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How To Improve Your iPhones Battery Life Tips and Tricks

Updated on February 21, 2012

Top 10 Ways To Improve Your iPhones Battery Life

This hub is all about getting the most out of you iPhone, although some of these tips also apply to other devices such as the iPad and iPod Touch. With everything our phones do these days it can be hard on our batteries. So here are some tips to help make your battery last. Note that these are the top 10 ways that I have come up with, but they are not in any certain order.

Background Apps

If you have IOS 4.x or later then you have backgrounding built in. Backgrounding keeps apps running the background so that when you exit the app and want to re-enter it later it opens faster and, depending on the app, stays at the current state at which you left it. This is nice if you want to quickly switch between apps but it uses a lot of power.

The way that you can close backgrounded apps is this; double click the home button(while the phone is on and unlocked) the backgrounded apps will appear at the bottom. Press and hold your finger on one of the backgrounded apps until they start to shake. Then press the "-" symbol to close an app. 

It is also a good idea to restart your iPhone every now and then. This will fully close all applications and start the iPhone in a new "fresh" state.


Simply put the brighter your screen the more battery power you are using, but there are two ways to conserve your battery with your brightness settings. These are:

1. Turn Auto-Brightness off

Auto-Brightness is used to automatically adjust the brightness of your screen, while you may think this would help your battery(and many online guides tell you it will) it actually uses more battery power for two reasons; 1. Your brightness is always changing. 2. The sensor that tells auto-brightness what the lighting is like is always on.

2. Turn your brightness down manually

If you want to save as much battery power as possible you should turn your screen brightness down as far as you can stand. I personally can't see my screen when it's down all the way so I put it at about 20% which I find works well in most lighting.


When your iPhone's bluetooth setting is turned on the phone searches for bluetooth signals on a normal basis which, as you can guess, uses battery power. The best way to stop this waste of power is turn off your bluetooth setting. Simply go to:

Settings > General > Bluetooth and turn "off"


When your iPhone's WiFi setting is on it almost constantly searches for a signal, unless it is already connected to a WiFi network. So that means that there are two ways to save battery power.

1. Turn WiFi off when you are out and about and not connected to a wireless network.

2. Turn WiFi on when you are at home/office/coffee shop/etc. Any time there is an available wireless network to connect to you should use WiFi as this should make a faster connection and your phone does not have to work as hard to do simple tasks such as check email and surf the web. Less work, less battery power. Just remember to turn Wi-Fi back off again.

Location Services

Location services just like other settings on your iPhone use battery power. When you have location services on your iPhone will occasionally send a signal to report your location. The frequency of signals sent depends on the app that the location services are for. The easiest way to stop this is to just turn all location services off, but you may not want to do this.

You can turn location services on/off for specific apps which is what you may want to choose. This way you can leave location on for apps like google maps, etc. This way when you use google maps it will be able to find your location for directions and nearby searches. The same applies for other applications, you decide which ones you want to allow access to your location.

Push/Fetch Data

First let me explain the difference. Push data sends new emails directly to your iPhone when they are received. Fetch data will search for new emails on a schedule such as hourly or every 30 minutes. Push/Fetch also applies for new contacts and calendars but only if you have that setup with a account.

If you don't mind not getting your emails right away you can turn push off and set your iPhone to fetch data every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, hourly, or manually.

You can even set different settings for each individual email account in the "advanced" settings of the mail, contacts, calendars settings.

All of these settings are found in Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars>Fetch New Data


Notifications allow applications to send you sounds, alerts, and home screen badges which, as you know, uses battery power. You can easily turn off all notifications or you can apply different settings for each application.


Turning off sounds will help improve your battery life although it may not be a noticeable difference. There are many sounds you can turn off such as; new voicemail, new mail, sent mail, calendar alerts, lock sounds, and keyboard clicks. You can turn off your ringtone but if you don't have vibrate on you won't know when someone is calling. I would not suggest replacing your ringtone with only vibrate this will probably use more battery.


There are two ways that you can turn off vibrate. The simplest way to turn vibrate off is to make sure that the vibrate button on the side of your phone is turned to the off position, there should not be an orange dot showing. The second way is in Settings>Sounds there are two options here the first one turns the vibration on/off when the iPhone is put on silent and the second one turns vibrate on/off with your ringtone.


Auto-Lock is a great idea to always have on. This way if you set your iPhone down and forget to turn the screen of the screen will turn itself off after a certain amount of time. You can set the screen to turn off at 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 5 minutes, or never. I use 1 minute but you can set whatever you want. The screen will dim before turning off so you know when it's coming.


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