Ways to Reduce the Battery Drainage on an iPhone.

By Glenda V. Such, M. Ed.


Such Technologies




For those of you who have an iPhone or know someone else who does, this may be of some interest. I put this list together on what to do to reduce the drainage on the iPhone battery. If you know of any other ways to decrease the drainage on the battery, please let me know.



To reduce battery drainage on iPhones:


1.     In the main page of settings, go to Notifications. Go through the list down the page and turn off all that you can live without. This is the biggest drain on battery because it is searching for things to notify you about continuously. I am sad to say as of yet, you have to turn them off one by one.  To make it worse, after you turn off notifications on one app, it takes you all the way back to the beginning of the entire list of apps you have on your phone.

2.     Go back to main page of settings and then to sounds or sounds and haptics dependent upon your iPhone model. Go to each event listed, such as new voicemail, calendar alerts, new mail, and so on. Where ever possible, turn off the vibration portion of the way you are alerted to the event. The option of none, is at the bottom of the list in the vibration option. Be aware, if you plan on using the reminder feature to help with finding a location, then do not turn off vibration. For an explanation of what I am speaking about for using reminders for alerting you in your navigations, see my webpage, suchasite.com and look at the iPhone page of my site and see the work around for haptic signals for navigating.

3.     Go back to main page of settings and then to display and brightness and turn it to at least less than 50 percent. The more under that the more you save.

4.      Then in the same part of the display settings, look lower down on that screen and find Auto Lock and decide if you can reduce the time the screen is awake and using power. It is talking about when your iPhone is left unattended, this is a huge power drain as well.

5.      Turn off raise to wake because it also drains power and when set to the off position, you only have to tap the home button to wake your iPhone up, the tradeoff is worth the effort.

6.     Go back to main settings page and go to Battery and then to location services. Go in and turn off what you donít need. Then go to the bottom of the list to system services and go to each app and service and turn off what you feel you donít absolutely need. The items you donít want to turn off, the best thing is to select the option that will limit the battery drainage and that is to choose the option, allow while using the app. That makes it stop using battery unless you are using that app like maps, WAYS, and so on. Then while still there:

A.    leave compass on

B.    Turn off significant locations as that is apple watching you to see what ads they can send you.

C.    Turn off popular near me,

D.    turn off location-based suggestions. It would scare you to see what Apple knows about your travels.

7.     Go back to the settings main page and then to general: then go to Air Drop and turn it off unless you are always sharing with others using this feature. When it is on, it is searching for people to send and receive to all the time and thus draining your battery.

8.     While you are on the same main page of general, turn off hand off unless your using an iPad or iPod a lot of the time.

9.     Stay in general and go to accessibility: go down to reduce motion and turn that ďONĒ and the animations of the icons for the apps will just act regular and save you battery life.

10.  While you are Still under accessibility, turn reachability off as there is no reason to have that take any power.

11.  Go back to the General page and then go down to background app refresh. Turn it ďOFFĒ because there is no need for this. When it is on, it is always having your apps refresh even when they are not running. Donít worry when you turn this off because when you open any app, it will refresh itself then and that is all you need.

12.  Go back to the setting main page and Turn off WIFI if you are not using it. Donít just turn in off in control panel because it is not truly fully off that way.

13.  While still in the settings main page: Turn off Bluetooth if you are not actually using it. Donít just turn it off in control panel because it is not truly fully off that way.

14.  Go back to the settings main page again and go way down the list to accounts and passwords and go to where it reads fetch new data. Then go down to each email account and tap on fetch date and if you donít want to save battery, select the option to check for mail automatically, which drains the most battery, if you want to save battery then select every 15 minutes which takes less batteries, and so on.

15.  Go out of settings completely and then swipe the iPhone screen from right to left to reveal widgets. Get rid of any you donít really need. They use battery life many times even when they are not actively open Note, if you are using voice over you have to swipe three fingers from right to left to get to the page numbered zero. Then when you go down the list you will find the word edit. When you double tap on that, you can go through the items and when you want to remove one, flick down until it says ďremoveĒ and then double tap to remove that widget by the way, a widget is a quick way to get important information from certain apps like weather, stocks, news, your calendar, and so on.