How to Get Better iPhone 5 Battery Life

The iPhone 5 features a new 4-inch display, 4G LTE data speeds, and a new battery that Apple claims lasts longer than the iPhone 4S despite the larger display and the 4G LTE capabilities. And while iPhone 5 battery life reviews have been mostly positive, there are always ways to improve battery life with the iPhone and we wanted to share some tips about how to get better battery life with the iPhone 5.

The company claimed that the iPhone 5 gets better battery life than the iPhone 4S in its iPhone 5 announcement and initial tests reveal that it gets about the same, if not a little better mileage than the iPhone 4S.

Users are seeing anywhere from 8 to 12 hours of usage with the iPhone 5 and that’s downright impressive for Apple’s first attempt at an 4G LTE smartphone.

Read: iPhone 5 Battery Life Reviews.

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We show you how to get more out of your iPhone 5 battery.

And while impressive, there are some things that users can do to help improve the battery life on the iPhone 5. They might not add an extra five hours, but they should help to add some extra minutes, something that is often crucial while on-the-go.

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Here are a few tips for improving the battery life on the iPhone 5.

Turn Off Wi-Fi/4G LTE

One of the ways I used to conserve battery life on my iPhone 3GS was by turning off the Wi-FI when I was out and about. This way, the phone wasn’t trying to connect to Wi-Fi networks I wasn’t going to use. With the iPhone 5, users will not only want to turn off Wi-Fi when not using it, but 4G LTE as well.

By turning both of these off when you need them, you’ll be saving yourself some extra battery life.

Fortunately, turning both of these off is quick and easy. For Wi-Fi, head into Settings and at top, you’ll want to click your Wi-Fi network. You’ll be taken to a new menu where you can toggled Wi-Fi On or Off. Switch it to Off.

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Toggling off 4G LTE and Wi-Fi will help preserve battery life on the iPhone 5.

 

To turn off 4G LTE data speeds, head into Settings, then General. Once there, tap Cellular. There, you will see an option for Enable 4G LTE which has a toggle. Toggle it to Off.

Turn Down Screen Brightness

One simple trick that could save you quite a bit of iPhone 5 battery life is turning down the screen brightness. The screen eats up a lot of juice and by toning it down a bit, the strain on the iPhone 5′s battery will ease a bit.

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This is simple as well. Go into the Settings on your iPhone 5. From there, you’ll see an option that reads Brightness & Wallpaper. Tap that option and you’ll be taken to a screen that looks like the one below.

By default, it should be around 50% but you have the option to turn it lower or even toggle off Auto-Brightness which will keep your iPhone 5 at a constant level, perfect when you’re in an environment where there is consistent lighting.

Turn Off Location Services/Notifications

While many of the services offered in iOS are extremely useful, they can also eat up battery life when turned on. We recommend shutting down twoof these in particular if you wish to conserve battery life on your iPhone 5.

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1. The first, Location Services. Location Services is the feature in iOS that uses GPS and crowd-sourced Wi-Fi to constantly determine your location. This is a particularly useful feature in the Maps application but it also is used by an assortment of other third-party apps. Turning this off could help save battery life.

To do this, first go into Settings. From there, scroll down to Privacy. Tap that and then tap Location Services at the top. At the top of the next page is a toggle where you can flip Location Services to Off.

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2. And second, it’s time to turn off Push Notifications which are the notifications that pop up on your home screen when something happens in one of your apps. For instance, when someone posts something on Facebook.

Go to Settings, then Notifications. You’ll then see a long list of applications to choose from. From here, you can either turn of Do Not Disturb which will disable all Notifications or you can manually turn the ones you don’t care about off when tapping on their name. Personally, I disable just about every single one.

You also might want to think about taking the Stocks and Weather widgets out of Notification Center. To do that, simply click on the appropriate one and toggle Notification Center to Off.

Switch Email to Manual

Another trick I have used in the past is to switch my Mail to manual. What I mean by that is, by default, your iPhone 5 will be fetching new data aka checking for new email automatically. This used to eat up battery on my iPhone so I turned it off, set it to manual and got great results.iphone57

 

To do this, go to Settings. Then, head to Mail, Contacts, Calenders. Scroll down and tap on Fetch New Data. There, you have the option of turning off Push completely if you want but I recommend scrolling down and tapping on Manually.

What this means is that you’ll now have to manually check for email. Fortunately, Apple just made this simple. In iOS 6, you no longer have to tap to refresh email. You just have to pull down and it will check for new mail. A fantastic trade-off for a little more juice.

Restart the iPhone 5

A simple trick to get better battery life is just to restart your iPhone 5 once in awhile to flush its system. If you’re like me, you’ll often leave your device on for weeks maybe even months at a time without restarting it. Just by holding down the power button and turning it off, you may be able to gain back some precious battery life.

Simply hold the power button and Slide to Power Off when it asks you to.

Reset All Settings

Something else to try in order to improve iPhone 5 battery life is resetting all of your settings. This will turn back the clock on your settings without deleting the apps and data found on the iPhone 5.

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Reset all settings to get fix battery life issues on the iPhone 5.

To do this, head to Settings. Then, tap on General. Next, scroll to the bottom and tap on Reset. Tap on Reset All Settings. If you’re prompted, enter your Passcode. Wait for the reset to finish then use your phone until it gets down to 0% then shuts off.

Then, plug in your iPhone 5 until it charges to 100%. This should help to solve any battery life issues you’ve been having.

Airplane Mode

Airplane Mode isn’t just useful for when you’re on a flight. It can also be used to save precious battery. By putting your iPhone 5 into Airplane Mode, it will disable all data/cellular related services. That means no data, no phone calls, no texts. This makes it perfect for battery life emergencies.

To turn on Airplane Mode, head into Settings and toggle Airplane Mode to On.

Last Ditch Effort – Restore

If none of these work, there is a last ditch effort that iPhone 5 owners can perform in order to try and resolve battery life issues. Again, this should only be attempted if nothing else has improved your battery life and you’re not getting what you want.

First, you’ll want to make a backup of your iPhone 5 so you don’t have to reinstall all of your applications or move all of your files.

The backup process begins after you plug your device into a computer. If it doesn’t happen automatically, you can force a backup to occur.

Simply go into iTunes, right click on your device, and select Back Up. I recently did this with my iPhone and while it takes a bit of time, it’s going to be necessary for what you do next.

Make sure your device is still plugged in. Then, through iTunes, click your device on the left-hand menu which should being up a screen that looks like the one below.

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Click Restore. This will transform your phone into the iPhone 5 it was when it first arrived. No files, no apps, nothing.

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Once that is done, you will again want to right click your device in iTunes and you’ll want to select Restore from Back Up. This should restore your iPhone 5 to the way it was before, apps and all, but with better battery life.

Comments

  1. sickmansick says

    Does the restore from backup, restore music, books and playlists? My restore, restored everything but the aforementioned. Is this normal or was my original backup corrupted? Still having battery issues too. Thanks

  2. Agnes James says

    All info given to expand battery life is amazing and works great. Its just the obvious thing that any android consumes much battery than other phones. In any case if it seems to you that your iPhone/iPad battery is getting down and you have to spend sometime without charging it. To restart your iPhone is the great option as you want to get back some battery of your iPhone. By doing this you can get little of you battery back. On other hand if you want to reset your iPhone you can also go for it. As it would wipe your all corrupted apps present in your device. Which could save your device battery life. By resetting your iPhone you may lost your important data, so you must have to take its backup.
    Thanks

    • bobby says

      Je ne suis pas d’accord. De nombreux iPhone avec IOS 6.1.3 sont défectueux car la batterie se vide à vue d’oeil. La seule solution que j’ai trouvée c’est de mettre un moment sur “mode avion” lorsque la batterie chauffe et se vide.

    • Justin says

      If your phone is about to die, do NOT restart it in order to attempt to get extra juice. Doing so can weaken your battery and actually lessen the life of your battery. This was in the user manual of the iPhone or in the Battery app I had, I forget, but I do remember reading that. Letting it die is fine, but do NOT restart it to completely kill the battery by using up all the remaining juice.

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  4. Jose R Pinga says

    This is incredible. so the idea is not to use any of the great features that I get from a Smartphone. just to “save” battery…I have a better Idea… Why not turning the damn phone off? that will save you Lots of battery!

    • Adam Eisman says

      Silly rant. Just turn off the stuff you use less frequently. Every feature is not used by every user all the time. I don’t need the weather channel to know where I am, so I turn off its location finder feature. My zip code is already in there. I don’t need every email within a minute of its existence. I don’t need notifications from every app (even many of the ones I love) every moment an idea pops into its app head. I can dim my screen a bit and survive. No great sacrifice. The phone is still amazing. And I can still be reached by my kid.

  5. Josh says

    You forgot to mention closing all apps running in the background. Double tap your home button and and shut down all open apps. Make this a habit every time you use your phone and battery life soars.

  6. John says

    It would be so nice to have articles proofread before posting. Seeing typo after typo is so irritating. Just saying…

  7. A says

    Or, try getting on wifi.
    It looks like if you have poor cell coverage, the anteannea will try to boost itself eating the battery, but connecting to wifi actually fixes it.
    http://iphonetouch.blorge.com/2012/09/26/iphone-5-battery-issues-your-cellular-signal-could-be-the-problem/
    I’ve had poor coverage with AT&T in the city some blocks and in rural areas. I wonder if this only affects non-Verizon and rural users. iLounge tested this and it seemed like it was only AT&T and rural networks, but connecting to wifi actually fixed this anteannea boosting behavior…

  8. jas latos says

    Why not build an iPhone5 mock up and save $700 instead?

    You can carry a lumia with you for staying connected to the world. It even has a battery saver feature that does what you describe above and usually kicks in after 2-3 days of use!
    But Make sure no one sees you using a microsoft phone. That would be humiliating.

  9. Dave says

    This is such a great and informative article! I havent read any of these “tips” anywhere else ever! I actually found the best way to optimize the battery for my iphone 5. My battery can last for weeks using my method. What I do is I press and hold down the power button, then slide the bar to power off! If I leave it powered off my battery can last up to a month or more! its so great. I dont actually get to use the phone or any of its features but man my battery lasts a long time!

  10. Dave says

    This is such a great and informative article! I havent read any of these “tips” anywhere else ever! I actually found the best way to optimize the battery for my iphone 5. My battery can last for weeks using my method. What I do is I press and hold down the power button, then slide the bar to power off! If I leave it powered off my battery can last up to a month or more! its so great. I dont actually get to use the phone or any of its features but man my battery lasts a long time!

  11. Jon says

    You buy a phone that has all these good features then apple you tells to turn them all off. Why buy the iphone5? Can apple answer this. First apple not happy with having to recharge two, three times a day.

    • Mark W says

      I agree. Battery life gets sucked up quick. I have an iPhone 4 that has much better battery life. Great features on the 5 but why have it if I have to turn everything off?

    • Adam Eisman says

      Silly rant. Just turn off the stuff you use less frequently. Every feature is not used by every user all the time. I don’t need the weather channel to know where I am, so I turn off its location finder feature. My zip code is already in there. I don’t need every email within a minute of its existence. I don’t need notifications from every app (even many of the ones I love) every moment an idea pops into its app head. I can dim my screen a bit and survive. No great sacrifice. The phone is still amazing. And I can still be reached by my kid.

  12. Michael says

    I am trying some of the advise given for better life of my battery on my iPhone 5 we shall see

  13. Mike says

    Thanks Adam! Very helpful tips that I’ve already implemented and they seem to be having a positive effect!

  14. Kevin says

    The iPhone has lithium-ion battery, if you often let the iPhone run out of battery like described in this article, the battery life of your phone will degrade step by step…. Do some research on the web.

  15. Nancy says

    Thank you so much for this article! I have been researching this stuff online for 2 days now and this is the most succinct and user friendly.
    I appreciate your time and effort in sharing this!

  16. Devin says

    Hey, I have a couple of questions regarding data on my iPhone. 1. Do you know if you are ALWAYS using up your data on your iphone, even when you are playing the free angry birds without wi-fi? AND….. 2. Is your iphone using data even though you are not using it(the iphone), and not connected to wi-fi? ….AND ALSO….. :) 3. Are you using data on your iphone even when connected to wi-fi? Thank you :) I just got an iPhone and have a 2G data plan, and am worried if I am using up data when I least expect it. …..last question 4. If you turn off cellular data, does it use-up any of the 2G’s of data on my plan? ********Or is the data only used when I am not connected to wi-fi?************ MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION

    Well thanks for your time,and I hope you can help me :)
    PS- If you could label the anwsers with the number from the question that would be awsome!
    Have a great day :) :) :)

    • Lindsay says

      1) Any app that has to fetch information outside of your phone will use data, mininal as it may be. This includes Free Angry Birds and some other free apps because of the ads that are embedded in the game. 2) If you have your phone set up to receive notifications (the messages that appear on your lock screen), then your phone may be using data even though you are not using it. 3) Your phone will not use data if you are connected to wi-fi. 4) If you turn off cellular data, your phone will not use data AT ALL.

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  18. Matt says

    So stupid. Just get rid of the phone at this point. Shut everything off and you have an iPod.

  19. Will Wilson says

    I had maybe 20 hours when i first started using my iPhone 5 with the backup from my 4S. Now I am pushing 28-30 hours after resetting my settings.

  20. bill says

    thank you for the info…had my phone for 4 days and not happy with battery life….did many of your suggestions hoping it will help.

  21. Matt says

    Thanks to all who have left comments.Have just followed all tips re increasing battery life for my Iphone 5 and hoping it does infact increase as am diss appointed so far..it annoying Apple has created there newest phone but you must turn everything off to get decent battery life.. Will post results. Despite the tests Apple has conducted I can say my Iphone 4 had much better battery life and I never needed to turn any settings off or to manual.. Fingers crossed.

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