9 easy ways to make your iPhone battery lasts longer

And another one!
We’ve written an article on how to ensure that your MacBook battery lasts longer
, so of course we had to do one for the iPhone. 

Unlike the MacBook, the iPhone has a much lower battery cycle count (about 500, compared to MacBook’s 1000) but iPhone users also have a much higher propensity to change and upgrade their phones every year when a new model is released.

Nonetheless, we are here to prevent that from happening. 

Follow these 9 simple tips for you to optimize your phone’s battery life: 

1) Stop the battery drainers 

Some apps are hungrier and thirstier (for battery juice) than others and would drain more battery per usage. Find out which are the apps that are draining your battery dry and delete them if you you’re not using them at all. 

How to:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Battery to see the list of apps that used the most battery life. 
  • Delete them 

2) Refresh no more!

The Background App Refresh feature on your phone updates apps on your phone - even when they’re not in use. This uses up precious battery life especially. Turn it off to sustain your phone’s battery usage to last you the day. 

How to:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to General
  • Go to Background App Refresh to either turn off the function or manually choose for only your most used apps. 

3) You don't need every notification every second of the time

Every time you receive a push notification from an app, your phone lights up and uses up battery usage to alert you. While this might be useful for your messaging apps such as WhatsApp, this is probably not so much for your favorite YouTube channel (trust me, you can wait until you get home to watch that video). 

How to:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Notifications
  • Manually go through each app to see which are the ones to allow push notification

4) Turn on to low power mode 

As the feature suggests, it activates your phone to a low power mode so that it will cut down on battery usage and not waste on any unnecessary background activity. 

How to:

  • Go to Settings
  • Scroll down and tap Battery
  • Tap the Low Power Mode toggle

5) Wi-Fi is your best friend 

As much as possible, use a Wi-fi source instead of your own cellular data as it uses much less power. Switch and turn on your Wi-fi whenever you’re at home or work and use Wi-fi enabled calls. 

How to:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Cellular and then scroll down to the bottom to turn it on.
  • Also, if you see apps that you do not need using cellular data, toggle it off. 

6) Not on the plane but go Airplane mode 

At places with poor reception, just switch your phone to airplane mode instead of trying to get a signal. This will try to increase its power to stay connected to the network and hence use up unnecessary battery usage when you're not able to even use it. 

How to: Swipe up from any screen and then tap the Airplane icon. 


7) Follow the 80 - 20 rule 

Optimize your battery charging with this rule - don’t let your battery go below 20% and don’t charge it above 80%.

This may be difficult to achieve by some but it will get far more cycles as opposed to fully charging and discharging the phone.

How to:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Battery Health
  • Turn on Optimized Battery Charging.  

8) Stay up to date


Update your phone to iOS 12 which has the best power management features. Not only will this optimize your phone usage but improve performance as well.  

How to:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to General
  • Select Software Update. 

9) Once you go black… 

You know what they say, once you go black you’ll never go back. And by black, we are referring to Dark mode (obviously!). Not only does it save battery life, you automatically look much cooler using it. Also, while you’re at it, turn down your display brightness when not required to save some power. 

How to:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Display & Brightness
  • Tap the Dark option.
  • To adjust brightness, scroll the level of brightness just below the Dark mode feature.  

What are you waiting for? 
Honestly, it's really not that hard!  With just a few of these changes, you won't have to experience cases of overheating or having your phone die on you during the most crucial time. Follow these 9 steps and ensure that your iPhone battery is now able to last longer.

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