If you're an iPhone user like I am, you may have faced the dreaded moment when your phone battery goes dead. iPhone battery is known for its ability to drain pretty fast, and my friends and I have all faced before the problem of battery gone flat before our day is over. Some iPhone users have also resorted to carrying around a portable battery charger just to ensure their battery life can last them till end of the day.

There are a few simple tips you can try to make your battery life last longer. These tips will work for different versions of iPhones and iPads as well.

Tips to make your iPhone battery last

1. Turn off auto-brightness under Settings and adjust the brightness to be around half the bar.

The screen is pretty bright by default, and most of us can work well with just half the brightness.

2. Turn off Location Services.

Enable it only when you need to use applications that require location services.

3. Turn off bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Personal Hotspot (available on 3GS and later models).

These are features that you do not require on a constant basis. Enable only when iPhone(72340)Credit: Image: Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.netyou need to.

4. Turning on 3G is also a big battery drainer.

However, many of us use 3G on a regular basis. I use the WhatsApp application and that requires 3G to be turned on. If you do not use applications that require 3G to be on constantly, disable it. You will need to turn it on as soon as you surf the internet, unless you are using Wi-Fi. Turn off 3G if you are really desperate for battery life. It helps significantly.

5. Set your phone to fetch emails less frequently or turn the push function off.

Your emails will then be fetched on a manual basis. This can be found under Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

6. Turn off push notifications.

This can be done under Settings > Notifications. Slide the notification center to off for applications that you do not need notifications on.

7. Lock your phone when you are not using it.

This can be done by pressing the sleep button located at the top of the phone.

8. Kill off applications that you are not using.

One major battery drainer is using the iPhone to surf the internet. Somehow Safari kills my battery life significantly. You can close applications by pressing the Home button twice. You will see active applications entering into a "jiggly" mode. Press the minus sign to turn them off.

9. Interesting fact - It helps to preserve your battery if you let it drain completely before recharging it.

This somehow moves the electrons in the battery when you let the charging process go through the entire cycle. I only do this occasionally during the weekends when I stay at home and do not need to head out. The sucky thing is iPhone does take some time to charge which discourages me from running my battery flat. Apple site recommends users to go through this cycle at least once a month. Charge your battery to 100 percent and then drain it completely.


For iPhone users who need extra power on the go, there are portable mobile chargers that you can bring along with you. They are small but powerful, and can charge as much as 2 full cycles.

I hope you find the above tips useful. They certainly worked wonders for me!