I was on my way home when my battery went dead. It was a four hour journey and I left with 40% charge on it. It was a terrible ride. I realized how dependent I am with my iPhone. I missed the music on my ears for the rest of the travel and all the things that I can do with it.
Technically, the battery provides power to every component of the device to keep it up and running. For iPhone, it’s being powered by a lithium-ion battery. One of the best things about this is that it has no memory effect. Memory effect basically means that you don’t have to completely discharge the battery before recharging it back. Of course, sooner or later this battery will die, but it will take hundreds of charge cycles first before it completely bid its goodbye. For iPhone batteries, it can still retain 80% of its original capacity after 500 charge cycles. Now what does charge cycle means? Say for example you used your iPhone up to 50% was left today. Then the next day was 50% again. That makes up 1 charge cycle. Do the math! I had mine last December 2013 and I am up to 629 cycle counts already. It can still retain 83.87%. You can check yours by installing iBackupBot.
One of the things that I like about the iOS 8 update is it now shows what apps are eating your battery. It’s in
Settings → General → Usage → Battery Usage
You can view up to the last 7 days. With this, I can adjust on how I use my iPhone. One thing I noticed though, battery runs out faster when using cellular data. I barely got 4 hours of usage time. I know you too. Wi-Fi still is a better choice.
Updating to the latest software, avoiding exposure to hot temperatures, removing cases when charging, and enabling air plane mode when there is no cell coverage or there’s a low signal are the basic things that we can do to extend the life of our battery. However, we can still get more out of it by tweaking some of its settings.
Disable Animation and Parallax Effect
These effects are just amazing for iOS, but if you want to save a chunk of your battery, in certain times you have the option to disable these. To do that, go to
Settings → General → Accessibility → Reduce Motion
This stops the animation when you go to your home screen and open apps.
Disable Perspective Zoom
Turning off this feature disables the parallax effect in the home screen. Just go to:
Settings → Wallpaper
The perfect zoom should be off.
Improve Contrast and Reduce White Point
It looks gorgeous when the back of the display blends with the front. With this added feature, of course it consumes more power. To disable it, just go to
Settings → General → Accessibility → Increase Contrast
Enabling “Reduce Transparency” removes the stutter and lags on some apps while “Reduce White Point” reduces the maximum brightness of the iPhone.
Disable Background App Refresh
This feature loads changes in your apps every couple of minutes automatically. For example if someone commented on a photo of you on Facebook and all. You can totally disable this or you can just enable those selected apps that you want to be refreshed in the background. Click on:
Settings → General → Background App Refresh
Sometimes, we kind of forgot to lock our iPhone especially when we’re busy so it’s always better to set it to auto-lock. The lower the time, the better savings of battery we get. Go to:
Settings → General → Auto-lock
Disable Location Services
Tracking your location isn’t always needed. You can enable this and choose only some apps that needs your location just like in the “Background App Refresh”. Although this drains battery faster, enabling this for some apps would be helpful as well like in camera, Facebook, Google Maps and more. Don’t forget to turn off some of the options such as “Location-Based Alerts” and “Location-Based Alerts” under “System Services” too. It’s in:
Settings → Privacy → Location Services
When this is turned on, the iPhone automatically adjust its brightness depending on the light that it sense on its screen. You don’t need to swipe up to open control center and adjust it manually. However if you’re saving a battery and just want to keep it low, you can disable it. Just go to:
Settings → General → Display & Brightness
New versions of apps automatically updates whenever you get connected to a Wi-Fi or enabled your data, thanks to iOS 8. Convenient, but also drains your battery. If you only want to update when you want to, just go to:
Settings → iTunes & App Store and toggle it
The iPhone triggers a motor whenever you got a notification when this is enabled. Completely disable this or use only when necessary like when you are in a meeting to avoid tones would save you few power. Go to:
Settings → Sounds
Disable Sending Diagnostic Data to Apple
When you get connected to a Wi-Fi, your iPhone automatically sends daily diagnostic and usage data to apple. This is helpful for apple to detect bugs, but if your iPhone is doing just fine disable this by going to:
Settings → Privacy → Diagnostic & Usage
Disable Automatic Uploading of Photos to iCloud
Any automatic uploads or downloads happening in your iPhone consumes battery. One of this is sending photos to iCloud. This is an amazing feature when you want to have a back-up on your photos right away.
The good thing about this is that there is no downscaling that is going to happen on your photos. Well this is what apple said on their iOS 8 first release. On the other hand you can always save this to your computer when you get home. Just make it a habit! To disable this, go to:
Settings → iCloud → Photos
Disable Wireless Features
When you’re not using Airdrop, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Cellular Data at just. Just leaving it on standby. Disable them and see the difference. Just swipe up to open Control Center for the first three and go to:
Settings → Cellular for Cellular Data
Don’t Use Dynamic Backgrounds
By the word itself, the background wallpaper do animations whenever you are on your home screen and this consumes more power. Try using Stills instead.
Disable Fitness Tracking
Health app is an amazing app to track what you are doing every day. Even without having a fitness band, this app still tracks your steps and Walking + Running Distance on the background. Disable this and use only when needed by going to:
Settings → Privacy → Motion Fitness
In general, doing less intensive things on your iPhone would save you a lot of battery. But if you just want to use it the regular way, try those things that I’ve mentioned and that will give you more usage time. If all else fails, go get yourself a power bank. It’s cheaper than having it exchange with a replacement in the apple store.