How to Improve iPhone 14 Battery Life
If you’re experiencing faster than expected battery drain with the iPhone 14 or 14 Pro, you’re not alone. However, this does not necessarily mean that there is a problem with your phone. Here’s a look at 7 tips and tricks to improve iPhone 14 battery life and why you might see spikes in battery usage.
The iPhone 14 line comes with what Apple says is about 1 hour more battery for each model and the 14 and 14 Pro have larger mAh capacities (the 14 Pro Max capacity is slightly lower, but the duration battery life is up).
But people with the new iPhone 14 share on Twitter and social media for having a bad experience with battery life so far. Let’s take a look at what could be wrong and how to improve the iPhone 14 battery.
What causes spikes in battery usage?
- Restore a backup to your new iPhone
- Things like downloading a large library of photos/videos are particularly exhausting
- iPhone creates more heat when restoring and uses more battery
- High background app activity
- Using your new iPhone more than usual to check out new features, cameras, and more.
- Combination of new hardware and software with early bugs (early versions of iOS 16)
- Third-party apps and even some Apple apps may not yet work optimally
There are many other factors at play, but these four are notable.
A few things to consider during the first few days of using your iPhone 14. Even after restoring from a backup, it takes time to fully download your entire photo library, apps/data, etc. Your iPhone runs harder and hotter than normal, so it uses more battery than normal.
In the Photos app, you can pause syncing/downloading with iCloud until evening. If it didn’t automatically, open the Apple Photos app > Library > All Photos > swipe down and hit “Pause”. Continuing when charging in the evening will help save battery life.
In my experience, 17% of all battery usage in the first four days of my iPhone 14 Pro came from the Photos app.
I also noticed much higher than normal background app activity, not only in the Photos app, but also in other Apple and third-party apps.
One bug I’ve seen is optimized battery charging with the iPhone 14 Pro/iOS 16 which has only powered my phone to around 70% for the past few nights. This, of course, makes a big difference if you don’t start the day with a 100% charge.
You can turn this off by heading to Settings > Battery > Battery Health > Optimized Battery Charging – but keep in mind that your battery may age faster to keep it off all the time. Ideally, with a new iPhone, it will learn your schedule before long so that it is 100% charged when you normally remove it from the charger.
Hopefully some of these issues might be fixed with iOS 16.1 or other future updates. And after the first week, you may not use your iPhone for as many hours each day and you will see your battery last longer.
How to Improve iPhone 14 Battery Life
7 options instead of using one battery:
1. How do apps use battery?
Head toward Settings > Battery to check your battery usage details. “Last 24 hours” is the default and shows which apps are consuming the most power (including Home and Lock screen and Siri).
- Tapping the “Last X Days” toggle on the right side gives you a broader view of what’s consuming your energy.
- Look for “Background Activity” under an app to see if it used power behind the scenes.
- Also take a look at the battery life suggestions just above the battery usage (near the top). This will give you quick and convenient ways to reduce battery drain.
- And, if you like seeing the battery percentage on your iPhone — not just the icon — check out our guide:
2. Low power mode
Low Power Mode is a quick way to extend battery life. The feature works by pausing mail fetch, background app refresh, automatic downloads, and more. with just one button. It’s not an everyday use feature, but it’s handy.
You can enable Low Power Mode under Settings > Battery Where ask siri to do it. However, it is useful to have quick access to low power mode in the control center. Move towards Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls, then tap the + icon next to Low power mode if it’s not already there.
- This is useful for stopping all apps background activity when you recently set up a new iPhone
3. Auto-lock, screen brightness and always-on display
If you notice that “home and lock screen” on your battery usage is higher than expected, it’s good to check these settings.
The 30-second auto-lock will help you preserve battery life as much as possible. Especially with the iPhone 14 Pro having an always-on display, 30 seconds might be worth it.
Move towards Settings > Display and Brightness > Auto Lock.
Reducing your screen brightness will also help with battery life, but that will come down to personal preference. You can do this in the Control Center (swipe down from the top right corner) or Settings > Display & Brightness.
With the iPhone 14 Pro’s HDR brightness now reaching 1600 nits and peak outdoor brightness reaching 2000 nits, it’s something to watch out for to help control battery life.
We don’t yet have detailed data on how much battery the always-on screen uses with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Ideally, it won’t consume much as it drops to a 1Hz refresh rate. But if you’re looking to get the most out of the battery, turning it off might help a bit.
Head to Settings > Display & Brightness > Always On at the bottom. Find out all the details in our comprehensive guide:
4. Hot and cold temperatures
Apple said the ambient temperature “comfort zone” for the iPhone is 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C). Temperatures above 95°F (35°C) can “permanently damage battery capacity”.
- In addition to protecting your iPhone from extreme heat, it’s a good idea to remove your iPhone case if you notice it heating up while charging or restoring from a backup.
- Meanwhile, temperatures below 32°F (0°C) can temporarily reduce battery life. If you live in a cold climate, keeping your iPhone closer to your body in an inside pocket can help extend battery life by keeping it warm.
5. Background App Refresh
Low Power Mode disables background app refresh at all levels, but you can customize which apps use this feature for a more convenient experience as well as better battery life. Head toward Settings > General > Background app refresh.
You can also choose to only use background app refresh on Wi-Fi in addition to Wi-Fi and cellular or disable the feature entirely. However, most users will find Wi-Fi and Cellular enabled while customizing the apps used for background app refresh to be the best fit.
Disabling background app refresh prevents apps that you aren’t actively using (until you open them again) from updating.
6. Location Services
Dialing in your location services settings is another way to extend battery life. (It may also reduce cellular data usage). Head toward Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services to update the privileges of your applications.
- Beware of applications that ask to Still use your location and switch to Using, ask next timeWhere Never.
7. Push and collect
If you choose not to use Low Power Mode, you can manually control Push and Fetch for your email/internet accounts.
Head toward Settings > Mail > Accounts > Fetch new data. One approach is to leave your primary account(s) in push mode to receive new messages as soon as possible, and have lesser accounts retrieved every hour or even set them to manual mode.
Summary on how to improve iPhone 14 battery life
While it’s not fun to have a bad battery life experience with a brand new iPhone, I hope these tips and future updates from Apple and third-party apps reduce battery drain.
Until then, keep an eye on which apps are draining your battery the fastest, get Low Power Mode in Control Center for quick access, and use as many of the settings discussed above as possible without cluttering up your day-to-day.