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5 ways that you can improve iPhone battery life with iOS 11

Created: 25/09/17 Author: Ryan

With Apple's new iOS 11 launch last Tuesday many users have been reporting their batteries are draining twice as fast. Whether you're a heavy iPhone user, or just use it occasionally you're sure to notice the increased battery drain.

As you may know, updating to a new version of iOS can almost certainly be a rollercoaster of emotions. It's probably best to wait a couple of days after Apple release a new version of iOS before you consider upgrading, just to help prevent any major problems.

Apple usually bring out a minor update a few weeks after a big release to fix problems like battery drain.

But, if you're currently experiencing increased battery drain, I'm going to go over 5 things that you can do to help improve battery life in iOS 11.

1. Lower screen brightness – turn off Auto-brightness

If you have your screen brightness turned all the way up, all of the time, it should be worth noting that one of the simplest things you can do to improve battery life in iOS 11 is to turn it down. Ask yourself if you really need to have it on full brightness all of the time.

In addition to this, auto-brightness is an option that is meant to help optimise your screen brightness, and whilst it will adjust your screen brightness depending on the environment and surroundings it'll actually use more power to just detect the environment you're in, turn this feature off.

2. Reduce motion features on your device

Apple are pretty good with creating some nice animations when you're using your iPhone, but, this can use a lot of battery to do so, especially with some new animations in iOS 11.

You can turn on reduce motion by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and tap the toggle switch to turn it on.

3. Limit background app refresh

Some apps, if you allow them will automatically update their content in the background when you're not using them, this is going to cause a significant power drain in iOS 11.

To fix things up here, you can turn off background app refresh for apps that you don't want to update content in the background for. Quite simply, head to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and you can turn Background App Refresh off entirely for all apps or choose certain apps.

4. Prevent apps tracking your location

Applications will track your location in the background without you even knowing. You can turn this off for certain applications by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and adjust the settings of apps that use location services.

5. Make use of Low Power Mode in iOS 11

Low Power Mode isn't a new feature to iOS 11. In fact, it's been out for a while now and was added to help reduce the power consumption of your device. When your phone gets down to 20 percent iOS 11 will give you the option to turn it on to help preserve battery life.

You can turn it on manually by heading over to Settings > Battery or by asking Siri to turn on low power mode.

Furthermore, with iOS 11 you're able to adjust the icons that appear in the Control Center.

Conclusion: iOS 11 Battery saving tips

I'm sure over the next few weeks Apple will be working on releasing a new update to help increase the battery life of their new iOS 11. For the meantime, it should be worth implementing these battery saving tips.

Be sure to check out our other blog on Apple's new iPhone 8 as well.

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