I’m going to tell you exactly why your iPhone battery drains so quickly and exactly how to fix it. I’ll explain how you can get longer battery life out of your iPhone without sacrificing functionality! I don’t believe anyone should have to turn off every feature that makes the iPhone so enjoyable to use.
Take my word for it:
The vast majority of iPhone battery issues are software related.
And if you don’t believe me, read on.
Apple has created a website that explains their official stance on how to “optimize” your iPhone battery. Unfortunately, their instructions are rather wordy and don’t really get to the heart of the issue. In case you’re interested in checking that out, here’s a link to the official iPhone battery page on Apple’s website.
So why does my iPhone battery die so fast?
Here are 9 main reasons your iPhone is draining so quickly:
1. Push Mail
When your mail is set to push, it means that every second, your iPhone is connecting to the server and asking, “Is there mail? Is there mail? Is there mail? Is there mail? etc…” This constant flow of data drains your battery very quickly, and it makes sense if you think about it. The problem seems to be compounded for those of us who have Exchange servers set up on our phones.
The fix: Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Fetch New Data -> and turn off Push. Scroll down to change Fetch to Every 15 Minutes and set each individual account to Fetch. The Mail app will still check for new mail every time it’s opened and always send your messages right away. If you have an Exchange server set up on your phone, get ready to jump for joy! You’ll see a huge difference.
If you’ve been having issues with syncing contacts or calendars between your iPhone, iPad, and other devices, you’re not alone! I wrote a follow-up post that I hope will help a lot: Why Are Some Of My Contacts Missing From My iPhone, iPad, or iPod? Here’s The Real Fix!
2. Location Services
Like I said, I’m all about using your iPhone to its fullest. That being said, there are a few services that you probably don’t know about that may constantly be draining your battery. Go to Privacy -> Location Services -> and scroll all the way down to the last item, System Services. Tap on System Services to open that folder. Here’s what I suggest: Turn off Setting Time Zone if you don’t do a lot of travel, turn off Location-based iAds if you find Apple’s tracking your location to deliver you personalized ad content unnecessary, and turn off Diagnostics and Usage if you don’t think Apple needs to know exactly how you use your phone. There are other settings in here that you might want to disable too – each one will help you to save battery life.
Did you know your iPhone has been tracking you everywhere you go?
Scroll down to the bottom of System Services and tap Frequent Locations. Yes, Apple has hidden a feature in here and your iPhone has been tracking you everywhere you go. I don’t see a need for this feature, especially because it uses a lot of battery by constantly tracking your whereabouts. Surprised? I wasn’t.
After you’ve taken care of those pesky hidden services, make sure you turn on the Status Bar Icon at the bottom of System Services so you know when your location is being tracked. Not all apps are created equal. When an app uses Location Services, it drains the battery quickly, no matter how well the program was written. For example, I used to use Inrix Traffic, but stopped after I noticed it never stopped using Location Services, even when it was in the background.
The other major piece of Location Services that Apple still hasn’t gotten correct is Location-Based Reminders. Unfortunately, I have to recommend that you don’t use them. In my experience, there’s no way to make your battery last a long time if you do. I’ve never seen anyone be able to get through a whole day on battery power when they were using that feature. Location-Based Reminders are a great idea, but they’re no good when your iPhone is completely dead.
3. Diagnostics And Usage
Before we move on, here’s a quick one: Head to Settings -> General -> About -> and scroll to the bottom of the screen. Open up Diagnostics & Usage and Turn Off the automatic stream of data that it’s sending to Apple.
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