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10+ ways to improve battery life on iPhone X

If you have a battery drain issue in your iPhone X or earlier versions of iPhone, then these tweaks can help make your battery last longer during the day.


1 - Disable Background App Refresh

  1. On your phone, navigate to Settings, General and Background App Refresh
  2. Here you can either set the Background App Refresh to Off for all apps, or you can turn it off only to individual apps which you don't need them running in the background. 

2 - Use as less Widgets as possible

  1. While on the Home screen, swipe right to get to the Today View, scroll all the way down and click on the round Edit button.
  2.  Tap the red minus button (-) and then Remove to remove the Widgets you don't need in Today View.

3 - Disable Notifications

  1. Navigate to Settings and then Notifications.
  2. Tap on the apps you don't want to be immediately notified of any updates or info and set the Allow Notifications to Off

4 - Adjust the Location Services to only While Using the app or Never and disable a few System Services

  1.  Navigate to Settings, Privacy and then Location Services.
  2. Tap on an app.
  3. On the Allow Location Access section, set it to Never or While Using the App.
  4. Go back to Location Services.
  5. Tap on System Services.
  6. Turn off Location-Based Apple Ads.
  7. Under the Product Improvement section, disable iPhone Analytics, Popular Near Me, Routing & Traffic and Improve Maps.
  8. Go back to Privacy and scroll all the way down.
  9. Tap on Analytics.
  10. Turn off Share iPhone Analytics.
  11. You may also disable the rest of the options if you don't need them, such as Improve Health & Activity etc.
  12. Go back to Privacy and tap on Advertising.
  13. Enable Limit Ad Tracking.

5 - Dark wallpaper, Invert Colours and Dark Mode on your apps

  1.  Navigate to Settings, Wallpaper, Choose a New Wallpaper.
  2. Tap on Stills and scroll all the way down to put the Black wallpaper or add your own dark wallpaper.
  3. Instead of Perspective, choose Still instead, and add to both Lock Screen and Home Screen.
  4. Some apps offer a Dark Mode, such as Firefox, Twitter, eBook readers (iBooks, Kindle, Google Play Books) etc. You can enable it individually for each app, or do the next step to Invert the colors of your screen, which will apply everywhere.
  5. Navigate to Settings and General.
  6. Then to Accessibility and Display Accommodations.
  7. Tap on Invert Colours and choose Smart Invert.
  8. Back to Display Accommodations, you can also enable the Reduce White Point option, if you don't want to use the Invert Colours feature.

6 - Disable Vibration

  1.  Navigate to Settings, General and Accessibility.
  2. Scroll down to the Interaction section.
  3. Set the Vibration to Off.

 7 - Disable True Tone and Raise to Wake

  1. Navigate to Settings and Display & Brightness.
  2. Set True Tone to Off.
  3. Set Raise to Wake to Off.
  4. While you are here, you can also make sure the Auto-Lock of the screen is NOT set to Never. (I personally set it to 1 minute)

8 - Disable Siri

Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant, Bixby etc all listen to our conversations through the microphone and use the Internet to send the data for advertising purposes (have you ever seen an ad online and said "hey, I was just talking about this with my spouse in the kitchen today!"). So disabling it, not only you will see a major increase in the hours of your battery life, but also an increase in your privacy. Follow the steps below.
  1. Navigate to Settings and Siri & Search.
  2. Disable Listen for "Hey Siri".
  3. Disable Press Side Button for Siri.
  4. At the prompt, tap Turn Off Siri.

9 - Disable Email Push Notifications

  1.  Navigate to Settings and Accounts & Passwords.
  2. Tap Fetch New Data and set the Push to Off.
  3. Under the Fetch section, set the frequency to receive emails Manually or Hourly.

10 - Disable Bluetooth and Mobile Data when not needed through Settings

  1. Navigate to Settings and Bluetooth
  2. Set Bluetooth to Off.
  3. Go back to Settings, and tap Mobile Data.
  4. Set Mobile Data to Off.

11 - How to keep it in Low Power Mode without having to enable the feature every day

  1. Disable Mail Push Notifications as illustrated in the video, and set the Fetch to Manually.
  2. Disable Siri as illustrated in this video.
  3. Disable Background App Refresh completely for all apps by setting it to Off.
  4. Set Reduce Motion to On to disable some of the visual effects, located in Settings, General, Accessibility.
  5. Disable Automatic Downloads from the Settings, iTunes & App Store.
  6. Set the brightness to a low setting and enable the Reduce White Point feature as explained in this video.

A few things to note:

Habits that drain the battery a lot:
  • Excessive gaming.
  • Watching YouTube videos.
  • Keeping the screen in full brightness all the time. Auto-Brightness does a decent job at adjusting your brightness levels, but if you feel that it is too bright on occasion, don’t hesitate to lower the brightness, or even disable the Auto-Brightness feature located in the Settings, General, Accessibility, and Display Accommodations.
  • Music streaming or playing in the background (Spotify, Music app, TuneIn etc) using the stereo speakers.
  • Apps like Facebook and Snapchat
If after all these tweaks and considerations, your battery is still draining more than it should be, don’t hesitate to take it to an Apple Service Center. It is necessary to give the proper feedback so they should pay attention in the future for battery life improvements, and there is a good chance (if under warranty) you can get your battery (or the phone itself) replaced.

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