Extending iPhone Battery Life: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

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Extending iPhone Battery Life: 14 Steps (with Pictures)
Extending iPhone Battery Life: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

It seems as if the battery of an iPhone or iPod Touch always runs out at just the wrong time, such as right before an important meeting or at the start of a six-hour flight. In this article we give you some tips to make your battery last longer.


Save Battery Power on an iPhone Step 1

Step 1. Lower the brightness

Go to the "Settings" menu, select "Display & Brightness" and lower the brightness. It may be a bit more difficult to use and read apps now, but your battery lasts much longer.

Step 2. Update the software

Apple's programmers often make changes to the software for your iPhone, and you can only take advantage of the changes if you install the latest software.

  • If you are still running iOS 5 or older on your phone, you can update by going to InstitutionsGeneralSoftware update.

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  • To check for new software with iTunes, first connect your iPhone to your computer and search for it in the source list. Click on the iPhone and then click on "Check for update".

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Step 3. Be frugal with music, videos and internet browsing

That is a drain on your battery, so be careful when using it.

Step 4. Retrieve new data manually, or set the data to be retrieved every hour

Your phone can automatically retrieve new email and other notifications. The more often your phone gets new data, the faster your battery runs out.

  • To manually retrieve data from now on, go to InstitutionsMail, Contacts, CalendarNew dataManually.

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  • To get data only once an hour, go to InstitutionsMail, Contacts, CalendarNew dataEvery hour.

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Step 5. Turn off your Wi-Fi

If your phone has to constantly search for a Wi-Fi signal, your battery will drain faster.

Step 6. Turn off mobile data and (especially) 3G or 4G

  • Go to InstitutionsGeneralMobile network → and put 3G or 4G to go to 2G.

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Step 7. Don't get your emails automatically

For example, if you have a Hotmail account and your emails are downloaded using "push", turn that off if you want to save more battery life. This is how you turn off push mail:

  • Go to InstitutionsMail, Contacts, CalendarNew data → and put the button next to push from.

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Step 8. Turn off the push notifications

All kinds of apps on your iPhone are connected to the internet and retrieve data that is converted into messages. This ensures that your battery runs out faster. To turn off these push messages go yes to InstitutionsNotification, there you can turn off the notification per app.

Step 9. Use Location Services sparingly

Some apps on your phone, for example Maps, use software on your phone that determines your location via GPS. If you don't use this, it's better to turn it off, also with a view to privacy.

  • Go to InstitutionsPrivacyLocation Services and turn off the button.

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Step 10. Put your phone on flight mode when there is no range

Your iPhone continues to search for networks, even in places where no network is available. This will drain your battery very quickly. Therefore, it is better to switch to flight mode if you are in a place without network.

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Step 11. Quit apps properly

When you press the home button, some apps remain active in the background. Press the home button twice to manually shut them down.

Step 12. Give your iPhone some space while charging

You will notice that your iPhone heats up while charging. If your iPhone is in a case while charging, it can be bad for your battery. So give your iPhone enough space while charging.

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Step 13. Lock your phone (or set automatic lock after a short time)

Make sure your phone locks automatically after a short period of inactivity. This can save a lot of battery life.

  • Go to InstitutionsGeneralAutomatic lock and set it to 1 minute or less.
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Step 14. Let your phone complete a charging cycle at least once a month

A charge cycle means you fully charge the phone and then let it drain completely. If the phone has turned off by itself, you can charge the phone again. Doing this once a month keeps the electrons in your iPhone's lithium battery in good shape.


  • Don't constantly check the time and your battery. This will only consume more battery!
  • Always charge your phone before leaving home, especially if you are away for a long time. Take the charger with you if you stay overnight or if you are away from home for a long time. Did you know that you also have chargers for the car? That's even more convenient.
  • Switch to flight mode.
  • Go to an Apple Store - there you can fast charge your iPhone in a charging station.
  • If you don't have a charger with you, you can plug your phone into a computer or laptop with an Apple USB cable, open iTunes and let it charge.
  • Turn off your iPhone at night and use an old-fashioned alarm clock.
  • Buy an external battery. With an external battery you can charge your iPhone a number of times. Make sure both your iPhone and the battery are charged before you leave. Recharge if you can.
  • Charging your iPhone in flight mode will make it faster because your phone doesn't need to connect to Wi-Fi.
  • Buy a charging case for your iPhone. You must first charge the charging case, but you can charge your iPhone with it without using electricity. This is especially useful if you're going somewhere where you can't charge your phone.
  • Turn off your phone at night or when you are not going to use your phone for a long time. The messages that appear during long use will empty your battery.

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