Your iPhone is a digital Swiss army knife that helps you stay connected with friends and family, keep tabs on your social media feeds, and keep up with your favorite shows and games. It’s always with you, so naturally, it comes with you virtually everywhere you go. But with so many mobile apps, GPS tracking, and continuous streaming services, keeping your iPhone charged can be a real pain. Whether you’re an iPhone power user or a casual user who only checks her phone a few times a day, you probably know it needs to be charged every night. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to maximize the longevity of your iPhone battery and ensure you’re never caught short again. Here’s how you can get the most out of your iPhone’s battery.
Turn Off Your Screen When You’re Not Using It
Screen savers, auto-brightness, and other battery-draining features are common on mobile phones but they can also drain your iPhone’s battery. It’s best to turn them off when you’re not using your phone. This will help you avoid the risk of your battery life depleting while you’re not using it. You can also turn down the brightness of your iPhone’s display so it doesn’t drain its battery.
Set Up Your iPhone Before Going Out
Not turning your phone off and turning up the brightness will drain its battery quicker than you’d expect. To make sure your phone doesn’t go into a downward spiral of slow speeds and non-functionality, it’s best to set up your iPhone before you go out for the night. This means installing any updates you’ve been sitting on and setting up any third-party apps that you’ve been meaning to check out.
Don’t Use Frequent Features When You Can Help it
Instead of using your iPhone’s flashlight or taking pictures in the dark, it’s usually better to use your phone’s built-in flash or the camera app’s standard light. It’ll save battery life and let you help avoid the risk of breaking something with a flashlight. You can also turn off the flashlight on your app if you don’t use it often.
Charge in an Air Conditioned Area
If you’re often worried about your iPhone’s battery life, a smart idea is to charge it in an air-conditioned room or in the car. As well as avoiding heat damage, an air-conditioned space will help avoid any damage caused by the power flushing of your iPhone’s internal components. If you like to keep your iPhone in your pocket while you’re out, it’s better to charge it in the car while you wait. You’re less likely to miss a phone call or text while you’re driving.
Stay Away From Bright Lights
One of the best ways to prevent your iPhone’s battery from dying is to avoid using it in bright lights. Even if you’re just walking around a shopping center, it’s better to keep the phone in your pocket. It’ll help maximize your iPhone’s battery life.
Turn Off Auto-Brightness
Your phone’s built-in sensors will automatically adjust the brightness of your screen based on the light in your surroundings. This can help increase your battery’s longevity if you’re using your phone in a bright environment, but it can also be a battery hog. To save battery, turn off auto-brightness.
Avoid Hot Spots
Another thing that can damage your iPhone’s battery is leaving it in a hot spot while you’re not using it. This is a particular problem for users of the iPhone X since their OLED screen doesn’t have a protective glass over it.
Activate Low Power Mode
Low Power Mode is Apple’s name for a special feature that shuts off all unnecessary functions in an effort to conserve battery life. It’s not activated by default, so you need to go to Settings -> Battery to get it to turn on. It’s only going to be necessary when you’re on a very limited data plan or when you’re going to be away from a wall charger for a long period of time. When in Low Power Mode, you’re only going to be able to use the following features:
- Phone calls: The only calls you can make are those that come through your iPhone’s Wi-Fi or cell signal.
- Internet: You won’t be able to use your phone’s data connection at all while in Low Power Mode.
- Messages: You’ll still be able to receive and respond to messages, but you won’t be able to send anything new.
- Camera: The camera will only be able to take pictures when you press the shutter button on the front of the phone instead of the screen.
Adjust Screen Brightness
You don’t have to be stuck with the same screen brightness level all the time. When you’re having trouble charging your phone and you don’t want to change settings, you can tap your screen a few times and adjust the screen brightness in order to get the most out of your battery. If you don’t know what settings to change, do a search online for “iPhone battery guide” and you’ll find plenty of helpful tips on how to get the most out of your battery.
Turn Off Location Services
Location Services are another way your iPhone is trying to save battery life by limiting the amount of data that’s being transmitted. When you’re not actively using the GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular connection in your iPhone, you don’t need it to be using data in order to function (your iPhone is smart enough to figure that out). When you’re not actively using them, you don’t need to keep these services active. This is where you’ll want to turn off any location-based services, such as Weather, Maps, Timeline, and Local Search.
The best way to get and keep the most out of your iPhone’s battery is to make a few simple lifestyle changes. Avoid leaving your phone in a hot spot, charge it in an air-conditioned space, and avoid using frequent features when you can help it. Remember to charge it before bed so you can wake up with a fully-charged iPhone the next morning.