Many people complain about the battery life of their iPhone and try to get the most out of their battery. However, a lot of battery myths are circulating. Tech largest lists the most persistent fables and explains what does work.
Battery myths debunked and 4 tips that do work
The battery of a smartphone is not the sexiest part, but it is very important. Of course, there’s no use for a great camera or voice assistant when your iPhone is empty. Extending battery life is and remains a hot topic with a lot of misunderstandings. We are removing these myths from the world.
Myth 1: Charging at night is bad
This myth states that your battery overheats at night and therefore ultimately has less capacity. This used to be the case, but not anymore. iPhones and chargers have become a lot smarter and know how to handle electricity better. Your phone does not consume more power than it needs, so you can safely charge while you sleep.
The official Apple website states that rechargeable batteries have a limited lifespan and do not need to be replaced until the capacity decreases. If the device is in the sun, the battery does get warm, and the capacity decreases much faster than usual.
Myth 2: Closing apps improves battery life
Just like people, iPhones also have a memory that sometimes fills up. To free up space, quit some apps. Sounds logical, right? However, this myth does not touch either side. Apple itself already disproved the theory in 2016.
In fact, you’re much more likely to shorten battery life by closing apps, and it’s bad for your iPhone. Recently opened applications use working memory (RAM) – not to be confused with storage – so they open faster. As soon as you close all apps, the working memory is cleared and they have to be reloaded when you open them. This not only takes time but also extra energy.
Myth 3: Fully drain your battery before charging
You sometimes come across this advice when purchasing household appliances, but does not apply to smartphones. iPads and iPhones use lithium-ion batteries, and it doesn’t matter what percentage you start charging. This is in contrast to batteries from the past, which often ‘forgot’ how much percentage they still had and therefore drained.
However, there is some truth to this fable. It is true that every charging cycle (100 percent battery recharge) consumes the capacity of the batteries. However, this is normal and only noticeable after years. Most iPhones therefore usually have about 80 percent battery capacity after two to three years of use.
Myth 4: Turn off your Bluetooth and internet for longer battery life
There is no point in turning off your Bluetooth, wifi, and mobile internet connection when you are not using your iPhone. In fact, when you turn all your connections on and off, you use much more energy than if you always stay connected.
Once again, this myth used to be good advice: WiFi and Bluetooth consumed energy, but not anymore. In addition, it is still best to put your iPhone on airplane mode when you only have a few percents of batteries left, and no charger is nearby. However, it is not wise to always do this as the phone consumes a relatively large amount of energy when reconnecting.
These tips do work
Well, you now know what battery myths are going on, but what do you have to do for longer battery life? 4 facts in a row.
Fact 1: Stay up to date and cool
First, of course, you need to make sure that you always use the latest iOS version. Apple is constantly adding new, smart ways to get more out of your battery, so it’s a good idea to update your software.
In addition, your iPhone cannot withstand extreme temperatures, such as freezing cold and heat. Therefore, make sure that you charge it at room temperature: this is ideal for the battery capacity. If your iPhone gets too warm while charging at room temperature, it might be on your case. Remove it and continue loading.
Fact 2: Optimize the settings
There are two ways to save battery: adjust the screen brightness down yourself, or have it done automatically. To dim the screen, open the Control Panel and drag the bar down.
Auto brightness automatically adjusts the brightness of your screen according to the amount of ambient light. To do this, go to the settings menu, open ‘General’ and tap ‘Accessibility’. Here, select ‘Custom Views’ and slide the switch on ‘Auto Adjust’.
Fact 3: Restrict apps in the background
A lot of apps remain active in the background and thus consume power. Go to the settings and tap on ‘Battery’ to see your usage and spot the culprits. To extend your battery life, go back to the settings, choose ‘General’, and turn off the switch at ‘Refresh apps in the background’. Indicate here which apps are allowed to update unseen, such as WhatsApp, and which are not.
Fact 4: Save your battery
If you only have a few percent batteries left and no charger is nearby, then it’s time to save your battery. To do this, turn on the energy-saving mode, which limits visual effects, and, for example, emails are no longer synchronized. You can find this option in the settings menu under ‘Battery’. Check out our article on iPhone battery tips to get even more out of your battery!