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How to Maximize the Battery Life of Your iPhone: 23 Free Tips

Every year, when announcing a new version of their operating system for mobile devices, Apple reports a significant increase in energy efficiency. Interestingly, but users do not really feel these improvements.

Honestly, it is not always the fault of the manufacturer and developer of the software, but the owners of smartphones and tablets. Most of them completely neglect the Settings menu, even if it takes several moments to perform the desired action. As a result, using only a tiny fraction of their device functionality, users often have to charge the battery several times a day. iPhone is one of the most complicated, yet amazing invention of the century. This post focuses on 23 different ways to help you extend your iphone battery life. I strongly believe that having these free tips handy could save you money and time spent consulting engineers to get your phones fixed.

In this post, I am going to describe quite a few ways to extend the life of the iPhone battery. Read and enjoy.

In 23 Easy Steps, Discover How to Maximize Your iPhone Battery Life Effortlessly.

iPhone battery life can be improved with these tips
In every Apple operating system announcements so far, there has always been a common pattern when it comes to new developments for mobile devices, Apple has on many occasion reports a significant increase in energy efficiency. But unfortunately, users do not really feel these improvements because they could hardly explore most of the features. This article focuses on improving your iphone battery life.

1. Low power mode

The most simple and effective way to delay the charging moment is the power saving mode. When this feature is activated, the OS disables a number of resource-intensive processes, such as background app refresh, sending geo-data, visual effects, etc.

To enable the low power mode, go to Settings > Battery menu.

The system is going to prompt you to activate the low power mode when the battery charge level drops to 20%, and will automatically turn off when the user charges the device to 80% or more.

iPhone low battery life
When your iPhone battery is low, it is advisable that you find means to have the device charged because using it as is could damage the battery life and causes it to discharge quickly. The tips below could help you preserve your iphone battery life without spending extra dollars on extra power utilities.

2. Location reporting

iOS allows you to send information about the location of the device through the iMessage, Find Friends and other apps. In reality, the need for this does not occur too often. It makes sense to turn off this function.

To do this, it is necessary to move to the passive position the button Share My Location in the Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

3. Unused widgets

Pay attention to the installed widgets in the Notification Center. It is possible you do not use some of them. To open it – swipe down from the top of the screen.

4. Handoff

Apple allows significant interoperability between desktop and mobile platforms using the Handoff function. Handoff allows you to quickly switch when working with any iDevice and Mac. Of course, this thing is very convenient, but it is not always necessary. It makes sense to turn off Handoff in case of its uselessness.

Go to Settings > General > Handoff.

5. Resource-intensive apps

Naturally, each application installed on your iPhone has a different level of power consumption. You can identify programs that consume battery power more than others.

To do this, go to Settings > Battery. Scroll down and find the list of top used apps. The level of power consumption is shown for each app.

6. Automatically update applications

Of course, a rare user will refuse the opportunity to have only the latest versions of games and programs on his device. However, the automatic updating feature not only eats your mobile traffic but also may kill the battery at the most inopportune time.

You can completely disable auto updates for all or individual programs in Settings > iTunes & App Store > Updates.

7. Backgound app refresh

It is not superfluous to turn off the Background App Refresh option. The desired radio button is located under Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

8. Notifications

Active social networks users, mobile gamers, and news feed subscribers face this problem more than others. Constant notifications about new likes, subscribers, posts are not only annoying but also negatively affect the battery power.

You can disable them in Settings > Notifications.

Fully charged, medium charged and half charged iphone battery on display.
It is advisable to have your iPhone battery properly maintained so that you can avoid damaging the phone. The image above shows three stages of your smartphone; (1.) Low and draining battery, (2.) Medium charged, and (3.) Fully charged iphone battery life graphically analyzed.

9. Do not close background apps

For beginners, this may seem like a paradox, but often used apps that stay in the background, that is, in the multitasking menu, not only do not waste OS resources and battery power but instead help to save them.

10. Airplane mode

You may use the Airplane Mode of your iPhone to save the battery power when you do not need to receive calls and use the Internet.

It is very simple to activate it – just raise the curtain of the Control Point and tap the pictogram with the airplane image or go to Settings > Airplane Mode.

11. Auto-brightness

Retina-display iPhones allow high brightness and contrast. But is it always necessary to use the full power of the screen? Full brightness requires plenty of battery power. It is especially true with modern devices that have 4.7” and 5.5” displays.

It is quite easy to solve the problem. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness. Set the Auto-Brightness function to the active position. The iPhone will use the sensor on its front panel to automatically detect the level of illumination and consequently adjust the brightness of the screen.

12. Parallax effect

First appeared in iOS 7 parallax effects look pretty nice, but, like many similar design features, discharge the battery of you iPhone significantly. To disable parallax effect, it is enough to enable the Reduce Motion mode in Settings > General > Accessibility.

13. Reducing transparency

The famous blur effect in iOS 10 can also be disabled, in order to reduce the battery load.

To deactivate it, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast > Reduce Transparency.

14. iOS updates

These days, Apple developers are actively introducing updates to their mobile operating system, correcting the discovered shortcomings. Almost every update has a positive effect on the performance and energy efficiency of the device. It is desirable to use the latest version of iOS.

15. Disable push notifications in Mail

iOS will automatically scan mailboxes added to the Mail app for new messages. If email is not critical, it makes sense to turn off automatic data fetch.

Go to Settings > Mail > Accounts > Fetch New Data. Select the Manual option, after which new messages will be downloaded only when the Mail application starts.

16. Auto-lock

Data protection is not the only reason of the auto-lock function. Your smartphone consumes much less battery power when in the lock screen mode. It makes sense to set the minimum auto-lock time.

Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock.

17. Ad tracking

For Apple to show relevant ads, consumers should be grouped on the basis of their location, age or other signs. Constant tracking of users’ devices is carried out for this reason. These extra processes, of course, also consume a certain amount of the battery power.

Limit ad tracking in Settings > Privacy > Advertising.

18. Location services

Many apps request access to the device’s location data. Users often do not remember which programs may track their location.

To disable this option for certain apps to go Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

19. Siri

The voice assistant is a very useful feature. But do you really use it often? If the answer is No, in order to save the battery power, it is better to turn it off. Settings > Siri.

Do you use the Siri Suggestions that suggests search keywords and apps? Siri Suggestions can be configured or disabled in Settings > General > Spotlight Search > Siri Suggestions.

20. Vibration and system sounds

Lots of users naively believe that the vibration mode is a power-saver feature. Things are quite opposite – the work of the vibrator is much more energy-consuming than the sound reproduction by the speakers.

To maximize the battery life, turn off the Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silence in Settings > Sounds. Here you can also turn off lock sound and keyboard clicks.

21. AirDrop and Bluetooth

Wireless AirDrop and Bluetooth services are used by average users quite infrequently. If they are constantly in an active mode, they can force you to urgently look for an electrical socket/outlet to charge your iPhone.

22. 3D Touch

If you do not use the main innovation of the iPhone – the 3D Touch function (when the screen recognizes the force of pressing the buttons) then disable this function.

The switch is located under the Settings > General Accessibility > 3D Touch.

23. Sending reports

Any iDevice sends Apple a daily report by default. It helps the company to identify problems in its operating system. It is known that this report can also contain location data.

You can disable this function in the Settings > Privacy > Analytics.

Bottom line on improving your iPhone battery life

Of course, this list does not pretend to be complete and does not contain all possible recommendations for preserving the battery life of the iPhone, but each user can for sure find something new and useful here.

Keep in mind that with each new release iOS offers more options to tweak its features and functions. Do not install dubious apps that pretend to be useful but in fact show excessive ads and use plenty of battery power.

David Balabanhttp://privacy-pc.com/
David Balaban is a computer security researcher with over 10 years of experience in malware analysis and antivirus software evaluation. David runs the Privacy-PC.com project which presents expert opinions on the contemporary information security matters, including social engineering, penetration testing, threat intelligence, online privacy and white hat hacking. As part of his work at Privacy-PC, Mr. Balaban has interviewed such security celebrities as Dave Kennedy, Jay Jacobs and Robert David Steele to get firsthand perspectives on hot InfoSec issues. David has a strong malware troubleshooting background, with the recent focus on ransomware countermeasures.

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