Wondering what’s killing your iPhone’s battery life? Let’s fix that! In this article, we tell you about the four biggest battery hogs around.
iPhones get more energy-efficient as batteries get larger, but battery life is still a concern for most users. Such is the nature of modern tech, but this doesn’t mean we should be plugging in multiple times a day. If your iPhone’s battery is draining faster than it should, identifying the culprits and finding solutions is worth the effort.
We are here to tell you the most common battery hogs on iPhone. Also included are solutions for the most common issues. Let’s get to it before that screen shuts off!
Reasons why your iPhone’s battery is draining so fast:
- Poor signal
- How old is your iPhone?
- Other iPhone battery drainers
The screen is the biggest battery hog since iPhone was launched. Screens keep getting bigger, brighter, and more colorful, as well as sporting higher definitions. Though all these improvements add to the general experience, they also make iPhones more power-hungry.
How to check battery usage:
Open the Settings app.
iPhone display technology is advancing much faster than battery tech, making battery life an even bigger issue to tackle in years to come. Until things get better, you will simply have to conserve energy.
Tips to lower screen battery drain
- Turn down screen brightness: Dimming your screen brightness will help you save battery significantly. Go to settings > Display & Brightness > screen brightness.
- Use duck mode: Depending on your device’s screen type, turning on dark mode may help it save battery life. Go to settings > Display & Brightness and select dark.
- Reduce auto-lock times: By reducing auto-lock times, you ensure your screen isn’t on just waiting to possibly be used. Go to settings > Display & Brightness > auto lock.
- Turn off raise to wake: Go to settings > Display & Brightness and turn off raise to wake.
- Ditch live motion wallpapers: They may look nice, but your iPhone is essentially playing a video at all times, and that kills the battery. Go to Settings > wallpaper.
- Use a dark wallpaper: Using a dark wallpaper is the most power-efficient because the display doesn’t have to activate those pixels. It’s argued the difference isn’t huge, but every bit of help is welcomed. Go to Settings > wallpaper.
2. Poor signal
Locations with poor reception are silent iPhone battery killers, which is even more annoying than not watching the latest cat videos. Your iPhone constantly communicates with nearby towers, trying to keep you connected every second of the day. Sometimes it can’t, and will work extra hard to reach the network and get you back on the grid.
If you reside in a rural area, work in a massive building, or often find yourself in areas with no service, chances are your iPhone’s battery will die faster than normal.
How to improve signal to reduce battery drain on iPhone
- Switch carrier: Carrier reliability varies by area, city, and neighborhood. Do some research and find out which carrier works best in your areas of interest and look into switching.
- Airplane mode: The Airplane mode feature can force your antennas to take a break. Turn off all connectivity and your iPhone won’t be working hard to stay connected. You can do this strategically when you are in places you know have bad service. Alternatively, you can use smart tools like IFTTT to automate Airplane mode by location.
- Network extenders: Carriers often offer network extenders that use the internet to give you signal. Consider getting one if you know you are in a place with spotty service for long periods of time. You could have one at home or work to make sure the signal is strong where you spend most of your time.
- Signal boosters: Signal boosters can be expensive, but people swear by them. These products have an outer antenna that can pick up reception. The signal is then spread through the house with an internal antenna.
3. Apps and background services
Keep your apps in check if your iPhone’s battery is dying fast. Certain apps drain the battery more than others. The obvious ones are YouTube, Netflix, and any streaming services. You might also want to avoid playing games if you want to save energy, as those happen to be huge battery hogs, especially if you are fond of titles with high-end graphics.
Plenty of apps kill your battery without active usage. Applications like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp are common ones. Communication services like these try to keep you in touch and updated all the time. This means the apps constantly operate in the background, using data, pulling your location, sending notifications, and more. Not to mention that we tend to spend a lot of time using them, whether you are endlessly checking your feed or messaging friends and family.
How to fix it
- Keep app downloads minimal: I often realize I am only using like 20% of the apps I have on my phone. Meanwhile, these applications are always working in the background and wasting battery. Why even have them? Go on a cleaning spree and delete apps you know you don’t need.
- Stop apps from working in the background: If you notice an app is taking too much of your precious juice, you can limit its background. Simply go to Settings > general > background app refresh. Just realize you will lose some features and functionality, as the app will be sleeping when not in use.
- Close apps: While iOS devices are made to multi-task, and closing apps can hurt more than it helps, there are times when closing apps is your best bet. Applications can go rogue, misbehave, or fail, in which case they often start draining your iPhone’s battery unnecessarily. It is good to close or kill the app when this happens, to give it a fresh reset. Go to the Home Screen and then swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone’s screen. This will Bring up your recently used apps. Find the app you want (you may swipe left or right) and then swipe up on the app.
- Be mindful of your usage: Sometimes we say we want better battery life, but find ourselves playing games, watching movies, and spending hours in social networks. Then we wonder why the iPhone battery drains before you get home! Be mindful of the apps you use and for how long you use them.
4. How old is your iPhone?
How old is your iPhone? More specifically, how old is the battery? iPhone batteries start to lose performance with time (as well as overheating). In fact, age is the primary reason your battery life gets shorter as your iPhone gets older. This means anyone rocking an older iPhone is likely reminiscing about the old times when the phone used to last much more on a charge.
You shave a second or two off of your iPhone’s maximum battery capacity every time you charge it. Batteries use chemical reactions to store and process energy, and no chemical reaction is infinite. The method has been optimized like crazy, though, and that’s why batteries last as long as they do to begin with. Additionally, batteries lose capacity even if you don’t use them.
How to fix it
- Purchase a new iPhone!: It may sound a bit depressing, but once a battery is too old to function efficiently enough, there is nothing sensible you can do about the issue.
- Change the battery: You can open your iPhone up and change the battery, but this requires some technical know-how and involves some risk. You can also visit the nearest Apple store and have them take care of the job for you.
5. Other battery problems and tips
- GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth: How often do you use these antennas? I know I leave them on at all times, but very seldom do I put them to work. GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth are using the battery, even if a little. Turn them off when you don’t need them and you will notice a boost in battery life.
- Camera: Taking photos and videos requires ample amounts of energy. Avoid doing it so often and your iPhone will live longer.
- Feeling cold?: Lower temperatures affect battery life significantly.
- Stay up-to-date: Software updates often come with battery life improvements, so it’s a good idea always to update your iPhone to the latest available iOS version.
- Get a portable charger: A good battery pack will keep your iPhone alive longer without keeping you tethered to a wall.
- Disable “Hey Siri” so the iPhone isn’t listening for the wake word: Settings > Siri & Search
- Turn off Siri Suggestions: Settings > Siri & Search.
- Turn on reduced motion: Settings > Accessibility > Motion > Reduced motion.
- Turn off AirDrop: settings > general > AirDrop.
- Use Safari content blockers.
- Turn down volume: settings > Sounds and haptics.
- Turn down the brightness level of the Flashlight feature in Control Center.
- Disable Location Services all together (not recommended): settings > Privacy > Location Services.
All in all, there’s a lot that users can do to improve the life of their battery. Apple has designed a resilient battery that can stand up to a lot of wear and tear. It’s typically software problems that are causing batteries to die out before the end of the day. By taking control of how their phone performs, users can dramatically improve their battery life to stay connected all day long.