2023 Author: Gordon Kinson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 08:36
Each year, when announcing a new version of the operating system for mobile devices, Apple representatives report significant energy saving optimizations. The same applies to the iDevices themselves, but users do not always feel these improvements in practice.
Interestingly, it is not always the manufacturer and software developer that is to blame for this, but the owners of smartphones and tablets themselves. Most of them completely refuse to visit sections of the settings menu, even if it takes a few seconds to complete the desired action. As a result, using only a fraction of the functionality of their devices, users are sometimes forced to charge their batteries more often than once a day.
In this post, we'll take a look at 30 tips to help you extend battery life on your iPhone and iPad
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Turn on Power Saving Mode
The simplest and most effective way to postpone the charging time of the device is the power saving mode, which first appeared in iOS 9. When this function is activated, the system will turn off a number of resource-intensive processes, such as: automatic content updating, sending geodata, animations, etc. When Power Save Mode is on, the battery indicator turns amber.
You can enable Power Saving Mode through the Settings → Battery menu,
and also in the Control Center.
In addition, the system will offer to activate the Power Saving Mode when the battery level drops to 20%, and will automatically turn off when the user charges the device to 80%.
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Disable 3G / 4G mobile Internet (LTE)
In a situation where it is necessary to use the battery charge as economically as possible, you should abandon high-speed data transmission over the Internet. You can turn off the 3G / LTE connection by going to Settings → Cellular → Cellular data
or Control Center (only for devices with iOS 11 or later).
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Restart your iOS device occasionally
Despite the fact that iOS is the most stable mobile operating system, sometimes mistakes made by the developers of the OS itself and third-party applications lead to errors that are invisible to the user, but have negative consequences.
For example, some programs can cyclically execute unnecessary processes in automatic mode, download data from the Internet, update geolocation, etc. In addition, due to the long-term operation of the iPhone without restarting the device, the device may turn off and not respond to buttons (solution to the problem). To prevent such amateur applications, you should reboot your iPhone or iPad regularly (once every 2-3 weeks).
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Don't use your iPhone or iPad in the cold
The vast majority of Apple mobile devices are made of aluminum, and the latest models have such thin cases that the battery is literally squeezed into a metal sandwich with high thermal conductivity. At temperatures below freezing, this leads to cooling of the battery and thickening of the electrolyte in it. As a consequence, there is a change in the density of the substance and a drop in the level of charge.
To ensure maximum battery life, your iPhone or iPad should be operated in temperatures between 16-22 degrees Celsius above freezing.
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Disable Screen Time
Starting with iOS 12 (review), the Apple mobile operating system received the Screen Time (overview) function, which allows you to receive detailed statistics on the use of your iPhone or iPad, as well as set restrictions on the launch of applications. At the same time, the activated Screen Time tool constantly runs in the background and negatively affects the battery life of the device.
If you are not using Screen Time, turn it off by going to Settings → Screen Time → Turn Off Screen Time.
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Many applications request access to the device's geolocation data at the first launch, and often users themselves do not remember which programs can constantly monitor their location.
iOS uses Geolocation Services for many services and applications, and also allows you to send information about the geolocation of the device through the regular messenger Messages, Find Friends and others. Naturally, the need for Geolocation does not arise so often, therefore, if there is a need to conserve power, it makes sense to disable this function for all or selected applications along the path Settings → Privacy → Geolocation services.
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Remove unused widgets
Pay attention to the installed widgets in (the widget panel is called by swiping from left to right on the iOS home screen), you may not use some (or all) of them at all.
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With the release of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, Apple has significantly expanded the interaction between mobile and desktop platforms. In particular, due to the Handoff functionality, which allows you to quickly switch when working with iDevice and Mac. The thing, of course, is convenient, but not always necessary. For example, if you do not use iPad or Mac computers, then it makes sense to disable Handoff through the menu Settings → General → Handoff.
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Don't use resource-intensive apps
Naturally, each application installed on a smartphone or tablet has a different level of power consumption. In iOS, the user has the ability to pinpoint the programs that consume the battery more than others. To do this, go to Settings → Battery. Here, the percentage of the energy consumption of applications for the last day or week is displayed.
If the need arises to save power as much as possible, try not to use resource-intensive applications.
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Disable automatic app updates
Of course, a rare user will refuse the opportunity to always have only the latest, most recent versions of the best games and programs on their device. However, the automatic updating of applications implemented in iOS can not only significantly consume mobile traffic, but also "kill" the battery at the most inopportune moment. You can completely disable application updates or prohibit it for individual applications in Settings → iTunes Store and App Store → Automatic downloads.
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Disable background content refresh
It will not be superfluous to disable the Update content option in applications that are in the background. The desired switch is located along the path Settings → General → Content update.
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Disable unnecessary notifications
For active users of social networks, news feeds and mobile gamers, this problem is very relevant - constant notifications about new subscribers, posts and likes are not only annoying, but also negatively affect the battery charge. Be sure to turn off notifications from non-essential apps. This can be done in the Settings → Notifications menu.
We talked in detail about the correct setting of notifications on iPhone and iPad in this article.
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Don't unload background apps
For novice users, this may seem paradoxical, but frequently used applications in the background, that is, in the multitasking menu, not only do not waste system resources and battery power, but also help save them. Why you don't need to unload frequently used applications, we told in this article.
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Turn on Airplane Mode
If you are in the mountains or anywhere else away from strong cellular reception, be sure to turn on Airplane Mode. Finding the network has a detrimental effect on the battery life of your iPhone or iPad.
To save battery power when you do not need to take calls, use the Internet and other means of communication, you should also use Airplane Mode. Fortunately, it is very simple to activate it - just raise the shutter of the Control Center and tap the icon with the image of the plane, or go to the Settings → Airplane mode menu.
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Lower screen brightness and use Auto Brightness
Retina displays on iPhones and iPads have high brightness and contrast, but it is not always necessary to use the display to its full potential - in particular, it puts a significant load on the device's battery. Solving the problem is quite easy - just go to Settings → Display and brightness and reduce the brightness to an acceptable level.
In addition, Apple recommends setting the Auto Brightness switch to active. In this mode, the iPhone will automatically detect the light level using the sensor on the front panel and adjust the screen brightness. The "Auto Brightness" switch is located under Settings → General → Accessibility → Display adaptation.
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Disable Raise to Activate
This option allows you to turn on the iPhone (6s and newer) screen when you pick up your smartphone.
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Disable Parallax Effect
First introduced in iOS 7, the parallax effect (a 3D effect associated with the interaction of application icons and wallpapers on the home screen) looks pretty nice, but, like many similar design elements, it drains the smartphone's battery significantly. To turn off parallax, and at the same time reduce the level of animation in iOS, just turn on the "Reduce Motion" mode in Settings → General → Accessibility.
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Apply Opacity Downgrade
The proprietary blur effect (blur effect) in iOS can also be disabled in the settings, thereby reducing the load on the battery of a smartphone or tablet. You can deactivate this beauty by going to Settings → General → Accessibility → Increase contrast → Decrease transparency.
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Always install the latest iOS updates (if your device is less than 3 years old)
Apple developers are constantly developing updates for the mobile operating system, fixing the discovered shortcomings. At the same time, almost every update has a positive effect on the performance and energy efficiency of the device, so it will not be superfluous to constantly use the latest version of iOS. Often, this only applies to the last two to three generations of iPhones and iPads. Older devices, unfortunately, start to run noticeably slower on newer firmware.
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Set the Auto Screen Lock time to 1 min or less
This feature is not only for data protection. In the locked screen mode, the smartphone consumes much less battery power, so it makes sense to set auto-lock for 1 minute or 30 seconds. This can be done in the Settings → Display and brightness → Auto-lock menu.
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Limit Ad Tracking
Like all ad networks, Apple gives advertisers the ability to target audiences. Naturally, ad consumer groups must be delineated by geographic, age or other criteria, for which ad is constantly tracked on users' devices. The extra process, of course, also eats up some of the battery power. The item Limit ad tracking can be enabled in Settings → Privacy → Ads.
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Turn off Siri and Siri Suggestions
The voice assistant is a very useful feature, but think about it - do you really use it often? If the answer is no, then in order to save battery power, it is better to turn it off ("Listen Hey Siri" and "Siri with the Home button") in Settings → Siri and search.
Also, you may not use the “Search suggestions” and “Find suggestions”, which are presented on a separate Spotlight-screen (called by swiping from the center down on the iPhone and iPad home screen). Siri suggestions are configured or disabled in the same way along the path: Settings → Siri and search.
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Disable Repeated notifications from Messages
By default, iOS sends a notification of a received iMessage or SMS twice. Not only is this annoying, but it also drains the battery. To disable re-sending of notifications, just set the "Never" option in the Settings → Notifications → Messages → Repeat alerts.
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Mute lock sounds, keyboard clicks, haptic cues and optionally vibration and system sounds
Many users naively believe that in vibration mode the smartphone battery is not discharged so much. On the contrary, the work of a vibration motor is much more energy consuming than reproducing sound by speakers. To maximize battery life, turn off the During Call and In Silent Mode switches in Settings → Sounds. Here you can also disable the Lock Sound and Keyboard Clicks.
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Turn off AirDrop and Bluetooth
AirDrop and Bluetooth wireless services are rarely used by the average user, but they can speed up the connection of an iPhone or iPad to an outlet if they are constantly in active mode. Verify the opposite by launching Control Center, and then pressing with force (works even on iPhone 5s and iPhone 6) on the block with icons of wireless modules. This is where AirDrop and Bluetooth are turned off.
You can do the same in Settings:
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Disable 3D Touch
If you do not use the revolutionary 3D Touch function (recognition of the pressure by the screen), then disable this function as well. The switch is located under Settings → Accessibility → 3D Touch.
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Disable Apple Reporting
Any iDevice sends Apple a daily activity report by default, which helps the company identify problems with the operating system. It is indicated that this report may also contain geolocation data. You can disable this function in the Settings → Privacy → Analysis menu.
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Use external batteries (battery cases)
On a long trip, on a camping trip or just outside the city in the absence of an electrical outlet, you can use alternative power sources - external batteries, cases with built-in batteries, etc.
Apple has released its own iPhone case with an extra milliampere-hour. The accessory is suitable for 4.7- and 5.5-inch smartphone models and provides about 25 hours of talk time or 18 hours of surfing the Internet via an LTE connection. Smart Battery Case costs 6,499 rubles (buy).
Of course, you can find a much cheaper option. For example, a similar accessory from Baseus with the option to select the capacity (2500, 3650, 5000 or 7300 mAh) will cost 1250-1700 rubles (buy).
A separate powerbank will be even cheaper, the transportation of which will be less convenient, but subsequently the device will be able to repeatedly fully restore the battery level of the iPhone and iPad. At the moment, models with a capacity of 10,000 mAh can be found at a price of 800 rubles.
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Check battery condition and replace if necessary
Lithium-ion and similar batteries have been a non-alternative power source for mobile devices for many years due to their relatively low cost, compactness and long service life. However, after about 1.5-2 years of active use of the iPhone or iPad, the battery capacity drops by about 15-20%, after 3-4 years - by 50%.
Naturally, sooner or later such a battery will have to be replaced with a new one. How to count the charge cycles of an iPhone battery and monitor its capacity, we talked in detail here.
Of course, this list does not claim to be complete and does not contain all possible recommendations for preserving the iPhone battery charge, but every user will certainly be able to find something new and useful here for himself.
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