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iPhone/iOS - Battery Saving Techniques

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I'm qualified level 3

I previously posted an article on how to properly charge your smartphone's Lithium-Ion battery. You can read it here:


This article is about the software side of iOS and battery saving techniques to get the most out of iPhone or iPad. Sorry Android users.


  • Connect to WIFI whenever possible as cellular data usage drains your battery, especially LTE. However, if you are not connected to a known WIFI network, turn off WIFI all together as your phone will be constantly searching, trying to connect to a WIFI network further draining your battery.
  • Essentially turn off all unnecessary services/features, including...
    • Bluetooth OFF
    • Notifications - turn off all unnecessary notifications. I recommend keeping only the key apps on like Phone, Messages, Mail, or any app you absolutely need notifications from
    • Brightness - enable Auto-Brightness feature or manually lower your brightness to save battery (auto-brightness in iOS 11 is located under Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accomodations)
    • Auto-Lock sooner (30 seconds or 1 minute)
    • Handoff OFF
    • Background App Refresh OFF
    • Use a still wallpaper, no dynamic (moving) wallpapers
    • If you don't use Siri, turn it off - at least turn off Hey Siri feature so the phone isn't constantly listen for you to say the phrase
    • Location Services - Set apps to "While Using" to avoid any unnecessary background usage or turn off Location Services all together
    • Mail - turn everything to Manual under Accounts & Passwords, see Fetch New Data select Manual. If you need Mail notifications, set to Fetch instead of Push to save on battery
  • Manually update apps - Under iTunes & App Store in Settings, set automatic downloads to OFF
  • Turn off iOS animations (motion effects) - Under Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion ON
  • Avoid vibration for notifications as it uses more battery than an alert from your phone's speaker
  • Check the Battery tab in Settings to discover which apps are drawing the most battery (not available on iPad yet)
  • Take advantage of iOS's Low Power Mode - Settings app > Battery > Low Power Mode. You can also conveniently add Low Power Mode to your Control Centre allowing you to easily swipe up on your iPhone to enable it


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