One of the main things that you take into account when buying a smartphone is the battery life. When it comes to iPhones it is common to hear users complaining that the battery life seems to run out quite quickly. When your iPhone runs out of battery you may not always be able to charge it. And so, if you are consistently ending up with very low battery, you might end up considering to change your phone altogether. In truth there are ways in which you can check the battery life of your iPhone, so as to try to ascertain the main reasons why it is being drained away. We shall also be discussing some things you could do to help to prolong it further.
How to check your iPhone battery usage
- Go into the Settings and select the battery icon
- The battery usage will be calculated and you will be able to see how much power gets used and for what. These includes each of the apps or services.
- You can also tap on the option ‘show detailed usage’ and ‘last 7 days’ for more detailed information.
How to check iPhone battery health
The possibility of checking this has been rendered possible as from the iOS 11.3 onwards. As a general rule of thumb, an iPhone battery with over 80% of capacity is considered to be healthy. Batteries with less than 8% are eligible for replacement from the company.
To check your iPhone battery health you will need to:
- Open the Settings and tap on Battery
- There is an option named ‘Battery Health (Beta)’. From here you will be able to see the maximum capacity of the battery. This will give you information on the performance level that your iPhone can support as well as compare its current capacity with what it was when it was bought.
What affects your battery usage?
Your iPhone’s battery life is affected by various factors, mostly, the screen’s light, the music which you might be playing in the background, and the chip processing. These are considered as on-screen factors. High background usage on the other hand is typically when you download videos or music, or when you stream for a relatively long period.
Look at the percentage of battery usage of each particular use you are carrying out.
At times the numbers do not correspond to the actual usage though. And this is where you realize that there must be a problem with your iPhone battery.
It is also worth noting that certain apps, like Facebook, are large apps. These typically use a lot of your battery even when working in the background. If you can see a high battery usage in these cases try to avoid using these apps on your iPhone.
Background activity can be reduced. For starters, the less time you spend on an app, the less battery you will be using up. The background activity of an app can be reduced by doing the following:
- Choose Settings from your Home screen and select ‘General’.
- Here you will find ‘Background App Refresh’
- At this point switch off any app which you would like to minimize battery usage for. By doing so you will receive minimal notifications from that app.
Another thing you should do is to remove automatic access to your location. To do this,
- Go to Settings
- Tap Privacy and got to Location services
- Here you will see a list of apps which try to use your location and select accordingly
As a last resort, you could force quit apps.
- Unlock the phone and press the Home button twice
- Now you will see apps and services that are currently running the background. Swipe the ones you want to close.
In case after all these possibilities you still feel that your iPhone’s battery is draining away too quickly, the last option is to reset your iPhone. To do this,
- Press the Home button and keep holding it down
- Once the screen turns off and on again you will see the Apple logo. This means that the phone has been reset successfully.