Tips: iPhone Battery Draining Too Fast?

Let’s face it people: whether it be excessive sunlight exposure, too much use, or what, after a while your iPhone battery does start to drain much faster. Below are a few tips to maximize your iPhone’s battery life and keep it from draining as fast as it normally would.

1. Wi-Fi

If you ever go to the Wi-Fi page on your iPhone, you’ll see the available networks are constantly refreshing. That just goes on to prove that even when you’re not browsing with Wi-Fi, your battery is being consumed. So when you know you’re not going to be using Wi-Fi (on a network-less plane, on the road, etc.) turn it off. How? Settings—>Wi-Fi—>Turn Off

2. Manage your push notifications

You may not have known how many applications that you’ve allowed to send push notifications to you until you actually know. The problem is, push notifications do drain your battery. So go Settings—>Notifications and from here you can decide which applications can and cannot send you notifications or turn them all of altogether.

3. Auto-lock rather than power-off

Believe it or not, I’ve seen some iPhone owners think it makes more sense to turn off their iPhone when not using it for extensive amounts of time (a day or so). Truth is, it takes up more battery to power up your iPhone after it’s been turned off; it would make more sense just to auto-lock (duh!), which doesn’t consume any battery. Thanks to one of our readers for pointing out that auto-lock does consume power, (text, phone calls, wi-fi, etc.) though just not as much as powering your device off then on.

4. Use Airplane Mode

Not only does not having Airplane Mode enabled pose a threat for planes, it also poses a threat for your battery when you’re in low or no-coverage areas. Turning on Airplane mode disables the iPhone’s connection with your cellular network, which means you also will not be able to receive calls/texts. Not a bad price to pay at all, especially if 1) you’re battery will last longer and 2) you wouldn’t even need those in low/no-coverage areas. To turn on: Settings—>Airplane Mode On

5. Screen Brightness

I’ve seen some people who refuse to realize that the brightness of their screen drains the batter pretty darn fast. They’ll keep the brightness of their screen cranked up to the maximum, only to respond that they “like it that way”. Yeah, I’m sure you’ll [won't] like it when your batter drains. You can adjust the brightness of your screen using a simple slider, and can also turn on Auto-Brightness, which will automatically switch the lighting when needed. To do so: Settings—>Brightness—>Slider or Auto Brightness On

6. Manage Equalizer

The equalizer feature for music can be tempting, but it also does drain battery. You can turn your equalizer off, or flat (for those of you who have set the equalizer for particular songs in iTunes). To do so: Settings—iPod—>EQ—Off or Flat

7. Bluetooth

Another something I’ve seen people do is keep their bluetooth on regardless if they’re using it or not. Bluetooth wastes battery, people! You can turn off your iPhone’s bluetooth when not using it by: Settings—>General—>Bluetooth—>Off

8. Location Services

Turn off location services when you don’t need it: Settings—>General—>Location Services—>

9. Fetch

I personally like push for my mail accounts on my iPod. They’re a way for me to instantaneously receive audible notification when new mail comes in. However, you may want to fetch data less frequently or even manually. To do so: Settings —> Mail, Contacts, Calendars —> Fetch New Data—>Manually or Hourly

10. Temperature

You certainly don’t want to fry your battery or freeze it. So, keep your iPhone or iPod Touch in an environment around 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t let the temperature stray too far up or down and don’t leave your phone in the car when it’s hot outside. Just some basic knowledge.

If your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad is still in warranty, (meaning you haven’t owned the device in its new state of being for over a year), or if you have AppleCare, Apple does replace your device’s battery for you – only if the battery drops below 50% of its initial capacity. If you’re out of warranty, and want to replace your battery, you can DIY or pay Apple. (details here)

There are also a large amount of applications available on the app store with the above tips and management. Most will also let you know the percentage of battery you have left, even though the iPhone can already do that, and will let you know how much of something (e.g Music, Videos, 2D Game, 3D Game, etc.) you can do before your battery dies. And of course, you can get a few external batteries – there are a ton available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, for pretty good prices. A simple search on Google should return with a good amount of hits.

I obviously didn’t do any of the above with my old iPod Touch 2nd generation, considering its battery drains, when I’m lucky, in 10 minutes – and I probably carelessly left it in the car on hot, sunny days. Though, now I really won’t make those mistakes again. Despite doing all of the above, if you’re device still dies very quickly, then you may want to resort to setting up a Genius Bar appointment at your local Apple store.

Any other tips that have worked for you?