The iPhone 5 features a new 4-inch display, 4G LTE data rates, and a new battery that Apple claims will outlast the iPhone 4S despite the larger screen and 4G LTE capabilities. And while iPhone 5 battery life reviews are mostly positive, there are always ways to improve battery life with the iPhone, and we wanted to share some tips on how we can improve battery life with the iPhone 5.
The company claimed in its iPhone 5 announcement that the iPhone 5 has better battery life than the iPhone 4S, and initial tests reveal it’s about the same, if not slightly better, than the iPhone 4S.
Users see between 8 and 12 hours of use with the iPhone 5, which is downright impressive for Apple’s first attempt at a 4G LTE smartphone.
While impressive, there are some things users can do to help improve the iPhone 5’s battery life. They may not add an extra five hours, but they should help add a few extra minutes, which is often very important when on. go
Here are a few tips to improve iPhone 5’s battery life.
Turn off Wi-Fi/4G LTE
One of the ways I used to save battery life on my iPhone 3GS was to turn off Wi-Fi when I was out. That way, the phone wasn’t trying to connect to Wi-Fi networks that I wouldn’t be using. With the iPhone 5, users will want to turn off not only Wi-Fi but also 4G LTE when not in use.
By turning them both off when you need them, you save some extra battery life.
Fortunately, both of these are quick and easy to turn off. For Wi-Fi, go into it and at the top, . You will be taken to a new menu where you can turn Wi-Fi On or Off. change to .
To turn off 4G LTE data rates, go to then . Once there, tap . There you will see an option with a toggle. change to .
Decrease Screen Brightness
A simple trick that can save you quite a bit of battery life on the iPhone 5 is to lower the screen brightness. The screen consumes a lot of energy, and when dimmed a little the load on the iPhone 5’s battery is slightly reduced.
This one is simple. Go to on your iPhone 5. There, you will see an option that says. Tap on this option and you will be taken to a screen that looks like the one below.
By default, it should be around 50%, but you have the option to set it lower or even keep your iPhone 5 at a stable level; this is perfect in an environment with consistent lighting.
Turn off Location Services/Notifications
While many of the services offered on iOS are extremely useful, they can also drain battery life when turned on. We recommend that you turn off two of them, especially if you want to preserve the battery life of your iPhone 5.
1. First, . Location Services is a feature of iOS that uses GPS and crowdsourced Wi-Fi to continuously determine your location. This is a particularly useful feature in the Maps app, but is also used by other third-party apps. Turning this off can help save battery life.
Before you do this. Scroll down from there. Tap that and then tap at the top. At the top of the next page is a button that you can turn.
2. Second, it’s time to turn off Push Notifications, which are notifications that pop up on your home screen when something happens in one of your apps. For example, when someone posts something on Facebook.
Go then . You will then see a long list of apps to choose from. From here, you can turn off Do Not Disturb, which will disable all Notifications, or manually turn off the ones you don’t care about by tapping their name. Personally, I disable almost every single one of them.
You may also want to consider exiting the Notification Center. To do this, click the appropriate one and toggle.
Manually Migrate Email
Another trick I’ve used in the past is to manually switch my Mail. What I mean by this is that by default, your iPhone 5 will automatically check for new data i.e. new email. This was draining my iPhone’s battery so I turned it off, set it to manual and had great results.
To do this, go to Next, . Scroll down and tap on it. There you have the option to turn off push completely if you want but I recommend scrolling down and tapping on it.
This means that you will no longer have to manually check the email. Fortunately, Apple has made it simple. In iOS 6, you no longer need to tap to refresh email. You just need to pull it down and it will check for new mail. It’s a great swap for a little more juice.
restart iPhone 5
A simple trick to get better battery life is to reboot your iPhone 5 every once in a while to clear its system. If you’re like me, you leave your device on for weeks or even months without rebooting. By holding down the power button and turning it off, you can reclaim some of your precious battery life.
Just hold down the power button and when prompted.
reset all settings
Another thing to try to improve iPhone 5 battery life is resetting all your settings. This will revert the clock in your settings without deleting the apps and data present on the iPhone 5.
To do this, go to Settings. Then tap on it. Next, scroll down and tap Reset. Tap on it. If desired, the . Wait for the reset to finish and then it turns off.
Then plug in your iPhone 5 until it’s done. This will help you fix any battery life issues you’re having.
Airplane Mode isn’t just useful during flight. It can also be used to save valuable battery. By putting your iPhone 5 into Airplane Mode it will disable all data/cellular related services. This means no data, no phone calls, no messages. This makes it perfect for battery life emergencies.
To turn on Airplane Mode, go to and toggle the button.
Last Ditch Effort – Restore
If none of this works, there is one last effort iPhone 5 owners can make to try and fix their battery life issues. Again, this should only be tried if nothing else is improving your battery life and you’re not getting what you want.
First, you’ll want to make a backup of your iPhone 5 so that you don’t have to reinstall all your apps or move all your files.
The backup process starts after you plug your device into a computer. If it doesn’t happen automatically, you can have a backup occur.
Simply go to , right click on your device and select . I did this recently with my iPhone and although it will take some time, it will be necessary for what you are going to do next.
Make sure your device is still plugged in. Then, via iTunes, click on your device from the left-hand menu, which should display a screen similar to the one below.
Click . This will turn your phone into the iPhone 5 it first came in. No files, no apps, nothing.
Once this is done you will want to right-click your device again in iTunes and select it. This should restore your iPhone 5 to its old state, apps and everything, but with better battery life.