The standard iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus with an enlarged screen and the compact iPhone SE, available today, offer (depending on the model) 10 to 12 hours of battery life, if we are talking, of course, about web surfing, working with mail and communication. We are deceiving if we say that we never thought about how good it would be if the battery life was a little longer. And sometimes it happens that the percentage of battery charge is literally melting before our eyes. Do not rush to hand over for repairs and even more so throw your iPhone away! Today we will discuss how to solve the problem of fast battery drainage, which in most cases will save not only your nerves, but also money.
Do not rush to conclusions
It doesn’t matter what model you have, whether your iPhone is restored or brand new from the box. In each case, even the usual loading of applications, games, the operation of the mail client and other content can drain the battery with lightning speed. In addition, the constant operation of Wi-Fi also adversely affects the percentage of charge. Even the work of Spotlight, an iOS search engine that has to index all the content on your device, also affects charging. When the wireless data modules and processors of the device are in constant operation, it makes no sense to expect a decrease in battery consumption.
If you used your device very actively the last day or so, then do not worry, as soon as you enter the normal rhythm, excessive battery consumption will stop. And this article will be of little interest to you. However, if the problem lasts several days or more, then we continue.
If you do not take into account the fact that the system takes some time to finally download, transfer and complete the operation of an application, the main source of increased battery consumption lies in the fact that we really like to “play” with new devices and functions. This problem becomes especially urgent in relation to such functions as the Live Photos application, 12-megapixel cameras and 4K video. The screen is constantly on, something is constantly being written to the memory, Wi-Fi is working without rest, uninterrupted calls throughout the list of your contacts – here you have increased consumption.
In other words, if it seems to you that the battery only works half the time declared by the manufacturer, then the first thing you should decide for yourself is whether you are using the device too actively?
To check this, remember the current battery level, and then set the phone aside for 20-40 minutes. After this time, take the phone and see how much charge has been spent during this period. If the indicator is not very high, then everything is fine with your device and excessive battery consumption will most likely stop immediately after you return to the normal, not too active use of the device.
If the charge continues to melt before our eyes even in the standby mode of the device, we continue to read further.
Rebooting is the most common answer when solving many problems. Why? Yes, because it really works. Sometimes a complete reset of everything brings even the most “dead” devices to life.
To reboot the device:
- Press and hold the power button and the Home button at the same time;
- Hold them until you see the Apple logo on the screen;
- Release the buttons.
As soon as your smartphone restarts, repeat the previous two tips and check if the charge level has returned to normal mode. If not, continue reading.
Check usage level
The iOS operating system consumes battery power just like a crocodile. Therefore, let’s see which programs and services eat your charge most.
- Open the "Settings" menu;
- Select the “Battery” item and click on it;
- Wait for the system to calculate the percent consumed;
- Click on the clock icon to see the level of charge consumption in the background and on the screen;
- Also click “Over the past 7 days” to display a more general value of the battery’s energy consumption.
The fact is that the percentage of consumption indicates only recent activity. If you, say, just downloaded (updated) something, the system will show the percentage of battery consumption during this process. As soon as you stop downloading, everything should return to normal mode. However, if you see that the system shows that you recently used, for example, Facebook and the level of consumption on the screen is 4 percent, and in the background all 40 percent, then we really have a problem.
In this case, one solution could be to force the application to consume too much power. After that, the level of consumption should return to normal.
- Double-clicking on the Home button will bring you to the screen for quickly switching between recently used applications;
- Swipe select the unnecessary application card;
- We click on it and, without releasing, with a sharp movement of a finger we bring it out of the screen.
If it seems to you that this or that application is somehow behaving incorrectly, you can simply reinstall it or choose another similar one that works more stable and does not consume battery power.
Reset to factory settings
It often happens that restoring a system from an old backup is not entirely successful. And in this case, the phone not only starts to consume a lot of battery, but also, as they say, shamelessly “buggy”. It would seem that we make a backup from a fully functional system, but when restoring everything happens exactly the opposite. If you think that this is the case, then the best solution to the problem is to return the phone to factory settings. Of course, it is recommended to do this in the most extreme cases, but nevertheless, if nothing else helps, there is only one way out.
In this case, you will have to reinstall everything, including passwords and settings. In addition, you can lose all saved progress in your games, statistics of your physical activity and so on. But in most cases, a full reset really helps return the battery level to a normal rhythm. If you are not sure how to do this, it is better to contact a specialist or a person who is familiar with this process.
If you encounter a problem that you cannot solve on your own, it is best to contact Apple Technical Support. As is the case with any other electronics, Apple devices are also not immune from such problems. You can contact the nearest Apple Store directly, or if the nearest Apple Store is located in your neighboring country, it is better to just call 8 800 555 6734 (for Russia). Work around the clock. Or visit this page.
Power saving mode
If the battery consumption level is normal, but you would like the battery life to be higher, then you can use a special battery case. If you don’t have such a thing at hand, you can go the other way: use the energy saving mode.
- Open the settings;
- Select "Battery";
- Turn on power saving mode.
When this mode is turned on, the slider will turn green, and the battery icon in the tray (on the main screen) will change color to yellow. The mode will automatically turn off as soon as the battery charge rises to 80 percent, so if you want it to be constantly on, you have to go to the settings every time.
In addition, you can enable power saving mode using Siri. Just say, “Hey Siri, turn on low power mode!”
Increase battery life
If the energy-saving mode seems to be insufficient for you, here are some tips that will slightly increase the battery life of your device:
- Hide the Clock application icon in a folder. Her animation uses GPU resources;
- Set for 1 minute the time after which the screen will automatically lock;
- Turn off all unnecessary sounds. For example, clicks when typing;
- Use headphones, not device speakers, when listening to the radio and music;
- Decrease screen brightness;
- Turn off Bluetooth when not in use;
- Turn off Wi-Fi when not in use.