Maximising Battery Life on your iPhone
Here are some simple and easy to implement tips to maximise the battery life of your iPhone.
1) Avoiding extremes of temperature – Apple devices are designed to work best when ambient temperatures are between 0 to 35 degrees Celsius. It’s important to avoid exposing your device to ambient temperatures higher than 35 degrees as this can permanently damage battery capacity. Charging the iPhone at high ambient temperatures can cause further damage. Remember to take your phone with you when leaving your car, even if it’s just for a short period of time.
2) Turn on Optimised Battery Charging – although activated by default in recent versions of iOS, it is worth double checking that this feature is enabled. (settings > battery > battery health). Optimised Battery Charging slows the rate of battery ageing by reducing the time that your iPhone spends fully charged. It does this by learning when you need to use your iPhone (such as after 7am each morning) and waiting to finish charging past 80% until just before you need to use your iPhone.
3) Display and brightness settings – access your display settings (settings > display & brightness) to turn down the brightness level of your screen. Apple have introduced a ‘dark mode’ which uses less power to light up the display. Dark mode can also make your screen more pleasant to view if looking at it in a darkened environment. You can also set this mode to come on at night (choose Light Until Sunset under Options).
4) Identify and reduce to use of high drain apps – access your battery settings (settings > battery) and scroll down to “Battery Usage by App” to review which apps are using the most of your battery. This will help identify those apps which are draining your battery and perhaps be that added prompt that you are spending too much time refreshing your Facebook feed or browsing TikTok.
5) Disable WiFi and Bluetooth and turn off AirDrop – if those functions are not in use there is no need to have them running in the background. In poor WiFi signal areas your iPhone will require more power to transmit and receive data. But keep in mind that WiFi consumes less power than mobile data so where available so don’t just rely on mobile data only when WiFi is readily available. (Remember – the COVIDSafe app on works when Bluetooth is switch on).
6) Use Auto Lock – make sure your iPhone screen isn’t on when it doesn’t need to be by enabling auto lock. (settings > display & brightness > auto-lock)
7) Low power mode – Low Power Mode reduces overall power requirements and makes your battery last longer. Apps including Mail will not download content in the background and features like AirDrop, iCloud sync and Continuity will be disabled. Low Power Mode is not enabled by default (iOS will prompt you when battery remaining is 20%) but it can be enabled manually in settings > battery and selecting Low Power Mode.
8) Background activity – To improve battery life, you can turn off the feature that allows apps to refresh in the background. Go to settings > general > background app refresh and select “Wi-Fi”, “Wi-Fi & Mobile Data” or “Off” to turn off Background App Refresh entirely.
9) Mail App activity – you can choose to fetch data manually or increase the fetch interval rather than having new messages pushed from your mail server to the iPhone. Go to settings > mail > accounts > fetch new data.
With these easy to implement tips we hope it goes some way to stretching out the battery life of your iPhone during the day.