How to extend iPhone battery life

While iPhone battery life has improved over the years, the slight apprehension associated with the ever-shrinking battery icon in the top-right corner may never be fully resolved.

Thankfully, these one-time settings tweaks can make a world of difference when it comes to squeezing every last bit of juice from your iPhone battery.

Enable dark mode

Using your iPhone in light mode consumes quite a bit of power to keep the pixels on the screen lit up. The dark mode’s more subdued color scheme doesn’t have to be as hard work.

Therefore, using your phone in dark mode full-time can help reduce battery consumption. To enable it, go to Settings > Display & Brightness and choose Dark under the Appearance section.

If you’re not quite ready to put yourself in dark mode full-time, here’s how to change the automatic setting to have your phone switch to dark mode at a certain time of day, so see if that’s a little helps.

Turn off auto brightness

The ambient light sensor on your phone is responsible for determining the amount of light around you and adjusting the screen brightness accordingly. It works well, but it can reduce battery life during the day.

You can disable this feature by manually setting your iPhone to a moderate to low brightness, which prevents the phone’s backlight from shifting constantly.

To do this, go to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size and disable Auto Brightness.

You may need to manually adjust the brightness when you’re outside. Swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen. This opens Control Center, which has a manual brightness slider. Just be sure to manually adjust it back to a lower level as soon as you can.

Disable 5G

Are you really taking advantage of your iPhone’s super-fast cellular connection to stream videos during your subway ride? If not, try to disable 5G and work with the still fast LTE (4G) connection. It can save a lot of battery life throughout the day, especially when you are away from home or work with Wi-Fi connections.

Go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options and under the Voice & Data setting, switch from 5G Auto to LTE.

Now you can note a disclaimer here that the 5G Auto setting only uses 5G if it doesn’t significantly reduce battery life. But constant automatic switching between 5G and LTE can cause a battery hit and 5G still tends to use more battery than LTE. So try full-time LTE to see if you notice an improvement in battery life during the day – and don’t suffer from a data rate slowdown.

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