How to maximise your iPhone/iPad battery life
Our iPhones or iPads never seem to last quite as long as we want them to before they need charging, and as they get older, their capacity to hold a charge drops. Fortunately, we’re here to help with some easy tips on how to make your battery last longer before it needs charging again, and before it eventually needs replacing.
Are you using the latest updated software?
Apple are periodically updating iOS, the software that runs your iPhone/iPad. Often those updates can include better power-management, helping your battery last longer.
To make sure you’re using the latest version of iOS, you’ll first need to be connected to a reliable source of Wifi and have your iPhone/iPad on charge. Tap Settings > General > Software Update. Then choose when you want your device to update.
Find out where your power is being used
Some apps and services are greedier than others when it comes to your iPhone/iPad’s power usage. Opening Settings > Battery will show you what’s using the most juice and might give you some ideas on which apps you could use less or which need closing.
Low Power Mode
When your iPhone/iPad drops to 20% battery life (and again at 10%) it will ask if you want to turn on Low Power Mode, which automatically conserves power through a number of methods such as adjusting screen brightness, optimising device performance and disabling animations. This can make all the difference, helping that last bit of juice carry you to the end of the day.
However you can actually turn on Low Power Mode whenever you want, even when your battery is above 20%, making your iPhone/iPad last that much longer. To do so, just go into Settings > Battery.
Other useful tips:
- When storing your device for a long period of time, drain the battery to about half and make sure it’s powered off. Keep it in a cool, moisture-free environment and re-charge to 50% every 6 months.
- Lower your screen brightness in the Control Panel, or turn on Auto-Brightness under Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations.
- Turn off Location Services for certain (or all) Apps by tapping Settings > Privacy > Location Services to stop your iPhone/iPad using up power on unnecessary location tracking
- Disable Push Notifications for certain (or all) Apps under Settings > Notifications to stop apps from constantly waking up your iPhone/iPad and using power
- When in areas with weak or no signal, turn on Airplane Mode in the Control Center and your iPhone/iPad won’t waste power trying to search for reception
- Make sure you are using a genuine Apple Lightning Cable when charging to ensure the best possible charge and to prevent potential damage caused by third-party chargers