Battery usage is one of the common problems for all smartphone makers. Whether you have a premium Android model or an iPhone, you got to be irritated by battery problems. Apple, in its software updates, claims to improve battery performance of their iPhones. However, it is up to users to keep the battery of their device in good shape. And for this purpose, they need to check battery usage on their iPhones.
Although many Apple iPhones are touted as having a stronger battery that lasts all day, they require to charge in between. When devices are updated to the latest software, users experience poor battery life. To avoid all these situations, you can see how your phone battery performs; which apps using battery life on your iPhone; and how your iPhone’s battery health is. This complete guide will give all these answers. Read on…
Get the Full Battery Usage Reports on your iPhone
Along with parental control, I appreciate Apple’s efforts to give full details about battery usage on the iPhone. This feature lists all the apps that consume more battery on your device.
When you check the battery usage, you can see a list of apps and battery consumption in percentage. But here lies a catch. Many users take the battery usage percentage as the amount of total battery. This is a common misconception; the percentage shows the amount of battery used and not the amount of your total battery. An example is better than a precept. My WhatsApp shows 23% battery usage, which means WhatsApp has used 23% battery from the total battery used. WhatsApp has not used 23% of the entire battery of my iPhone.
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How to Check Battery Usage on iPhone
The Battery Usage feature in iPhone shows foreground and background consumption of your device battery by apps. Thus, this feature informs you which apps run more in the background on your iPhone. In the future, you can be more vigilant to force quit the app that eats more battery even in the background.
Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.
Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Battery.
All the battery options will load in a couple of seconds, so wait for some time.
Step #3. Under the Battery Health, two tabs are essential for users: Last 24 Hours and Last 10 Days.
Tapping on either tab will show your iPhone’s battery usage in the last 24 hours and the last ten days. Both the tabs are further divided into BATTERY LEVEL and ACTIVITY charts.
The charts vary according to your selection of tabs: Last 24 Hours and Last 10 Days. When you tap on Last 24 Hours, the first chart shows BATTERY LEVEL, and when you select Last 10 Days, the same chart shows BATTERY USAGE. Note that ACTIVITY will remain the same for both the tabs.
Below the two tabs, there is Last Charge Level, which is another significant option to understand battery usage. As the name suggests, this option shows you battery charge level when you last connected your iPhone to the charging plug. And below this level, you can see minutes or hours before that your iPhone was in charge.
For example, if this option shows 90%, it means your iPhone was charged 90% before a particular time. And this time is shown below Last Charge Level.
Below the charts, you can see Screen On and Screen Off options. When you select Last 10 Days, you can see Average Screen On and Off time.
Finally comes BATTERY USAGE BY APP section, which actually shows you how much battery a particular app has consumed from the total battery used. You can tap on SHOW ACTIVITY to check the battery usage in hours and minutes. When you see hours and minutes, an app was open in foreground and background, the tab above changes to SHOW BATTERY USAGE.
How to Check Battery Health of your iPhone
Battery Health was first introduced in Apple’s iOS 11.3 and it is available in iPhone models since 6. This option is seen under Low Power Mode. When you tap on Battery Health, you can see Maximum Capacity and Peak Performance Capability of your iPhone battery.
Usually, Maximum Capacity shows more than 80% on a healthy device and it shows better health of your iPhone battery. If the Maximum Capacity shows less than 80%, you may need to replace your iPhone battery.
You can check Battery Health below Low Power Mode option: Settings → Battery → Battery Health.
Enable Optimized Battery Charging for iPhone in iOS 13
Optimized Battery Charging is a new feature Apple introduced in iOS 13. As the name suggests, When you enable this feature. It increases the life of your device battery by making sure your iPhone is not fully charged all the time. Since Apple uses Lithium-ion batteries, its devices can deliver better performance if not charged more than 80%.
Apple explains this feature: “A new option helps slow the rate of battery ageing by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged. iPhone learns from your daily charging routine so it can wait to finish charging past 80 percent until you need to use it.”
In other words, the feature will charge your iPhone battery up to 100% only when you need it the most. Following your charging routine, the algorithm decides if you need a fully charged device.
For example, you tend to charge your iPhone overnight. The Optimized Battery Charging keeps your iPhone battery at 80% all the time. Since the algorithm knows what time you wake up and take your phone, it will charge the phone to 100% just before you take it.
How to Manage Background Activity on iPhone
When you check the battery usage on your iPhone, you get a good idea about which apps consume more battery. Based on this information, you can reduce the background activity of one or more apps on your iPhone.
Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone.
Step #2. Now, tap on General.
Step #3. Next, tap on Background App Refresh.
Step #4. From the list of apps that are active in the background, you can turn off some.
Alternatively, you can turn off all the apps running in the background by tapping on Background App Refresh and switch off the toggle.
In case you want to reduce the background activity of all apps, a better way is to use Low Power Mode on your iPhone. When you enable Low Power Mode, all the apps will stop running in the background. There is a disadvantage of reducing background activity, though. When you turn off background app refresh, your apps do not show you fresh data until you open it. The app shows you notifications but downloads messages or contents when you open it.
In the last resort…
When all the above options fail to improve battery life, you can take this last resort: delete the app that consumes more battery. You can uninstall the problem app from your iPhone and use the website instead. For example, you can always log in to Facebook from your Safari browser.
That’s all folks!
Take your charge now…
Battery is one of the persistent issues in the Apple ecosystem, and the tech giant has consistently made attempts to deal with this issue. Meanwhile, you can follow some tips and tricks to improve battery life of your iPhone.
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How often do you check battery performance on your iPhone? Do you frequently use battery consuming apps? Share your feedback with us in comment section.