Tips and Tricks to Save Battery on an iPhone — 2022

We are not going to deny that one of the biggest concerns we have in our day to day life is that the iPhone does not run out of battery. It is true that with the most recent models autonomy has increased considerably, but in the oldest we are seeing how the duration is scarce. That is why here we bring you a series of tricks with which to save battery on your iPhone.

Battery saving mode operation

known as Low Power Mode really and not as a battery saver, in the end this is a functionality that works for it. It has been within iOS for many years and has a certain effectiveness when it comes to saving battery on the device. Here we tell you the most important thing you should know about this modality.

How can it be activated?

Although in the following sections we will tell you what this function implies in all senses, we believe that the first thing you should know in this regard is the most obvious: knowing how this mode can be activated. Its activation is extremely simple and there are different ways to proceed.

The first one is to go to Settings > Battery , having in this section a tab called precisely Low consumption mode that you must press. If it is green, it will mean that it is already activated and you will also realize that it is so because the battery icon turns orange (top right of screen).

However there is a shortcut from Control Center that allows activating this iPhone battery saving mode to be much faster and can be done at any time. It is represented by a battery icon and when you see it with white shading, in addition to the already mentioned orange color of the upper icon, it means that it is active. If it does not appear in this place, you must go to Settings> Control Center and add it.


However, despite the fact that it is a very effective action to reduce the consumption of autonomy, you have to know that activating the low consumption mode makes the device go a little slower, since the operation of this mode really it makes the animations go a little slower, as well as makes other background processes also deactivate, however, we will tell you about it below.

What does the iPhone do when it wakes up?

As explained by Apple itself, activating the iOS battery saving mode implies that several processes are deactivated or reduced . In other words, when the low consumption mode is activated, there will be a series of internal processes that the iPhone carries out and that will not stop until the mode is deactivated or that it continues to be carried out, but with much longer times that ultimately imply a increased battery savings.

Well, what are those processes? Well basically Mail push notifications are disabled , as well as the background downloads and updates , which will also help you save mobile data if you are connected to the internet in this way. This means that new podcasts are not downloaded or that the iCloud Photo Gallery is not synced. In addition also 5G will be disabled , if your iPhone has this capability.

Another action that iOS takes when battery saving mode is activated is to lock iphone automatically after 30 seconds. In this way you will ensure that even if you forget to lock it, the screen will turn off, also being one of the elements that generate the most consumption and therefore more battery will allow you to save.

Is it really useful to save battery?

Given the way it works on paper, it's time to tell you if it really has an effect on saving the battery. And there is no clear answer either, and that is, they obviously serve to save battery, but not the most effective method or at least not by itself.

The functions that disable or paralyze the battery saving mode are not randomly chosen, since they are the ones that generate the most consumption in the long run. However, it is of little use to disable them if actions are then being carried out that generate outstanding consumption. See for example video playback, making video calls, video games or heavy tasks such as recording video in maximum resolution or photo editing.

low battery consumption iphone ios

The advice that is always given in this case is combine this function with other tips like the ones we will be commenting on throughout this post. In this way, even if you are not going to have eternal autonomy, you can make it last longer. And yes, the native battery saving mode is one of those that we already recommend you to have active in those situations in which you require it.

Other ways to save battery with iOS settings

If you spend a lot of time away from home, you may not always have access to an outlet to plug your iPhone into for charging. You may even have access to it, but you find it very tedious to have to load it. There are some ways to extend the autonomy of the iPhone so that this problem is not such or that it at least occurs as late as possible.

brightness control

The screen of any device usually consumes a lot of resources. Not in vain the battery life is measured many times by the hours of screen. There are some iPhones that tend to consume less if they have an OLED panel, since the technology of these screens is much more efficient compared to IPS. In any case, all of them consume and therefore it is recommended always adjust us the brightness so that it is at a sufficient level with which we can see the content without difficulty, but that it does not exceed luminosity either and this serves to save battery.

Remember that to deactivate this automatic function you must go to Settings> Display and brightness. Once you have it like this, you can adjust this parameter from the Control Center, through the bar enabled for it. Another way you will have to do it is from the aforementioned settings panel. And if you were ever too careful and you are not able to see the content on the screen, you can ask Siri to raise it to the maximum and then adjust it manually, being able to see the screen. However, this practice is one of the most efficient to be able to achieve that battery saving you are looking for, many users choose to leave the brightness automatically, making it the iPhone itself that decides to raise and lower it depending on the circumstances , however, by doing it manually, surely, if you are careful, you will achieve much greater savings.

Turn on iOS dark mode

if you have one version that is equal to or later than iOS 13 You will have the possibility to enjoy an interface known as dark mode, in which dark colors and especially black predominate. In screens that are OLED These colors have a very low consumption, so it is advisable that you activate it. Those with this type of screen are the iPhone X and later, with the exception of the iPhone XR, 11 and SE (2nd generation).

dark mode

As we have seen with previous functions, it can be activated from the Control Center if you have enabled direct access. If not you will have to go to Settings> Display and brightness. A highly recommended option is to have it enabled automatically depending on the time of day, so you don't have to change it manually. In addition, continuing with the reason why it is recommended to activate the dark mode on those iPhones that have an OLED screen, it is also highly recommended that, if you can, use black wallpapers, and it is that in the same way as in the system, the black color is represented by the off pixels, and therefore these pixels do not consume energy, with a black screen background the same thing happens, and it is a very good way to add a small energy saving.

Turn off less important notifications

That the iPhone notifies you when a family member, friend or colleague writes to you through a messaging app may be very important to you, but perhaps it is not so important to receive notifications of applications that in many occasions only have advertising purposes . Therefore, disabling the possibility of these notifications being sent to you can be a good option on two counts, since in addition to eliminating inconvenience, you will also be helping to save the phone's battery.

You can review everything related to notifications on your iPhone in Settings > Notifications, then tapping on each of the apps and reviewing the permissions they have to notify you. You can also find in Settings> Do not disturb an option that temporarily disables all notifications quickly and with access also from the Control Center.

Goodbye sucking apps and hello to battery saving

We understand that the applications that consume the most battery are those that you use the most, so recommending their uninstallation might not be the best idea. Although it could be interesting for you to see what they are consuming and, unless necessary, reduce its use. Although in the end the most relevant thing that we want to tell you at this point is that locate the ones that consume the most because sometimes they might not be the most essential.

If you go to Settings > Battery you can see the activity carried out by the apps you have on your iPhone, having data about the percentage of consumption they represent compared to the rest. If you find any that you don't think are important, it is recommended that you uninstall them. And if you notice that one consumes excessively despite being important for your use, also try uninstalling it and reinstalling it immediately to check if it has been optimized by deleting its junk files during uninstallation.

Do not allow automatic downloads

The applications you have on your iPhone periodically receive updates that bring some visual, functional or performance novelty. It is always advisable that these are always kept in the latest version, although if they are downloaded automatically by default, it could lead to greater battery consumption. If you think you can remember to update them yourself manually, we recommend that you do not allow them to occur autonomously.

Update iOS apps

If you go to Settings> App Store you can deactivate this automatic download functionality. In addition, you can also prevent it with mobile data, so that you are not only favoring the fact of saving battery, but you will also prevent your mobile data rate from being consumed or at least lasting longer.

Prevent the screen from being activated accidentally

There are times when we are not going to use the iPhone and we do not even want to check anything on the lock screen and yet the screen activates accidentally. Either because you have the function configured, the option raise to activate or because we have enabled to give a touch on the screen . Although in the latter case it is less common for it to turn on by accident, it also happens.

If you want to deactivate these functions and that the screen only activates when you press the unlock button, it is advisable to go to Settings > Display and brightness to deactivate the elevation option. And if you also want to deactivate the touch function, you will have to go to Settings> Accessibility> Touch and deactivate that function of touching to activate.

Also monitor the connections serve to save battery

Although it could go into the iOS settings section, in the end we want to differentiate some settings related to the phone's internet connection or its continuous coverage of mobile data or voice networks. With the following tips you will also be able to consume less battery if you manage to apply them at the right time (not permanently).

Use airplane mode in emergencies

If the battery of your iPhone is already reaching the limit, it is best to activate the airplane mode. Basically what this function does is minimize the interaction of your device with voice, data and WiFi networks (although the latter can still be activated if desired). In this way you will be consuming very few resources and although turning it off may be another option, the truth is that it is not advisable because if at any given moment you need to use it, even for a short time, it will take longer to turn it on and Airplane Mode can be deactivated much faster .

iphone airplane mode

To activate it, all you have to do is go to Settings, since the second option that appears is to activate this mode. Also in the Control Center you have access to it. With reference to WiFi, we advise you not to activate it unless it is strictly necessary or if it is to make a specific query, for which you should not deactivate this Airplane Mode, since it is enough for you to activate the connection to these networks in a normal way.

Turn off location (even partially)

There are various system services and applications (native and third-party) that need to have your exact or approximate location in order to offer you their functionalities. Other apps though they do not really need this permission to offer you their main functionalities, Therefore, it is advisable that you deactivate the Location permissions in those apps that you do not consider that they need it, since the consumption that occurs when this function is activated can reduce the autonomy. This is a practice that we always recommend carrying out, both for the autonomy section, since location is a resource that can consume a lot in the long term, but also for the privacy of users.

If you consider that none of the applications you have require this access to work correctly or you simply want to be able to activate it only when you use them sporadically, you can also completely remove this permission from any application or service on your iPhone. All this must be done from the Settings panel> Privacy> Location.

Turn off Wi-Fi or Data when you don't need it

If you are connected to the internet via WiFi network, either at home or another safe place, it is recommended that you turn off mobile data because you will not need it to be connected and yet they will be searching in the background for a network to connect to if the WiFi fails (something that is not very common). In the same way, it happens the other way around and it is that the consumption of having WiFi activated when you are not connected to a network can also be a headache.

Wi-Fi Mobile Data iPhone

Cellular Data can be turned off from Control Center, but unfortunately Wi-Fi isn't completely disabled from that panel and you'll need to go to Settings > Wi-Fi to do so. Regarding mobile data, you can also change that setting from Settings> Mobile data. Of course, we insist on emphasizing that you only deactivate one or another function when you really do not need them at that moment. So that this whole process is not a real hassle to carry out every time you go out or come home, what we recommend is that you download a shortcut, of the many that are all over the internet, so that just by activating it, You can choose whether to turn off mobile data and turn on Wi-Fi, or vice versa.

Other tips to optimize resources to the maximum

Beyond those configurable settings from your phone, there are another series of methods with which you can guarantee that the battery will perform better in the long run , in addition to being able to save resources at the moment and increase their autonomy.

Don't wait for the iPhone to lock itself

As we saw practically at the beginning of this article, the consumption of the screen is one of the most relevant in devices such as the iPhone. Therefore, it is evident that the less time it is on, the more battery savings there will be because it is consuming fewer resources. If we follow this strictly we would have to have the phone always off, but it is not a matter of exaggerating either.

What you should do is have the screen on only when you are using the device. At any other time it is advisable to block it manually. Even if you have the automatic lock activated, letting that time pass for the screen to turn off can end up being decisive at the end of the day to arrive with a lower percentage of battery than expected.

Do you have an Apple Watch? make the most of it

Smart watches like Apple's are a great attraction today because they are not simple devices that tell you the time. In fact, one of the slogans of the Cupertino company was to say that its Watch tells the time, among other things. Well, among the other most useful functions of these is a very simple and practical one: receiving notifications.

Since the Apple Watch is directly associated with your iPhone, you will be able to manage a good part of the notifications from it without having to take out the phone, thereby saving the device's battery and making it noticeable at the end of the day that you have used it less because you have saved yourself having to Unlock it just to check a notification. In addition, a good part of the notices received on the Watch can be answered from it, so if it is not too long a text, it could be a good option to use its voice recognition for it.

Always keep the software up to date

always have installed the latest version of iOS compatible with your iPhone It is undoubtedly an excellent way to feel that every so often you renew your mobile, since at least once a year visual and functional changes are introduced. Security patches are also added to make it more secure. But the important thing in this case is that they also add internal measures for battery saving , both with respect to the duration and the health of it.

looking for ios update

There is some fear sometimes to update precisely for fear that the battery will be worse, but the truth is that in each new update improvements are added in this section. And although in the first hours it can give the opposite sensation, as a general rule it stabilizes over the days and ends up giving the best performance.

Battery saving with on-time calibration

There are times when certain things come up inconsistent regarding iPhone battery percentage . For example, that it is at a battery level that in principle is sufficient not to turn off and yet suddenly turn off due to lack of battery. That this happens being in a percentage that is not 1% is not normal, nor is it that at a moment a higher percentage appears than you had a few minutes ago without even having loaded the terminal.

Well, those problems stem from a lack of battery calibration. Therefore, and only in such cases, it is advisable that you proceed to calibrate it. This will stabilize the values ​​and stop the appearance of unrealistic values ​​with respect to the autonomy they offer.

Change it when its health has deteriorated

In Settings> Battery you can find the famous function of Battery health. This shows a percentage relative to its useful life, with 100% being its most optimal state. It must be said that this is not always an exact value because of how complex it is to determine, but it is normal that it goes down over time as the battery degradation also decreases.

iphone 8 battery health

The advisable thing by Apple is to change it when it drops below 80% , at which time the information related to this advice will also appear in that settings panel. It is always recommended to change it at Apple or an authorized service, so that the battery is original and you can obtain an identical use experience as the first day you took your iPhone out of the box.

The most important thing: don't get too obsessed

Finally, we highlight something that we consider vital above all else and that is that you do not give it greater importance than it has. It is evident that nobody likes to run out of battery and that this is a real problem in some iPhone and more if they have a high level of wear. However, it can also be somewhat insane to have to constantly be aware of what battery you have in the device.

In this article we have offered you several tips to make the autonomy greater and that the battery suffers little wear. But they are tips, especially those in the first section, that should not be applied permanently or simultaneously. In other words, don't go crazy activating and deactivating each of the functions that we have mentioned at the same time, because in the end your user experience will be worsened for not being able to enjoy many of the advantages of your iPhone. Therefore, always have some common sense and resort to these tips when you think they are really necessary.