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
- Update iOS
- Force Quit Apps
- Adjust Brightness
- Enable Low-Power Mode
- Keep Optimised Battery Charging Enabled
- Enable Low-Data Mode
- Turn Off Raise to Wake
- Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Disable Background App Refresh
- Allow Notifications Only for Selected Apps
- Don’t Allow Apps to Track Your Location Endlessly
- Use Automatic Dark Mode
- Turn Off Automatic Downloads
- Disable Video Autoplay in the App Store
- Enable Reduce Motion
- Turn Off Auto-Play Message Effects and Video Previews
- Share Low-Quality Images and Videos Via AirDrop
- Close Safari Tabs Automatically
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.
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 app → General → Software Update → Download & 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.
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.
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 → Battery → Low Power Mode and then turn on the toggle.
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 app → Battery → Battery 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 app → Mobile Data → Mobile Data Options → Low Data Mode and then turn on the toggle.
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 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.
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 Settings → General → Background App Refresh and select Off.
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.
And 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.
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 app → Privacy → Location Services.
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.
Customizing 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 app → iTunes & App Store → Under Automatic Downloads section, turn off the switches for Apps, App Updates, Music, Books & Audiobooks.
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 Settings → iTunes & App Store → Video Autoplay → choose Off.
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 app → Accessibility → Motion. Next, turn on the switch next to Reduce Motion.
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 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 app → Accessibility → Motion. Now, disable the switches for Auto-Play Message Effects and Auto-Play Video Previews.
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 app → Select photos you want to share → tap on Share button → now tap on Options → disable the switch for All Photos Data.
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!
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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So, which tricks fixed the problem on your device? Share them with us so that we could include them in this guide.