The iPhone is an extremely powerful device that although optimized, can still drain your battery to zero in no time. I’m sure most users are scrambling for a power source halfway through the day, I know I am. Below are a few easy ways to increase the daily battery life of your iPhone.
Update to the Latest Software
Always make sure your iPhone has the latest software from Apple, as engineers may find new ways to optimize battery performance. Using the latest version of iTunes, you can update your iPhone with the latest software. Connect your iPhone to your computer, then select iPhone in the Source List. In the Summary pane, click “Check for Updates” to see if there’s a new version of the iPhone software available. Click Update to install the latest version.
If your iPhone is running iOS 5 or later, you can also wirelessly update it to the latest version by going to Settings – General – Software Update and following the onscreen instructions.
Turn Off Push Mail
If you have a push mail account such as Yahoo! or Gmail, turn off push when you don’t need it.
Go to Settings – Mail, Contacts, Calendars – Fetch New Data and set Push to “OFF”. Messages sent to your push email accounts will now be received on your phone based on the Fetch setting rather than as they arrive.
Fetch New Data Less Frequently
Applications such as Mail can be set to fetch data wirelessly at specific intervals. The more frequently email or other data is fetched, the quicker your battery may drain.
To fetch new data manually, from the Home screen choose Settings – Mail, Contacts, Calendars – Fetch New Data and tap Manually.
To increase the fetch interval, go to Settings – Mail, Contacts, Calendars – Fetch New Data and tap “HOURLY”. Note that this is a global setting and applies to all applications that do not support push services.
Use Airplane Mode In Low or No-Coverage Areas
Since your iPhone always tries to maintain a connection with the cellular network, it may use more power in low- or no-coverage areas. Turning on Airplane Mode can increase battery life in these situations; however, you will be unable to make or receive calls.
To turn on Airplane Mode, go to Settings and set Airplane Mode to On.
Turn Off Ask to Join Networks
When you have this setting “ON” your device will continually search for wifi networks within the range of your iPhone. If you are traveling through a residential area (or populated city) your iPhone will use a large amount of power just on this one task. If you normally have your device connect to only known networks such as your office or home network, then turn off “Ask to Join Networks”. Your iPhone, iPod and iPad will still automatically connect to a known Wi-Fi network (home or work).
To turn if off go to:
Settings – Wi-Fi – Scroll to the bottom on the page and turn off “Ask to Join Networks”.
Turn On Auto-Brightness
iOS devices have an ambient light sensor that detects how much light is in the room. If it detects that the lights are off it will automatically dim the screen.
To enable Auto-Brightness:
Go to Settings – Brightness & Wallpaper – turn Auto-Brightness “ON”.
Of course if you don’t want to enable Auto-Brightness you could just reduce the screen brightness manually. The battery life can be lengthened quite a bit by reduced the screen brightness.
Bluetooth can be used for a multitude of things. However if you never use it on your iOS device, then there is no reason to have Bluetooth enabled as it slowly drain battery life.
To turn it off visit Settings – Bluetooth – turn Bluetooth “OFF”.
Close Background Apps
Apple claims it’s multitasking menu does not affect battery life, I have to disagree. Every application that you open is stored in the multi-task screen. You can access this menu by “double talking the home button”. Once the menu pops up from the lower portion of the screen simply press and hold an icon. The icons will then have an “X” on the top left corner. Simply close all the apps running in the background.
Turn off Location Services
Location services take up a large amount of battery life. For example, if you have Reminders set to remind you to do something when you arrive at a certain location, your iOS device is constantly checking your location; therefore draining valuable battery life.
Sometimes just blocking certain apps from using the location services is enough.
To turn off location services go to Settings – Privacy – Location Services. Here you can completely turn off locations services all together, or just turn off individual apps access to location services.
Using the GPS in Apple Maps
I find the GPS turn by turn directions take up the most battery life. I’ve had the battery life go from 100% to 50% with only 25 minutes of driving. That being said if you do plan on using the turn by turn directions, have your device plugged in and charging if possible.
With all these options available you should be able to squeeze more valuable time out of your iPhone. If you find your battery is no longer holding a charge our iPhone battery replacement is extremely cost effective. You can also purchase an external battery case like the Mophie Juice Pack (pictured below). We have several reviews of battery cases on our iPhone repair site.