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

Having automatic Date & Time updates on

Your iPhone is a thoughtful little creature which automatically changes your time settings according to the country you’re in using Location Services. But if you leave the country an average of twice a year, is there really a need to keep this feature on? The answer is no.

Do this instead: You can activate the function when you get around to traveling. But if you’re in one country most of the time, head on over to SettingsGeneralDate & Time to make sure Set Automatically is turned off.

Receiving repeated message notifications

Your iPhone can be quite a nag. When you don’t attend to a message immediately, which anyone with half a life outside of their phones has the tendency to do, your iPhone finds the need to light up the display to bring your attention to a Message received again, leaving your battery quite distressed by the repeated notifications.

Do this instead: To help your iPhone quit being a nag, go to SettingsNotification Centre, and find Messages in the Include list, Repeat Alerts and set it to Never. We appreciate the thought, but once is enough, thank you very much. 

Keeping your iPhone on vibration mode

Keeping your iPhone on vibrate mode is one of the biggest strains on your battery life. Especially when it’s possible to keep your eye on the iPhone most of the time. Having your iPhone constantly abuzz will sap your battery so quickly before you can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Do this instead: Disable vibration alerts by going to SettingsSounds and then turning off both Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent.

Leaving sharing tools on all the time

Are you sharing files over AirDrop and Bluetooth 24/7? Didn’t think so, so why is there the need to keep both these features on and needlessly drinking from your iPhone’s juicebox all the time?

Do this instead: Deactivate AirDrop and Bluetooth by swiping up on your phone to bring up the Control Centre and making sure the Bluetooth and AirDrop symbols are not highlighted anymore.

Sending daily feedback to Apple

Yes, doing this helps Apple churn out timely updates for smoother working systems, but at the expense of your battery life because your iPhone is sending daily usage reports back to Apple HQ. That’s fine and dandy when your iPhone is fully charged. But if it’s on the brink of flatlining on you, be less philanthropic.

Do this instead: You can disable reporting by going to SettingsGeneralAboutDiagnostics and Usage to activate Don’t Send mode. Feel free to switch it back to Automatically Send when you have more battery life to spare.