How to Improve iPhone Battery Life

Are you experiencing an unusual battery drain issue on your iPhone running iOS 13? In this guide, we have pinpointed all the possible culprits that might be making life difficult for your smartphone. If you don’t mind turning off some helpful but power-hungry features, you can save the iPhone battery life with ease. With that said, let’s get started.

19 Tips to Improve iPhone Battery Life in iOS 13

Force Reboot Your iPhone Regularly

A hard reset often proves to be more than handy in fixing miscellaneous problems. That’s the reason why this trick is almost always getting an honorable mention in the most troubleshooting guides. So, force-restart your iPhone to see if the problem is gone.

Update iOS

With every new update, Apple introduces several fixes and performance enhancements. So, whenever a new iOS update hits your device, download and install it to boost performance. Go to Settings appGeneralSoftware UpdateDownload & Install.

Force Quit Apps

How many apps do you use on your iPhone? Maybe 10 to 20 on a regular basis? And moreover, how many of you close those apps once you use them and your work is done? That’s where the majority of the iPhone users’ battery drains!

To force quit an app on your iPhone with Home button, just double press the Home button and then swipe up on the app card to close it.

To close those apps on iPhone with Face ID, swipe up from the gesture bar and hold. Swipe up the app card/s.

Force Quit Apps on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Adjust Brightness

Open the Settings app and head over to the Display & Brightness section in it by scrolling down. Adjust the brightness just as you need, don’t keep it to full all the time.

Adjust brightness on your iPhone running iOS 13

Enable Low-Power Mode

“Low-Power Mode” can go a long way in improving the battery life of your iPhone. It automatically pauses the background activities like downloads and mail fetch. As a result, your device can last much longer between charges. To activate it, simply head over to the Settings app on your iPhone → BatteryLow Power Mode and then turn on the toggle.

Enable Low-Power Mode to Extend Battery Life on iPhone

Keep Optimised Battery Charging Enabled

The older a battery gets, the less capable it becomes. However, if you offer some needed care to the battery, its aging will greatly reduce. Apple’s latest iteration of iOS comes with a highly efficient feature named “Optimised Battery Charging” that uses machine learning to keep track of your daily charging routine. And thus, it waits to finish charging beyond 80% so that the battery doesn’t have to take the extra load.

To enable this new feature, open Settings appBatteryBattery Health. Now, toggle the switch next to Optimised Battery Charging, if it’s not ON already.

Enable Low-Data Mode

“Low Data Mode” is the sort of feature that Apple should have debuted much earlier. What makes it one of the biggest highlights of the latest iOS iteration is the ability to not only reduce cellular/mobile data usage but also extend the battery.

Once activated, it turns off several features that not only drain a lot of power but also eat into plenty of data. Thus, it serves the best of both the purposes: maximizing the battery life and boosting the limited bandwidth to last the full quota. To turn it on, go to Settings appMobile DataMobile Data OptionsLow Data Mode and then turn on the toggle.

Turn ON The Low-Data Mode Option on iPhone

Turn Off Raise to Wake

Raise to Wake is a handy option to quickly view notifications on your lock screen. But during this process, it may consume some amount of battery power every time you raise your iPhone.

To turn off this option, head over to Settings → Display & Brightness → toggle OFF Raise to Wake option.

Turn Off Raise to Wake on iPhone running iOS 13

Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

When you turn off the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth via Control Center, actually, they aren’t turned off but they are still active in the background. So make sure that you completely turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth both.

To turn off Wi-fI, go to Settings → WiFi → Toggle it to OFF and to turn off Bluetooth, Settings → Bluetooth → Toggle it to OFF. So from next time, use the Settings app instead of Control Center to turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to extend your iPhone’s battery life.

Turn Off WiFi on iPhone or iPadTurn Off Bluetooth on iPhone or iPad

Disable Background App Refresh

“Background App Refresh” is a power killer. And the best way to take control of this feature is to completely turn it off. Agreed, it plays a vital role in keeping apps refreshed so that they can always run smoothly and fast. But when preserving battery life matters more, it’s better to put it off. Go to SettingsGeneralBackground App Refresh and select Off.

Disable Background App Refresh to Improve Battery Life on iPhone

Allow Notifications Only from Selected Apps

App notifications can be a distraction at your work or even when you’re sleeping! While few app notifications might be important to you depending on the apps you use and few might be useless which you use once in a blue moon!

Simply avoid those app notifications to improve your iPhone’s battery life running on iOS 13. To allow notifications only from selected apps, go to Settings, tap on Notifications, tap on any particular app, say Facetime, and then toggle ON Allow Notifications option.

Allow Notifications Only from Selected AppAnd in case if you don’t need any app notifications, simply head over the Settings → Notifications → Show Previews → select Never as your choice if you see Always or When Unlocked option active by default.

Disable App Notifications in iOS 13 on iPhone

In this way, you’re sure to fix bad iOS 13 battery life by customizing app notifications. You can also customize your notifications in this way!

Don’t Allow Apps to Track Your Location Endlessly

Location tracking kills a lot of battery. So, you should make sure that apps don’t track your location data needlessly. With iOS 13, you can allow apps to access your location only once. If they require access to your location data next time, they will need to ask for your permission. It will not only boost the battery life of your device but also enhance security and privacy.

When an app has access to your location, you would receive a popup with multiple options, including “Allow Once”. Select it, and you are ready to go. Do note that you can also fine-tune this feature from the Settings appPrivacyLocation Services.

Set Preferred Option for All Apps to Access Location on iPhone

Use Automatic Dark Mode

Give your eyes a treat while reading at night by using Dark Mode in iOS 13. While dark mode can be useful in many ways, it can also save your battery power as compared to light mode.

To use dark mode, open Settings app and tap to Display & Brightness option → select Dark Mode.

Activate Dark Mode on iPhone or iPadCustomizing the dark mode can give you even better results. If you want to customize dark mode on your iPhone, check this guide now!

Turn Off Automatic Downloads

When “Automatic Downloads” are on, the purchases made on other synced devices are downloaded automatically. Therefore, you don’t have to manually install your favorite apps. Similarly, it also auto-updates apps as soon as the latest versions are available so that they can remain updated and also run smoothly on your device. It’s quite helpful from a convenience perspective, but it consumes plenty of battery life.

So, in a situation where your iPhone is struggling to retain power for long, it’s apt to disable auto-downloads and updates. To disable them, head into Settings appiTunes & App Store → Under Automatic Downloads section, turn off the switches for Apps, App Updates, Music, Books & Audiobooks.

Disable Automatic Downloads to Increase Battery Life on iPhone

Disable Video Autoplay in the App Store

The App Store offers video previews of apps and games so that you can take a sneak peek at what an app or game has to offer. Thus, you can figure out whether or not an app can live up to your taste, which could help in making an informed buying decision.

While it’s quite helpful, it’s certainly not great for the battery life. So, if you would rather want to check out the video previews manually, disable it. To get it done, open SettingsiTunes & App StoreVideo Autoplay → choose Off.

Turn Off Video Autoplay to Improve Battery Life of iPhone

Enable Reduce Motion

When extending the battery life of your iPhone matters more than pleasing your eyes with the impressive parallax effect of app icons or the smooth motion of the user-interface, reduce the motion, and prefer cross-fade transitions. Open Settings appAccessibilityMotion. Next, turn on the switch next to Reduce Motion.

Enable Reduce Motion to Extend Battery Life of iPhone

Now, a new option called “Prefer Cross-Fade Transitions” will appear under the Reduce Motion switch. Turn it on to reduce the motion for user-interface controls.

Turn ON Prefer Cross-Fade Transitions in Reduce Motion to Improve Battery Life of iPhone

Turn Off Auto-Play Message Effects and Video Previews

The cool message effects like bubble and screen effects play automatically to win your attention. Similarly, videos previews play automatically to give you enough hint about what they have in store for you. While they are great features, I would recommend you to disable them if saving battery life matters more to you.

To turn them off, open the Settings appAccessibilityMotion. Now, disable the switches for Auto-Play Message Effects and Auto-Play Video Previews.

Disable Auto-play Message Effects and Video Previews to Improve iPhone's Battery Life

Share Low-Quality Images and Videos Via AirDrop

High-resolution images and videos not only demand strong internet connection but also eats into power for sharing. So, whenever possible, avoid sharing high-quality pics and clips. Assuming you would like to share pics, open Photos appSelect photos you want to share → tap on Share button → now tap on Options → disable the switch for All Photos Data.

Tap on Option in iOS Photos App on iPhone

Turn OFF All Photos Data in Photos App to Extend iPhone's Battery Life

Close Safari Tabs Automatically

Even though closing all open Safari tabs manually is quite simple, I find it a tedious task. Hence, several tabs used to remain open for days on my device not too long ago. But things have changed ever since I updated to iOS 13 as it offers a way to close all the Safari tabs automatically after a certain time.

That’s all, folks!

Signing Off…

Hopefully, the bad battery life has gone from your iPhone. Considering it’s a common problem, don’t expect your smartphone to keep the issue away forever. But if it ever comes back, you can follow the same tips mentioned above to troubleshoot the issue.

One more thing, do not forget to knock the door of Apple Support if the luck doesn’t seem to shine on your device even after trying out all the hacks mentioned above.

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