Top 5 Tips for Saving Battery Life and Restoring your Phone’s Battery Power!
There is nothing more annoying than your phone losing battery power fast. One thing I noticed today after performing an update on my iPhone 6s is that it's battery life is now completely shot. I grabbed my phone while it was at 38%, started browsing the reddit app for maybe 5 minutes and then noticed that my phone was down to 19%. As I was staring at the battery, it dropped to 18%, then 17%. Right in front of my eyes I was watching my battery decrease and I was using one app to get some news. I didn’t think this was normal, and after some research, I found that it’s an issue with how Apple updates their phones and the way the apps react to their updates. After doing all this research, I wanted to make an easy-to-understand list for people to follow to bring their phones back to life after an update may have affected their battery life. These tips worked for me, and I hope they work for you. If you have any additional tips, please comment below and help out the community.
All of Today’s tips will be within the settings options. This is the icon we will be clicking on when we reference “settings”
#1. First check if your battery may need to be replaced.
This is a very simple method of verifying if your battery should be replaced or not. This is a new application on the iPhone and is helpful to determine if your battery is on it's way out. Since our phones use rechargeable batteries, they will over time start to decrease in their performance and you will get less and less out of them. Replacements are easy, but don’t replace a battery when it could be caused by software. First check if it’s a hardware issue.
To do that, follow the steps below.
Click Settings > Battery > Battery Health
The Percentage shown on the “Maximum Capacity” is the measure of your battery's capacity now relative to when it was brand new. The lower the capacity, the more you would want to consider replacing your battery. If your percentage is over 80% and your phone is still losing battery life fast, then your problem is most likely a software issue, and you should move on to the next step in this article to check out some software settings that can affect your battery's performance.
#2. Check if your email is a draining your battery.
If you are like me, then you don’t need your email to be updating in real time. This means that I can set my phone to look for my email every 30 minutes or so, instead of trying to look for it constantly. The option most devices are set on by default are “Push”. Push means that the iPhone is going to look for mail 24/7: so if someone sends you an email, it should only take a few seconds to reach your phone. If you would like your phone to conserve battery life, search for mail less often.
Turning off Push and setting it to “Fetch” for a longer duration like 30 minutes should help save you battery life. You can even set it to manual, which will only search for email when you open the app. If email isn’t super important or time sensitive, then manual might be your best option.
Click Settings > Accounts & Passwords > Fetch New Data
#3. Check Which Apps are hogging all your Battery Juice.
One of the biggest eye openers in my research were how many of my apps were working without me ever clicking on them. Background App Refresh is when an App is updating its information in the background, so when you are ready to click on it, it will load anything new going on instantly, instead of waiting a few seconds for it to gather information.
What was really concerning to me is I don’t use 90% of the apps on my phone, so why am I allowing them to suck my battery down to nothing?
Here is how you go about checking which apps are stealing precious battery life, and what you can do to stop them.
First, check and see which apps are using the most battery power. You do this by following the steps below.
Click Settings > Battery
What is highlighted below after you click on battery is which apps are using the most battery life on your phone. You can easily remove these apps, or you can edit how they use your battery life and when.
Now lets figure out which apps are set to update in the background.
Click Settings > General > Background App Refresh
As you can see, my Background App Refresh is now set to Off. Which means my apps will refresh their data when I click on them, instead of in the background. If you want certain apps to update in the background, then you can turn this on, and click each individual apps on the list for which you would like to refresh in the background. The more apps you have refreshing in the background, the more battery will be consumed. My entire list was set to background refresh, and apps I almost never use were updating 24/7. Turning them off really helped retain my battery life.
#4. Stop Apps from constantly using your Location.
This check was also eye opening to me, and quite unnerving. Almost all of my apps were set to track me at all times. This is concerning as that’s completely unnecessary for an App to know where I am at all times. There are a few options for this, one of those options is to turn location services off completely, but when it comes to using the GPS to navigate or checking in on Facebook, this just isn’t ideal.
Instead, you are better off going down the list, and setting apps that you don’t use on “Never”, and apps you do use and need location services to “While Using”. My entire list other than “services” at the bottom is set to either “Never” or “While Using”. This way, my phone isn’t collecting information about my location unless I open an app and allow that to happen. You can check your location servies and your settings by following the steps below. As an added tip that I learned, make sure to do this after each update you perform on your iPhone. Sometimes when performing an update, this list gets reset back to it's default stalker settings.
Click Settings > Privacy > Location Services
#5. Brightness, Auto-Lock, and Lower Power Mode.
When it comes to my phone's brightness, I am that person that needs it blindingly bright, unless I just woke up and my eyes haven’t adjusted yet. However, brightness on your phone can play a huge part in how long your battery lasts. There are a few options that you can make as you use your phone throughout the day, that can save battery life in crucial situations.
First, use the setting below to verify what your brightness is set at. The lower you go, the more battery life you will get. The other option to look at is “Auto-Lock”. This is how fast your screen turns off and locks the phone. The lower you set this option, the less likely your phone running when you are not using it.
Click Settings > Display & Brightness
Another option is to put your phone in lower power mode. This is done by swiping up from the bottom of your phone and revealing your quick options. As you can see below we highlighted a little icon of a battery. This battery icon is called “Low Power Mode”. This sets a lot of your settings to a point where it conserves the most battery life. It will set email to “Fetch”, turn off things like “Hey Siri”, and turn down some animations and effects to conserve battery life. I tend to use this when I know I have a while until I will be near a phone charger, but need my phone to stay alive in case I need to order a Lyft or look something up like directions.
Slide your finger up from the bottom of the phone to reveal options.
That’s about it! At this point you should have changed enough settings to get some better battery life out of your phone. If you have any questions or additional tips, please comment below.