Ways to get more battery life in Iphone 6s and Iphone 6s Plus

Steve Hughes
Last updatedJanuary 24, 2016

With any Smartphone, battery life is always one of the most important considerations. Those awesome features aren’t of any use if you don’t have any juice left in your phone to use it. It probably goes without saying that more battery life is always better.  However, this year, Apple has come up with a smaller battery than before. Yes, you heard it right,iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come with a slightly smaller battery compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But Apple claims that even though the new iPhones come with smaller batteries, they offer the same battery life as the previous generation iPhones, thanks to the power-efficient A9 chip, radios and other under the hood improvements.

iPhone 6s Plus comes with a battery rated at 3.82 volts, 10.45 Whr (2,750 mAh), and iPhone 6s comes with a battery rated at 3.82 V, 6.55 Whr (1,715 mAh).In comparison, iPhone 6 Plus came with a battery rated at 3.82 V, 11.1 Whr (2915 mAh), and the iPhone 6 came with a battery rated at 3.82 V, 6.91 Whr (1,810 mAh).

Before we proceed further giving you tips on how to improve battery life, it is important to understand that your battery life will vary as per your usage, so if you listen to your music locally from the Music app and not stream off LTE/3G/Wi-Fi, your battery life would last much longer. You can check the battery usage and standby time since the last full charge via the Settings app under the Time since last full charge section (Settings > Battery). To see the percentage of battery remaining, navigate to Settings > Battery and tap on the Battery Percentage toggle to turn it on.

Now that you know how much battery life you should expect and you can track it with the battery percentage indicator, check these tips to help you manage and improve battery life on your shiny new iPhone:

  1. Identifying battery hogs

The first step in fixing the battery problems is to understand battery usage. It now gives you the amount of time the app was used and the amount of time it was running in the background. You can use that information to identify the battery hogs. The apps that should be a concern are ones that show up on top of power consumption list even though you haven’t been using them.If you can live without those apps then the best thing to do is delete them.

  1. Location services

Apps using location services can have a major impact on battery life. So you may want to review which apps should have access to your device’s location.The best way to approach this is to first disable location services for all the apps. You can disable location services via the Settings app and navigating to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. After you’ve disabled location services for all apps, you identify which apps such as navigation apps should use location services and enable them individually.

  1. Background App Refresh

One of the biggest culprits for battery drain according to a former Apple Genius technician is the Facebook app, so he recommends disabling Location Services and Background App Refresh for Facebook. In some cases, people have actually seen the battery percentage increase. Facebook continues to optimize and improve their app so this may not be required in the future. To disable Background App Refresh go to Settings> General > Background App Refresh and turn it off for apps like Facebook or other apps that don’t absolutely need to be updated all the time.

  1. Push Email

Push email can be a primary cause of battery drain. To identify if your email is Push or Fetch, navigate to Settings >Mails, Contacts and Calendars > Fetch New Data. If you use multiple email accounts then you may want to disable Push for email accounts where you don’t need to get an instant notification for new email, and switch to Fetch. The higher the fetch interval, the better it is for battery life, so you can set it appropriately based on the importance of the email account.

  1. Disable idle features

Try disabling iCloud Keychain if you don’t use it. To disable iCloud Keychain on your device, you’ll need to go into Settings > iCloud >Keychain > Toggle iCloud >Keychain off.

If you hardly use Bluetooth then turn it off.

You can turn App Store’s automatic updates off by going to Settings > iTunes and App Store > scroll down to the Automatic Downloads section and turn off the Updates switch.

  1. Check Cell Signal

If you live or work in an area that has poor or no LTE coverage or your carrier doesn’t offer LTE yet, then you should consider switching to 3G to prevent the LTE radio from draining battery life unnecessarily. To switch to 3G, navigate to Settings -> General -> Cellular/Mobile -> Enable LTE/Enable 4G and tap on the Off option.

  1. Use Low Power mode

If your device is running low on battery, and you still have some time to get to a power source, then you could enable the all-new Low Power mode by going to Settings > Battery and tapping on the toggle. Low Power Mode temporarily reduces power consumption by turning off or reducing mail fetch, background app refresh, automatic downloads, and some visual effects. Apple states that Low Power Mode can improve battery life by an additional 3 hours.You will also get a prompt to enable Low Power Mode when you hit 20% battery remaining, and will automatically disable it when battery remaining crosses 80%.

  1. Place it Facedown

iOS 9 includes a new facedown detection feature, which makes use of the ambient light sensor to ensure the display doesn’t light up when you receive a Notification when you place the iPhone facedown. The feature along with other refinements helps in increasing battery life by an additional hour as it turns off the display when not in use. So when you place your iPhone on the table, you should place it facedown to conserve battery life.

Additional tip

Apple advices users to go through at least one charge cycle per month (charging the battery to 100% and then completely running it down). So if you haven’t done it already, it may be a good time to do it. Power cycling your device helps in recalibrating the battery indicator more accurately.

The aim of the article is not to tell you to disable features on your iPhone, but the purpose is to provide you information about the various settings that are available, so you can disable the features that you don’t use as it would help in extending your iPhone’s battery life.We are not recommending or advising you to disable features just for battery life, as then there would be no point in using smartphones like the iPhone.

How is battery life on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus? Are you able to make it through a full day without needing to charge it? Write us about it on comment section below.

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