You have your new iPhone 6 and despite the new uprated battery you’re already running out of juice far too quickly. You are not alone. I personally experienced this fast battery draining thing myself on my iPhone 6 and just anybody else I asked had a similar situation going on. This article is here to help. We’ve asked around to get the best tips on things to do if your battery doesn’t last as long as you would like on your phone. The idea isn’t to implement all of the suggestions, but to use the ones that are most relevant to how you use your phone day to day.
Reduce Screen Brightness
You can control the default brightness of your iPhone screen with this slider. Needless to say, the brighter the default setting for the screen, the more power it requires. Keep the screen dimmer to conserve more of your battery. We’ve found that even a small change in brightness settings can have a big impact on battery life.
The iPhone 6 has a sensor that adjusts the brightness of the screen based on the ambient light nearby. This is Apple’s way of trying to manage brightness and battery life on its own. Turn this feature on and you’ll save energy.
Say No to Dynamic Backgrounds
The cool animated wallpapers that move underneath your app icons are always on and always sucking energy away. Select a background that isn’t dynamic and this will help.
Turn Off Parallax Effect
Ever notice that when you move your iPhone and watch the app icons and background image, you’ll see them move slightly independently of each other. Fun feature and an energy hog considering the benefit. Turn it off.
Turn Off Bluetooth
Bluetooth uses a lot of battery and leaving Bluetooth on to accept incoming data at all times requires even more juice. Turn off Bluetooth. When you get into your car or need it, turn it on and use it as needed instead of leaving it on all day.
Turn Off LTE, Cell Data & Wifi
This one is hard. We all want super fast speeds all the time, but if you’re in a bind with battery power a surefire way to save some juice is to turn off those high speed networks. In the same vein, keeping Wi-Fi turned on at all times will drain your battery life. So, unless you’re using it right this second, keep Wi-Fi turned off.
Turn Off Location Services
iPhone 6’s built-in GPS lets the iPhone know where it is so you can get directions, find local restaurants and so on easily. The problem of course is that to know where you are at all times, the iPhone 6 sends data non-stop, which obviously uses a lot of battery power.
Don’t Auto-Update Apps
Apps automatically update themselves, which a drain on your battery. Turn this feature off so you can update when you want to manually.
Turn Data Push Off
The iPhone can be set to automatically suck email and other data down to it or, for some kinds of accounts, have data pushed out to it whenever new data becomes available. Turning data push off reduces the number of times your phone connects to the network and does work, which extends battery life.
You can set your iPhone to automatically go to sleep – a feature known as Auto-Lock. The sooner it goes into this sleep mode, the less power is used. Set Auto-Lock to 2 or 3 minutes.
Turn off Equalizer
The Music app on the iPhone has anEqualizer feature that can adjust music to increase bass, decrease treble, etc. Because these adjustments are made on the fly, they require extra battery. Turn the equalizer off to conserve battery.
Find the Battery Hogging Apps
A new feature on the iPhone 6 is Battery Usage. It shows you which apps have been sucking the most power over the last 24 hours and the last 7 days. If you start seeing an app showing up there consistently, you’ll know that running the app is costing you battery life.
Run Down Your Battery As Much As Possible
Believe it or not, but the more often you charge a battery, the less energy it can hold. Batteries have a kind of memory if you will. Over time, the battery remembers the point in its drain at which you recharge it and starts to treat that as its limit. For example, if you always charge your iPhone when it’s still got 60% of its battery left, eventually the battery will start to behave as if it’s total capacity is 60%. Wait till your phone is almost dead before charging it.
Buy an Extended Life Battery
If all else fails, just buy another battery. These days you can buy cool cases that have a built in jolt of extra battery.
Less Notification Widgets
You can now access apps via Notification Center on your iPhone 6. These widgets can offer up weather and stock quotes. These apps can send lots of network requests all the time which is a drain. Select the apps you want to see updates on and the ones that you don’t.
Airplane Mode the Savior
If don’t need to access data, make, or receive, calls put the phone into flight mode and stop all use of the iPhone’s antenna.
Turn off AirDrop
One iPhone service that requires Bluetooth is AirDrop. AirDrop lets you to transfer photos and other files to and from nearby iPhones and Mac computers. Switch off AirDrop in the Control Center.
Avoid Big Games
It sounds obvious to say your iPhone’s battery is drained quicker the more you use your phone, but how fast it falls from 100 percent to nothing entirely depends on what apps you use. Some apps burn through your battery much faster than others. Heavy use of the processor and GPU, for 3D games, or the GPS chip, for maps and location-based apps, uses up more energy than reading content in Pocket for example.
Turn off iCloud Sync
iCloud uses a fair bit of data and power, so you can save battery life by turning off things that don’t require iCloud synching.