How to save battery life on your iPhone

by Robert Duke | Feb 22, 2018
There’s nothing worse than watching your phone battery edge towards empty when you’re out and about.

Fear not we say – here are five things you can do to squeeze more out of your daily charge. 

1. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are notorious for gobbling up battery power, and if you aren’t using the connections, there’s no need to keep them running. 

To turn both off, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and deselect the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options. Simple.

Screenshot of WiFi and Bluetooth settings on iPhone


2. Turn down your brightness

Smartphones use up a lot of juice powering the screen, so if you turn the brightness down, you can save precious percentages. Just don’t forget to turn it back up when you go outside – dark screens and bright days don’t mix. 

To turn down brightness, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and adjust the slider. 

Brightness setting on iPhone

3. Look out for background app refresh

Some apps will drain your battery quickly if you leave them ‘refreshing’ in the background. The good news is, you can turn them off by changing your ‘Background App Refresh’ settings. Result.

Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and then switch all background refreshing off. If you want to pause it for specific apps, you can scroll down and turn them off individually. 

Background app refresh settings on iPhone

4. Ditch vibrate mode

You wouldn’t think it, but vibration drains your iPhone battery life like nobody’s business. 

You can quickly change your ‘ringer mode’ to silent by flicking the switch on the upper left of your phone, but, if you haven’t changed your settings, it’ll still buzz when you get calls or messages.

To make sure your phone won’t vibrate, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Vibration and move the slider to the left.

Vibrate setting on iPhone

5. Use low power mode

Switching to low power mode will make some of the changes mentioned above, and reduces the time your phone takes to auto-lock while preventing email fetch and automatic downloads. 

To switch low power mode on manually, go into Settings > Battery and move the slider to the right. 

Low power setting on iPhone
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