How to Boost Battery Life in iOS 10 with These Simple Steps

We live in a day and age where maintaining use of our iPhones is critical to success in business and day-to-day life. The thing is, when power gets low – rather than chaining yourself to the wall outlet – there are a few settings to tweak to boost battery life.

While Apple’s Low Power mode is great at extending battery life, there are some features that it turns off that you may prefer to leave on. Furthermore, there are some settings it leaves on that you could benefit from by turning off.

These tweaks will apply especially to iPhone but will be applicable across all iOS devices.

1. Turn Off Wif-Fi Assist


If at all possible, be connected to a Wi-Fi network. Also, turn off Wi-Fi assist when trying to conserve battery.

Wi-Fi assist would kick on when the Wi-Fi network isn’t getting you a quick enough Internet connection and will access the cell network to use data. Accessing this network takes power and uses your data which can be troublesome to anyone without an unlimited data plan.

2. Reduce Screen Time


One of the quickest ways to conserve battery isn’t necessarily to use your phone for less tasks but to complete those tasks more efficiently. For example, when responding to a message, rather than unlocking the device, tapping iMessage, tapping the transcript and responding, you can simply force touch the message from the lock screen respond.

By reducing screen-time and cutting task completion time in half, battery life can be conserved. To view battery usage in terms of screen-time, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Battery
  3. Wait for “Battery Usage” to load
  4. Tap the clock icon to the right of Battery Usage

Here, percentages of battery usage per app can also be seen. Stop using apps that impact battery life significantly if at all possible until you can get a full charge.

3. If Not Connected, Stay Disconnected


When traveling out of range of cell networks, your iPhone will constantly try to connect to a network, which uses a lot of power. To force iPhone to stop searching for a connection:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Cellula.
  3. Flip the “Cellular Data” switch

4. Change Location Services Settings by App


Some apps have no need to have access to your location. Other than statistics of usage for developers, location services access does not enhance or restrain usage of the specific app. Some apps will always be accessing your location regardless of if you are currently using the app. To change this:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Privacy
  3. Tap Location Services
  4. Tap an app to adjust
  5. Change “Always” to “Never” or “While Using the App” accordingly

5. Reduce Background App Refresh


Similarly with location services, not all apps need to constantly be refreshed to remain effective. To adjust apps accordingly:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Background App Refresh
  4. Toggle switches accordingly

6. Disable Auto Brightness


Auto brightness takes processing power, as the brightness is always adjusting based on your surroundings. That being said, not only manually lowering the brightness would be a substantial battery life saver, but so would turning off auto brightness. To do this:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap “Display & Brightness”
  3. Flip the “Auto-Brightness” switch

7. Perform a Hard Reset


Doing a hard reset on your device is the quickest way to clear the RAM and any background tasks that don’t need to be running. It will also verify that your battery percentages are accurate. To do this with an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and Volume Down button until you see the Apple logo. On earlier versions of the iPhone, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and Home button until you see the Apple logo.

8. Email Fetch and Push Settings


If your email is set to “Push,” your device will be connecting to the network to check for new mail constantly, thus using a lot of power. “Fetch,” however, will only check for new emails at chosen intervals. The less connection to the network, the better. Do bear in mind that when opening the Mail app at any time, mail will be fetched.

To adjust push and fetch settings:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Mail
  3. Tap Accounts
  4. Tap Fetch New Data
  5. Toggle the “Push” switch
  6. Under “Fetch,” change the interval accordingly

Check to See if Your iPhone 6s Battery is Faulty


Apple has confirmed that certain iPhone 6S models made within the months of September and October of 2015 have faulty batteries. It won’t cause your phone to explode, but it will cause your iPhone to shut down when battery is low but not completely dead.

You can check here to see if your iPhone 6s is eligible for a free battery replacement by supplying your device’s serial number.



Ultimately, plugging in your device will be the quickest fix to your problems. However, changing a few settings and adjusting habits momentarily will leave you with the power needed to get the important stuff done.

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