7 easy iPhone hacks to make your battery last longer – and why it dies after 2 years

Do you find that your iPhone’s battery often runs low, no matter how much you charge it? Then you’re not alone.

The issue of quickly draining battery life is common for most iPhone users. In fact, you’ll find that with each new iOS update your battery dies out quicker and quicker.

Why does this happen? Well, your apps are usually to blame. Some of the apps on your iPhone continue to run in the background even if you’re not using them.

Now you can’t delete all these apps in order to save your battery life, but there are some clever but easy hacks to optimise your battery use.

Stop 'quitting' apps constantly

Stop trying to close your iPhone apps constantly. This is not only a waste of time, but could actually end up doing more harm than good.

Apple explains that when your recently used apps appear in your carousel, these aren’t actually open. They are in standby mode and aren’t really draining your battery.

But swiping these away and then having to restart them when you want to use them sucks your battery life. The more strain you put on your battery, the faster it will drain and that app will also take longer to restart.

Turn on auto-brightness

While it's tempting to have your phone brightness set to maximum, it doesn't need to be on full constantly.

The brighter your phone screen, the faster your battery brains. So, turn on Apple's Auto-Brightness feature, which will regulate the display brightness based on the ambient lighting wherever you are.

Taking this step will improver your battery life over time, and is also a clever way to keep your brightness at the right levels automatically.

Activate Low Power Mode

Activating the Low Power Mode can help turn off some of the power-hungry features on your phone.

However, while this can help your iPhone battery last longer, it also means that some apps, tools and features on your phone will no longer work temporarily.

To turn Low Power Mode on, go into Settings > Battery and toggle the switch at the top.

Switch to airplane mode

If you're ever in a situation where you've got no hope of getting a signal, then it's always best to switch to airplane mode. This stops your iPhone from constantly seeking out networks, which can often hamper your battery life.

To turn on airplane mode on, go into Settings and toggle the Airplane Mode button at the top.

Check your battery health

Sometimes your battery starts draining because it's worn out and you need to upgrade it. To check your battery health, head into your Settings app and scroll down to the Battery section.

Here, choose the Battery Health option where you'll see a few details. First is Maximum Capacity, which is listed as a percentage and tells you the exact percentage of charge your iPhone battery holds currently compared to when it was new.

Your battery is considered worn if it's below 80%, and this means it's time to upgrade your battery.

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Next, you'll also see a rating of your battery performance capability, which lets you know if your battery is operating effectively or not.

Your battery usually starts getting worn after 500 full charges, which takes less than two years for most users. If the battery health is getting low, you can claim a swap at the Apple Store, which will be free if you're under warranty and otherwise require a fee.

Turn off any power-hungry settings

Your phone has many features that suck up your battery life. You can save battery by disabling these power-hungry features.

To do this, turn off Location Settings by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. The other option is to stop apps from checking for new content in the background.

For this, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and toggle the switch off.

Delete any battery killing apps

Your iPhone has a built-in tool to find out exactly which apps are draining your battery life. To check, head into Settings > Battery. Here, tap on the 'Last 10 Days' option, which reveals battery usage for different apps from the past week-and-a-half.

You'll be able to see which apps have drained your battery in a percentage form. For example, if an app has 20% next to it, this means it used up a fifth of your battery life.

The option also lets you find your activity on the apps. This means that if you spent little time on the app but it's listed high for usage, this app is a battery killer, which you'd be better off deleting.

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