How to improve iPhone 14 battery life

If you’re experiencing battery draining faster than expected with your iPhone 14 or 14 Pro, you’re not alone. However, it does not necessarily mean there is a problem with your phone. Here’s a look at 7 tips and tricks to improve iPhone 14 battery life as well as why you might be seeing spikes in battery usage.

The iPhone 14 series comes with what Apple says is up to 1 hour longer battery life for each model, and the 14 and 14 Pro feature larger mAh capacities (the 14 Pro Max’s capacity is always that little but the battery life is longer).

But you may not always see that performance. Let’s explore what can happen and how to improve iPhone 14 battery.

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What causes increased battery usage?

  • Restore your iPhone backup
    • Downloading a large photo/video library is particularly cumbersome
    • iPhone generates more heat and uses more battery during update
  • Using apps with persistent location tracking
  • High end app activity
  • Using your new iPhone means checking out new features, cameras, etc. more than usual.

There are many other factors at play, but these four are the most important.

Another detail to consider if you just got your iPhone 14. Even after you restore from backup, it takes time to restore your entire photo library, all your apps/data, etc. normal so it uses more battery than normal.

In the Photos app, you can pause syncing/downloading with iCloud until evening. If it hasn’t done so automatically, open the Apple Photos app > Library > All Photos > scroll down and tap “Pause.” Continuing to charge at night will help save the battery.

How to improve iPhone 14 battery life

7 options instead of using a battery pack:

1. How do apps use battery?

Head to Settings > Battery to check your battery usage details. “Last 24 Hours” is the default and shows which apps are using the most power (including Home & Lock Screen and Siri).

  • Clicking on “Last Days” on the right gives you a wider view of what’s consuming your energy.
  • Look for “Background Activity” at the bottom of the app to find out if it’s using energy behind the scenes.
  • Also, look at the battery life recommendations just above battery usage (near the top). This will give you quick, efficient ways to reduce battery drain.

2. Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode is a quick way to extend battery life. The feature works with a single button to pause email capture, update background app, auto download and more. This is not a daily use feature, but it is useful.

You can turn on Low Power mode below Settings > battery or ask Siri to do it However, it is useful to quickly access Low Power Mode in Control Center. Navigate to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls, then click the + icon next to it Low Power Mode if it’s not already there.

  • When you’ve recently set up a new iPhone it’s useful to stop all background activity from apps
Low Power Mode

3. Auto-Lock, screen brightness, and always-on display

If you notice that “Home & Lock Screen” is using more of your battery than you expect, it’s good to check these settings.

Auto-Lock in 30 seconds will help you preserve the most battery life.

Navigate to Settings > Display & Lighting > Auto-Capture.

Dimming your screen brightness will also help with battery life, but this will come down to personal preference. You can do this in the Control Center (pull down from the top right corner) or Settings > Display & Light.

With iPhone 14 Pro HDR brightness now reaching 1600 nits and outdoor peak brightness reaching 2000 nits, this is something to keep an eye on to help keep battery life in check.

Always show

The iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on display shouldn’t consume too much battery because the refresh rate is very low when the feature is in use. But if you’re looking to make your battery last as long as possible, turning it off can help.

Head to Settings > Display and light > Always at the bottom

Read all the great details in our full guide:

Also, in the upcoming iOS 16.2 release, Apple includes an option to disable your wallpaper and notifications from being displayed on the always-on screen.

4. Hot and cold

Apple says that the ambient temperature “comfort zone for the iPhone is 32° to 95°F (0° to 35°C). Temperatures above 95°F (35°C) have the potential to “slightly damage battery capacity.”

Improve your iPhone 14 battery life
  • Aside from protecting your iPhone from overheating, it’s a good idea to remove your iPhone case if you notice it getting hot while charging or restoring from backup.
  • Meanwhile, temperatures below 32°F (0°C) can temporarily reduce battery life. If you live in a climate with cold temperatures, keeping your iPhone in an interior pocket close to your body can help extend battery life by keeping it warm.

5. Update the last app

Low Power Mode disables background app updates across the board, but you can customize which apps use this feature for a smoother experience as well as better battery life. Head to Settings > General > Background App Update.

You can also choose to use only the latest app update on Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi and Cellular or turn off the feature entirely. However, most users will find that Wi-Fi and Cellular are left on when customizing which apps are used for the next app update to be the best.

Disabling Background App Updates prevents apps you’re not actively using from updating (until you restart them).

background update

6. Location services

Changing your location services settings is another way to extend battery life. (It can also reduce cellular data usage). Head to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services to update the privileges for your apps.

  • Look at any applications that ask for it all the time Use your space and transform Time to Use, Ask next timeor At all.

7. Promote and Do

If you choose not to use Low Power Mode, you can manually check Push and Fetch for your email/internet accounts.

Head to Settings > Mail > Accounts > Get New Data. One approach is to leave your primary account(s) as forced to receive new mail as soon as possible, and rotate less important accounts to receive them every hour or open them manually.

Here’s how to improve iPhone 14 battery life

While it’s not fun to have a bad experience with battery life, hopefully, these tips will reduce your iPhone battery drain.

If you find that you don’t want to change many (or any) of the settings above, another option is to just choose a power bank or a MagSafe battery pack.

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