We delight that the ChargeApp mobile app recently handed a ‘Download of the Week’ accolade can help prevent your iPhone running out of battery at inopportune moments. Still, there are many reasons why your device might keep losing its battery life too quickly – here are just eight of them, and knowing them can help you to overcome your struggles.
Your iPhone is pushing, rather than fetching, emails
When your iPhone pushes emails, it needs to be constantly connected to the email server – and this can speedily drain your battery. Set the phone to instead fetch emails every 15 minutes, and you will get rid of this uninterrupted connection, thus saving battery life.
You are making excessive use of Location Services
Head into Settings, Privacy, then Location Services. Then, tap System Services and switch off everything on this page except Find My iPhone, should you ever want to recover a lost iPhone, and Motion Calibration & Distance, if you like using the device as a pedometer.
Too much data is being automatically sent to Apple
In Privacy under Settings, open Diagnostics & Usage and then select Don’t Send. This stops data – about how you use your device – being automatically sent to Apple. Having your iPhone regularly sending this information to Apple adds to the battery drain.
You haven’t closed out apps you aren’t using
There is some controversy about whether closing out apps – by double-clicking the Home button, scrolling through the open apps, and then swiping up on each app to close it – genuinely improves battery life. However, former Apple employee David Payette recommends regularly closing out apps for the following reasons.
You are using notifications you don’t actually need
Payette also warns that, when you give an app approval to send you push notifications, that app will continually run in the background and so consume battery life. Of course, notifications can be very useful for communication apps, like Mail and Facebook Messenger – but, if you don’t need them from a particular app, block permission in Settings.
You haven’t properly turned off the iPhone in the last week
Payette says that weekly switching the handset off and back on again can resolve battery life problems that have built up over time. However, switch it off by holding down the power button, before swiping on “slide to power off”. Simultaneously holding down the power button and home button is a “hard reset”, which should only be used as a last resort.
Too many apps are using Background App Refresh
Go into Settings, General, then Background App Refresh. Now, go through the list of apps and disable Background App Refresh for each one that you don’t want continually using your Internet connection even when you’re not using the app.
You’ve left unnecessary visual effects enabled
By heading into Settings, then General, and finally Accessibility before switching on Reduce Motion, you can disable a number of minor visual effects – including the home screen’s parallax wallpaper effect – that take up an awful lot of battery life.