So everyone knows that iPhones are notorious for terrible battery life. In my experiences, if I get through 12 hours without having to recharge my iPhone or if there’s more than 20% left, than it’s usually a day where I didn’t use my phone that much. On the days where I have heavy usage, I’m lucky if I get through a work shift without recharging my phone. This factor alone has played into my decision process in regards to whether I’ll be getting the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+. Anyways, there are many different ways to keep an eye on your battery life, and improve your battery life on iOS 8, even for year-old devices like the iPhone 5S/5C.

Location Services

With all these applications that are now requesting access to your location, whether it’s Tweetbot, FaceBook, or even the newly released Drafts 4, your battery can drain quicker than ever. When I reviewed the first beta of iOS 8, I did take notice to how terrible battery life was, but just chalked it up to being a beta. Well, here we are on iOS 8.0.2 and while battery life has SLIGHTLY improved, it’s still terrible.

If you want to take a look at all of the devices that are using Location Services in the background, open up Settings, scroll down and navigate to Privacy. The first option under the Privacy panel is Location Services. From here, you can view what applications are using Location Services, and adjust these apps accordingly. For example, I can check my yearly statements using the ADP Mobile application, but there’s no real reason for that app to know my location, so it’s disabled all the time.

Something that I never quite understood about these settings, was why there are some apps that allow you to enable Location Services “while using” the application, while others are “all or nothing”. I feel that all applications should allow the option to have access to Location Service while using versus the all or nothing tactic. I’ve run through these applications, and adjusted them to cater my needs, and have seen a decent increase in battery life since doing so.

Disable Auto-Brightness


For some, the premise of auto-brightness is two-fold. On the one hand, auto-brightness is designed to automatically change the brightness of your screen as to not strain your eyes, as well as helping with battery life so that the user doesn’t have to keep adjusting and re-adjusting the screen brightness. Well, surprisingly enough, if you disable auto-brightness, and just use Control Center to adjust your brightness throughout the day, your battery life improves quite a bit. If you’re trying to make that happen, you can use the aforementioned Control Center, but you can also head over to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> toggle Auto-Brightness to off.

Turn Wi-Fi Auto Search To Off



The argument as to whether you should leave your Wi-Fi on all the time or to toggle it as needed, is still prevalent, even if you aren’t in the geek world. Personally, I leave my Wi-Fi on all the time, but I do disable the ability for my iPhone to constantly search for new Wi-Fi locations to connect to. In order to do this, you can’t access this setting within Control Center, but you can definitely access it by going to Settings -> Wi-Fi -> Toggle “Ask To Join Networks” to off. This will not only help your battery life a bit, but will also stop those annoying pop-ups whenever you get in range of a new Wi-Fi network.

Disable Handoff & Suggest Apps

Handoff & Suggested Apps

Now disabling Handoff should be given if you don’t have an iPad capable of running iOS 8, or if you don’t have a Mac due to the fact that Handoff works only with Apple devices. As for your iPhone suggesting applications based on your location (the little App Store icon on your lock screen, opposite the Camera icon), this is a personal preference, but if you want to save some battery life, definitely disable these options. In order to disable these options, go to Settings -> General -> Handoff & Suggested Apps and turn off all the options that are available to toggle.


Reduce Motion

This one may seem a bit trivial, but it will help just a little bit, and stop you from getting sea-sick while looking at your device. Parallax is an iOS 7 add on to increase the depth of field in regards to your wallpaper and your icons. It was something that is still pretty cool, but if you’re not using a wallpaper that can take advantage of Parallax, I’d rather save the battery life and disable it. Open your Settings panel and navigate to General -> Accessibility -> and toggle Reduce Motion off so that you can squeeze a little more juice out of your battery.

More Battery Life Saving Tips

Battery Usage


Now while there are a lot of different ways to stretch your battery life to the fullest, there are a couple more options that actually help you get a better idea of what your battery is using. With the release of iOS 8, Apple added the ability to view a breakdown of what apps are using the most battery on your device over the last 24 hours, and over the last 7 days. In order to view this, go to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Battery Usage.

Once you’ve landed here, you can see the usage and standby time since your last full charge, but that’s no fun, and has always been available. The real fun starts with the bottom section where you can see a detailed breakdown, by percentage points, for how much battery life is used by each application on your device. The benefit of having this is that if you see an application that is using a lot of battery life, and it’s something that you don’t really need any more, you can either disable any battery-draining settings or delete the app altogether.


The final battery life saving tip that I can offer for iPhone users, whether you’re using an old iPhone 4, or the iPhone 6+, is to let the battery drain completely, once a month. This helps with the battery memory, and can make your battery life last longer in the long run, compared to just on a day-to-day basis. What battery life saving tips are you aware of? For some fun, leave a screenshot in the comment section below, showing what’s killing your battery, just so everyone can compare and contrast. If you have any other questions or comments, leave them below and let everyone know your thoughts.

About the author

Andrew Myrick

I'm a lover of all things technology, which happens to work perfectly with the ideology behind TechDissected. I currently carry an iPhone 6 and the Moto X 2014, but the Moto X is my current daily driver. I also have a Samsung Series 5 Laptop running Windows 10, and a 2010 15" MacBook Pro. They claim that I may or may not be the Apple "guy" around here.