My iPhone’s battery often finds itself scrambling to catch a charge before I leave for the day, whether it’s an all-day outing or a short trip to the grocery store. In any case, it would be helpful if my iPhone could charge faster than it already does out of the box, and it’s axiomatic that most iPhone users would agree.
On stock devices, users could enable Low Power Mode while charging to juice up their handset’s battery faster, but if you’re jailbroken, then you can take advantage of a far more effective solution that comes in a form of a new and free jailbreak tweak dubbed PowerUp by iOS developers Kurrt and Squiddy.
As we explained before, you could use Low Power Mode to charge your handset more quickly by reducing power drain while charging, and this is something that the developers of PowerUp kept in mind as they carefully constructed the tweak. PowerUp goes above and beyond what Low Power Mode is capable of to further reduce power drain while charging your handset.
So what does it do? Well it can do a lot of different things to reduce power drain while charging… but what it does depends entirely on you and how you configure it. According to the tweak’s depiction page, PowerUp is capable of automatically doing the following things as your device charges:
- Sleep the system using built-in IOKit (“Deep Sleep” or “Hibernation”) methods
- Turn Airplane Mode on
- Enable Low Power Mode
- Throttle system performance using thermalmonitord
- Stop and save any active screen recordings
- Turn off any active flashlights
- Force-quit all backgrounded or suspended applications
- Block input passthrough
- Turn off display
- And more…
After you install PowerUp, you’ll find a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app where you can configure the tweak to your liking:
Here, you can:
- Enable or disable PowerUp on demand
- Automatically wake your device from “Deep Sleep” or “Hibernation” mode
- Choose the battery percentage when the device automatically wakes
- Enable or disable OLED display mode (minimal dark display)
- Enable or disable performance throttling
- Enable or disable deep sleep
- Respring to wake
- Configure an unplug wake delay of your choosing
It doesn’t appear that a respring is required to save the changes you make here.
For those looking to take advantage of every last drop of battery charge they can get s their handset rests on a wireless charger or hooks up to a traditional Lightning or USB-C cable, PowerUp is a great way to do just that. It’s available for free from Squiddy’s repository, supports jailbroken iOS 13 & 14 devices, and is open source on the developers’ GitHub.
The aforementioned repository URLs are provided for you below so that you can add any one of them to your preferred package manager:
Do you plan to use PowerUp? Share why or why not in the comments section down below.