3 Ways To Extend Your iPhone Battery Life

I replaced the battery in my iPhone 6 at the start of marching band season in August. Long days on the road at competitions meant not being near an electrical outlet to charge my phone.

And usually my phone needed charged by noon each day, even with minimal use.

By early-October, though, I noticed my iPhone’s battery life and overall performance seemed sluggish. Even with the new battery.

Letters were slow to appear on the display when typing text messages. Snapchat took forever to open. The camera took 10 seconds or more to process the photo I just took, leaving me to wonder if I’d captured the moment.

As my frustration and impatience grew with my obsolete iPhone, I become more and more tempted to fork out the money for the new iPhone 8 or iPhone X.

But I didn’t (and still haven’t).

Then, just five days before Christmas, Apple finally admitted to intentionally slowing down the older iPhones – to prolong the life of the devices, they said.

Basically, Apple says that as the lithium-ion batteries in the phones age, they’re unable to provide the necessary power for the iPhone to function properly. This could cause unexpected shutdowns or random freezes.

Through software updates, they throttle performance on the iPhone 6, 6s, SE, and 7.

Besides being a disgruntled iPhone user who doesn’t want to shell out $1,000 for the newest model, what can you do?

Here are three easy ways to improve and prolong your older iPhone’s battery life:

Use Low-Power Mode

Low-power mode forces your iPhone to conserve as much power as possible by shutting off all non-essential features.

According to Apple, it could offer you up to three extra hours of time before needing to charge your phone.

To enable this setting:
1. Tap Settings.
2. Tap Battery.
3. Move the Low Power Mode slider to on (green).

NOTE: Be aware that this feature turns off many useful features, including push email notifications, the ability to use Siri by voice command, and some visual effects.

Lower screen brightness

Lighting your display drains the battery the most. Keeping it at a reduced level will help prolong time between charges.

To manually adjust the screen brightness:
1. Tap Settings.
2. Tap Display & Brightness.
3. Move the Brightness slider as far to the left as your eyes will allow you to clearly see content on your screen.

Alternatively, you can enable Auto-Brightness. This setting lets your iPhone automatically determine the appropriate level of brightness based upon the ambient light conditions at the time.

To turn on Auto-Brightness:
1. Tap Settings.
2. Tap General.
3. Tap Accessibility.
4. Tap Display Accommodations.
5. Move the Auto-Brightness slider to on (green).

Limit background app refresh

Some apps are set to update their content even when you’re not using them. The benefit is you’ll have new content immediately when you open the app. The drawback is less battery life.

To turn off background app refresh:
1. Tap Settings.
2. Tap General.
3. Tap Background App Refresh.

From here you have several options.

You can manually turn off individual apps from refreshing automatically by moving the slider to the left (off/gray).

Or you can turn off all apps from refreshing by tapping the Background App Refresh at the top and selecting Off.

If these suggestions don’t help extend your battery life, you can either have your battery replaced or, if you’re excited to upgrade to the newest iPhone, you can purchase the iPhone 8 or iPhone X. – and then do this all again in two more years!

Christian Hinojosa

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