Battery life is an essential thing if you want to use your phone all day long. Considering that new iPhone models have enough power in terms of mAh that can run through out the day. But if there is excess load on the phone, then even a good battery drains out quickly. If you are facing problems with your battery in your Apple device, then this post is meant for you. Considering that three public betas have been launched and fourth has been launched for the developers (while this post was being written), iOS 11 is going to have a large number of features and applications that a common user might now know and they might consume the unintended battery power.
Currently, iOS 11 has been released in beta version and it is undergoing a number of bug fixes and improvements. It is evident from the fourth beta version that was released a while ago. We have covered iOS 11 so far in detail and you can check out our following posts:
- iOS 11 Beta 3: New Features for You!,
- iOS 11 Beta 4: New Updates and Features,
- 10 Cool Features in iOS 11 Control Center
- Installing iOS 11 Public Beta on your iPhone, and
- How to Customize Control Center in iOS 11.
and many more such posts. You can directly see all the posts related to iOS 11 by clicking here.
Coming back to improving battery life of your Apple device running iOS 11, we have compiled a list of improvements and suggestions that you should definitely use to improve the battery life. So, let’s start then.
1. Checking Battery Usage
To solve a problem, you first need to see what is actually causing it. So, quickly head over to Settings > Battery. Now, you can see which app is consuming the significant amount of battery and thereby reducing your battery life. If you tap on the clock in the right most corner, then you can see for how much time an app has been running in the background as well as the foreground.
You can check the usages for the last 24 hours or 2 days or 7 days. If there is any particular app which runs for too much time in the background, make sure that you take its proper care in the second step.
2. Disable Background App Refresh
Background App Refresh feature enables the applications to work in the background even when you are using another app. Though this feature is useful but it signficantly drains the daily battery life of your iPhone. So, to improve the battery life of your phone, disable this feature right now.
Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Go through all the apps that have been running in the background. You can either disable the apps that show high amount of background activity or disable all the applications. But as a daily and frequent user, I will recommend you to go for the former option.
For example, if you noticed in the first step that Facebook is running for really long periods of time in the background, then make sure that you first disable Facebook and then move onto other apps accordingly.
3. Disable Cellular Data while being connected to a Wi-Fi
If you are using Wi-Fi at your office or home, then you do not need your phone to look out for cellular data as well. So, it is better to turn if off. Go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data. Disable the Cellular Data option at the top of your screen. Please note that you will have to turn it back once you get disconnected to the Wi-Fi network. And just in case you are wondering whether you will receive phone calls or not, then yes, you will. Turning cellular data off is not going to turn off the mobile network.
Also, you can choose to turn off the cellular data for a few select applications as well.
4. Disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Airdrop when they are not needed
Truth is, you are not always using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Airdrop 24-hours a day. So, when remain turned on, they keep searching for devices to get connected. This effectively drains the battery life. To turn off these services any time you want, simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open the Control Center. And then, de-select the appropriate icons.
5. Set your Flashlight at the Lowest
If you have used a 3D touch device before, then I expect that you are very well acquainted with setting the power of the flashlight. So, if the power of the flashlight is set at the highest, then it drains the battery power. For those using iOS 11 in devices without 3D touch, then long pressing would serve the purpose. You will see that there are 4 different levels of power, so if you keep at the bottom one, the more power is being saved.
6. Toggle on the Wi-Fi Assistant
Just in case you do not know, there is a assistant that helps you out in Wi-Fi connectivity. Wi-Fi Assist helps you out in using cellular data when the Wi-Fi connectivity is weak. This helps in saving battery by stopping the Wi-Fi to connect and reconnect again and again.
To enable this feature, go to Settings > Cellular. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and turn on Wi-Fi assist.
7. Turning Off Widgets
Widgets are a creative way to get information from the desired application in a short and simple manner. But they take away precious battery life. For example, location and weather widgets constantly require GPS to be kept on.
8. Enable Low Power Mode
Low Power Mode feature can be considered as one of the Apple’s most inclusions to the iOS firmware in the recent years. This is an important feature to save your iPhone’s battery from draining. This feature even disables certain functions that even you can not do. Hence, your battery life is extended quite significantly.
To enable the Low Power Mode, you can either say “Turn on Low Power Mode” to Siri or you can tap on the new toggle in the Control Center. If you still want to do it in the old-fashioned way, then go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode.
9. Place your iPhone Face Down
So, there are two types of people: One who keep their phone up front and the other lot who keeps their phone with face down. It turns out that there is a feature that enables you to save battery in your Apple device when you are not using it.
So, when the display of your Apple device is against the surface, it would not turn on the light to display the notifications. Hence, your lock screen will not remain on as it should be. This will definitely help you in increasing your battery life.
10. Turn off Hey Siri
At times when you can not use your hands to use an Apple device, Hey Siri can help you out big time. However, it uses your battery all the time since it always keeps listening for you to say Hey Siri. If you do not use Siri much or you give more priority to the battery over your iOS assistant, then go to Settings > Siri & Search. Tap on the toggle given alongside Listen for Hey Siri and set it off.
11. Disable AutoPlay Videos feature for Particular Apps
Now, this is going to benefit you not only in saving battery life but your cellular data as well. Talking about auto-playing videos, Facebook and Twitter are the two apps that stand out. So if you are browsing your feed and all the videos start playing automatically, it drains your battery life. As you would not want to watch all the videos on your feed, you should definitely turn off autoplaying feature.
- For Facebook, open the app and go to Menu tab. Tap on Settings > Account Settings > Videos & Photos, and then tap on AutoPlay, and select on Never AutoPlay Videos.
- For Twitter, tap on your profile icon, tben tap on Settings & Privacy > Data Usage > Video AutoPlay. Select Never so that your battery life is maximized.
12. Reducing Motion
iOS comes with some unique animation features that are not found in any other operating system. For example, there is an app launching effect and parallax effect on the home screen. But do you know that this definitely has effect on your battery life?
Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. And then turn on the toggle button.
13. Disable Location Services (or enable only in-apps)
Location services provide you some useful information about your surroundings. Needless to say, location services play a vital role when you are on the move and you get to know what is around your current location. But coming to the battery life, they are not so useful.
If you are looking to maximize your battery life, this is a bad news as there are apps that use your location even when they are not opened. We, at ipadtips, recommend you to enable location services only for the time you are using a particular application that requires location services.
So, open Settings > Privacy > Location Services. From here, you can either completely disable the location services or choose for particular apps. Please note that if you completely disable location services, then you will also be not able to use apps like Maps. So, we would recommend you to choose for each app according to your usages and requirements.
14. Disable Auto Brightness
Well, you can easily control the brightness of your screen from the Control Center. So, there is no point in keeping the auto-brightness mode. One more reason behind keeping it off is that most of the time, it gets the surroundings wrong and then consumes your battery. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness and then de-select Auto Brightness option if it is selected.
15. Disabling Raise to Wake feature
This is not those one of the oldest features. It first came in newer models with iOS 10. Talking about its usability, it is actually a nice feature. It turns on the display when you pick up your phone. But the drawback is it even gets turned on when you do not want it to. So, every time that happens, it consumes the battery. Open Settings > Display & Brightness, then set the toggle alongside Raise to Wake as off.
16. Disabling Notifications for Certain Applications
Okay, so this is something with which everyone gets annoyed. There are definitely some apps in your phone that are kind-of useful but you do not want to be disturbed by their notification. These notifications are not that useful and take away the valuable battery life. So, go to Settings > Notifications and see all the apps with notifications enabled. For applications you would like to turn off notifications, simply turn off the toggle button Allow Notifications after tapping on a particular app.
17. Disable Siri Suggestions
Suggestions given by Siri are really helpful when you are searching for an application and Siri already has an answer. Siri’s suggestions are presented to you and it is one of those things that Siri does it quite well. But talking about battery life, it does no good. Instead, it harms and reduces the battery life.
18. Disable iCloud Preferences
If you have only one Apple device and you do not need to access files from iCloud that much, then you should definitely do this. Go to Settings and tap on the icon showing your name. Then tap on iCloud. Now, de-select all the applications that are not required by you to sync data. Doing this will save your battery (as well as data) as your phone would not try to sync and upload to iCloud throughout the day.
19. Fetching Data Less Frequently
The more data your Apple device has to fetch, the more battery it consumes. Hence, you should disable the frequency of fetching data by your iPhone or iPad or iPod. To give a boost to your battery life, go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > Fetch New Data. Here in this option, you will now be able to choose how frequenty you want your phone to fetch up login details. To sum up, the less frequently your phone has to fetch the data, the better your battery life will be.
20. Sending Analytics Data to Apple
Each manufacturer or developer wants you to send diagnostic and analytics data so that they can improve their services. But since the sending of usages data is a continuous process, it consumes a definite amount of your battery on a daily basis. To disable this feature, open Settings and then go to Privacy > Analytics. Now, you will see an option called Share iPhone Analytics. This option changes to Share iPhone Analytics & Watch Analytics if you have an Apple watch.
21. Turning off Significant Locations
There is a feature in Apple devices that allows your iPhone or iPad to record your most frequently visited locations. These locations, in turn, are used to provide better services in other applications. Significant Locations was earlier called as Frequent Locations. And yes, turning this feature is not so easy. It is kept hidden from the top layers of Settings very well. To turn off this feature, go to Settings > Privacy > Locations Services > System Services. Now, you will see an option called Significant Locations, just tap on it and turn it off.
22. Disable App Suggestion on Lock Screen & App Switcher
If you have ever seen a tiny icon at the bottom of your screen on the lock screen or on the App Switcher screen, then this feature is turned on in your device. If this feature is turned on, this feature will track you and suggest you an application that it finds suitable for you. And since that location is continuously kept on, it consumes the battery life. To turn this off, simply go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services and then toggle of the Location-Based Suggestions.
23. Actually, Toggle Off All those Location Services
If you are still on the System Services page, then you can easily tell that there are a lot of services that use your locaion. Generally, most of them are not necessary at all. Hence, turn them off. Also, there are a few without whom you can easily perform your daily routine are:
- Emergency SOS,
- Location Based Alerts,
- Location Based Apple Ads,
- Share my Location,
- iPhone Analytics,
- Popular Near Me, and
- Improve Maps and many more.
24. Limited Ad Tracking
At times, everyone gets annoyed of the targeted advertisements being shown. This feature is a gem from three angles: privacy, battery, and ads. This is a feature that you should definitely keep turned on. Enabling this feature puts a limit on how much data is tracked and used for location-based advertising. For this, Go to Settings > Privacy > Advertising and then toggle on the button given alongside Limit Ad Tracking.
25. Turn off Fitness Tracker
If you have a FitBit or any other fitness tracker, then you do not need this feature to be turned on anyway. And if you do not have any such tracker and you still do not want to track your fitness, you can keep it turned off. To disable fitness tracking, go to Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness and deactivate Fitness Tracker.
26. Disable Handoff
Handoff is a great feature for users having multiple Apple devices. It makes switching between devices easier. But if you have only one iPhone or iPad, then it would not be of any use to you. Hence, it is better to disable it so that it does not drain your battery. You can disable it by going to Settings > General > Handoff.
27. Disable some App Store settings
Let’s say your iPad and iPhone are synced to each other, then everytime you download an app on iPad, it will get downloaded on your iPhone as well. So, instead of installing it at that exact very moment, we can do it manual so that the battery power is saved and we can install it when we have sufficient battery.
To disable some default settings, go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores, then toggle off Apps from the list. Also, if you have lot of applications on your iPhone, then turn off auto-update. And if you keep Music, and Books & Audiobooks on, then toggle off Use Cellular Data.
So, this was our detailed post on the steps you must take to make sure that your iPhone’s or iPad’s battery is not consumed by things you do not require. So, if you have recently updated to iOS 11 and are having problems related to battery drainage, then do follow these steps and we hope that your problem will be solved. If not, do drop us a message with your exact problem and we would try to find even more precise solution for you.
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