iPhone 7 has got slightly better battery life than its predecessor. However, it may still be insufficient if you extensively browse the web or play some high-resolution games. Fortunately, there are a number of tips that can significantly help extend the battery life.
There are quite a few reasons why your iPhone may eat into a lot of battery. As for instance, the battery draining could be due to some power hungry apps or services, ill-fated backup or update etc. If your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus is consuming a lot of battery, follow these tips to fix the battery life problems.
Best Tips and Tricks to Fix iPhone 7/7 Plus Battery Life Problems
Turn off Wi-Fi/Cellular Data/Bluetooth When You Are Not Using It
If not in use, make sure to turn off Wi-Fi/Cellular Data/Bluetooth. These little tricks can significantly extend the battery life of your iPhone.
Force Reboot Your iPhone
Force rebooting your iPhone can help resolve the battery life issue. This tip might sound to be a bit funny but it can resolve some minor issues like this one.
Simply press the sleep/wake button and while still holding it, press and hold the volume down button on your iPhone 7 to reboot it.
Make Sure to Force Quit Apps
Once you have used any app, force quit it to prevent it from running in the background.
Step #1. Double click the Home button of your iPhone to access the app switcher.
Step #2. Next, you have to touch the app card and swipe it up to force quit it.
Turn Off Location Services
It’s better to turn off Location Services if you want to extend the battery life your iPhone. In case, you don’t want to completely disable it, allow only a few apps to track your location.
Step #1. Launch Settings app → Privacy.
Step #2. Tap on Location Services.
Step #3. Turn off the switch next to Location Services.
Alternately, you can toggle off the switch next to the apps which you don’t want to track your location.
Disable Background App Refresh
Background App Refresh consumes not just a lot of battery but also eats into plenty of data. Hence, turning it off can improve the battery life of your iOS device.
Step #1. Open Settings app → General.
Step #2. Tap on Background App Refresh.
Step #3. Turn off the switch next to Background App Refresh.
If you want Background App Refresh to remain enabled, allow only a few apps to refresh in the background. Toggle off the switch next to the apps which you want to prevent from running in the background.
Turn off Automatic Downloads
Disabling Automatic Downloads can be a lifesaver for your device battery.
Step #1. Launch Settings app → iTunes & App Store.
Step #2. Under Automatic Downloads, toggle off the switch next to Music, Apps, Books & Audiobooks and Updates.
Turn on Low Power Mode
Enable “Low Power Mode” to extend the battery life of your device.
Step #1. Launch Settings app → Battery.
Step #2. Turn on the switch next to Low Power Mode.
Allow Notifications Only From Selected Apps
Make sure to allow notifications from only selected apps.
Step #1. Launch Settings app → Notifications.
Step #2. Tap on the app which you no longer want to receive notification from.
Step #3. Toggle off the switch next to Allow Notifications.
Keep the Brightness in Check
It’s better to keep the brightness at the minimum level. Just swipe up from the bottom to access Control Center and drag the slider to adjust the brightness.
Keep Auto-Lock to Minimum Time
It’s only when I play games like Pokemon Go I increase the auto-lock time. Otherwise, I make sure to keep it at the minimum time.
Step #1. Launch Settings app → Display & Brightness.
Step #2. Tap on Auto-Lock and select the minimum time.
Disable Haptic Feedback on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
iPhone 7 comes with Taptic Engine that produces vibrations. Since developers have access to the new API, apps have got custom vibratory feedback. There is an option to disable the haptics for system controls and other interactions.
Step #1. Launch Settings on your iPhone 7.
Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Sounds & Haptics.
Step #3. Next, you need to scroll down and turn off the switch next to System Haptics.
Check Out Battery Usage
You can check out which apps and services eat into the battery the most. It can not only expose the real culprit but also give you the fair idea as to how to rein in the apps and services which are making life difficult for the battery of your iPhone.
Step #1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
Step #2. Tap on Battery.
Step #3. Battery Usage of apps and services will appear on the screen.
You can tap on Last 7 Days to check out the power consumption during the past week.
If you find any app consuming more battery than usual, delete it and then reinstall it.
Reset All Settings
Reset your iPhone to factory settings. It’s one of the most reliable tricks to fix some minor issues like battery drain.
Step #1. Launch Settings app → General.
Step #2. Next, you need to scroll down and tap on Reset.
Step #3. Tap on Reset All Settings.
Step #4. Tap on Reset All Settings again to confirm.
Restore your iPhone As New
If the above-mentioned tips have not fixed the battery draining issue on your iPhone, you need to restore your device as new using iTunes. Make sure to back up your smartphone before restoring it.
You can also contact Apple if the battery drain issue continues even after you have restored your device as new.