How to Improve iPhone Battery Life
Improve iPhone Battery Life
Improve iPhone Battery Life by first checking for software updates. Software updates will often contain fixes that enhance battery life. You can check for OS updates right from the phone, instead of using a USB cable and syncing with iTunes.
The old power-saving standbys still help. You can still do all the basic, old-school things to improve battery life, such as reducing screen brightness, disabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and so on. The one that helps most here, in my experience, is screen brightness, but you still need to crank it up to see the Retina Display in bright sunlight.
Watch your signal strength indicator. If you spend a lot of time in areas with poor reception, your iPhone will continually search for a stronger signal. This drains the battery much faster. You can always put the phone in Airplane mode if you don’t need the cellular network at that time.
Turn off Background Refresh for apps you don’t care about. This keeps the phone active and doing things in the background, including polling the data network, which reduces battery life.
Turn off Location Services and Frequent Locations. This is a big one, as hitting the iPhone’s GPS constantly can blaze through your battery. Many apps don’t need to know your whereabouts, especially in the background. Another one to be aware of is Frequent Locations, a relatively new feature that tracks where you are most often in order for apps to send you targeted ads; aside from being annoying, it also drains battery. From Location Services, scroll down to Frequent Locations and turn it off.
Disable as many notifications as possible. The fewer you enable, the more standby time you should see. While you’re in there, note that you can change the way each one appears (Alert Style) and whether it shows on the lock screen, as well as disable it entirely.
Check for email manually. Push email is another perennial battery drain, albeit less so. Normally I set all accounts to receive updates manually (i.e. when I load the app), instead of at a set polling frequency or via “push.”
Consider a battery case or an add-on battery. Battery cases from Kensington, Mophie, and other manufacturers combine a hardware enclosure, which protects your phone, with an extended battery that can double your iPhone’s endurance.
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