12 ways to save battery life on the iPhone

Low Power Mode Save iPhone 6s iOS 9 Battery Life

Low Power Mode is a feature geared towards saving battery life in iOS, but it’s probably not a feature that you’ll necessarily want to keep enabled at all times. That said, data does support the fact that Low Power Mode results in significantly better battery life.

But instead of using Lowe Power Mode at all times, which takes the reigns to try to reduce battery usage by itself, you can manually configure your iPhone in such a way to optimize battery life.

Keep in mind that this list is subjective, and everything on it is optional. I wouldn’t expect any of you to apply all 12 of these suggestions. Instead, mix and match features that seem to work for you and your usage style and requirements. Read more to find out different ways you can save battery life on your iPhone 6s.

How to Improve iPhone Battery Life

Disable motion-enabled wallpaper

Go to Settings → Wallpaper → Choose New Wallpaper and select a Still wallpaper instead of a Dynamic of Live wallpaper.

Select Stills Wallpaper

Turn off background refresh

Go to Settings → General → Background App Refresh and disable the Background App Refresh Toggle.

Background App Refresh

Turn on auto brightness

Go to Settings → Display & Brightness, and enable Auto-Brightness.

Auto Brightness

Disable UI motion

Go to Settings → General → Accessibility → Reduce Motion, and toggle on the Reduce Motion switch.

Reduce Motion

Disable automatic mail fetch

Go to Settings → Mail → Accounts → Fetch New Data, and disable Push and select Manually for Fetch.

Mail Fetch

Disable Untethered Hey Siri

Go to Settings  → Siri, and disable Allow “Hey Siri.”

Hey Siri Off

Disable Siri Suggestions

Go to Settings → General → Spotlight Search, and disable the Siri Suggestions switch.

Siri Suggestions

Disable Location Services

Go to Settings → Privacy → Location Services, and disable the Location Services switch.

Location Services

Disable 4K Video

Go to Settings → Photos & Camera → Record Video, and select the 720p HD or 1080P HD option for 30 fps.

Disable 4K iPhone

Enable Auto-Lock for 30 Seconds

Go to Settings → Display & Brightness → Auto-Lock, and select 30 Seconds.

Auto-Lock 30 Seconds

Disable Automatic Downloads

Go to Settings → iTunes & App Stores, and disable all toggles under Automatic Downloads.

Disable Auto Updates

Enable Low Power Mode

Go to Settings → Battery and switch on Low Power Mode.

Low Power Mode

As mentioned at the outset, when push comes to shove, you can always enable Low Power Mode and save lots of battery life without messing with a lot of different settings. Low Power Mode is an appealing option, because it allows you to enable many of the aforementioned settings with a single toggle. It also won’t touch things like Location Services, which some people may feel is a little on the extreme side of the battery saving mission.


You can always go to extremes when it comes to saving battery life. My goal was to try to keep the iPhone moderately useful despite my battery saving attempts. For that reason, you won’t see me disable things like Bluetooth, Cellular, enabling greyscale mode, etc. I’d like to save battery at times, but not at the expense of every feature on my iPhone.

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