How to Stop iPhone Battery 'Vampire Drain' - Simple hacks provide charge instantly

How to Stop iPhone Battery ‘Vampire Drain’ – Simple hacks provide charge instantly

Every iPhone is packed with powerful features to increase battery life.

Make sure you get the best settings — and don’t make common battery-sapping iPhone mistakes.


Your iPhone is very powerful — but it can be weakened by silly battery errorsCredit: Apple

Don’t constantly scroll closed apps

Constantly closing iPhone apps is a waste of time — and may actually harm your device.

Apple says you shouldn’t be concerned unless an app is frozen.

“When recently used apps appear, the apps are not open, but are on standby to help you navigate and multitask,” Apple explained.

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Part of the problem is that it’s tempting to think of apps that are on a “carousel” running.

But it’s already frozen by your iPhone so it’s not draining resources while you’re doing other things.

Having to restart apps completely after swiping them away really takes a toll on battery life.

Also, the more stress a battery has, the faster it will deteriorate over time.

And this app will take longer to restart.

It’s like loading a TV from standby, versus restarting the phone completely.

Find bad apps

Your iPhone has a built-in tool that allows you to detect exactly which apps are draining your battery life.

Head to Settings > Battery, then wait for the page to load.

Next, tap the “Last 10 Days” option, which reveals the battery usage of various apps from the past week and a half.

If you scroll down, you can see which apps have used the most battery life, in the form of a percentage.

So, if an app has 20% next to it, that means it has used up a fifth of the battery life used in the past 10 days.

You can also toggle to show items listed by activity – keeping them sorted by battery usage.

So, if you have spent very little time using an app, but it ranks high in the usage list, then it is a battery killer.

This section also breaks down the time the app runs in the background.

Watch out for battery-draining apps that take up a lot of background usage time — they’re especially bad for your battery life.

Use low power mode

Low Power Mode will turn off some of the power-hungry features on your phone.

Unfortunately, it may mean that some of the apps, tools, and features on your phone will no longer work – temporarily anyway.

“When Low Power Mode is on, your iPhone will last longer before you need to charge it, but some features may take longer to update or complete,” Apple explains.

Also, some tasks may not work until you turn off Low Power Mode, or until you charge your iPhone to 80% or higher.

To turn on Low Power Mode, go to Settings > Battery and toggle the switch at the top.

Keep your iPhone safe

Perhaps the best advice is to protect your iPhone battery from damage in the first place, to maximize its lifespan.

Extreme temperatures can cause major issues with smartphones — and Apple’s expensive iPhones are no exception.

“Cold or high temperature conditions may cause the device to change its behavior,” Apple explains.

Cold temperatures may temporarily shorten battery life.

But high temperatures can spoil battery life forever.

“Using your iOS device in extremely hot conditions can permanently shorten battery life,” reads an Apple Support post.

On hot days, it is very easy for the iPhone to exceed its normal operating temperature.

Apple has some warnings about things you shouldn’t do with your iPhone today:

  • Leave the device in the car on a hot day
  • Leave the device in direct sunlight for an extended period of time
  • Using certain features in hot conditions or direct sunlight for an extended period of time, such as GPS tracking or car navigation, playing a graphics-intensive game, or using augmented reality apps

Use WiFi

Using the internet over a WiFi connection drains your phone’s battery life.

But the energy cost increases even more when browsing using mobile data.

So if you have the option to use WiFi, it is also worth switching to it.

It’s a double bonus, too, since WiFi is often faster than mobile data — and rarely has data caps.

Likewise, if you have no hope of getting a signal—like when you’re flying—you should turn on Airplane mode.

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This will prevent your iPhone from constantly scanning for networks, which can hamper battery life.

To turn on Airplane Mode, just go to Settings and toggle the Airplane Mode button at the top.

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