Whenever a new operating system or iPhone is released, concerns about battery life tend to surface. This year is no exception, with reports of rapid battery drain following updates or new releases. Battery life issues can be attributed to new features, software bugs, or increased usage post-update. To help you get the most out of your iPhone 15’s battery, we’ve compiled a list of tips that won’t disable essential features but will help you conserve power when needed.
1. Disable Live Activities
Live Activities, which allow apps to display ongoing notifications on the Lock Screen or Dynamic Island, can be a drain on your battery. To disable them:
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Face ID & Passcode.
- Enter your passcode to unlock the iPhone.
- Scroll down and toggle off Live Activities.
Additionally, you can disable Live Activities for specific apps in their settings.
2. Remove Unused Lock Screen and Home Screen Widgets
Widgets in iOS 17 are interactive and can be placed on the Lock Screen. If you’re not using a widget frequently, consider removing it to save battery life. To remove widgets:
- Long-press an empty space on your Home Screen or Lock Screen.
- Tap the minus (-) icon on the widget you want to remove.
3. Turn Off Live Voicemail
Live Voicemail provides real-time voicemail transcriptions on the Lock Screen, which can impact battery life. To disable it:
- Go to Settings > Phone > Live Voicemail and toggle it off.
4. Disable Proximity AirDrop Sharing
Proximity AirDrop sharing can drain battery when your iPhone frequently initiates connections with nearby devices. To turn it off:
- Navigate to Settings > General > AirDrop.
- Toggle off “Bringing Devices Together.”
5. Utilize Offline Maps
Downloading Apple Maps for offline use can help conserve battery life, especially when you’re in areas with poor cellular reception. To download a map:
- Open Apple Maps.
- Search for a location.
- Tap the download button and select the map area to download.
6. Turn Off Haptic Keyboard Feedback
Haptic feedback when typing on the keyboard can be satisfying but may consume battery. To disable it:
- Open Settings.
- Go to Sounds & Haptics.
- Tap Keyboard Feedback and toggle off Haptic.
7. Disable Always-On Display (iPhone 15 Pro)
The Always-On display on iPhone 15 Pro models can consume battery. To disable it:
- Open Settings.
- Tap Display & Brightness.
- Select Always On Display and toggle it off.
8. Choose Non-Animated Wallpapers
Animated wallpapers can slightly increase battery consumption. Opt for static wallpapers if animations are not essential.
9. Use Focus Modes
Apple’s Focus modes reduce notifications, which can help save battery life. Customize Focus modes to limit notifications during specific times or activities.
10. Utilize Scheduled Summary
Scheduled Summary consolidates notifications and delivers them once or twice a day. Configure it for apps that don’t require immediate notifications to reduce battery usage.
11. Limit Location Access for Apps
Review and limit location access for apps that don’t require it. Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services to manage location settings for each app.
12. Manage Bluetooth Access
Check which apps have Bluetooth access and disable it for apps that don’t need it. Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Bluetooth to manage Bluetooth settings for apps.
13. Use Low Power Mode
Activate Low Power Mode to reduce background activity, dim the display, and conserve battery life. You can enable it in Control Center or the Battery section of Settings.
14. Prioritize Wi-Fi Over Cellular
Connect to Wi-Fi networks whenever possible to minimize battery drain from cellular data usage.
15. Use Airplane Mode
In areas with poor cellular signal or when you don’t need a cellular connection, enable Airplane Mode or turn off cellular data to prevent unnecessary battery drain.
16. Monitor Battery-Draining Apps
Check battery usage statistics in Settings to identify and manage apps that consume excessive battery life.
17. Limit Background App Refresh
Disable Background App Refresh or customize it for specific apps in Settings to reduce background activity.
18. Adjust Screen Brightness
Lower screen brightness, especially when indoors, to reduce battery consumption. Additionally, set a shorter Auto-Lock interval in Display & Brightness settings.
By following these tips, you can optimize your iPhone 15’s battery life without sacrificing essential features. Battery management is about finding the right balance for your needs while extending the lifespan of your device’s battery. If you have additional battery-saving tips, feel free to share them in the comments below.