iOS 14: Top 6 Tips to Improve iPhone Battery Life
iOS 14 is loaded with many new features and changes. iOS 14 has been out for six weeks and seen a few updates, and battery issues still seem to be at the top of the complaint list. If you are facing battery drain issues with your iPhone after updating it to iOS 14, check out some possible fixes below.
Place iPhone Facedown
iOS includes a facedown detection feature, which makes use of the ambient light sensor to ensure the display doesn’t light up when you receive a Notification when you place the iPhone facedown.
The feature along with other refinements helps in increasing battery life by an additional hour as it turns off the display when not in use. So when you place your iPhone on the table, you should place it facedown to conserve battery life.
Keep Screen Brightness Down
This makes a huge difference. Reducing the screen brightness makes an appreciable difference. And the more you use the handset, the more battery you’re saving.
If you have a newer iPhone with OLED displays, then switching over to Dark Mode (again, you can do this from the Control Center screen or going Settings > Display & Brightness) is another good way to save power.
Install the Latest iOS 14 Software Update
The battery issues on your iPhone might be due to a buggy build released by Apple. The assuring news is, the company is quick to release bug fixes via a firmware update. Go to the Settings menu and open General > Software Update and download the latest iOS 14 update.
Poor Network Signal
Here’s another big drain. Being out of cellular signals makes the iPhone hunt for a connection, and this in turn is a massive drain on the battery. And under iOS 14, this seems to put a big load on the battery.
There are some things you can do.
- Put the iPhone into Airplane Mode
- Change cellular providers
- Keep a charger when you are in a poor signal zone
Disable Location Services
When we install apps, they prompt us to give them access to various things such as location, etc., and we tend to blindly say yes. However, apps using location services can have a major impact on battery life. So you may want to review which apps should have access to your device’s precise location all the time.
The best way to approach this is to first tweak location services for all the apps. Open the Settings app on the iPhone and navigate to Privacy > Location Services. You can either completely disable location services or even better, you can set While using the App so that an app will only use your device location when you open the app. This can be useful for apps like the App Store, which don’t need to be using location services all the time.
Disable Background App Refresh
iOS includes smarter multi tasking that lets apps fetch content in the background. Although Apple has a lot of optimizations in place to ensure that battery consumption is minimal, it’s possible that a poorly developed app could be using this feature incorrectly which could end up draining your iPhone’s battery life.
To disable Background App Refresh go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn it off for apps like Facebook or other apps that don’t absolutely need to be updated all the time. Background App Refresh is a great feature for apps like OneDrive or Google Photos where you need to upload media in the background, but you don’t need it for every app.