How to Increase iPhone Battery Life and Maximize It

In this guide, you will learn how to improve battery life or iPhone or iPad or another device that is running iOS. To increase iPhone battery life, you have to change your iPhone’s charging and usage habits a little bit and also some settings in iOS as well. Few common factors make your iPhone battery drain faster than others users. If you live in an area where signals strength is weak (like I do have the problem in my office), then your phone will keep trying to search for the network, connect and disconnect all the time. Don’t get your iPhone heat up, this way you will not get maximum battery life. Keep iPhone iOS updated to the latest version because Apple always tries to fix bugs in its new iOS releases if any issue reported or they found it.

See also: Check battery usage by apps

How to Increase iPhone Battery Life

You can increase iPhone battery life by applying the following settings on your device. There are only a few settings that are iOS specific it means you can try these settings on other devices that run iOS.


Disable AirDrop

AirDrop feature is available in iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C running iOS 7 or later. If you don’t use this feature, then turn off or at least make it discoverable for your contacts only.
You can disable AirDrop from by accessing control center from home screen or by going to Settings > Control Center > AirDrop


Cellular Data:

Turn your cellular data off if you don’t use it If you do have a data plan and don’t have 3G or LTE in your area its good idea to disable at-least this feature so your phone doesn’t search for 3G or LTE. If you notice signals are not constant, it’s switching between 3G to LTE and vice-versa; it means you are in the weak signal area of 3G/LTE. I recommend to turn LTE off from Settings > Cellular Increase iPhone Battery Life.



Dynamic Wallpaper

Stop using dynamic wallpaper because it is constantly running in the background and drain iPhone battery.
Go to Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness > Choose Wallpaper section and try to apply Stills to save some battery in iOS 7.


Adjust Correct Brightness

It’s better not to use too high brightness or at-least go for auto brightness setting from Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness. I recommend you to adjust it to under 30% manually because you can change it quickly by Swiping-up from bottom to access control center and adjust brightness.



Set Auto-Lock Screen

iPhone display takes a lot of battery power, go to Settings General > Auto-Lock and set the auto screen lock option between 1 – 3 minutes, so the phone will lock itself and turn the screen off automatically within few minutes.


Notifications Alerts

When we install apps, they prompt to allow for some notifications alerts, and usually, we said yes. These push notifications are excellent in-case of Skype, Viber, Twitter apps. But there are few other apps and games like SPYmouse that sends useless push notifications, keep running in the background and continuously draining the battery. So we need to handle this, open Settings > Notification Center and scroll down to Include section. Tap on each app and turn the Alter Style and other settings off.



Background App Refresh

Turn the background app refresh off or at-least choose only a few apps from the list under Settings > General > Background App Refresh.


Mail Push Settings

Push notifications give you alert right when you receive messages. If you have set up more than one mail accounts on your iPhone and all are not crucial regarding mail notifications, then open Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data tap on each account and set it to Fetch or Manual setting. Also see the Fetch settings so you can schedule for every 15, 30, 60 minutes or manually to check your new emails. I recommend you to use Fetch settings and set the interval.


Disable Apps Auto Update

Turn off the automatic downloads for Music, Apps, and Updates. Always download or update apps manually when you see your iPhone battery is charged, Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. Open App Store to download or update apps manually.

Tip: here turn the option Use Cellular Data off unless you have a big data plan with your carrier. Otherwise big downloads and update gonna cost to much more.


Disable Location Services for apps

Settings > Privacy > Location Services here you see the list of apps with the location service option on or off. Turn the switch off for those apps you think should not use location services.


Motion Effect

Reduce motion effect including Parallax effect of icon and alerts.
Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and turn the switch on.


Spotlight Search Settings

When you search something in your iPhone it search into all your Music, Podcast, Videos, Messages, Contacts, etc.  If you don’t search for stuff like Contacts, Messages, then why iPhone should waste time by search in this content. So go ahead to exclude it form search, Settings > General > Spotlight Search here deselect few apps that you don’t want spotlight search to search into, this definitely make processing and search result quick and save battery as well.


Bluetooth Settings

Turn off Bluetooth, of course lot of people use Bluetooth devices but its better to turn it off when you are not using it, its easy to turn on or off just swipe-up from bottom to open Control-Center and use the Bluetooth button.

WiFi Network Settings

We all love WiFi and we all use this to save some data costs, well if you are on the go or in a place where you don’t have WiFi available please turn it off, Swipe-up from the bottom and turn off WiFi. If you don’t want to do that at-least turn on the option Ask to join Networks from Settings > WiFi.


Follow the above given tips and tricks to save and maximize the battery life or iPhone or iPad.


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