Best 15 tips to Avoid iOS Battery Drainage [2021]

Why is my iPhone battery draining so fast? Only 60 per cent battery left and I’m only awake for two hours! I only streamed Spotify on the train, scrolled through my Instagram feed and appd some friends. In those little two hours, I have already used forty per cent. How is that possible? I decided to make inquiries from the expert.

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#1. Reset settings. 

During the various updates, your iPhone may change certain settings that cause your battery to drain a bit faster. To solve this, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to General and then  Reset. 
  3. Select the function:  Restore all settings. 

It is important not to click on  Delete all settings, otherwise, you will delete all content!

#2. Need assistance?

Sometimes it seems like every new update eats up a chunk of my iPhone’s battery. Now it is of course a bit older, but with the last update, my iPhone battery drains very quickly. According to Hearn, this could be due to a new feature introduced in the latest update called Wi-Fi Assistance. This function ensures that your iPhone automatically switches to mobile internet if your WiFi connection is very bad.

In addition to the fact that this function leads to higher consumption of data because the function uses your data package, it also requires more from your battery. Because the function constantly switches between the Wi-Fi connection and the data connection and is therefore constantly searching, there is a good chance that the battery of your iPhone will drain quickly. Fortunately, this feature is easy to disable. To do this, go to Settings > Mobile network and then scroll all the way to the bottom. There you can uncheck the Wi-Fi assistance function. Watch the video below on how to do this exactly.

#3. Check out those cat pictures in your browser.

For many people it is a daily ritual, endlessly scrolling through baby photos, cat pictures and viral videos in your Facebook app. But after you are fully aware of the latest developments regarding new hair colour, your battery percentage has shrunk a bit. That Facebook app consumes quite a lot of energy. A good tip is therefore to check your Facebook from now on via the internet browser and remove the Facebook app.

#4. No good 4G coverage? Then put the iPhone on 3G!

Nowadays, there are more and more providers that advertise national 4G coverage. However, as is often the case, this does not always work in practice. Do you also have a subscription with a 4G connection, but don’t you really notice a spectacular difference with your 3G connection? There is a good chance that there is not yet good 4G coverage in your area. A pity on the one hand, but the advantage of this disadvantage is that you can prevent the battery of your iPhone from draining quickly by switching on your 3G internet. As a result, you consume much less battery than if you were to use the 4G network. You can set this up by going to Settings and then clicking on Mobile Network > Mobile data options > Calls and data and switch your network to 3G there. We show it to you in the video below!

#5. Less bright is sometimes nice (for your battery). 

Set your screen brightness to ‘Automatic‘. It may sound obvious, but many people often forget to enable this feature anyway. If the battery of your iPhone runs out quickly, especially in the evening, this can really help. In addition, a less bright brightness is also much better for your eyes and for your night’s sleep.

#6. Turn off Bluetooth when you don’t need it.

It is very nice to be able to play your entire iPhone music library in the car via Bluetooth, but that Bluetooth function does consume a lot of battery. Therefore, make sure that if you no longer need the Bluetooth, you also switch off this function, otherwise, you may be forced to listen to the radio on the way back!

#7. Turn off automatic app updates. 

After the introduction of iOS 13, your apps will be automatically updated in the App Store. Super handy on the one hand, because you often no longer have to think about updating your apps. Very irritating on the other hand, because then your battery runs out really fast. Because let’s face it, you can also update those apps very well if you are on your WiFi network at home.

Here’s how to disable this feature:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to iTunes and App Store (scroll down a bit).
  3. Disable  Updates to disable the feature.

#8. Don’t close apps. 

You may have read on some blogs that closing apps is good for your energy consumption. Sounds logical: by closing an app you save energy. But actually closing the apps has the opposite effect on your energy consumption and it is, therefore, better to leave the apps on. The thinking behind this is that closing the app also removes the app from the iPhone’s task memory (RAM). The next time you start the app, your iPhone has to bring up all the information from that app again, which ultimately costs much more energy than if you let the app run in the background.

#9. Don’t Push it!

A handy feature of your iPhone is that if you receive an email in your inbox, you will immediately receive this email forwarded to your iPhone. This function is also known as the push function. Before this push function was introduced, all your e-mails were ‘fetched’ by the server every so often. As a result, you received a few e-mails in one go.

Despite the fact that the push function is very handy since you always get to see the emails right away, it also causes a drastic drop in your battery percentage. Sometimes your iPhone can end up in a kind of ‘loop’, where it keeps checking whether emails are coming in. This consumes a lot of battery. We can therefore recommend that you convert the push setting to the ‘fetch’ setting. This can be done by disabling Push in Settings > Mail > Accounts > New Data > Push. In the video below we show you how to do this.

#10. Choose only the notifications you deem necessary.

Every time you download an app you get that familiar screen: ‘Facebook would like to send you notifications. Usually, you always choose ‘OK’ anyway. Nice and easy if you know exactly when your friends tag you of course. But for many apps, this can be irritating. Especially if they are apps of which you do not immediately see the practical use. It is better to turn off the notifications with these apps. This saves you a lot of battery, and also a lot of time because without all those distractions you can concentrate better on your work. To disable these notifications, go to  Settings>Notifications. 

#11. Automatically refresh apps? 

It is very nice if your iPhone automatically downloads information so that you no longer have to arrange that manually. But I can also imagine that this is not necessary with all apps that you have on your iPhone. A good tip is therefore to take a critical look at which app you want to have refreshed automatically, and which apps do not have to be refreshed. The automatic refresh of apps also consumes energy and data, which is a good reason to take a good look at this. You do this by going to  Settings > General > Background Refresh. Here you can determine per-app whether you want to keep this function enabled. With some apps, this can be very useful, such as Facebook, Instagram and so on, but with other apps, this is actually not necessary at all.

#12. Reduce movement. 

Your iPhone is capable of displaying beautiful visual effects. But these visual effects also have result that they consume a lot of energy. Of course, you want to get the most out of your iPhone. But you can still disable certain settings that can already have a lot of influence on the energy consumption of your iPhone, without really having to compromise on the visual effects. For example, it is recommended to enable the ‘Reduce Motion function. You do this by navigating to  Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. Here it is important to turn the function on . The effect of this function, apart from the 3D effect of your home screen, is not noticeable at all when using your iPhone.

#13. Disable Hidden Location Services. 

Your iPhone has a lot of useful settings. One of these is the location services functionWhile searching for your route on 9292, you can quickly provide your location. While searching for the right route, your iPhone knows exactly where you are. It’s one of the big advantages. But did you know that your iPhone also uses a lot of hidden settings, who keeps track of exactly where you’ve been and who also uses this to create all kinds of advertising? A lot of people don’t know this. These settings consume quite a lot of data and energy in the background, while it has no great added value for you as a user. Fortunately, this is very easy to disable, without also disabling the important useful functions of Location Services. High time to do this, then! We have a handy step-by-step plan for you!

  • Go to  Settings > Privacy > Location Services
  • Go to  Share My Location and disable the ‘Share My Location‘ function there. This means that you can no longer share your location in messages with friends, but it does make a huge difference in the battery.
  • Then scroll all the way down to  System at  Location ServicesHere you can disable all settings except  Find My iPhone.  (This is an important, valuable feature if your iPhone is lost.)   The main reason you can set these settings is that most of these settings are used by Apple for marketing and research.
  • Another important part that you should disable after that is the  Frequently Visited Locations feature. Here you can see that Apple tracks exactly where you have been, on what day and at what time. The only function this serves is that Apple can target advertising to your frequently visited locations. So no need for anything!

#14. Block Ads in Safari Saves Battery!

Ads are a necessary evil. It is a source of income for websites, but it can still be very annoying to see those ads in your iPhone screen every time. Where you could already install extensions such as Adblocker with a browser on the PC or Mac, this was not yet optimal on smartphones. Fortunately, the iPhone browser Safari now also supports extensions that block ads. Not only is this more pleasant to view a website, it is also more economical for your iPhone battery because loading a website now costs less energy.

To enable this feature, you must first install an Ad Blocker via the AppStore. For example, try searching for Purify, Adblock Browser, or Crystal Adblock. Then go to  Settings > Safari and then enable the feature under  Content  Blocks. Then choose the app you have installed

#15. Turn off background refresh

During the last update (iOS 10), Apple installed a feature that automatically refreshes apps for you.
The feature looks at the apps you use most, and when you use them, so your iPhone can automatically update the information in those apps. On the one hand, this is very useful, because the information in your app is automatically updated when you open this app. On the other hand, this function also consumes a lot of battery, which of course sucks if your battery is almost empty. By disabling this function completely, you can save a lot of battery, but you can also choose to only do this with a few apps.

You can disable the feature by going to Settings > General and selecting the Background Refresh feature. There you can disable the function completely, or select apps.

Is your iPhone battery still draining quickly? We come to help you!

Do you still suffer from the fact that your iPhone battery drains quickly after these tips? It is normal for the life of your battery to shorten after about 800 charges, but at some point, your battery can be really worn out. One solution is to replace your battery. We are happy to help you with this; We will even come to you to fix this! Make an appointment now for an iPhone repair and we will come to you within one working day. 

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