How to Improve iOS 11 Battery Life on iPhone and iPad

Rapid battery consumption on iOS 11? With these tried and tested solutions, you will be able to hugely extend battery life of iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad.

There is nothing new about the battery drain on iOS devices. And, it’s not necessarily due to bugs—all the time! Rapid battery consumption on your iPhone could be due to several other factors like continuous GPS tracking, extremely power-greedy apps and more. There are some tried and tested solutions that can enormously improve battery life in iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad.

Knowing that unexpected battery consumption could be due to a number of factors, you will have to take each solution into account. Furthermore, you need to keep a tab on all those apps and features which could be eating into the lion’s share of the battery. Let’s jump over to find out the viable tricks that let you maximize the battery of your iOS 11 devices!

How to Improve iOS 11 Battery Life

How to Improve Battery Life of iPhone and iPad Running iOS 11

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Keep a Track of the Battery Usage

Whenever I find my iPhone battery draining a bit too much, the first thing I always do is keep a tab on the battery consumption. It provides me a fair idea about how things are going on and which apps are eating up unusual battery. So, start with giving a closer look at the modus-operandi of power consumption of your device.

  • Open SettingsBattery → Now check out the battery consumption on your device.
  • Tap on the Last 24 Hours tab to check the battery usage of the previous 24 hours.
  • Tap on Last 7 Days to check out the battery usage in the previous 7 days.

Tap on Settings Then Battery in iOS 11View App-wise Battery Usage in iOS 11

Tap on the clock icon to know the exact battery usage of the particular app.

View Hourly Battery Usage in iOS 11

Reboot Your iOS Device

Though many of you may laugh at the idea that a hard reset can fix the battery drain on iOS 11 devices, it does work in some cases. Hence, it would be worth to try out this tiny little trick.

Simply press and hold on your home button and power ON/OFF button at once for about 10 sends. On iPhone 7/7 Plus, you need to press and hold on the volume down button and ON/OFF buttons at once. On iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X, Quickly Press and release the Volume Up button → Quickly press and release the Volume Down buttonPress and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo.

Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth When Not Needed

I always make sure to turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when I’m not using them. It’s one of the simplest ways to keep the battery of my device in check. Hence, I would suggest you to put them off as well.

Go to SettingsWi-Fi/Bluetooth or Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center and then tap on Wi-Fi/Bluetooth button to turn it off.

Tap on Settings Then Wi-Fi in iOS 11Turn Off Wi-Fi in iOS 11Tap on Settings Then Bluetooth in iOS 11Turn Off Bluetooth in iOS 11

Stop Autoplay Videos in App Store

The redesigned App Store promotes apps and games through app previews They offer a quick inside about what any app has to offer. However, if you don’t want those promotional videos to keep on playing automatically, you have the option to completely stop them. To do so, check out this quick guide.

Transfer Images from Your iPhone to Mac or PC in Compatible Format

iOS 11 lets you transfer images from your iPhone to Mac or PC in compatible format. It would help you not just reduce data consumption but also assist in extending the battery life of your device. Here is more detail.

Send Only High-Efficiency Photos and Videos

You can capture high efficiency photos/videos on your iPhone and iPad running iOS 11 to reduce file size up to huge 50%. The best thing about it is that it won’t be at the loss of image quality. Then, you will be able to smoothly send those shots to your friends without putting much pressure on the battery of your iOS device. Check this post for more details.

Take control of Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh is a highly power hungry feature. Though it helps apps to remain fresh in order to run smoothly, it kills a lot of battery. Hence, I would recommend you to turn off this feature.

Just in case, you don’t want to completely put this feature off, allow only selected apps to run in the background.

Step #1. Tap on SettingsGeneral.

Tap on Settings Then General

Step #2. Tap on Background App Refresh.

Tap on Background App Refresh in iOS 11 Settings

Step #3. Turn off the switch next to the apps which you don’t want to run in the background.

Select Apps to Turn Off in Background App Refresh

Use Location Services Wisely

Location Services is probably the most power-greedy feature on iOS devices. The continuous GPS tracking puts enormous pressure on the battery; resulting in unexpected battery drain.

If it’s necessary for you to allow apps to access your location, make sure to allow only the chosen few to have the privilege to keep a tab on your whereabouts. It will go a long way in extending the battery of your iOS 11 devices.

Besides, turn off Location Services when it’s not essential to use this feature.

Step #1. Tap on SettingsPrivacy.

Tap on Settings Then Privacy on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Location Services.

Tap on Location Services on iPhone

Step #3. Turn off the switch next to the apps you no longer want to keep a tab on your location.

Turn Off Location Service for Particular App

To completely disable Location Services, just toggle off the switch next to it and confirm.

Turn Off Location Services in iOS 11

Disable Auto-Fetching of New Data

By default, new data is fetched to your account on your iOS device. However, you can completely turn it off or fetch data manually.

Step #1. Tap on SettingsAccounts & Passwords.

Tap on Settings then Accounts & Passwords in iOS 11

Step #2. Tap on Fetch New Data.

Tap on Fetch New Data in iOS 11 Settings

Step #3. Next, turn off the switch next to Push to turn off data fetching.

Turn Off Fetch New Data in iOS 11


You can tap on the particular account like iCloud or Google and then select Manual.

Fetch New Data Manually for App in iOS 11

There is also an option to schedule data pushing. For instance, you can allow the account to push data every 15 Minutes, every 30 Minutes, Hourly.

Fetch App Data on Interval in iOS 11

Adjust Display & Brightness to the Right Perspective

By keeping the display and brightness under control, you can maximize the battery life of your device.

Step #1. Tap on SettingsDisplay & Brightness.

Tap on Settings Then Display & Brightness in iOS 11

Step #2. Next, disable Auto-Brightness.

Turn Off Auto-Brightness on iPhone

Also, make sure to keep auto-lock at the minimum.

Set Auto-lock to Minimum on iPhoneI really appreciate Raise to Wake feature as it lets you wake the screen of your device with ease. But if conserving more battery is on top of your priority, turn it off.

Turn Off Raise to Wake on iPhone

Make sure to choose “Standard” as the view of your device.

Select Display Zoom to Standard on iPhone

Disable Automatic Downloads and Updates

When auto-downloads is on, new purchases made on other devices (Connected with the same iCloud account) are automatically downloaded on your device. Though it’s a very helpful feature, turning it off can be good for the health of your device’s battery.

Step #1. Tap on SettingsiTunes & App Store.

Tap on Settings then iTunes & App Store in iOS 11

Step #2. Turn Off Automatic Downloads and Updates.

Turn Off Automatic App Updates and Downloads in iOS 11

Turn On Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode is a highly user-friendly feature that has been primed to maximize the battery on your device. When it’s turned on, it automatically disables several power-hungry features such as automatic downloads, mail fetch, Hey Siri, background app refresh. What’s more, it even cuts down visual effects.

Step #1. Open Settings → Tap on Battery.

Tap on Settings Then Battery in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #2. Turn On Low Power Mode.

Turn On Low Power Mode in iOS 11

Allow Notifications Only from Selected Apps

Make sure to allow notifications from only selected apps. The endless alerts could be playing the spoil sport. Hence, bring them under the notice.

Step #1. Go to SettingsNotifications.

Tap on Settings Then Notifications in iOS 11

Step #2. Tap on the app from which you don’t want to receive alerts anymore and then turn off the switch next to Allow Notifications.

Turn Off Notification for App in iOS 11

Enable Low-Quality Image Mode for Messages

When this feature is on, the images you send are of lower quality. It’s done to ensure you are able to send images fast even on poor internet connection.

Step #1. Open Settings → Tap on Messages.

Tap on Settings Then Messages in iOS 11

Step #2. Turn On Low-Quality Image Mode.

Turn On Low Quality Image Mode in iOS 11

Disable “Messages on iCloud”

“Messages on iCloud” is a highly useful feature as it not just offers more security to your messages but also allows you to manage them with ease across your devices. When you enable this feature, your messages are automatically synced to iCloud on a regular interval.

As they say, “Everything has its own pros and cons” This new feature is also not exception to the age-old saying. It would be eating into plenty of battery on your device in order to sync your messages to the cloud. Hence turning it off can be good for the health of your device battery. Head over to this complete guide to enable/disable “Messages on iCloud” on iOS 11.

Tap on Settings then Messages on iPhoneDisable Messages on iCloud on iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Update Apps

Step #1. Open App Store.

Tap on App Store on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Updates Tab.

Tap on Updates Tab in App Store on iPhone

Step #3. Update all the apps.

Update Apps on iPhone

Clear App(s) History

It’s better to clean up apps from time to time to ensure they continue to function properly. Besides, make sure you have the latest version of apps running on your device. An older version of an app is not just less secure but also eats more battery.

Update Your Device to the Latest Software Version

If there is any Software Update available on your iOS device, make sure to upgrade it. This is the most straightforward way to fix various miscellaneous issues with just one shot!

Step #1. Tap on SettingsGeneral.

Tap on Settings Then General

Step #2. Tap on Software Update.

Update iOS on your iDevice

Over to You

I hope these solutions will help you in extending the battery on your iOS 11 devices. If you know any other trick of fixing the rapid battery consumption, do let me know that in the comments below.

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