How to Reduce Battery Usage in iOS 9

Battery life is a constant struggle for iPhone users that are on their phone a lot during the day. There are several settings on the iPhone that can be adjusted to help improve the battery life on your device, but iOS 9 introduced a really helpful one called Low Power Mode that can be very beneficial.

Our guide below will show you how to enable Low Power Mode, as well as two other settings that you can consider disabling to try and improve the life of your battery.

 

Extend Battery Life in iOS 9

Device used: iPhone 6 Plus

Software version: iOS 9.1

The steps below will show you three settings you can use to make your iPhone battery last longer on a single charge.

 

1st Option – Enable Low Power Mode

This option was first introduced in iOS 9, and will simultaneously reduce or turn off some of the utilities on your iPhone that are consuming the most power. This is one of the most effective ways to improve your battery life. You will know that low power mode is activated on your iPhone when the battery icon at the top-right corner of the screen is yellow.

 

  1. Open the Settings menu.
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  3. Scroll down and select the Battery option.
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  5. Tap the button to the right of Low Power Mode to turn it on. As mentioned before, you will notice in the image below that the battery icon is now yellow.

turn on low power mode in ios 9

 

 

2nd Option – Disable Background App Refresh

The apps on your iPhone constantly need to access the Internet to refresh the data that they display. This refresh action can be a surprising drain on your iPhone’s battery, and may not provide enough additional benefit to be worthwhile.

 

  1. Open the Settings menu.

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  2. Select the General option.

    open the general menu

     

     

  3. Tap the Background App Refresh option.

    select background app refresh

     

     

  4. Tap the button to the right of Background App Refresh to turn it off.

    how to turn off background app refresh

     

     

    3rd Option – Turn Off Location Services

    Many of the apps on your iPhone will use Location Services to provide you with relevant information about your current location. This will cause your iPhone to use its battery. If you do not need information that is specific to your location, then you can turn off this option to improve your battery life.

     

    1. Open the Settings menu.
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    3. Scroll down and select the Privacy option.
    4. open the privacy menu

       

       

    5. Tap the Location Services button at the top of the screen.
    6. open location services menu

       

       

    7. Tap the button to the right of Location Services.
    8. tap the location services button

       

       

    9. Tap the Turn Off button to shut off the feature.

    turn off location services on the iphone

     

     

    These are just a few of the ways that you can make your battery last a little longer between charges. If this still is not enough to get you through an entire day at work or school, then consider getting a portable battery charger. They are inexpensive, portable, and can provide the extra boost of power when you are unable to plug in your charger.

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