No one likes to see the “Low Battery 10% battery remaining” alert come across their iPhone. Here are some tips to keeping your device powered up.

Battery Life is how long your device will last until it needs to be recharged.

Battery Lifespan is how long your device’s battery will last before it needs to be replaced.

Keep your software up to date 

Apple software updates sometimes include energy-saving technologies   How to update iOS

Avoid extreme temperatures

Apple devices are designed to perform under a wide range of ambient temperatures; 62° to 72° is the ideal zone. Exposure to ambient temperatures higher than 95° F should be avoided. Using, charging or storing your device in high ambient temperatures could damage the battery irreversibly. Using your device in cold temperatures could cause a decrease in battery life, but is only temporary.

iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch Comfort Zone

Avoid Charging in Certain Cases

Some cases may cause your device to get hot while charging. If you notice this, remove the device from the case while charging.

Storing Your Device

If you are planning to store your device long term, do not fully charge or discharge your device’s battery. Powering down your device at about 50% will help prevent the battery from falling into a discharge state (which renders it incapable of holding a charge) as well as preventing it from loosing some capacity (which could lead to a shorter battery life). You should store the device in a cool, moisture-free area that is less than 90°F. Every six months your device is in storage, you should charge it to 50%. When you bring it out of storage, it may be in a low-battery state. It may require 20 minutes of charging with the original adapter before if can be used.

Adjust Screen Brightness

Dim your screen or turn on Auto-Brightness. This will help extend your battery life. To dim, open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of your screen. Drag the iphone control centerbrightness slider to the left. To set auto-brightness go to Settings>Display & Brightness and set Auto-Brightness to On. This will automatically adjust your screen to the lighting conditions.

Use Wi-Fi

Accessing data using a cellular network uses more power than a Wi-Fi connection. Turning your Wi-Fi on when a connection is available will help to preserve battery life. To turn on Wi-Fi you can either, swipe up to open Control Center, tap the Wi-Fi icon, and log into a Wi-Fi- network, or, go to Settings>Wi-Fi to access a Wi-Fi network.

Enable Low Power Mode

Your iPhone lets you know when your battery life gets down to 20% and then again at 10% and will let you turn on Lowe Power Mode with one tap. If you want to enable it before then, go to Settings>Battery. Enabling Low Power Mode does reduce power consumption until you can fully charge your iPhone, but it also reduces or turns off some features; mail fetch, Hey Siri, background app refresh, automatic downloads and some visual effects.

iphone battery usageMonitor Battery Usage

You can manage your device’s battery life by monitoring which apps are using it up. To view your usage, to to Settings>Battery

Background Activity indicates that the battery was used by the app while it was in the background (while you were using another app) You can turn off the feature that allows apps to refresh in the background by going to Settings>General>Background App Refresh. Setting the Mail app to fetch data manually or change the fetch intervals, go to Settings>Mail, Contact Calendars>Fetch New Data

Location & Background Location indicates that the app is using location services. Turn off Location Services by going to Settings>Privacy>Location Services

Home & Lock Screen indicates that the Home or Lock screen was displayed on your device, or that the display was awakened. App notifications can cause your display to awaken. To turn off push notification, go to Settings>Notifications. Tap the App and set Allow Notifications to Off.

No Cell Coverage indicates that you are in a poor cell coverage area and your device is searching for a better signal. It could also mean you have used your device in a low-signal area. When cell service is not needed, you can switch your phone to Airplane mode by swiping up to open Control Center and tap the Airplane mode icon. You will not be able to make or receive calls while in Airplane mode.


Charging Your Device

It’s always a good idea to make sure your phone has a full charge, especially if you know you won’t be able to charge it for awhile. When using a computer to charge your phone, make sure the laptop is plugged in and powered on. It the computer that it’s connected to is off or in sleep or standby mode, your phone’s battery may drain.


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