The iPhone has always had a bad reputation in terms of battery life. Apple has therefore taken care to integrate several functions into iOS 13 and previous versions of the platform to improve the situation.
iOS has a lot of qualities, it is undeniable. The platform is at the same time simple, responsive and ergonomic, with extremely neat transitions and formidable accessibility. Even more since the implementation of these famous gestures, so practical.
However, there is no such thing as a perfect product. And if Apple's platform is very convincing, it is not necessarily so with its phones.
Of course, the iPhones are very capable devices, devices whose power is well established, but they also suffer from a perfectible autonomy. Even more on “small” models like the iPhone X and iPhone Xs.
Apple has therefore tried to improve the situation through the latest updates to its platform. A platform that now offers many tools to extend the autonomy of its devices. iOS 13 is of course no exception to the rule. Be careful though, because if this article is based on the latest version of the platform, some of these tips are also valid for the previous iterations.
Tip # 1: Turn on iOS 13 Dark Mode
iOS 13 therefore brings a lot of new features and one of the most showy relates to the integration of a dark mode. Thanks to the latter, it is possible to instantly switch the interface of the platform to shades of gray.
If this dark mode will prevent us from burning our eyes in the middle of the night, it will also allow us to gain a little autonomy on iPhones equipped with an OLED panel. And more specifically on the iPhone X, iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max.
Why ? Quite simply because OLED panels do not need to light up pixels to display black. When they have to, they just keep the associated pixels off.
And when we know that the screen of a smartphone is one of the most energy-consuming components, we of course understand the interest of these dark modes.
Here are the steps to switch to dark mode:
- Bring up the command center.
- Press the brightness slider hard.
- Tap on the “clear appearance” button located at the bottom.
Note that it is also possible to activate this mode through the settings, and more precisely through the “Brightness and Display” menu.
Tip # 2: Activate the energy saver
Apple's mobile platform has now been integrating an energy saver for a few versions.
Once activated, the latter will cut the push on Mail and prevent background apps from refreshing while disabling some visual effects. The objective is of course to limit the resources consumed in order to gain autonomy.
Once again, this function is very accessible:
- Bring up the command center.
- Tap the battery icon.
Be careful, however, because the icon may not be present in the control center, the latter being customizable at will. If this is the case, then you will have to go to your iPhone settings and go to the menu dedicated to the Control Center, then open the menu entitled “Customize commands”.
The saver can also be found in the dedicated battery menu, a menu that will also allow you to view the battery status and access a full dashboard dedicated to your device's battery. Dashboard that will also point the finger at the most energy-intensive applications.
Tip # 3: Use (and abuse) WiFi Assist
I would probably not teach you anything by telling you that 4G is very energy intensive and that it is generally better to connect to WiFi to avoid seeing your battery melt like snow when you sleep.
The only problem is that attempts to access a poor quality or out of range WiFi network can also have an impact on the autonomy of our iPhones and this is precisely what prompted Apple to develop a very useful tool, a tool called WiFi Assist.
Thanks to the latter, the iPhone will automatically use cellular data when the speeds of the WiFi connection are at half-mast.
Here's how to activate the function:
- Go to settings.
- Go to the “Cellular data” menu.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the screen.
- Make sure the Wi-Fi Assist function is turned on.
Tip # 4: Limit running background apps
iOS itself is relatively well optimized and the platform therefore consumes little power. Unfortunately, it is quite different for the applications installed on your smartphone.
Some of them indeed consume a lot of energy. Worse still, in some cases, they even continue to update in the background of the task and therefore when you are not using them.
First, everything will have to be done to identify the most energy-intensive applications. To do so, simply go to the settings and the part devoted to the battery.
By scrolling down, you'll be able to see which apps are using your iPhone's battery the most.
Then, the following steps will have to be taken to avoid updating background applications:
- Go to settings.
- Go to the “General” menu.
- Then open the “Update in background” menu.
- Deactivate the option by tapping “yes” or…
- Turn off refresh for the apps you want.
Note that iOS offers a small subtlety. If you can deactivate the refresh for all applications, you also have the option of activating it only when your phone is connected via WiFi.
If you tap the “yes” on the relevant line, iOS will indeed show you additional options.
With this trick, you can therefore ask your iPhone to update applications only when you are near a WiFi network, and therefore at home or at the office. A place where you should be able to easily find an electrical outlet …
Tip # 5: Cut the quid off Siri
Siri can come in handy in many cases, but the assistant also has the annoying tendency to consume quite a bit of power due to its constant listening function.
Indeed, as you know, all you need to do is pronounce a simple key phrase to activate the assistant and give it instructions. But now, if this function is ultimately quite practical on a daily basis, it also consumes a lot of energy. It may therefore be useful to cut it.
Even more if you use it on your Mac. Be careful, however, because if you deactivate the command on your iPhone, then you will not be able to enjoy it with your AirPods or Powerbeats Pro either.
Here's how to turn off the feature:
- Go to settings.
- Open the menu dedicated to Siri and search.
- Turn off the option labeled “Detect 'Hey Siri'”.
Tip # 6: Turn off location services
It's no secret that location services consume a lot of power and can therefore have a very negative impact on the autonomy of our iPhones.
If you don't need your phone's GPS then it may be useful to turn off these services. Indeed, many applications call on them, even in the background of the task.
Fortunately, the procedure is not very complicated:
- Go to settings (to change).
- Open the “privacy” menu.
- Tap on “Location Services”.
- Deactivate the service by tapping on “location service”.
Note that the latest version of iOS allows you to manage the permissions given to each application. It can therefore be useful to keep an eye on this menu to make sure that these behave as they are supposed to.
Bonus: use common sense
In computing, most of the problems lie between the screen and the back of the chair. The same goes of course for smartphones.
If you activate all the services and in addition you push the brightness of the screen of your phone to the limit for no reason, then you should not be surprised if its autonomy begins to melt like snow in the sun.
The best advice to follow is therefore to remember to deactivate what you are not using.
Want to go on a mop through France? In this case, you might as well turn off the WiFi since you will mainly be using cellular data.
And it works with everything. If you are in the process of working, then it might be better to turn off your iPhone notifications. First, you will be more focused. Two, your phone will consume a lot less power and you won't run out of water in the evening when you leave.
Moreover, in this regard, know that the iPhone automatically deactivates the display of notifications when you put it face down. It will therefore not be necessary to go through the platform settings to cut them. A simple gesture is enough.