Boost or Extend Your iPhone Battery Life

Edited by Preetam Kaushik, Shelley, Eng

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'But I'd just charged my iPhone! How can it die so quickly?' How many times have you, too, echoed the exact same sentiment in sheer exasperation? In today's era, nothing is more horrifying than seeing your iPhone battery drain. With our dependence on smartphones at an all time high, we just cannot let poor battery life act as a deterrent to our day to day activities. Hence, the million dollar question: How do you boost/extend your iPhone battery life? You cannot always go around asking for a charger from random people. Therefore, you need to make sure that your battery doesn't betray you at a time when you need it most.

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Before I explain how to extend your battery life, I'll shed some light on the difference between 'battery life' and 'battery lifespan'. Battery life signifies the time period that your battery will last before you'll need to charge it again. Battery lifespan, on the other hand, signifies how long your battery will survive before you'll have to replace it with another one. In order to optimize utilization of your iPhone, it's necessary to increase the battery life because that will determine the longevity of your battery lifetime.

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Let's begin with 7 simple tricks that will work wonders for your iPhone battery life.


Disable Automatic Background App Refresh

Your phone keeps track of your favorite apps. For example, you might spend a lot of time using WhatsApp. The phone will recognize this pattern and automatically download any and every update of WhatsApp so that the next time you open it, you'll find it up to date.

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Agreed, this function of the phone is awe-inspiring, but it's an avoidable luxury. The privilege comes at the cost of your battery life. Thus, you can easily disable the phone from automatically updating and refreshing background apps.

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  1. 1
    Go to 'Settings' on the home screen of your iPhone.
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    Select 'General'.
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    Go to 'Background App Refresh'.
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    You now have an option to completely disable background app refresh or to disable it for some selected apps. Your choice.
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Avoid Automatically Updating Apps

It can be very difficult to say no to updates. There's no denying the fact that updates are crucial for the smooth functioning of your apps, but then there are times when an update can be postponed. You definitely don't want to update an app with 12% battery remaining. Automated updates tend to download an update as soon as it's made available, and that takes a toll on your battery. To turn off automated updates, you'll need to:

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  1. 1
    Go to 'Settings' on the home screen of your iPhone.
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  2. 2
    Select the 'iTunes and Apps store'.
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    You'll see the options 'Music, apps and updates'.
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    Move the slider of updates to turn off.
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Minimize the Brightness of the Screen

The brighter your display brightness, the higher the battery consumption will be. Thus, adjusting your brightness will make your battery run longer. To adjust your phone brightness:

  1. 1
    Go to 'Settings'.
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    Select 'Wallpapers and Brightness'.
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    Adjust it by sliding it according to your preference.
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  • Turn the WiFi Option Off

    Who doesn't like free WiFi? It's one of the most awesome things ever. However, switching on your phone's WiFi option in the hopes of finding random WiFi hotspots is not only wishful thinking on your behalf, it's also taxing on your battery.

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    1. 1
      Go to 'Settings'.
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    2. 2
      Select 'WiFi'
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      Move the slider to left to turn it off.
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    Don't Subject the Phone to Extreme Temperatures

    Believe it or not, subjecting your iPhone to extreme temperatures can adversely affect your battery life. Keeping your phone anywhere between 15-25 degrees Celsius is the safest bet.


    Check the phone case

    Does your phone get all heated up every time you charge it? Well, the fault may be lying in the case. Removing the case in such a scenario will not only cool down your phone, it'll also improve your battery life.

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    Turn-off Push Notifications

    We all love it when an e-mail or a WhatsApp message automatically pops up on our screen. Hi,, that's the beauty of a smartphone, right? Well, turns out all those pop up notifications have been using up a lot of your battery power. Here's what you can do:

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    1. 1
      Go to 'Settings'.
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    2. 2
      Go to 'Mail, contacts, calendar'.
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      You'll see 'Fetch new data'.
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      Slide the 'Push' slider to the left. This will switch-off the push notifications.
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    Your battery is perhaps the most important component of your iPhone. Hope these tricks come in handy when you're looking to increase your battery's efficiency.

    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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    Recent edits by: Shelley, Preetam Kaushik

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