13 Reasons Your iPhone Keeps Running Out of Battery

Here is a list of 13 things you can eliminate to make your phone battery last longer. Definitely did not know half of them before reading this post.


1. You are not limiting your location services.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location services.

Here you’ll find a whole load of apps that are using GPS to update your location. It’s useful for something like Find my iPhone, but the chances are there are a whole load of other apps that don’t need it and are draining your battery.


2. You have got Fetch running

Settings > Mail, Contacts, and Calendars > Fetch New Data > Manually

At the moment, your iPhone is checking to see if you have new updates for mail, calendars, and contacts and it’s taking a toll on the battery.


3.You are not closing/deleting apps you don’t need.

You’d be surprised how many people don’t know about this. Double tap the main button then swipe up to close them down. It will save battery, but this is contingent on your use of Background App Refresh (see point 10). If you’re never using them again, then delete them: Hold down till they wobble and press the cross.

4. You have got parallax effect running.

Settings > General > Accessibility > Toggle Reduce Motion on.

This is the feature that make it look like apps are floating above the background when you move the phone. It looks pretty, but it drains battery.

5. Your screen is too bright.

Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness > Tone it down a bit. 

You can also do this by flicking up from the bottom of the screen. And while you’re at it, toggle off Auto-Brightness.

6. You are not using airplane mode enough.

If you’re not using internet and you’re in a low-coverage area with the phone dipping in and out of the signal, then swipe up to bring the control centre and put a stop to things.

7. You are doing WI-FI wrong.

Make sure you don’t use the cell network unless you have to.

DO NOT listen to people who say you should switch off Wi-Fi (swipe up to bring up the control centre and press the Wi-Fi button) when you’re not using it UNLESS you’ve fiddled with other settings or have also turned off cellular data — because apps and services will attempt to use your GPS signal in place of normal Wi-Fi.


8. You have got Automatic downloads turned on.

Settings > iTunes and App store

It’s a handy feature that allows purchases you’ve made elsewhere appear on your phone without having to update. But if you want to preserve your battery, better to have it off.


9. Too much on your spotlight search.

Settings > General > Spotlight Search

This is the index of the whole iPhone you get by swiping down from the middle of the home screen. Chances are you don’t regularly use it.


10. Your background app refresh is running.

Find this under Settings > General.

You can switch it off for all services or just some of them.


11. You have not toggled off airdrop. 

This is a new iOS7 feature that lets users share documents and other info with other devices. If you leave it on, it’ll keep looking for devices to link with. Use the control centre to disable.


12. Push notifications on too many apps.

Settings > Notification Centre > Switch Show in Notification Centre Off for each app.

These are the pings you receive after getting a notification or an app update.


13. You won’t put your phone down.


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