iPhones do a lot of things smoothly without the user needing to worry about much, but with the latest iOS 11 update, many users reported they had worse battery life than before they updated. Surely this wasn't the new iOS version being a battery hog, but more of a settings issue, right? Sometimes even iPhones need some tweaking to work at their best. We're here to help you set up your phone to make the most out of your battery.
1. Check your Battery Usage
The first thing you need to figure out is the breakdown of your phone's battery usage. Head into Settings -> Battery. This will show you which apps have been using your battery for the last 24 hours and the past six days. This empowers you to figure out which apps you may need to rethink, whether you really need or not, and make changes accordingly to preserve your battery life.
2. Turn off Screen Brightness
The next important thing to take note of is the display. Smartphone displays usually take up the lion's share of battery energy. Lowering the brightness level will help you maximize battery life, and if you turn off auto-brightness and set it at a suitably low setting that you're comfortable reading with, you can really conserve energy.
3. Use Low Power Mode
Low Power Mode turns off features that use up battery in the background, like fetching email messages, background app refreshing, downloading updates, and syncing. Most of these things are largely unnecessary and don't need to be running all the time, so turning on Low Power Mode in Settings -> Battery really helps.
4. Lower your Auto-Lock Setting
There's nothing more wasteful than keeping the screen on when you're not using the phone. While some people can easily just press the power button, some people forget, and others may not want to wear the button out with continuous pressing. Either way, if you set your auto lock settings to lock after 30 seconds instead of 5 minutes, you will shut off the display that much faster, saving a lot of battery power. To adjust auto-lock settings, go to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Auto-Lock.
5. Location Services
Is your iPhone constantly checking your current position? Many apps look up where your phone is using Location Services to give location-sensitive data, like weather, or maps, and other things. The bad news is, this can really drain your battery, and GPS triangulation does make the phone use the radio more than it needs to. Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services to update which apps get to ping your phone for your location, and switch any apps that are set to "Always" to either "While Using" or "Never." This doubles as improving your privacy, so it's a big win either way.
These tips should get you started on the road to better battery life. While no single thing is a magical bullet to solve all our battery woes, every bit counts. How much extra battery life did you get from your iPhone with these tips? We hope you have felt a significant improvement in your phone's operation.
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