annoying, all that constant charging and looking for the next wall outlet to plug your charger into. Especially if you are noticing that your iPhone battery is draining quickly and disproportionate to your usage, these 8 top tips might be of use for you. Our hand-picked tricks will help you to conserve battery life and make the most out of your iPhone on a day-to-day basis.
Disable Location Services
Disabling the Location Services on your iPhone results in far less WiFi and GPS activity, which in turn reduces overall power consumption by quite a margin. Why is that, you ask? Well, your iPhone has to communicate with all sorts of systems to pinpoint your location for apps that use this functionality, some use it quite frequently. This results in a warmer and more power-hungry iPhone.
Go to your “Settings” app and tap “Privacy”, then “Location Services” and disable the toggle at the top to turn off the Location Services in a global fashion. Alternatively, you can adapt the list of apps which are allowed to use your location if you prefer to keep it on, but still want the benefit of reducing the location queries that make your battery drain faster.
Selectively switch off System Services
Switching off individual features such as “Frequent Locations” in the “System Services” section of your Location Services settings (accessed via the above path) will do your battery a great service. Toggle any and all features you think you don’t need, you can always switch them back on in case you require anything specific. Most of the “System Services” in your “Location Services” settings are not necessary for day-to-day operations and noticeably tax the battery.
Turn off WiFi when outside and on the road
Turning off the wireless radio is good practice when you spend a longer amount of time away from home or your workplace, as your iPhone is looking for new networks to join by default. This takes more energy than one might think, give this trick a try and you will be surprised by the gains in battery life!
Go to your “Settings” app and switch off “Wi-Fi” in the corresponding section of the menu.
Or, try this alternative: You can also swipe up from the bottom of your screen and tap the little wireless icon in your Control Center to switch it off and on even quicker.
Cutting down on the eye candy is also a great way to enhance your battery life on iPhone. Especially older and less powerful devices benefit from fewer visual effects, which we can disable in the “Settings” app.
Go to the “General” section, tap “Accessibility” and finally tap “Reduce Motion”. Then disable the toggle button in this section to switch the set of features off. This will not only keep your wallpaper from producing the 3D effect that is hardly noticeable during usage, but also tone down most of the animations that cause load on the system and thus drain your iPhone battery quicker than necessary.
Reduce your cellular data speed
Just as you wouldn’t drive your car in the fastest gear all of the time, you can also reduce the speed with which you surf the mobile web by going into your “Settings” app. Especially when going from LTE speeds to 3G or 2G, there are battery runtime gains to be made. While LTE is the fastest option, it is also the most taxing option with regards to iPhone battery life.
Go to your “Settings” app, tap “Mobile Data”, then select “Voice & Data” and pick one of the lower two options.
Make use of Airplane mode
As you might have guessed, Airplane mode is not restricted to air travel or flying iPhones, but rather a quick way to disable all radios on your iPhone. This includes Wi-Fi, mobile data and bluetooth. If you are listening to music on your EarPods, reading an iBook or watching a movie you downloaded to your device and are not expecting any calls or texts for the time being, feel free to enable Airplane mode and save a ton of battery life. This is also a good trick for regions and areas with low cell coverage, as it spares your device of constantly having to search for a usable connection.
Note that you will not receive any kind of updates via the web while this option is enabled, unless you turn Wi-Fi back on after the fact. To enable Airplane mode, simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen to bring up the Control Center and tap the little airplane-shaped icon.
As long as the icon is opaquely white, you are in Airplane mode. Tap it again to exit Airplane mode. You can also toggle Airplane mode from your “Settings” app, which would be a more time-consuming way of reaching the same goal.
Set a shorter Auto-Lock interval
Your screen is the number one component when it comes to battery drain, at least in most cases. For all of those pixels to light up, it needs vast amounts of energy in relation to what other parts in the iPhone need to function. Thus it is sensible to keep the brightness setting at something lower than the maximum. Another great tip is to keep the Auto-Lock interval low. What does that mean?
Auto-Lock is the timeframe between idle usage (when you are not touching the device but merely looking at it) and the display shutting itself off. The shorter you set this, the sooner your iPhone will lock itself when currently unused. We recommend using either 30 seconds or 1 minute as the preferred setting.
You can change this option by going to your “Settings” app, then “General” and finally to “Auto-Lock”. Try playing around with the intervals and see what works for you!
Disable Bluetooth when not in use
If you aren’t using any type of bluetooth headset or headphones and wireless fitness accessories or the Apple Watch, you can safely disable bluetooth to save some battery life on your iPhone. Just like Airplane mode, this feature can be quickly toggled by going into your Control Center.
Simply swipe upwards from the bottom of your screen to access the Control Center and tap the bluetooth icon in the center. While bluetooth is turned off, the icon will appear more dimly in color. If enabled, the icon should look brighter, as if illuminated.
Further reading on battery savings
If that is still not enough, you can read more on battery life optimization in iOS by checking out our advanced guide in this article. With iOS 9, there is also the additional option of using Low Power Mode. Quite helpful is also our guide on identifying apps that are hogging your battery or learning about the most common mistakes users make with regards to iPhone battery life.