IPhone battery: how to increase battery life with iOS 13

Compared to previous versions, iOS 13 allows you to manage a few more options regarding the optimization and battery life of the iPhone. Some of these tips however, they are universal and apply to any version of iOS.

Restrict the use of location services

Check the settings of access to localization by the individual apps, it is useful not only for privacy reasons, but also to avoid excessive and often useless consumption of iPhone battery.

  1. You open Settings
  2. Select Privacy
  3. Click on Location services
  4. Look at the list of apps and disable location services where not needed

For each app you have three options:

  • Never: the app will never be able to access your location
  • Ask next time: at the next opening you will be asked if you want to activate access or not
  • During use: the app only accesses location data when it is open and active
  • Always: access allowed also in the background

Never“Is the option to select if you want to prevent the app from using your location data. A good compromise can however be to select the item “During use“, This will improve battery life on the iPhone.

Read also: The basics to improve battery life on iPhone

Restrict apps that use Bluetooth

iOS 13 has introduced a function that allows you to manage theaccess to Bluetooth by apps. Many applications require this access without particular reasons, so it is good to consult the list and disable access where it is not needed:

  1. You open Settings
  2. Select Privacy
  3. Click on Bluetooth
  4. Look at the list of apps and turn off Bluetooth where not needed

The Bluetooth it can also be turned off completely by Settings> Bluetooth, but this will prevent you from using devices like AirPods and Apple Watch, despite an improvement in battery life on the iPhone.

Energy saving

Function available for several years, allows to reduce temporarily activities carried out in the background, such as downloading and updating apps, updating emails and much more:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click on Battery
  3. Activate the toggle Energy saving

Useful especially when the battery percentage is below 20%.

Use Wi-Fi

The Wifi it consumes less energy than a cellular connection, so to maximize battery life, Apple also recommends connecting to Wi-Fi whenever possible. At home or at work, we always recommend using the Wi-Fi connection if present to improve the battery life of the iPhone.

Flight mode

When you are in an area without cellular coverage or in any case with low signal, the iPhone will consume more than usual because it is constantly searching for the line. In this case, a good idea is to activate the flight mode from Notification Center or from the iOS settings.

Check the battery status

iOS provides all information needed to understand the battery status: just go to Isettings> Battery> Battery Status. Here you will find info on Maximum capacity, a value that indicates the battery capacity relative to when it was new.

A low capacity value can lead to fewer hours of use between charges. When the maximum capacity is on good levels, iOS does not allow you to manage the performance management option, as this function would be practically useless. If not, it may be helpful to replace the battery.

READ ALSO: How to replace the iPhone battery

Optimized loading

The optimized loading of the battery allows the iPhone to reduce battery wear. The device learns from your daily charging habits and waits for you not to use it again to charge it over 80%. .

Apple also recommends avoiding extreme temperatures to avoid permanent battery damage from heat or cold. Also, if in some cases your iPhone overheats while charging, it is best to remove the case to keep the battery healthy for a longer period of time.

Which apps consume more battery

iOS is able to calculate what are the apps that eat the most battery, either because you use them more than the others, or for the use of location services or important hardware resources.

Going in Settings> Battery you can check the apps that have consumed more battery in a given time interval (last 24 hours or last 10 days). The time of use in the background is also indicated for each app.

From this section you can therefore understand which apps consume the most and, if possible, moderate their use or functions in the background.

Restrict backgound activities

Apps use the features of aBackground update to update some content even when they are not open and active on the screen. Background updates can adversely affect battery life, so iOS allows you to completely disable this option or to do it only for certain apps:

  1. You open Settings
  2. Select General
  3. Click on Update apps in the background

From here you can choose to disable the function for individual apps, but also to activate it only under Wi-Fi network (in order to avoid excessive data consumption).

Other advice

  • Restrict updating of emails: Settings> Password and account> TuaMail> Download new data
  • Restrict app notifications: Settings> Notifications> Apps. From here you can disable receiving notifications from the apps you want. You can also manage sounds and badges, in addition to the types of notifications. Apple introduced a feature that allows you to change notification settings directly from the notification itself on the lock screen. Just long press on a notification and then touch the three points (…) to access the options that also include the total deactivation of notifications for that app
  • Turn off automatic app downloads: Settings> YourProfile> iTunes and App Store, then turn off the voices Music and / or apps and / or books and / or app updates.
  • Turn off automatic updates: Settings> General> Software Update> Automatic Updates, then deactivate the relative entry. From here, always make sure that iOS is still updated to the latest version
  • Activate dark mode on iPhones with OLED screens: Settings> Screen and brightness> Dark. You can choose to always activate the dark theme or automatically based on the time of day
  • Lower the screen brightness from the Control Center or from Settings> Screen and brightness
  • Enable automatic screen lock after tot minutes in Settings> Screen and brightness
  • Make sure all third party apps are up to date: open the App Store, click on your profile icon at the top right and click on Update everything
  • I restart iPhone: in some cases it may be useful to restart the device. If you notice excessive battery consumption and the battery is in good condition, then we recommend a complete reset of the device.

BONUS: do not manually close apps. The procedure of closing apps from the multitasking screen is simply useless. At least you won’t waste time optimizing iPhone battery life unnecessarily.


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