With every new release of either the operating system or a new iPhone, there are complaints about the battery, and this year is no exception. There are often periods of rapid battery drain after an update or new version due to syncing and archiving taking place in the background, but sometimes issues can last longer. Battery drain can be caused by new features, issues that need to be fixed, or a slight increase in usage after an update. Whatever the reason, we've put together some suggestions on how to increase your iPhone's battery life.
Many suggestions are about disabling the main features of the iPhone, and in order to benefit from them you have to balance things, which features need to be turned off or turned on as needed, especially when longer battery life is needed. Not all of these tips are specific to iOS 17 and iPhone 15 models, but they may certainly help preserve battery life, whatever version of iPhone you own.
Turn off Live Activities
Live Activities allows apps to keep constant notifications on the Lock screen or Dynamic Island, and in iOS 17, Live Activities are being used more than ever. When combined with the Always-On Display feature on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, live activities can significantly drain the battery.
Live activities can be disabled by following these steps:
◉ Open Settings.
◉ Go to Face ID and Passcode.
◉ Enter your passcode to unlock the iPhone.
◉ Scroll down and turn off Live Activities.
This will prevent Live Activities from appearing on the lock screen, but you'll need to take another step. In individual app sections in Settings, you can disable Live Activities on an app-by-app basis, or avoid using Live Activities features within apps.
You can't completely disable the Dynamic Island, but you can swipe left on any running animation to ignore it.
Delete lock screen and home screen widgets
In the iOS 17 update, Apple improved the widget further, introducing an interactive widget. Widgets can now be used directly on the lock screen, so you can do things like control smart home devices or set reminders without opening the app.
If you don't use a particular widget often, it may be a good idea to remove it to conserve battery life, although using the widget is less battery-intensive than opening the app.
On the lock screen specifically, you can use an option that doesn't have a widget. Specific lock screens can be linked to focus mode, to turn off the widget and dismiss unimportant notifications.
Turn off Live Voicemail
Live Voicemail is a feature that allows you to get a real-time read of the voicemail message someone leaves so you can answer the phone if there's something important. Since live voicemail appears directly on the lock screen, it may drain your battery.
If you want to disable it, you can do so via Settings > Phone > Direct Voicemail and turn it off.
Turn off AirDrop sharing
When you hold two iPhones running iOS 17 together, or an iPhone running iOS 17 and an Apple Watch running watchOS 10.1, the iPhone initiates the AirDrop protocol, or proximity-based contact transfer. If you're constantly turning this on, it can drain your battery, so if you have an iPhone near another iPhone and the AirDrop interface keeps popping up, turn it off.
To do this, go to Settings > General > AirDrop, and turn off “Bringing Devices Together.”
Take advantage of offline maps
In the iOS 17 update, you can download Apple Maps for use when there is no Internet connection. This is also good to use even if you have a connection. If you're traveling in an area with somewhat spotty connectivity, downloading a map of that area and then turning off the cellular network will conserve battery life.
Disable keyboard haptic feedback
Disabling keyboard tactile feedback gives you longer battery life. Apple mentioned this in a support document. The feature is not turned on by default, but if you enable it, you can turn it off by following these steps:
◉ Open Settings.
◉ Tap sounds and haptics.
◉ Press Keyboard Comments.
◉ Turn off Haptic Sense.
Turn off always-on display
As the name suggests, Always-On Display leaves the time, widgets, and live activities visible on the lock screen. In this case, the screen uses a refresh rate of 1 Hz to conserve battery, and Apple has cool tricks like turning off the screen when the connected Apple Watch is not nearby (indicating that the iPhone owner is out of the room) or the iPhone is in the pocket, but the display Always on the screen still drains the battery faster than not having it on.
You can turn off always-on display by following these steps:
◉ Open Settings.
◉ Tap on screen and brightness.
◉ Tap Always-On and turn it off.
It's not clear how much battery life this feature drains, as it will vary from one use case to another, but even if it's only a small percentage, it's worth turning it off when necessary.
Choose non-animated wallpapers
An animated wallpaper drains a little more battery than a static wallpaper. If you don't care much about animation, choose something that won't be updated throughout the day.
For example, the weather wallpaper changes based on conditions, and the Photo Shuffle option switches between photos you've selected during the day. The background of astronomy also changes based on current conditions.
Use focus modes
Using the focus option can reduce the number of notifications you receive during the day, and this gives less opportunity for apps to wake up your screen and cause battery drain.
Focus modes let you choose which apps and people can send you notifications and when, so you can make sure during work hours you only receive work notifications, and during personal time, you can limit work notifications. You can limit notifications while you're driving, when you're sleeping, when you're exercising, and so on. Focus filters let you filter selected emails, messages, calendars, and more.
You'll still get all the notifications when Focus Mode ends, but all in one alert instead of multiple alerts. Turning off unwanted notifications from apps is still the best way to save battery life, but Focus Mode lets you keep your notifications on while still reducing the number you receive at any given time.
Use Scheduled Summary
It's also a good idea to make sure that any app that sends unimportant notifications is moved to the scheduled summary, which saves notifications and sends them to you once or twice a day.
You can switch to scheduled summary of apps through the Notifications section in Settings, where you can select which apps should have their notifications included in the scheduled summary and when you want them delivered.
Limit when and how often applications can access the location
It's always a good idea to check your privacy and site access settings to make sure apps and services aren't doing things you don't want them to do. Limiting which apps can access your location and how often apps can access that data can save battery life.
◉ Open Settings.
◉ Choose privacy and security.
◉ Click on Location Services.
◉ Review the list and modify settings by clicking on the name of each application in the list.
You have four possible location settings options for each app, although all four options won't always be available for every app depending on what it does. You can select: Never, Ask next time or when I share, While using the app, and Always.
Block feature Never No application can access your location. A question for next time or when I participate, an app will prompt you with a pop-up the next time it wants to determine your location, so you can temporarily agree to it. With this setting, access to the site is stopped until it is allowed via the pop-up window.
While using the app, allows the app to detect your location only when the app is open and being actively used. If you close the app or switch to another app, access to the site will end.
Option is allowed Always The application has access to your location at all times, regardless of whether it is open or closed. This will drain your battery significantly and should be limited to only the apps you need most.
Many apps will require location information to function, for example, a banking app may want to access location to show nearby ATMs. You can also turn off location services all together, but this isn't ideal as it can affect important apps like Maps.
Restrict apps using Bluetooth
The iPhone lets you know when apps have requested access to Bluetooth, and there are a fair number of apps that want to access Bluetooth to track location, or search for devices, things that may not be required or useful.
It's a good idea to check which apps are using Bluetooth to make sure there's not a rogue app connecting to Bluetooth sources without your permission and draining your battery. To access Bluetooth settings:
◉ Open Settings.
◉ Click on Privacy and Security.
◉ Tap on Bluetooth.
Apps like Facebook and others don't need Bluetooth access most of the time, so turn off any app that doesn't need Bluetooth connectivity. If a feature in an app stops working, you can turn it back on when needed.
Disabling Bluetooth entirely is also an option, but it's used with AirPods, Apple Watches, and other accessories, so turning it off isn't possible for most people. At least disable it at a time when we are not using it.
Use Low Power Mode
Using Low Power Mode is an important option to conserve battery without having to adjust a lot of settings, and you can turn it on from Control Center, the Battery section in Settings, or through Siri. Low Power Mode reduces background activity, turns off the screen after inactivity more quickly, limits the screen refresh rate, limits email fetching, reduces visual effects, and much more.
Low Power Mode can be set to turn on at a certain battery percentage using shortcuts, which is an easy way to turn it on automatically when you need it.
Use Wi-Fi and Airplane mode
It's best to connect to a Wi-Fi network to maximize battery life, which is one of Apple's battery-conserving tips. At home or work, make sure to connect to a Wi-Fi network instead of using cellular data. Nothing drains your battery quite like a 4G or 5G connection, especially an unstable connection.
If you're in an area where there's no Wi-Fi and you know you have a low cellular signal, turn on Airplane mode or turn off your cellular connection so you don't drain your battery while your iPhone frantically tries to find the network, as you can't do this. Lots with low signal anyway.
Manage apps that drain your battery
Your iPhone tells you which apps are consuming the most battery power so you can make sure nothing is secretly draining your battery without your knowledge. You can check battery usage statistics by opening Settings and tapping on the Battery section.
Battery usage charts let you see your battery level over the past 24 hours or over the past XNUMX days, plus you can see which apps have used the most battery life. If there's an app you don't need and it's draining a lot of battery, delete it. If you need the app, adjust how often you use it and what permissions it has, such as location.
Note that with iPhone 15 models, you can maintain battery health with a new feature that prevents the iPhone from charging more than 80%. This isn't something you want to enable if you're worried about battery life on a long day out, but if you keep it turned on while you're at home, you can maintain its default battery life for longer. You can access this setting by going to Settings > Battery > Battery health & charging > Charging optimization > 80% limit.
Limit background activity
Almost all apps use background refresh to update even when they are closed, and limited background activity and background refresh have been a long-time preferred option to reduce battery usage. You can turn off background app refresh all at once or choose which apps can be refreshed in the background individually.
◉ Open Settings.
◉ Select General.
◉ Click on Background App Update.
◉ You can tap the Background App Refresh option to turn off Background App Refresh completely or choose to activate it only when connected to Wi-Fi, which doesn't drain the battery as much as downloading over a cellular network.
◉ You can also choose to turn on background app refresh only for your most frequently used apps.
Lower the screen brightness
This reduces battery drain significantly. If you're indoors, reduce this brightness to the lowest level you can tolerate, and stop using your iPhone in the sun too much, to avoid turning the brightness too high and also to avoid overheating the phone.
The easiest way to reduce the brightness is through the Control Center. It's also a good idea to make sure your screen is set to auto-lock after the shortest period of time (30 seconds), through Settings, then Display & Brightness, then Auto-lock.
Change your mail settings
Besides turning off background app refresh, changing when and how often the Mail app checks for new emails can save you some battery.
◉ Open Settings.
◉ Click on mail.
◉ Click on Accounts.
◉ Click on “Fetch New Data” at the bottom, and stop “Fetch”.
◉ You can choose the following settings: automatically, manually, every hour, every 30 minutes, and every 15 minutes.
iPhone 15 overheating
There has been a lot of talk about overheating issues in the iPhone 15 models, especially the iPhone 15 Pro models. Apple released an update iOS 17.0.3 To address this problem, she said that some applications such as Instagram and Uber caused stress on the processor, which led to an increase in temperature. Apple fixed the issue through an update and by working with app developers to resolve any issues causing such fatigue.
If you're having issues with heat and battery life, make sure your iPhone is updated to iOS 17.0.3 or the latest update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
There are countless things you can do to preserve battery life, and it all depends, first and foremost, on how you use it. You know exactly what you need and what you don't need. If you are desperate for additional battery life because you are traveling, for example, or far from a charging port, you can refer to this The guide we have provided is in your hands.