10 Ways to Increase iOS Battery Life

6.Reduce screen brightness, adjust screen timeout.

The iPhone has one of the brightest screens around, so you’ll want to dial down the brightness if you’re looking to squeeze as much battery life as possible out of your device. And to make sure that the screen doesn’t stay on too long when you turn on your iGadget, be sure to limit the Auto-Lock timeout.

To reduce screen brightness:

  • Tap Settings > Brightness.
  • Toggle Auto-Brightness to Off.
  • Move the slider as far to the left as possible while still making content on the screen easy to read.

To adjust the Auto-Lock timeout:

  • Tap Settings > General.
  • Click Auto-Lock.
  • Set the screen timeout to 1 minute, which is the shortest option.

Change the wallpaper to black:

  • Find an image online that’s all black.
  • Tap and hold the image and select Save Image to save it to your Camera Roll.
  • Tap Settings and select Wallpaper.
  • Choose the image you just saved to your Camera Roll.
  • Tap Set, then select Set Both to have the image display both on your Lock Screen and Home Screen.

7. Turn off Vibrate.

The iPhone doesn’t offer haptic feedback, but the device can be set to vibrate when your phone rings and when you receive other types of alerts and communications. Turning off vibrate could save you a bit of juice.

Here’s how to disable Vibrate:

  • Tap Settings > Sounds.
  • Toggle Vibrate to Off under Silent.
  • Scroll down and set Vibrate to Off above the Ringtone option.

8. Disable Raise To Speak option on Siri.

Are you wielding the iPhone 4S? Adjust the setting on Siri that automatically wakes her when you bring the phone to your face. While convenient, this feature can reportedly drain your battery. With the Raise To Speak option disabled, you still have one other way to communicate with Apple’s personal assistant: Simply press and hold the Home button.

How to turn off Raise to Speak: 

  • Tap Settings > General.
  • Select Siri.
  • Disable Raise To Speak.

9. Sync fewer items with iCloud.

iCloud is a wonderful service. It seamlessly syncs your information with the cloud, from mail and contacts to bookmarks and photos. However, using iCloud can also burn up your battery. If you’re serious about extending your phone’s endurance, we suggest taking a long, hard look at what you really need to send to Apple’s servers.

For instance, if you don’t regularly create new contacts, calendar events, reminders, bookmarks and notes, toggle some or all of these options off. Here’s how:

  • Tap Settings > iCloud.
  • You should see a list of items that utilize iCloud: Mail; Contacts; Calendars; Reminders; Bookmarks; Notes; Photo Stream; Documents & Data; and Find My iPhone.
  • Toggle the applications or data you don’t need Off.

10. Set your time zone manually.

The onset of iOS 5 brought changes to Apple’s default iPhone settings, including detection of your time zone. In Apple’s latest mobile OS release, your GPS is repeatedly pinged to check your geographic locale, which can cause battery life to dwindle. Assuming you’re staying put, dig into the settings to disable this option. You can always switch it back on if any travel plans crop up.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Tap Settings > Location Services.
  • Tap System Services.
  • Toggle Setting Time Zone to Off.

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  1. James Says:

    The one battery saving tip that is key for me is to turn off push email but only for Exchange. I don’t know if it is because the Exchange sync on the iPhone is power hungry or if it is just because of the number of emails and meeting notifications that i receive during the day but turning only Exchange to sync every 30 minutes makes my iPhone 4S battery last more than 20 hours. With Exchange sync push on, I’m lucky to get 12 hours.

    To turn off push for only one email provider such as Exchange, you start from the same page as noted here but instead of just turning Push off, go Advanced (not shown above but it is at the bottom of the screen) and set Exchange to Fetch or Manual.

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