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What to do if your iPhone battery is draining fast

I recently swapped my Android phone with an iPhone and although I am relatively happy with this change, I have noticed that my iPhone battery is not great. It usually lasts for the whole day but only because I do not use my phone that much. I suspect that with a bit heavier usage, I would have to recharge it during the day. And this is a relatively new iPhone 🙁

Since you are here, you probably have the same problem. Now, there are a few things you should do to improve battery life. Of course, if your iPhone is a few years old you should consider getting a new battery because batteries in mobile phones gradually deteriorate and even the best tricks won’t change much (you can quickly check your battery performance by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health). Otherwise, please follow these few tips.

7 tips to prevent iPhone battery draining fast

#1 Switch on Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode temporarily reduces background activity like download and mail fetch until you can fully charge your iPhone. To extend the battery charge, after unplugging your phone switch it on Battery>Low Power Mode. If you start charging you battery again once it reaches 80% your iPhone will stop Low Power Mode so basically, you need to switch it back on every morning.

If for need the updates of some apps, like an email, you can allow individual apps to refresh in the background but not all of them. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and select Off to turn off Background App Refresh entirely.

#2 Lower the screen brightness

The screen of your phone consumes a lot of power and the brighter it is, the more power it consumes. To keep the battery last longer, lower the brightness of your screen as much as is comfortable. Your iPhone can also adjust your screen to lighting conditions automatically. To activate this option, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations and set Auto-Brightness to On.

As we discuss the screen, it is worth mentioning apps notifications. They activate the screen and take some battery juice. If some of your apps frequently wake the display with notifications, you can turn off push notifications for them in Settings > Notifications. Tap the app with annoying notifications and set Allow Notifications to Off.

#3 Stop apps running in the background

If you use a lot of apps and browse the web, there is a good chance that you have got many apps running in the background. Double tap the home button and switch them off one by one. Open the web browser, and close all the tabs. Now stop the browser completely. Keep your iPhone clean of running apps and the battery will last longer.

#4 Switch off location services

Pretty much the same thing. Use location services only when you need them, for instance when driving and using Sat Nav. There is no need for running it all the time in normal circumstances. Unless you want to inform Apple about your every move, of course 🙂

#5 Switch off Bluetooth

Bluetooth can be quite useful but its constant usage has got a certain impact on battery life. Instead of having it switched all the time, consider activating it when you actually need it. You can quickly switch Bluetooth on and off by giving the command to Siri (Hey Siri, switch the Bluetooth on/off). Alternatively, swipe from down of the screen towards the centre and use the Command Control.

Switching off Bluetooth with Siri

#5 Check which apps use the battery

You can quickly check which applications use the battery by going to Settings > Battery and scrolling down. There is a good chance that these are the applications that you use the most. But maybe this is an opportunity to think for a few moments about your screen time and social media and other apps usage. If you decide that you waste too much time on a particular app, well, delete it. Also, quickly check the apps you actually have installed on your iPhone and delete the ones that you have not opened at least in the last month or so. It looks that you do not really need them.

#6 Use WiFi rather than Cellular Data

If you need constant access to the internet, keep the WiFi switched on as it consumes less energy than using Cellular networks. However, if you in the middle of nowhere and there is no cellular signal you could optimize your battery life by turning on Airplane mode. To not forget to switch this later on as you cannot make or receive calls while in Airplane mode. You can switch Airplane mode on and off from Control Center by tapping the Airplane mode icon

#7 Keep your iPhone in optimum temperature range

Keeping your iPhone in heat or cold will affect battery performance and longevity. iPhones and other Apple products (iPads, iPods, Apple Watches) work best at 32° to 95° F (which is 0° to 35° in Celsius) ambient temperatures. If you happen to be somewhere outside this range, consider protecting your phone or switching it completely as storage temperatures have got a wider range. Also charging your iPhone when it’s inside certain styles of cases may generate excess heat, which can affect battery capacity. If you notice that your phone gets hot when you charge it, take it out of its case before charging.

Here is a screenshot from Command Control with some options that could be useful to prevent your iPhone battery from draining fast:

Command Control saving battery options

I hope you have found it useful. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.

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