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Why is my iPhone 6 battery draining so fast?

Arinee RahmanStudent Writer

The release of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus was extremely successful for Apple. However when iOS 8.1 was introduced, many iPhone users complained of quick battery drainage. Without even knowing, you may be unnecessarily using up your battery power.

Follow these tips and tricks to increase the longevity of the battery on your iPhone.

Battery Usage

You can check which apps are using more of your battery power by visiting Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage. 1.PNG 

Use this list to see which apps you should use less often or to help you remember which apps to close right after using.


Background App Refresh

Some apps on your phone can actually be running while it is open but not in use. These apps are constantly refreshing and using up your battery to push data and check for new content. Visit Settings > General > Background App Refresh. 2.PNGUse the Background App Refresh toggle to turn this function off completely or individually select specific apps to turn on or off. 


Location Services

Your battery will be constantly used to update your location if your location services are turned on for all of your apps. Visit Settings > Privacy > Location Services to see which apps are checking for your location. 3.PNGYou can click on each app and choose whether you want your location to be updated While Using the App or Never. 4.PNG

Fetching New Data

The data associated with your Mail, Contacts, Calendars and iCloud are either pushed to your iPhone from the server or fetched. If it is pushed, this means that your server is looking for new data such as emails in real-time to send to your phone. If your data is fetched, this means that data is looked for once you open the app or when you choose to.


To save battery life, visit Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and turn off Push by clicking on the toggle.


However, this is not practical if you want to receive your emails frequently. In this case, scroll down to the Fetch section and choose how often you want the data to pushed to your iPhone. To maximize the potential of your battery, fetch less often. 5.PNG 


A good amount of your battery is used just to create the animations and the parallax effect to show depth on your iPhone. An example of parallax occurs when you turn on your iPhone and the wallpaper moves as you tilt your phone.


To turn off parallax visit Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. Then select the toggle to turn it off.6.PNG


Much of your battery can be saved if you lower your brightness. Visit Settings > Display & Brightness. If you choose Auto-Brightness your phone will detect the amount of light in the environment and based off of that it will decrease or increase the display brightness. Personally, I always keep my brightness at the absolute minimum to save my battery. 7.PNGHopefully these tools help maximize your battery’s life power.  


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