18 Easy Ways To Extend The Battery Life On Your iPhone

Tired of running out of juice? These power-saving tips will help.

One of the biggest complaints of iPhone users is that the battery runs out too quickly. This is especially true if, like most people, you use your phone a lot throughout the day.

Nothing is worse than running out of juice when you need to use your phone. So we've put together a list of simple ways to extend your battery life. Try them. We guarantee you'll be glad you did.

1. Reduce screen brightness.


You can do this two ways. Either go to Setting > Wallpapers & Brightness or, for a quicker method, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen to pull up your control center, which has a handy brightness adjuster built into it.

2. Turn off GPS.


The GPS on your iPhone sucks up tons of power. There are two things you can do. The first is to turn off location services. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Of course, you won't be able to use maps or any other apps that require location services, but you can just turn it back on when you need to use them again. The second thing you can do is turn off a relatively new features called Frequent Locations, which tracks places you go to a lot. Aside from being kind of creepy, it also drains the battery. Head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services then switch off the Frequent Locations option

3. Turn off vibrations.


Vibrations bleed your battery. Shut them off at Settings > Sounds. If you disable Vibrate on Silent it will stop all vibrations when you're in silent mode. It's a good idea in general, because vibrations make noise too.

4. Disable push mail.


Push sends emails to your phone in real time, which is cool but drains the battery. I personally find it unnecessary. You can instead have your phone fetch your emails and data at regular intervals. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts & Calendars > Fetch New Data and turn off Push. Of, if you really want to conserve battery life, you can select any or all of your individual mail accounts and set them to Manual instead of Fetch. On manual mode your phone only checks for new emails when you open your mail app.

5. Switch off push notifications on your apps.


Just as with email, your phone can check for notifications on your apps in real time. Sure, it's a nice feature, but it eats up battery life and, quite frankly, it's not all that necessary. Go Settings > Notification Center and you'll see all your apps. You can then go into each one and toggle the Notification Center function. I only keep Notification Center on for my most important apps. The rest I leave off.

6. Shorten the Auto-Lock time.


Auto-Lock is a security measure and a battery-conserving mechanism that turns off your display after your phone has been idle for a while. Under Settings > General you can tell your iPhone how long to wait before automatically turning off the display. For maximum efficiency, set it to 1 minute.

7. Disable Siri"s Raise to Speak option.


Raise to Speak allows you to talk to Siri without pressing the home button—all you do is raise the phone to your ear. I personally don't find hitting the home button all that hard, so I keep this feature off. Go to Settings > General > Siri and switch off Raise to Speak. It'll keep your battery alive for longer.

8. Turn off automatic app updates and automatic music and app downloads.


Most people don't know about this, but it's a great way to preserve your power. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store to switch these three things off.

9. Disable Parallax Effect and Animation


I'm not a huge fan of the iOS 7 parallax effect—where your wallpaper moves behind your icons as you tilt or pivot your phone—or the animation that zooms into icons when you launch apps. Both needlessly suck power from your battery. Simple fix: go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on Reduce Motion to kill both of these frilly features.

10. Disable Background Refresh for apps.


Background Refresh means your apps are working behind the scenes. (It does things like check in with the network, for instance.) It doesn't use a ton of power, but it isn't free either. In Settings > General > Background App Refresh, you can switch it off for all your apps or selectively disable it only for certain ones. The only real downside is that an app might take a little longer to load new data if Background Refresh is off—but it's only a subtle difference.

11. Close dormant apps.


You may not be aware of this, but many apps don't shut down all the way when you stop using them. Rather, they lie "dormant" in the background and continue to consume power. Press the Home button twice and swipe up on apps to close them for real. Easy and kind of fun in a weird way.

12. Switch off AirDrop whenever you don't need it.


AirDrop let's you share content with other devices. When you're not using it, though, you don't need to have ti on because it unnecessarily wastes power. From the control center (swipe up to open it), select AirDrop and turn it Off. Done!

13. Stop Spotlight Search from indexing everything.


In order for Spotlight to work, it has to index the data on your phone periodically, which churns the battery a bit. Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search and you'll see all the apps it's indexing. If you don't need Spotlight Search to look through all of them, uncheck the ones it can leave out and they'll no longer be indexed.

14. Turn your phone on Airplane Mode whenever you don't need to use a cellular or data connection.


Sure, most of the time you don't want to do this, but if you know you won't be using cellular or data for a while, turn on Airplane Mode to save lots of power. It's right at the top of Setting. Protip: This is also not a bad thing to do if you're in an area with spotty reception, because your iPhone will continuously be trying to locate a stronger signal, which eats up battery power as well.

15. Switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you aren't using them.


You can do this from the control center, or if you prefer the old fashioned way go to Settings.

16. Protect your iPhone from extreme temperatures.


Anything above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or near freezing can knock the life out of your battery. Ideally, you want your phone to remain more or less at room temperature as much as possible.

17. Update your software regularly.


Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update to check for updates on the fly. Often times updates will improve battery performance.

18. Resist the temptation to use dynamic wallpapers.


Those fun bubbles that float lazily across your screen when you move your phone around look cool, but they also siphon power from your battery. Use a still wallpaper or a photo instead. Head to Setting > Wallpapers & Brightness > Choose a New Wallpaper and select either Stills or a photo from your phone.

We guarantee you that these battery hacks will make your life better by letting you do more, for longer, with your phone. And be sure to share them with your friends. They will be grateful, we promise. Click below now to pass this article along.