Guide to improve the autonomy of your iPhone

IPhone users know very well that the battery of our smartphone It does not last as long as we would like, we cannot say that they are not good or that iOS consumes in excess since on the contrary, it maintains a dignified autonomy and comparable to Android models that far exceed it in capacity.

This relationship of capacity / duration (or performance) is known as efficiency, something in which our iPhone are the best, and this is embodied in the numerous benchmarks such as AnTuTu 6 where iPhone 6s is categorized as the most powerful smartphone of all and Despite such power and its reduced battery capacity, it follows the trend of the vast majority of smartphones in the reach the day of use.

However, we would all like our iPhone to last longer, unless we arrived yes or yes at the end of the day despite intensive use of it, unfortunately this is not so, however good the efficiency of our iPhone, the capacity of its battery is limited and is below average, Apple has even reduced it in its new iPhone 6s model in reference to the previous 6 models.

A greater battery capacity would mean sacrificing slightly the design of our terminal, making it heavier and thicker, or sacrificing internal components to make more room, since inside our smartphone, space is the only thing that is not left over.

But users manage, and our iPhone can be given a lot of if with slight adjustments in its configuration that will improve our user experience and increase the battery life.

These readjustments are in various fields, but basically what we are going to do is free our terminal from so much work so that it can rest more and this lengthens its energy a little more, all without us noticing any difference in daily use.

Let's start to improve the autonomy of our iPhone, for this we must have it at hand and follow the next steps.

Deactivate components according to their use:

One of the most logical and most helpful steps in this situation is to deactivate certain aspects of our terminal when we are not going to use them, aspects such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and data connection (3G, 4G) .

In this section we should also include the GPS sensor as one more, however I prefer that it does not enter the list since it directly influences the use of the terminal and can lead to various problems, for example, with the GPS deactivated Find my iPhone It is virtually unusable.

Disable Mobile Data:

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The dynamic is as follows, if you enter your home and have Wi-Fi connection, the best thing you can do is deactivate the terminal data, so our iPhone makes exclusive use of the Wi-Fi connection and stops trying to keep in touch with the mobile internet antennas of the operators (doing this will not mean stop receiving calls or SMS, these services will still be available).

Following the same line, when leaving home we can reactivate mobile data and disable Wi-Fi, or disable Bluetooth if we are not going to use it.

Disable Wi-Fi:

Disable Bluetooth:

Background Updates

Background updates are part of an iOS function that Apple introduced with iOS 7, thanks to which installed applications could make limited use of our internet connection and location without having been opened by the user, iOS learns what use we give each application and in this way for example our Facebook feed is downloaded at the time we usually open the app or even when we arrive at the site where we usually open it, however this function does not work at all as it should and is often simply useless (which not always), so it is recommended to deactivate certain applications in this list to avoid excessive consumption of data and battery, and keep others activated so as not to worsen our user experience.

Disable app background update:

In this situation, the apps I recommend deactivating They are such as Facebook (the one that consumes the most battery), Bag (in case we do not use it) and other apps that have no need to consult anything without our permission, this will NOT prevent us from receiving Push notifications of them, both functions use different systems

The applications that I do NOT recommend deactivating They are such as Time to continue having the forecast in the notification center, Amazon so that it can check the status of our order, Fintonic to update your data at all times, news apps, etc …

Manage email accounts

If we have any added email account or even iCloud account same to our iPhone (sure there are any) we will have activated as the collection of mails from the native app, which connects to the various services to continuously check if there are emails available.

This function is known as Push, is exactly the same premise as general notifications, when they send you an email your iPhone is ready to notify you. However, not everyone makes such an intensive use of the Mail app, or we don't even need to know that an email has arrived just at the time of receiving it (for example if we have a habit of checking the mail at a certain time of day), it is That is why we can enter the account settings and retouch the frequency with which Mail checks the available emails.

How many more accounts let's have added, more requests Mail about possible emails received, for that reason and depending on the degree of importance of each account, we can choose whether to receive emails in real time (push) or every X time (Get).

Configure email checking:

To give you an idea I will explain briefly what each option does and thus configure them to your liking, obviously the longer you put less queries the servers will do and the battery will last longer.

  1. Every 15 minutes – Every 15 minutes it will consult the server in search of new mails
  2. Every 30 minutes – Every 30 minutes it will consult the server for new mails.
  3. Hourly – Every hour he will consult the server for new emails.
  4. Manually It will check the servers for new mail each time we open the "Mail" application or swipe the mailbox screen down.

So you can establish that in your work email account emails are updated via Push and in your personal account every 30 minutes or every hour, unfortunately if your account is from Gmail you can only use the "Get" option, Google deactivated the possibility of obtaining emails via Push for iPhone users to force them to use their own email client available on the AppStore, a creeping move by the big G, although Coming from them doesn't surprise me at all.

Location services

This is perhaps the section of our device that wastes the most battery without our consent, and if you have come here you may discover that your iPhone does things that you didn't even suspect.

We will discuss two issues, the use of location services by the own system and their use by the Applications.

GPS use by the system:

iOS uses location services for many things, the vast majority of them are useful aspects for the user, in this group they go for example Search my iPhone, the calibration of sensors such as the compass, the geo-positioning of Wi-Fi networks to make the search of these something more efficient, the integration of HomeKit devices and even the customization of the Spotlight or Siri based In our location, however, iOS uses our location for more things, and in this group there are a couple of functions that the user does not bring any benefit despite being consuming power from the device.

The functions to which I refer are exactly 2, the calls “iAds according to location"And"Frequent locations“, I will try to explain both.

GPS use by applications:

The applications that we install many times They ask us for access to our location, either because they need it to find us and show us directions, to attach the location to the metadata of a photo when it is taken, to find servers closer to our location, etc …

There are many uses that applications make of our location, the problem is that not all make responsible and limited use of this, that is why (and thanks to the privacy improvements introduced by iOS 7) that we must review the list of applications with access to our location and make a couple of tweaks.

Once inside the "Location" section we will see a list of all installed applications who have requested access to our location, clicking on each of them we will enter a list with 3 options available (sometimes there are only 2), these options are:

  1. Never: The selected application will never get access to our location.
  2. When using the application: The selected application will only have permission to access our location as long as it is open or loaded in multitasking, never while it is closed.
  3. Forever: The selected application may consult our location without having been opened by the user.

Here we must choose the option that best suits each application, for example, the application Speedtest it makes use of our location to find a server near us with which to perform the internet speed test, in this situation I have marked the option "Never" since that is how I select a random server and the results it offers me are more true to reality, even loading before since I don't have to wait to receive my position.

In Facebook however, I have marked the option “When using the application”, this is because Facebook by default asks for access “Always”, and especially this application of the social network is the one that consumes the most battery on the iPhone of many people, all for being constantly requesting our position without being even open, For this reason I have selected that I can only use GPS when I am using it.

In applications like Strava, Human or Feedly, I'm wearing the "Always" option, and it is that these applications make use of our location either to trace our route when performing a physical activity or to download content when arriving at a specific location, it should be noted that selecting the option “Always” does not imply that an application goes to be constantly using the GPS, but you give permission to use it whenever you need it, this however is not the method of Facebook, which keeps the GPS on at all times even without the need to do so.

Auto lock

As the last point of this guide, we will treat the automatic blocking time, this option allows our iPhone lock automatically After some time of inactivity on our part, the list goes from 30 seconds to the option where it never locks if the user does not do it manually.

In this case and after much experimentation with these times, I have concluded that the perfect balance is in the time of 1 minute, I say this because many times 30 seconds fall short and my terminal ends up blocking only while I read an article, and setting more than 1 minute I have seen my iPhone remain unlocked for too long unnecessarily, which also poses a risk to the security because it gives more time to a possible thief or intruder to access the system without having to go through a code or secure lock screen.

If the 1 minute time seems short, you should keep in mind that iOS is an intelligent system, I say this because if your activity consists of watching a video (for example) the system prevents the device from crashing alone because it recognizes that the activity we are carrying out does not require user interaction.

We also receive a slight warning a few seconds before the terminal locks in the form of brightness readjustment, our screen will reduce its brightness a few seconds before the terminal locks to warn the user that there is little time for the automatic lock to skip, in this way and just by touching the screen the system will restore the brightness to the original position and restart the 1 minute timer understanding that the user is using the device


So far the tutorial has arrived, I have tried to explain in detail each point of this process so that you not only deactivate functions on your device but also know what you are modifying and you can decide on your own to make modifications based on your personal use, since each person makes use of their smartphone differently and what is perfect for me may not be for others.

Fulfilling all the readjustments, at least those proposed by me (you may have been more or less sharp when it comes to deactivating things), you should notice an increase in the duration of your battery and already feel more control over your smartphone, and is that understanding our device is imperative if we want to get the most out of it, which is why I I highly recommend be aware of all the news that each new version of iOS brings (something you can do following our blog) and explore the application of Settings on your device, you can decide whether to modify something or not modify anything, but a tour of this application It does not hurt anyone, and you know that you can always count on us for any questions that may arise about any aspect of this application and we will gladly tell you everything we know about it.

Complying with this final recommendation you will be able to increase the autonomy of your terminal, improve performance of the same and customize it park to match the type of use that each of you will make of it.

It has been a pleasure to share my knowledge with all of you, if you have any doubt Let us know in the comments!

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