5 ways to improve your iPhone's battery life

It is not unusual for people to be unhappy with their iPhone’s battery usage. Unfortunately it will be many years until our phones can run for weeks without getting the charger out, so here are some genius tips to help you make your battery more efficient.

1. Before we do anything else, check your battery health.

Go to Settings - Battery - Battery Health where you will find a "measure of battery capacity relative to when it was new". What you want to see is "currently supporting normal peak performance".

If your battery is the problem, you'll have to get it fixed or replaced.

 

2. Enable “Optimized Battery Charging”

The Apples iOS 13 update introduced Optimized Battery Charging, designed to protect your battery by limiting its total charge until you need it. This isusually enabled by default, but you can double-check under Settings - Battery -Battery Health.

How does this work?

The lithium cells used in your iPhone degrade when they’re charged to full capacity. iOS 13 looks at how you use your iPhone and keeps your charge to around 80 percent until you begin to use your iPhone. After that it charges to maximum capacity.

Doing this should help extend its life. Eventually batteries have to be replaced as it’s normal for a battery to break down as more charge and discharge cycles are completed.

3. Look at the apps sucking your battery.

You can find out where your battery is going by heading over to Settings– Battery, wait a few moments and you’ll see a full list of apps. Here, you can see the battery usage for each app over the last 24 hours or 10 days.

You should look at the apps on this list and consider which ones are maybe less necessary. If there is a particular app that is draining your power,maybe just use that app whilst plugged into a charger, or just delete it. Delete Tinder & get outside, please.

4. Limit Incoming Notifications

One of the biggest factors involving battery life is your device’s interaction with your cellular network. Think about it. Every time you get a notification your iPhone has to access the internet (via wifi or cellular), download it, light up the screen and vibrate your iPhone or make a sound.

So let’s get this fixed. Head to Settings - Notifications and turn off anything you don’t actually need to see every time you get a notification. If you are constantly on Instagram checking your DMs, you really don’t need notifications flying through your iPhone.

Go to each app’s settings and look at the notification settings. Most apps will let you you make gradual changes so for instance with Facebook you can allow notifications from messages coming from friends, but not likes on your photos.

5. Use Low Power Mode to Extend your charge

You can access “Low Power Mode” under Settings – Battery. When you enable this feature, your device will go into power-preservation mode and will limit a few things.

This feature is really useful if you’re off on a hike and won’t be using your iPhone regularly for a few hours. It’s perfect for those times when you’re not using your device, but want to remain connected and available for calls or texts.

It will do the following:

1.    Limit screen brightness& reduce the time before your screen turns off

2.    Disables automatic fetching of new email

3.    Disables animations(and some in apps) and active wallpapers

4.    Reduces background activities like uploading data and images

5.    Slows down the main CPU and GPU

Of course don’t keep your iPhone in this mode all the time. Your iPhone will be running on limited performance and music, videos and apps will not run as smooth as usual.