Nowadays, it’s impossible to live and work without a smartphone because so much of our lives are contained inside of these devices. We use them to make calls and texts, take photos and videos, check emails, make notes, listen to music, etc. It is frustrating when your phone’s battery dies at the wrong time. That’s why we are sharing useful tips and practical steps to help you save battery on your iPhone. If you try following them daily, that will help to maximize the battery life and lifespan of your iPhone.
Tips to save battery on iPhone
Check battery usage information.
Go to Settings > Battery and wait a second for Battery Usage to populate, then tap the Last 10 days to see a broader battery consumption. Check which apps are using the most battery. Consider closing them out, rather than leaving them open running in the background.
Update your phone to the latest version of iOS.
Apple says their updates include advanced energy-saving technologies.
Avoid high and low ambient temperatures, when using your iPhone.
The ideal comfortable temperature for your device is 62° to 72° F (16° to 22° C). Ambient temperature higher than 95° F (35° C) can damage the battery capacity. You can notice a decrease in battery life when you use your phone in a cold environment. But when the battery returns to its normal temperature, its performance will return to normal too. So this is a temporary condition.
Minimize the time a battery spends at 100% or 0% charge.
Neither extremes are good, because it stresses your phone battery. Fully charging and draining to 0% will reduce performance in the future.
You should unplug your device as soon as battery power reaches 100%. Don’t leave it charging overnight, if you don’t want to destroy iPhone battery life. It’s more recommended using a partial charge of around 80%.
You should also unplug your iPhone if it gets hot while charging. That might be a sign your phone battery is bad, and it should be replaced.
Relevant article: How to Replace an iPhone Battery
Steps to save battery on iPhone
The following actions will also help if you are thinking about how to save battery on your iPhone.
Go to to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Auto-Brightness, and toggle it to on. Your phone screen brightness will be automatically adjusted based on your current lighting situation.
Adjust brightness levels manually in Settings > Display & Brightness, or adjust it via a slider bar. There you can also turn on dark mode if you have iOS 13.
Turn off Wi-Fi, Airdrop, and Bluetooth when you are not using them.
And if you are using Wi-Fi for internet browsing, making calls, etc. turn off the cellular data.
Turn off Location services and customize which apps use location-based tracking.
These features also drain the battery, and if you set to “Never”, apps will drain less power when in use. Go to Settings > Privacy tab > Location Services to customize.
Turn on the Airplane Mode to disconnect from all wireless signals, when it’s needed.
Airplane Mode will also help if you’re in a real jam for power. You won’t receive calls and texts, but you can still connect to Wi-Fi if necessary.
Enable Low-Power Mode.
To do this, go to Settings > Battery > Lower Power Mode and toggle it to on. It turns off background app refresh, automatic downloads, mail fetching, Siri, and some visual effects. You will see the mode is activated as the battery icon in the top-right corner will turn yellow. Low Power Mode automatically turns off if you charge your iPhone to 80% or more, so you’ll have to turn it on again. You can also turn Low Power Mode on/off from Control Center.
Disable Background App Refresh completely or for certain apps to save battery life.
Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Turning this feature off also helps to make your battery last longer.
Turn off Automatic App Updates, if you are looking to save battery and data.
Open Settings > iTunes & App Store and tap the switch button next to Updates.
Turn off Siri Suggestions.
Navigate to Settings > Siri & Search. Under Siri Suggestions, you can enable or disable them in search, Look Up, and on the lock screen. If the “Hey, Siri” feature is on, that means your phone is always awaiting your command. If you don’t use Siri that much, it’s better to turn off active listening. This also could help with the battery drain.
Turn off Vibrations.
Because if your phone vibrates every time, when you receive notifications and messages, or when your phone rings, that actually eats up battery life too. To disable vibrations, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics, turn off Vibrate on Sound and Vibrate on Silent.
Remove Motion Effects on your iPhone.
Cool features such as dynamic wallpapers, motion effects on app icons, etc. slowly drain your battery. We also suggest turning off the effects by navigating to Settings > Accessibility > Motion > Reduce Motion, and choosing wallpapers that don’t move on Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper > Stills.
Customize Fetch New Data.
This feature allows your device to receive emails even when you’re not using the Mail apps, and the user can select how often the phone checks for new email. To turn off data pushes, open Settings on your phone > Passwords & Accounts > Fetch New Data. You can deactivate Push data or choose how often you want your iPhone to check for new content on the synchronized apps.
Apple’s iPhones and the most modern gadgets use lithium-ion batteries, which are known for their durability. The newest iPhone model – iPhone Pro Max offers more than 8 hours of battery life. The older models also may last long unless the battery is bad and requests replacement.
If you follow the tips above and consider turning off the features you don’t need or use, you have all the chances to keep your iPhone running longer.