iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus equipped with a slightly smaller battery than iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, Apple claims that even with a smaller battery, the operating time of the new iPhone will remain the same as last year’s model, thanks to the economical A9 processor, an improved cellular transceiver and other technical innovations.
If you still think that your brand new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus “doesn’t charge” enough, we have several ways to fix this.
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iPhone 6s Plus comes with a 3.82 volt battery and a capacity of 10.45 watts-hours (2750 milliampere-hours); iPhone 6s – with a 3.82 V and 6.55 Wh battery (1715 mAh). For comparison, the battery characteristics of the previous generation iPhones were 3.82 V, 11.1 Wh (2915 mAh) for the iPhone 6 Plus and 3.82 V, 6.91 Wh (1810 mAh) for the iPhone 6.
What to expect from the battery?
Before moving on to ways to extend the life of the battery, it would be important to find out how much your new iPhone can work in principle, in order to understand whether the concerns about its running time are justified. Here is information from the official Apple website.
Of course, these estimates depend on how exactly you use your iPhone: for example, if you listen to music offline using a music application, rather than downloading it via LTE / 3G / Wi-Fi, the battery will last for a much longer time.
The usage time of the device and the time spent in standby mode can be tracked in the section After the last full charge in Settings (Settings.> Battery).
“Using”Is the“ waking ”time of the iPhone after the last charge. The device is “awake” during a conversation, viewing mail, listening to music, using the Internet, messaging, and also, for example, when automatically updating mail in standby mode.
By default, iOS displays the battery level in the upper right corner of the screen. You can track it more efficiently by turning on the percentage display of the charge. To do this, go to Settings.> Battery and turn on the switch Percentage charge.
Now that you know how much your battery can last, and you can track the percentage of charge, here are 9 ways to effectively manage and improve battery life.
1. Battery usage
First of all, you need to understand what the battery charge is spent on. In iOS 8, Apple introduced the “Battery usage“, Allowing you to track the energy costs of each application. In iOS 9, this feature has been greatly improved. Now it shows how much time this or that application was used, and also was involved in standby mode. Due to this, you can identify the most gluttonous applications.
Accessing Battery Usage on iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus
- Run Settings
- Go to Battery
Here you can see applications and services (such as Lock and Home) consuming your battery. By default, apps that have consumed power in the last 24 hours are displayed. You can also see a list of applications that have consumed energy over the past 4 days; To do this, click on the button Last 4 days. By clicking on the button with the image of the clock, you will see how much time the applications were used and were in standby mode.
Find demanding applications
“Battery usage”Allows us to know how much energy is consumed by various applications and services. It should be noted that a program that has consumed a large amount of battery power is not necessarily “eating a lot” or is not optimized. Perhaps you just use it often, or it worked in standby mode.
The applications at the top of the list, though not often used by you, can cause reasonable concerns. The iPhone can also tell you exactly how the application used energy; for example, in the previous screenshot, Mail consumed power in standby mode.
Suppose you find an application that consumes too much energy. Here are a few things you can do, especially when the application is made by a third-party developer:
- If this application is not vital, just uninstall it.
- Applications can work in standby mode. It may make sense to permanently turn off programs like VoIP, navigation, and online radio when you are not using them; such applications consume a large amount of charge. It is worth noting that it is better to turn off those applications that you really do not need. It is harmful to turn off everything at all, it can also negatively affect the operating time of your battery. You can disable the application by double-clicking on the Home button, finding it in the list that opens and dragging its icon up.
- If you do not want to disable the application, it may be worth turning off geolocation for it (Settings.>Confidentiality.>Geolocation services) and updates (Settings.>The main.>Content Update) to reduce energy consumption. Further we will consider in detail how this is done.
2. Geolocation services
When installing a program, it often asks for permission to access additional features (such as geolocation), and we often give it permission without thinking. However, geolocation applications can consume a lot of energy. Therefore, it makes sense to find out which applications should allow access to track your position.
The best method is to disable geolocation for all applications first. This can be done through Confidentiality.> Geolocation services. After geolocation is turned off, select the applications that can be allowed access and enable geolocation for each of them. In addition, pay attention to the new feature introduced in iOS 8.
Using geolocation only while using the application
In iOS 8, a new feature was added to the geolocation settings “When using the program“, Its meaning is that the application gets access to geolocation during its direct use, and not always. This can be useful for applications such as the App Store, which do not need constant tracking of geolocation.
You can see which apps recently used geolocation in Settings.> Confidentiality.> Geolocation services. Applications that recently used your location will be marked with a compass arrow. By clicking on the application, you will see the geolocation settings for it; click When using the program to set this setting for the application. Thus, geolocation for it will be enabled only when it itself (or part of it) is available on the phone screen. As you can see in the screenshot below, iOS suggests that the App Store needs geolocation to “find relevant programs available nearby.”
Unfortunately, even a year after the introduction of this function, it is not supported by all manufacturers, so this option may not be available for some applications.
If you accidentally turned off geolocation for an application that needs it, a permission request will appear again the next time it starts.
3. Content update
Apple has added smart multitasking system in iOS 7, this system allows applications to operate with data in standby mode. Although Apple is constantly working to optimize energy consumption, it is possible that older iOS devices lacked this feature. To turn off background updates, go to Settings.> The main.> Content Update and turn them off for apps like Facebook and other apps that don’t really need them. Background updates are a great thing, but not everyone needs it.
One of the biggest sources of battery problems, according to a former Apple employee, is the Facebook app; he recommends disabling geolocation and updating content for this application. In some cases, the improvement in energy consumption due to this is really noticeable. Facebook continues to work on optimizing its application, so it may not be necessary in the future.
4. Push function in the Mail application
Push can be a cause of battery drain. To find out if this option is enabled, go to Settings.> Mail, addresses, calendars.> Data loading.
The Push setting means that you receive instant reminders when you receive new mail, if Sampling is enabled, then the mail will be searched every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, hourly or when the Mail application is turned on (manually).
If you use several email accounts, it would be wise to disable Push for those that do not need instant notification of new messages, and switch to Fetch. The longer the sampling interval is selected, the better for the battery, so reminders can be configured according to the importance of each email account.
5. Checking the cellular signal
If you live or work in a place with poor coverage or without LTE, it is wise to turn it off so that searching for the LTE signal does not waste battery power. To do this, go to Settings.> The main.> Cell data.> Enable LTE / 4G and click on Off.
6. Economy mode
If your phone is almost dead but you can connect it to a power source after a while, turn on the power saving mode. This can be done through Settings.> Battery, by pressing the appropriate switch. Economy mode reduces energy consumption by disabling new mail searches, background updates, automatic downloads, and some visual effects. According to Apple, this mode can provide 3 additional hours of device operation.
You will receive an automatic request to switch to economy mode as soon as the battery charge drops below 20%, and this mode will be turned off when the battery is charged more than 80%.
7. Basic settings
Note that the following methods involve disabling those things that you do not personally need. We do not recommend that you turn off any functions just to reduce energy consumption, because why then use the iPhone at all?
Reminder Center Widgets
Reminder Center may contain widgets such as Review for today, Tomorrow review, exchange rate widget and any other widgets you added. Browse through the list of widgets and remove those that you don’t really need, because they can expend energy, including on geolocation.
Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Reminder Center. Next, go to the tab Today and click on the button Edit. Clicking on the red button in the window that opens will disable the corresponding widget.
Turn off dynamic wallpapers
In iOS 7, dynamic ones were introduced, i.e. animated wallpapers for the main screen and standby screen. Such wallpapers load the processor and consume battery power. If you have dynamic wallpapers turned on and at the same time you feel that the battery is running out, you can change them through Settings.> Wallpaper.> Choose new wallpaper; just select a static wallpaper in Snapshots or any of your photos. On iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, you can also select live wallpapers, but they can also consume extra energy, as they are animated when pressed.
Disable motion effects, parallax
Apple has added some dynamic and physical effects to the iOS 7 interface to make some of its elements more understandable. Some of these effects even involve a gyroscope, which leads to an increase in energy consumption. These effects can be turned off in Settings.> The main.> Universal access.> Decrease movements by pressing the switch.
Disabling App Store auto-update
Applications downloaded through the App Store are automatically updated in the background, but if you don’t really need it, you can turn off this feature by going to Settings.> iTunes The app Store, scrolling to section Automatic downloads and pressing the switch Updates. In the same window, you can prohibit the use of cellular communications for automatic downloads and iTunes Match.
Disabling Unnecessary Spotlight Elements
Spotlight can search for a variety of information among Applications, Contacts, Music, Podcasts, Mail, Events, etc., but you may need it, for example, only for Applications, Contacts and Music. Turn off your search for content you don’t want Settings.> The main.> Search Spotlight.
If you receive a large number of push reminders, this may affect your battery, so turn off Push for infrequently used applications through Settings.> Reminders by clicking on the appropriate application in the list.
- If you rarely use Bluetooth, turn it off in Settings.>The main.>Bluetooth.
- Decrease the auto-lock time so that the backlight turns off faster. Auto-lock can be configured through Settings.>The main.>Auto lock; available options – 30 seconds (iOS 9), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 minutes.
- Of course, you know that Wi-Fi consumes battery power, but not everyone knows that in this case, one of the most energy-consuming processes is the search for an affordable network. If the search is carried out regularly, this cannot but affect the state of your battery. To disable this feature, run Settings, go to Wi-Fi and turn off Confirmconnection. Note that in this case, the iPhone will connect to familiar networks automatically, but if none of them is available, then the network must be selected manually. By default, this feature is disabled.
- Decreasing the screen brightness may increase the device’s runtime. You can adjust the brightness yourself at your convenience, or you can enable the option Auto brightness, adapting the screen to external lighting. To do this, go to Settings.>Brightness and screen. By default, this option is enabled.
- Turn off geolocation for Diagnostic and Usage services, Setting the time zone, Geolocation iAd (Settings.>Confidentiality.>Servicesgeolocation ->Systemservice)
Press and hold the lock and Home buttons simultaneously for at least 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears.
Reset Network Settings
Reconfigure network to Settings.> The main.> Reset.> Reset settings the network. This will reset all network settings, including passwords, VPN and APN.
We support battery life
Apple recommends going through a full discharge / charge cycle (completely consume the battery and then fully charge it) at least once a month. So if you haven’t done this yet, it’s time to try it. This allows you to more accurately calibrate the battery indicator.
9. Full reset of iPhone
The method is not ideal, rather an extreme measure. If you resorted to using a backup of your iPhone, then problems with the battery may be due to errors in this backup. Try resetting your iPhone (Settings.> The main.> Reset.> Erase content and settings) and set up the phone again (not from backup). Before you do this, backup your iPhone via iTunes or iCloud, or save the content (photos, videos) manually using Dropbox or Google.
Some users claim that the battery on their device began to work longer after a full rollback.
People sometimes distrust such articles, as their authors recommend simply disabling the functions. However, our goal is not to advise you to disable everything, but to give information about many different settings so that you can refuse what you do not need in order to extend the operating time of the device.
How long is your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus? Can he hold out all day without recharging?
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