26 ways you're unknowingly draining your iPhone's battery

Get to the bottom of your iPhone's poor battery problems and fix them

Your iPhone is designed to intelligently handle power efficiency via the magical combined workings of hardware and software, which is why iPhones typically don't need to come with the biggest batteries baked in. But if you find your phone dying on you by the time lunch rolls around, it could be because you have your settings all jacked up.   

iOS 10 has added several new features that are switched on by default, and thus there are settings you can tweak to make your new iPhone go all day. By the time you've made your way to the end of this article, you'll be surprised at how long the battery can actually last without having your phone crippled at the same time.

You know what they say - every little bit helps.

Don’t Raise to Wake

Raise to Wake is a neat little feature that iOS 10 baked in. Your iPhone does what it says on the label, come out of its screen-off coma whenever you pick it up. However, every little movement triggers it, even if you’re just shifting your iPhone around on your table.

Do this instead: Go to Settings, Display & Brightness, and disable Raise to Wake. It’s a nice convenient feature to have around when your iPhone is fully charged, but probably not when it’s on its last legs of battery life. 

Keep only essential widgets

Widgets are great for giving you the most up to date information at a swipe. It’s fun adding every widget possible to see the latest served up, but that comes at a cost - battery life. There’s considerable effort in keeping that screen fresh so keep your widget needs minimal by keeping only what you need.

Do this instead: Swipe right on your lockscreen or home screen to get to your widgets and scroll all the way to the bottom where you will see the Edit button. Tap on that to remove the Stocks widget that’s on by default and others as well.

Not using Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode is the most miraculous part of iOS for people who want to stretch out the battery life of their iPhones. Pre-iOS 9, you could only pathetically look on as the low battery warning flashed up on your iPhone and power seemingly dropped all the way down to nada in a matter of minutes.

Do this instead: When your iPhone’s battery levels dip dangerously low (20 percent emergency bells), it will automatically prompt you to activate Low Power Mode. Do it and your battery will change from red to yellow. You don't even need to wait till you're down to 20 percent; should you expect a long day ahead, you can activate it at any point without crippling your phone. Just go to Settings, Battery, and tap that Low Power Mode. You’ll be surprised at how long your iPhone can last when it dials down its more power-sapping functions.

Not staying in Low Power Mode

Having said that, Low Power Mode is at your disposal 24/7. But when you start charging your phone when it's in Low Power Mode, it will automatically turn it off when battery is charged to 80%. You don't have to let your iPhone call the shots, and can stay in Low Power Mode for as long as you like. 

Do this instead: When that Low Power Mode Turned Off notification shows up on your lockscreen, just swipe to the left to hit Enable Again. So you don't have to remember to enable Low Power Mode later. 

Oversharing your every move

iOS 9 brings with it the ability to share your location with your friend via Messages via the little Details tab. It’s a pretty neat feature, but you don’t really need it switched on the whole day, and have your friend tracking your every move right?

Do this instead: Go to SettingsPrivacyLocation Services, and Share Location From to disable it. Or choose to share your location from another device which has better battery life, like your iPad for instance.

Being all hands on with Handoff

This new feature presents a world of convenience by allowing you to move seamlessly from iThing to iThing while you’re doing work. But if you only have an iPhone, it’s not exactly a feature you can make the most of, right?

Do this instead: Hit up Settings, click on Handoff & Suggested Apps and turn off Handoff. Enable it when you have more battery, get more than one iThing, or actually require the function.