The entire iOS update is always the same story: thousands of users complain about increased battery consumption. This can happen for several reasons, such as a configuration problem inherited from the backup, greater consumption of the new system or even the fact that more news is used.
To comfort those who are encountering problems, we have listed some tips that can improve battery consumption, so you don’t get stuck in the hand before the day is over.
1. Turn off Raise to Wake
If you have an iPhone SE, 6s or 7, iOS 10 brought a new feature called Raise to Awaken (“Raise to Wake“), Which makes the screen turn on automatically when you lift the device, without having to touch any buttons. This is interesting, but it can be a problem if you usually walk with the iPhone in hand, for example, as the screen will light up and turn off unnecessarily. If you think this may be affecting your battery life, you can turn the function off in Settingsmenu Screen and Brightness> Raise to Wake.
2. Update your apps
Apps not adapted to iOS 10 can consume more energy than they should. So, ideally, you should update all your applications, so that they work as they should in the new system.
3. Reduce the number of widgets
Widgets in the Notification Center are a good and practical thing, but they end up consuming energy every time you access them. Even if you only want to look at one, they all end up being activated when you pull the switch. For this reason, the ideal is that you delete those that you don’t use much or that are not so essential in your day-to-day. That way, you won’t be wasting energy for nothing.
To uninstall widgets on iOS 10, lower the Notification Center, drag to the right, go to the bottom of the screen on the Edit button and delete the ones you don’t use.
4. Turn off background updates
This tip is old, but always current. The system is able to update data for certain applications without them being in use. This, of course, consumes energy, so ideally you should turn this function off entirely or leave it to the apps you really need. Go in Settings> General> Background update and turn off those you don’t see a need to update until you use them.
5. Location Services
There are apps that are constantly using the device’s geolocation coordinates, even after it is used, and this tends to use a lot of battery. It is possible to configure so that they only use the GPS while they are being used. Go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services and configure all applications to use GPS only during use. Some apps do not have this option.
6. Leave the iPhone with the screen facing down
The iPhone has a feature that, when the screen is facing down, on a table or on a mobile, the system does not light up the screen in case of operator notifications or warnings. This helps not to waste energy when you are not using the device.
7. Decrease screen brightness
The brighter the screen of the device, the more it consumes battery. So lower the intensity to a level where you can comfortably use the system, without wasting battery. Do this in Settings> Screen and Brightness. Or directly on the Control Center shortcut.
8. Set a shorter screen lock time
Set the automatic screen lock to a shorter interval, so it will consume less battery. Go in Settings> Screen and Brightness> Auto Lock and set it to 30 seconds.
9. Use Low Power Mode
If you are not going to make heavy use of your iPhone or its GPS, consider leaving Low Energy mode on, so that consumption is reduced and the battery lasts much longer. Just activate on Settings> Battery.
10. Perform a clean restoration
It may happen, after a system update, that your device starts to consume more battery than it normally uses. This can happen when an internal file gets corrupted, causing conflicts in the system. In this case, there is no point in restoring and recovering the backup, as it will bring the same problematic files. To resolve, often the only solution is to restore the device without reusing the backup, installing everything from “scratch”. This usually resolves several problems.
Nowadays we use our iPhones and iPads more and more and obviously the battery ends up not being enough to do everything. These tips can help you to lengthen your device’s day a little bit, although nothing better than securing yourself with an external battery to keep you from being held hostage during the day. At least until Apple (or another company) invented batteries that last longer.