One Trick to Charge Your iPhone Less Often
There’s never a battery powerful enough to provide long work with your favorite iPhone. We don’t know what this September will bring; maybe Tim Cook will proudly advertise new iPhones with battery life 5% longer. Even the actual champion, iPhone XR, can be drained in less than a day if mishandled.
But there is one trick that can help your iPhone last longer since it’s departed from the socket. Just take a little time to control the behavior of your apps while you’re not watching them.
The Secret Life of Apps
Let’s look at the Facebook app as an example. When you read your Facebook feed and refresh it manually, you need to take a little action: drag the feed down and then release it. Then the feed will refresh, showing you the newest posts. When you launch another app or go to the desktop (let alone locking your iPhone), the refreshing is supposed to stop… unless Background App Refresh is on.
The advantage of this option is that you won’t have to reload the contents manually. Reopen your Facebook, Twitter, or whatever, and you’ll see the newest statuses and updates on top. The maps won’t take time to find your location: they will do the work all the time they run in the background. Email apps will continue checking for new emails and downloading them if configured so.
All these activities provide more work for the CPU and connectivity modules and thus consume the battery. That’s why your battery may get lower while you didn’t do literally anything on your iPhone. By the way, if in the meantime you’re away from Wi-Fi, this clandestine activity may seriously injure your data plan, biting off large pieces of it.
It doesn’t depend on the version of your iPhone. Any actual version of iOS does it to the apps. But your Settings menu gives you enough control over this activity.
How Do I Set Up Background App Refresh Properly?
If you want to maximize your battery time, to go as far as possible with no socket required, you’ll need to minimize your background activity. That’s how it’s done:
- Go to Settings;
- Go to General settings;
- Go to Background App Refresh.
As you tap this option, you’ll see the list of the apps installed on your iPhone. By default, all of them are on (unless you have already banned this activity for some of them by the app’s requests).
That is, Booking.com app that you may use two or three times a year, or two or three navigation apps that copy each other, or numerous social networks with large photos and videos are constantly running in the background and refresh their data. Every little action taken by each of these apps bites a little off your battery percentage.
We’d recommend you only let refresh the apps you really need to be aware of. These may be your banking apps, delivering you information on your transactions, or messengers you need to be available in, or your Google Docs or Microsoft Office (if you collaborate with colleagues and need to see the changes they make in your shared docs).
All the other apps you don’t want urgent messages from should be turned off in this section.
The Third Option
There is an option in between if you don’t mind these apps draining your battery, but want to prevent them from consuming your data. Tap such an app and select “Wi-Fi” in options.
If done so, this app will only refresh when connected via Wi-Fi, inactive while you’re using mobile data. As this menu only affects background refreshing, you are still able to launch the app manually, and it will connect to the Internet via 4G or 3G. But as soon as you close the app, it will be disconnected.
iOS has lots of options to prevent battery draining. You can turn off syncing, reduce screen brightness, or, finally, switch to Low Power Mode that cuts down all the features except for the very core. But all these actions will certainly affect features that you consider vital.
As for background app refresh, this feature is alone enough to take effect. It’s quite flexible in usage, so you can only sacrifice the processes you don’t really need that often.
And, of course, power banks are always an option, and an extra cable isn’t a price when you really need a power backup. But the less you use it, the better. So set up your Background App Refresh wisely.