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How to increase your battery life on your iPhone

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PhoneSKINe Team
January 17, 2018

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How to increase your battery life on your iPhone

The battery life on your iPhone affects the amount of time that you can spend on your iPhone before you have to re-charge your battery. Especially if you are on the go regularly, it’s very important to try and maximise the battery life.

This quick guide will provide some useful hints and tips to try and maximise the battery life and the overall lifespan of the iPhone battery.

What is battery life?

“The Amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged.” - Apple.com

What is battery lifespan?

“The amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be replaced”- Apple.com

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Useful tips and hints to improve your iPhone battery life and lifespan

1. Prevent long term exposure to extreme temperatures

iPhones are designed to perform in a wide range of temperatures, 62° to 72° F (16° to 22° C) as a guideline. If you expose your device to temperatures higher than 95° F (35° C), this can permanently damage your battery.

This could mean that your battery won’t power your device for as long on a given charge. As well as this charging the device in high temperatures can damage it further. If the battery temperature is too high, internal software may limit charging to 80%.

Also be aware that storing a battery in a hot environment can damage it irreversibly. You may also experience similar effects when using your iPhone in a very cold environment, you may notice a decrease in battery life. However the biggest difference is that this condition is temporary. Once the battery’s temperature returns to its normal, the performance will return to normal as well.

2. Update to the latest operating software version for iOS

It is important to ensure that you Apple iPhone is always up to date with the latest software. Updates can often include energy saving technology to ensure your battery life stays healthy.

How do I update my iPhone to the latest software version?

If there is a new update available, it will notify you of the update along with what is included in the update. You may be asked to plug your device into a power source. You can update wirelessly using WiFi or plug your iPhone into your computer with the latest version via iTunes.

If your device is using iOS 5 or later you can update by doing the following
Go to Settings > General > Software update

3. Long term storage advice

If you plan to store your iPhone over a long period of time there are two key factors will affect the health of your battery: the temperature and the charge percentage on the battery when it’s being stored. It’s been recommend to do the following:

- Charge the battery to roughly 50% before switching off for storage. If you store the battery when it is fully discharged this can cause the battery to fall into a deep discharge state. Storing it when fully charged can also cause the battery to lose some capacity.

- Place your device in a cool, moisture-free environment less than 90° F (32° C).

- If your device is being stored longer than six months, charge it to 50% every six months.

4. Remove large and bulky cases when you are charging!

If you have a large and bulky iPhone case this may cause the iPhone to generate excess heat which may adversely affect your battery capacity.

From the bottom of the screen swipe up and this opens the control center, tap on the Wi-Fi icon and this will log in to a Wi-Fi network.

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5. Optimise your iPhone settings on your iPhone

There are a few ways that can help lengthen the battery life of your iPhone.

Try to use Wi-Fi as much as possible

When you use your iPhone for data to check emails and surf the internet a Wi-Fi connection uses less power than a cellular network. To switch on Wi-Fi you can do this in one of two ways

Go to Settings > Wi-Fi to access a Wi-Fi network

Turn on Auto-brightness to increase your battery life

Auto-brightness adjusts your screen to lighting conditions automatically. This can be activated when you go to Settings > Display & Brightness and set Auto-brightness on.

6. Turn down the volume

When using your headphones by turning down the volume on you iPhone this could reduce the impact on the audio of your phones battery life.

Also if you go into Settings > Music you can also set a volume limit and turn off the EQ and this will save even more battery usage.

7. Switch on Low Power mode

When you iPhone battery is low a quick and easy way to extend the battery life is to enable the Low Power Mode. You will receive warning alerts when your iPhone reaches 20% and 10%.

To make it even easier, when you receive the warning alert it will give you the option to enable low power mode. Alternatively you can enable it by going into Settings > Battery.

What does low power mode do?

When enabled the low power mode reduces display brightness, optimises device performance and also minimises system animations.

As well as this, Apps such as Mail will not download contact such as emails or attachments. Additional features such as Airdrop, Continuity and iCloud sync will be automatically disabled.

You can still use the key functions of your iPhone such as text messages, phone calls and the use of the internet. The additional benefit of low power mode is that when your iPhone is charged, the Low power mode automatically switches off.

8. Monitor your battery usage information

It is very easy to monitor your battery usage for you iPhone, this can be done going into Settings > Battery. This will then display the proportion of your battery being used by each application. (Be aware this isn’t the case when being charged)

Below are some popular examples of battery usage along with a brief description of how to reduce your battery usage.

No Mobile coverage and low signal

If you are in a poor coverage area additional battery usage may be used search for a better signal. Enabling Airplane mode can prevent this however you will be unable to use cellular services.

Background Activity

This shows that the battery was used by an application whilst it was in the background whilst using another application. An example of this maybe the Mail app which can fetch emails that you have received.

If you wish to improve the battery life you can go into settings to turn off the feature that allows applications to refresh in the background. This can be done by going into Settings > General > Background App refresh and swipe to switch off.

Location Services

This shows that the application is using location services and maybe tracking your location. If you wish to disable this you can go into Settings > Privacy > Location services.

9. Charge your device via your computer

You can also charge your iPhone via USB into your computer. Be aware that if you iPhone is connected to a laptop or notebook that’s turned off, in sleep or standby mode, your device’s battery may drain.

10. Turn off iCloud

You can also charge your iPhone via USB into your computer. Be aware that if you iPhone is connected to a laptop or notebook that’s turned off, in sleep or standby mode, your device’s battery may drain.

11. Switch off "Hey Siri"

If you don’t use Siri switch it off to save battery. To turn it off go into Settings > Siri & Search and turn listen for “Hey Siri” off.

12.Turn off automatic downloads

You may find that your iPhone is updating Applications, iOS and Music automatically but this can guzzle your battery. To switch this off go into Settings > iTunes & App Store and switch off Use Cellular data, this will mean it will only update when you iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi. Alternatively you can also create your own schedule so it doesn’t interfere with your everyday life.

13. Turn off vibrations

Settings > Sound & Haptics

14.Turn off Fitness tracker

Your iPhone has the function to track your steps as well as other fitness activity, this is particularly useful if you’re in the get fit regime but the constant tracking can use a lot serious battery life. To disable this, go into Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness > Slide to switch off.

15. Personal hotspot is turned off

This is allows you to share your wireless data connection with other devices. If you don’t use this it’s best to switch it off. To do this, go into Settings > Personal hotspot > Slide across to switch off.

16. Turn off Bluetooth

If you are not using Bluetooth devices it will save battery usage by switching it off. You can switching it off by swiping your finger up from the bottom of the screen and it will show the control center. Find the Bluetooth logo and if it shows blue it means it’s switched on. Press the logo to switch it off.

17.Turn off raise to wake

This can also use a lot of battery if you’re moving your phone often and causing the screen to unnecessary switch on. To disable the feature go into Settings > Display & Brightness and toggle raise to Wake off.

18. Turn off 4G

Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options and toggle Enable 4G to off.

19. Run the battery down to low as much as possible

This can also use a lot of battery if you’re moving your phone often and causing the screen to unnecessary switch on. To disable the feature go into Settings > Display & Brightness and toggle raise to Wake off.

20. Tried all that but still having problems with your iPhone battery? Get a battery test!

If you believe that there is a problem with your iPhone battery it would be advised to go visit your nearest Apple store and ask for an extended battery life test.

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