Eight Ways for Better Battery Life in iOS 13

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For most users, battery life can last most all day on modern iOS devices. However, you can change some iOS 13 settings to maximize the most of your battery usage.

This is for iOS devices iPhone and iPad running iOS 13 and above. Some tips can be applied in earlier versions.

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Disable Dynamic Wallpapers on Your iOS Device

Dynamic Wallpapers was a fun UI feature that was added to iOS 7, but it drains battery life. If you use Dynamic Wallpapers and experience issues with battery life, you might want to disable the app and pick a standard background image by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper > Stills
  3. Select a solid color, then set it as the Home Screen background and Lock Screen background.

Note: Selecting the solid black wallpaper on an OLED screen will cause the device to use less power. Solid black pixels do not use power to display the screen.

Use Dark Mode on Your Device

Using Dark Mode can increase the battery life on OLED devices because it swaps out the white backgrounds for dark backgrounds that use less battery life as mentioned above. To enable Dark Mode follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Display & Brightness
  3. Change the Appearance from Light to Dark

Disable Raise to Wake

Raise to Wake was introduced with the iPhone X as a way to view the Lock Screen Notifications by raising your iPhone into portrait mode. This is a great feature, but it can cause your screen to turn on throughout the day and drain your battery life. To disable this feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to Display & Brightness
  3. Disable the option for Raise To Wake

With this feature disabled, you can still tap the screen to turn it on, but raising it will not cause the screen to turn on.

Disable Background App Refresh on Cellular

Background App Refresh is a great feature in iOS that allows apps to update in the background so that the next time you launch an app, everything is already loaded.

While you shouldn’t disable this feature for all apps, it’s good to review the apps that do use it and disable any that aren’t regularly used so they aren’t wasting battery life.

To check which apps are using Background App Refresh, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to General > Background App Refresh
  3. Disable this feature for any apps in this list that aren’t frequently used

When Background App Refresh is disabled and you quit an app that’s in this list, it will no longer download data in the backgroud; instead, you must open the app for it to download new content.

Background App Refresh has a feature that allows apps to use it only when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, not when you’re running on cellular data. To enable Wi-Fi-only Background App Refresh, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to General > Background App Refresh > Background App Refresh
  3. Select Wi-Fi instead of the default Wi-Fi & Cellular

Ensuring that apps use Background App Refresh only when on Wi-Fi means it will not use battery-draining cellular data to perform the requests.

Disable Motion Effects on Your iOS Device

Disabling motion effects means that the cute animations throughout iOS and third-party apps won’t be as prominent, but if you can live without them, you can save battery life.

To disable motion effects, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to Accessibility > Motion
  3. Enable the option for Reduce Motion

Manage Bluetooth Connections on Your iOS Device

If you have multiple Bluetooth devices connected to your iOS device and are not using them, it may be a good opportunity to review the items and remove any you’re not currently using.

Follow these steps to review and remove Bluetooth devices:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Bluetooth, and tap the “i” next to the connected devices you wish to disconnect
  3. Tap Forget This Device (or Disconnect), if available

You can also turn Bluetooth off completely by following these steps\:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Bluetooth
  3. Toggle the switch to OFF 

Manage Location Settings on Your iOS Device

Location and the use of GPS to track your device for various apps can be a huge battery hog, and iOS 13 includes a new way to manage these settings.

It’s worthwhile to manage your loccation settings in apps to ensure only those that need to use your location have access to do so.

To review and manage location tracking follow the below steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Privacy
  3. Tap Location Services

You should check and control the location tracking for each individual app. Remember that disabling Location Services may hinder the apps functionally.

Place Your iPhone Face Down When Not in Use 

This is more of a tip than a setting change. Starting with the iPhone 6, Apple made its iPhones so that if you turn one face down it will keep the screen from lighting up upon notifications, which helps prevent battery drain.

I Would Like to Hear from You

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby with 30 years in Information Technology. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries as well as many States. I am starting my first blog on using technology at home or at work. I plan on updating the blog twice a week. Stay tuned and I hope you enjoy my blog. Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you.

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