How To Improve Your iPhone’s Battery Life

How To Improve Your iPhone’s Battery Life

Whether the iOS 5.0.1 update didn’t fix all your battery woes or you’re just looking to improve your iPhone’s daily lifespan, we’ve got a few tips that can help you squeeze a little more juice out of your iDevice. Some are easy, some require a little additional hardware. Either way, these tips should help your iPhone make it through the day (or longer).

Start With The Simple Stuff

There are a few things everyone should do when looking to get a little more power from the iPhone, which for the most part just involves understanding which features have a noticeable impact on the battery. Some are obvious and some are not, but if you turn them off or manage them better your device will stay on for a little longer each day.


Disabling Push Email will let your device idle rather than constantly waiting around for a new message. Sure, you might not get an email seconds after it was sent, but if immediate delivery isn’t critical you should just set your phone to poll your mail servers less often.

Turning off Location Services is another helpful battery saver. Your GPS loves sipping power, so if you keep your apps from constantly tracking your location your iPhone will last a bit longer.

Download over Wi-Fi instead of 3G. If you have any larger downloads, such as a software update, a podcast, music, video, or whatever, you’ll be better off letting Wi-Fi handle the download. First of all, it’ll generally download faster over a Wi-Fi connection so your phone won’t be actively downloading for quite as long. Second, your phone’s 3G radio tends to be a little more battery-hungry so it’ll cause more of a drain regardless.


Disable unnecessary notifications. Every time you receive a notification, your device’s screen lights up to tell you. This takes a little power and you probably don’t need to be notified of every little thing that every app wants to tell you. Go into your iPhone’s notification settings (in the Settings app) and turn off notifications for any app you don’t really care about.

Clear the multitasking queue so you don’t have an endless trail of open apps. Even though Apple designed multitasking to be battery-friendly, suspending a ton of apps still takes its toll. It can be frustrating to manually close a bunch of apps in the multitasking queue, but doing this on a weekly basis can help reduce unwanted battery drain.

Solutions For Power Users

Disabling a few features here and there will provide you with a little extra life, but the difference won’t move mountains. Additionally, you may want a lot of these features on because you need to use them. If you can’t make many (or any) of the sacrifices described above, you still have a few more options.


Buy an external battery, like the Mophie Juice Pack. You should probably have a case on your iPhone anyway, and Mophie’s cases have batteries built-in. They do add some bulk, as the battery has to go somewhere, but it’s not much and a small sacrifice for nearly doubling your iPhone’s run time. Mophie and others also offer several external battery options that you can just plug in and use to receive a boost when needed. You have to charge these devices separately, but it’ll be worth the trouble when you need your phone and its battery is running low.


Buy plenty of extra chargers so you can power your phone wherever you are. This doesn’t necessarily improve your battery life but it improves the likelihood that your iPhone will last as long as you need it. Put a charger in your car, at your desk, by your bed, and anywhere else you frequently find yourself so you never have to go through any trouble to plug it in. You may even want to pick up a solar charger for those times when you’re not near an outlet. Hopefully you won’t find yourself in a situation where you’re that desperate for iPhone power, but if you are then having many charging options should have you covered.

Got any other tips for improving your iPhone’s (or other iDevice’s battery life)? Share ’em in the comments.

Image remixed from originals by PremiumPSD and Marshall Bock.


  • I think apple should seriously invest a few million into battery research. Or if not a set amount just like 2 or 3 percent of every iphone sold. cause this will be a major issue in the next couple of years.

  • Something for Android 2.3.3 would be nice. Having “rooted” my phone previously I am now back on a Telstra ROM and the battery life is dreadful *sigh*

  • Turning off Bluetooth is a major one, and although a lot of people use it, you don’t really need it if you sit at a desk for your entire work day like many of us do. Dimming the screen brightness is another minor score. I have mine set to somewhere between one-third to half the max, and I don’t even notice the difference anymore.

  • My Galaxy S2 battery lasted a lot longer than my iphone battery. I am doing similar things on it and I get at least twice the battery life. If I was really worried I could buy a second battery. Sorry Apple your battery management sucks.

  • My iPhone 3G is 31 months (2 years, 9 months) old now and I still get 1.5-2 days out of it.

    Granted I don’t use it to the extremes others must. I just do maybe 15-30 minutes of surfing and a dozen or so messages, maybe a call, and regular email checking.

  • Another way to make the battery last longer is to turn of the auto-birghtness adjust and put it on fairly low, after a while you don’t even notice the difference.

    Owner of a 1G touch and battery life is quite horrid. Only the other week did it go from 80% to less than 20% after watching some video clips and light browsing on the net. Heck even just listening to music afterwards did it still continually drain, which leads me to think the battery will drain quicker if its getting hot from usage

  • Mine isn’t the greatest either and I couldn’t stand running out of juice by 3:30 in the afternoon, so I had to buy an external battery to cope. For anyone looking for that kind of thing, a portable usb charger 6000 is definitely the way to go.

Show more comments

Log in to comment on this story!