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10 Tips to Extend Your iPhone’s Battery Life

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You spent a lot on your iPhone, and it’s fair to say you want to get the maximum use out of your investment. Conserving and extending your phone’s battery life helps you increase the amount of time you can use your phone over the course of the day, while extending your phone’s overall lifespan. 

Fortunately, iPhones are among the phones with the best battery life, so most of the time you’ll have plenty of power between battery chargings. It’s always wise to know how to save phone battery life, however, for those unexpected occasions when you really need an extra hour or two of phone use. 

How Long do iPhone Batteries Last?

An iPhone 11 Pro Max is arguably the smartphone with the best battery life, but like all battery-run devices, that depends on how often you use the phone and what you use the phone for. On average, an iPhone 11 Pro Max runs consistently for twelve to fourteen hours on a single charge.

In terms of total lifespan, an iPhone 11 battery will retain up to eighty percent of its charging capacity for two to three years, depending on how heavily you use the device. 

Ways to Save an iPhone Battery Charge

Knowing how to increase battery life extends how long you can use an iPhone on a full battery charge. There are several ways to save iPhone battery life listed below. Normally you wouldn’t need to use all these strategies, but they are good tips to keep in mind for those situations where you might not make it to a charging port before your phone dies.

  • Avoid excessive heat

Ambient temperatures higher than 95 Fahrenheit can prevent an iphone battery from charging more than eighty percent, and long term exposure to high temperatures can permanently damage battery capacity. Avoid leaving your phone in a hot car or direct sunlight and take steps to prevent your phone from overheating

  • Check battery app usage

If you’re learning how to improve battery life, it’s important to understand which of your phone’s apps and processes consume the most power. Select the Battery option in Settings to see a list of all apps currently using the battery and how much power each app uses. 

  • Turn off Siri

Depending on who you talk to, turning off Siri may not be one of the most effective ways to save iPhone battery life, but as switching to Low Power Mode turns Siri off, we have to assume everyone’s favorite assistant consumes at least some battery power. To turn Siri off, go to Settings>Siri and tap Search, then toggle off Listen for “Hey Siri.”

  • Lower screen brightness

The phones with the best battery life tend to be those with less bright screens. This only makes sense: the brighter your screen, the more battery the phone has to divert to the screen. You can quickly change screen brightness by opening Settings>Display and Brightness, and then dragging the brightness slider to the right or left as needed. 

  • “Low Power” mode

Low Power mode limits CPU performance, reducing your iPhone’s capabilities but increasing battery life. Just how long do iPhone batteries last on low power mode? Fourteen-hour battery life can be extended to twenty hours. Go to Settings> Battery to toggle Low Power Mode on and off.

  • Turn your flashlight down low

This tip won’t help increase battery life unless you’re using the flashlight, but if you are, it can help keep an iPhone powered longer (and if you’re using your flashlight, you don’t want it to fail and leave you in the dark). iOS 11 offers four flashlight settings, with the lowest setting providing plenty of light. To change flashlight settings, long-press the flashlight button and choose a brightness setting. iOS 11 will remember your new setting for the next time you use the flashlight. 

  • Limit “Background App Refresh”

Background App Refresh automatically updates your apps, which helps the apps perform better. Unfortunately, updating apps consume battery power, so if you’re serious about finding ways to improve battery life, you might want to disable this feature. Go to iOS Settings>General, where you can choose to disable all background app refreshing or just disable the feature on specific apps.

  •  Limit notifications

App notifications can be very helpful, but each notification eats just a little more of your battery power. Facebook notifications are notorious battery hogs, as the app tends to send multiple notifications over the course of a day. To block notifications, Go to Settings>Notifications. From there you can turn off notifications for specific apps, or just toggle the Allow Notifications button off to halt all notifications. 

  • Removing location services

Sometimes it seems like every app on your phone wants to track your location. In addition to raising privacy issues, location services also snack on your battery power. Does Facebook really need to know where you are at all times? You can turn off app-related location services by going to Settings>Privacy>Location Services, and set each app’s location service to “always,” “only while in use,” or “never.”

  • Reduce your auto-lock time

An iPhone usually auto-locks one or five minutes after you stop using the phone. During this space of time, the screen is still on, burning battery power needlessly. You can save power by setting the auto-lock to thirty seconds (although remember to set it back when you don’t need to conserve power, as otherwise the screen can lockdown while you’re reading). To reduce auto-lock, go to Settings>Display and Brightness> Auto-Lock, then tap the time you prefer. 

As you can see, the phones with the best battery life are often the ones where the user has learned how to improve battery life. A few setting changes can make a world of difference when you need every last second of use from your phone. Your iPhone is an investment, and you want to get the most out of it, whether that means learning how to save battery life or protecting the device with a comprehensive mobile protection plan.