The five things that kill your iPhone’s battery the fastest

“There are no end of tips and tricks out there to help you get more out of your iPhone’s battery, but based on exhaustive testing I’ve narrowed down the five things that drain your battery the fastest,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes for ZDNet.

“If I had a dollar for every time someone complained about their iPhone’s battery, well, I’d have a lot of dollars,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “Breakages aside, battery performance issues make up the bulk of the complaints I get about the iPhone.”

The five things that kill your iPhone’s battery the fastest:

1. Cold weather
2. Screen brightness
3. Poor cellphone coverage
4. Rogue app
5. Lots of notifications coming in on your lock screen

How to deal with each of the five battery-sapping situations here.

MacDailyNews Take: Turn down that display brightness and tame those notifications!


      1. Just trying to adapt to the level of the audience here, I mean there are folks here that ask and answer their own questions.

        I do have to admit though after some thought it may have been more accurate to say that a Cruz missile is a much faster way to kill an iPhone battery.

        As long as it hits the target of course.

          1. The Cruz I was referring to Nikolas Cruz. He would not be a relevant choice for president at this time, at 19 he’d probably be one of the youngest presidents.

            Or are you talking about the other candy dates that ran against the chump? If that is the case, the chump in my opinion had it hands down from the very start, he was the most appropriate candidate at the time. He represents so closely the icons of what your nation has become, spoiled, selfish, war mongering drama brat without ethics, morality, style or substance and little care of consideration for others. Torture is for terrorists.

            You made quite the comment the other day. “We have rights and expectations that exceed those of other developed countries, and to secure them we require guns.” I certainly saw those grandiose expectations at the recent post about the Parkland Massacre. MDN paid their respects, Tim Cook paid his respects, even your president paid his respects for those who lost their lives so tragically and so early.

            How foolish of me to come and pay my respects for the deceased innocent victims of that slaughter, pretty well the only one out of over 150 posts. The rest was all about your sacred guns. Your oh so self important expectations and idolatry of your sacred guns, the cross of bullies and cowards sure showed up in that brilliant patriotic flash of the stars and skid marks.

            You need go no further to the title of the article to get the idea. It’s not five things that drain the battery, it’s five things that kill it. Death permeates your nation right now so much so that this community cannot even muster a few members to put things aside to pay their respect of so many innocent youths extinguished in such a tragic way. That would be too civilized for you, it’s not worthy of your grandiose deity like expectations. Why pay respects for the dead, not even freshly buried when you can kick up the dust of chaos and gun control debates and piss on their graves before the corpses are cold

            Forget the hindsight or thinking who was better, that’s sore loser thinking. Deal with who you have now, so much whining.

            Now if you’ll excuse me I’ll be returning to the human realm of the free and civilized world.

    1. Agreed. Maps apps using GPS are big battery hogs.

      So are lock screen notifications, as stated in the article. I installed Line for team communications for an online game, and the incredible flood of notifications would drain my battery by 2/3 in a couple of hours. Normally, my batt goes all day without dropping below 50%. Notifications that keep bringing your phone out of hibernation are brutally very wasteful of battery life.

  1. I have a personal iPhoneX and work iPhone7. Both batteries are impressive. The X is used a lot more but still has at least 50% at end of the day. The 7 can go 4 days without charge since is only used for mail and calendar.
    Battery life is much better than my last phone which was a 6S.

    1. I like safari, don’t get me wrong, but if you eliminate those 5 you was see that safari will lead in battery use. It is consistently at 60-80% when I look at usage in Settings/Battery.

      1. When you tap the clock face in Backgroud, does the screen time seem accurate?
        Check to see how many pages you have open also. I’ve seen some users with close to 30 pages. That’s got to hit the battery in some way.

  2. I can verify the cell tower search. I discovered at my local golf course where there is no cell reception that my phone will drain half a battery in just a few hours trying to find something to connect to if I don’t shut off the cell radio.

  3. #1 is Ive. If he designed the phone to accommodate a more capable battery, these articles wouldn’t be necessary.

    #2 is Federighi, who has a software team doing a poor job informing the user the battery condition and what’s draining it at any given time

    #3 is Cook, who insists that all iOS stuff stay in constant link to iCloud servers at all times to do anything

    #4 are app developers who do what Cook is doing, pushing the mainframe computing model of always connected data mining

    #5 is the end user who stupidly allows themselves to become addicted to the constant pings, alerts, news balloons, and other annoyances that we happily lived without a decade ago.

    1. Harvey Weinstein is dead in the water, a bloated, cold fish floating in a stinking aureole of scum. As for the Oscars, I only value the red carpet. The way the beautiful people display their bodies, clothed in imposing haute couture, is far more interesting than what they have to say in their Oscar acceptance speeches. If you and I were the presenters in one of those bourgeois spectacles, botvinnik, I guarantee we’d be all over the news broadcasts for at least a week.

  4. If your worried about battery usage, do yourself a favor, throw your iPhone in the river and be done with it.

    Why hobble your iPhone experience with these tips? What is the point? You should use it to the fullest, battery be damned.

  5. “Turn down that display brightness…”

    Just checked, and mine is at about 60%. That’s during the day. Night time drops to probably 20%. If that’s enough for my 50 year old eyes, surely full brightness isn’t necessary for very many folks. Though my wife is one of those – she hates picking up my phone, as she can’t see it at all!

  6. Messages always ranks as the top application with 65% or more of battery used. I can be in Messages and watch the battery indicator drop 1% every minute or less. Nothing else running. Even reboot the iPhone and it still continues. I have a string of screenshots showing this as it goes down percent by percent and I send a message every time it drops.

  7. My 6s is acting odd. Maybe the winter here in the Bay Area.

    I start my three-hour walk with the battery at 100%, listen to stuff and use Safari a little, and I return home with the battery around 90%. Good.

    But the battery just dies back home, and I’m not using it. This morning, it was at 6%.


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