10 Tips and Tricks for Better iPhone 5 Battery Life

iPhone 5 users who want to improve iPhone battery life before iOS 7.1 release are in luck because we want to share some simple tips and tricks to get more battery life on iOS 7 than iPhone 5.

iOS 7 has been available since September, but iPhone 5 has been available since September 2012. So for over a year now, friends, family, and even readers have been bugging me about how I managed to get great battery life on my iPhone 5. Even after installing major iOS updates like iOS 7 and more recently iOS 7.0.6.

While there’s a good chance that the upcoming iOS 7.1 update will fix some of the battery life issues that iPhone owners have apparently been dealing with in iOS 7.0. iPhone 5 owners their own problems. If that happens, some of these tips may come in handy. At the very least, it will stop questions from friends and family.

In this guide, I will tell you how I personally got great battery life on my iPhone 5. There are many factors that cause terrible battery life on the iPhone 5, but I will focus on the many factors that cause bad battery life on the iPhone 5. All day use from my iPhone.

How to Get Better iPhone 5 Battery Life

Disclaimer There is no guarantee that these will work for you. We probably use different apps and we probably use our iPhone differently. I consider myself a borderline power user. I don’t play a lot of games, but I’m on the phone all the time. Talking to someone, surfing the web, checking and replying to email, or otherwise. Something to keep in mind.

Turn off Push Email

A long time ago, I turned off push for email. Not only did I hate the constant buzzing or ringing of my phone, but I also noticed that my battery life was dropping because my phone was constantly trying to get emails for me. I get huge volumes of emails every day and it’s starting to drain my battery.

With push turned off, I now check emails at my own free time without being annoying. Even better, my battery life doesn’t take the hit it did before shutting down.

Turn off push to save iPhone 5 battery life.

Even though I turned push off completely, iPhone 5 users can set the phone to check at wider intervals. Checking every 15 to 30 minutes is much better than checking every minute.

To manually set up email or change ranges, go to .

Checking email less often is not only good for your sanity, but also good for your iPhone 5’s battery.

Decrease Screen Brightness

Another setting that I change permanently is screen brightness. Instead of using Apple’s default or turning it all the way up, I set the slider all the way to the lowest setting. Even at the lowest setting, I have a hard time seeing things on the home screen and watching the content I shot while I’m off.

So why am I doing this? Simple. The iPhone 5’s screen is one of the biggest drainers on battery life, and it minimizes battery consumption by keeping the brightness low.

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Adjusting the screen brightness can save battery life.

There are times when I need a brighter screen, and all I do is open iOS 7’s Control Center from the bottom of the screen, adjust the brightness, and turn it off again when finished. Users who don’t trust changing it themselves can set the brightness to Auto, but even on Auto my iPhone 5 had some issues.

Get in the habit of adjusting it only when you need to, and you’ll be in so much better shape.

Turn off 4G LTE

4G LTE provides extremely fast data rates, but 4G LTE also consumes iPhone battery life.

The 4G LTE drain on the iPhone isn’t as bad as on some Android smartphones but it’s still there. That’s why I turn 4G LTE off when I’m out and about and don’t need those high data rates. My iPhone 5 runs on AT&T’s network, i.e. usually the carrier’s “4G” HSPA+ netwokr when 4G LTE is turned off. It’s slower but still pretty fast and doesn’t consume that much battery.


Disable LTE when you don’t need it. It will do wonders for your battery.

Here in Southern California, I tend to run into the extremes where my phone is constantly going back and forth between 4G LTE and HSPA+, and that’s something that can cause a drain as my phone works to settle itself.

So turn off 4G LTE when you don’t need it and the phone is running around. It will save you battery life. To do this, go to the option to turn it off. Remember to turn it back on when you need it.

Use Airplane Mode

There were times when the battery life on my iPhone was extremely valuable. For example, taking long trips or errands to places I’ve never been to. In these situations, I rely on my iPhone for navigation and emergency support.

A few times my iPhone has dropped below 20% when I needed it most. And in cases where I switch to Airplane Mode to save battery.

If you don't need to be connected, Airplane Mode will save you a ton of battery.

If you don’t need to be connected, Airplane Mode will save you a ton of battery.

Airplane Mode provides limited connectivity, but turns off services that drain iPhone battery life, making it useful in an emergency or when you want to do something before the phone hangs.

To turn on Airplane Mode, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center and then tap the airplane icon. Note that this will stop all calls, texts and emails until you tap the airplane icon again.

Turn off Location Services and Notifications

Limiting location services and notifications can help save iPhone battery life. Personally, I disable push notifications for most apps. This helps conserve battery life as it prevents the screen from brightening up every time a notification pops up.

To disable notifications, go to Of course, notifications will still appear, but instead of lighting up the entire iPhone, they will alert or alert you with a sound. Notifications pop up even when the phone is in use.

Disable notifications if you are not using them.

Disable notifications if you are not using them.

I also keep the use of iOS’s location services to a minimum. Like notifications, location services often light up your phone when you don’t need it. So, by turning it off, users can juice the iPhone for a bit more battery life.

To turn off Location Services for certain apps, go to the apps you don’t want to use your location information for. You have the option to turn it off completely, but you won’t be able to use the maps and the photos taken won’t know where they were taken.

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Turn off Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh is one of the nifty features coming to iOS 7. When opened, it ensures you have the latest data when you open an app. It’s extremely useful for those who constantly check the news or Facebook, but for others it’s a feature that can be turned off to save battery.

Turn off Background App Refresh.

Turn off Background App Refresh.

Before disabling it completely, it’s probably worth disabling the feature for apps you don’t use. This will help minimize activity. If that doesn’t work, try disabling it completely.

To do this, go to. When turned off, these apps are not updated in the background; that’s a small price to pay for a small increase in overall iPhone 5 battery life.

Uninstall Recent Apps

If none of these fixes and habit changes work, it’s possible that a third-party app is responsible for the battery drain. Of course, this is extremely difficult to detect because it requires uninstalling an app, checking battery life, and then repeating the process until things get better.

We recommend that you go to the App Store and have a look at your purchasing tab. This will show you the recent apps you downloaded. If the battery drain issue is new, this will make finding the culprit a much easier endeavor.

restart iPhone

After using my iPhone during the day, I tend to leave it on charge until the morning. I imagine many iPhone 5 owners do the same. Use, charge, repeat. By the way, iPhone never turns off.

Interestingly, me and others have seen great results after turning off the iPhone from time to time. Sometimes turning the phone off a bit can fix the remaining battery life issue. Best of all, it’s extremely simple to try. Press and hold the power button to turn it on, turn it off and then hold it again.

reset all settings

You may have changed some settings in the last few months, or even years, that have resulted in reduced battery life. Fortunately, Apple makes it extremely easy to reset iOS settings without deleting your data, photos, apps or contacts. Everything will stay the same except the settings.

Reset All Settings can do wonders.

Reset All Settings can do wonders.

It will restore iPhones settings to default by resetting all settings. From there, you’ll be able to easily pick and choose what you want enabled and what you want disabled.

To do this,. This is a process that will take a few minutes, but it is one that can clear errors and help better preserve battery life.

restore iPhone

If none of these tips and tricks work, then it’s time to think about a last resort. Those who don’t want to visit the Genius Bar in an Apple Store will want to consider restoring their iPhone 5. This is also known as a hard reset.

This erases everything and factory resets the iPhone, but it also has the potential to eliminate problems and bugs and make the iPhone feel almost like new.

Before doing that, you need to connect and sync photos and data to computer and perform a full iTunes or iCloud backup. This will ensure that your data is not lost.

After iPhone is backed up, go to Once this process is complete, you have a few options. You can restore the iPhone from a fresh backup or use the phone as if it had just been taken out of the retail packaging.

If that fails, we recommend going to an Apple Store and speaking to a Genius. My girlfriend struggled with terrible iPhone 4s battery life for months before taking it to an Apple Store where a Genius revealed that the battery inside was damaged and needed replacing. This came about a week or two after the warranty expired, but they replaced it for free anyway.