The 14 line of iPhones has, Apple claims, an approximately 1 hour longer battery for each model, while the 14 and 14 Pro models have larger mAh capacities (the 14 Pro Max capacity is slightly smaller, but the battery life is longer).
But the folks with the new iPhone 14 are sharing on Twitter and social media about the bad experience with battery life so far. Let’s consider what could be happening and how to improve the iPhone 14 battery.
What causes spikes in battery consumption?
- Restore a backup to a new iPhone
- Things like downloading a large photo / video library are especially exhausting
- iPhone generates more heat while restoring and uses more battery
- High background application activity
- Using your new iPhone more than usual, checking for new features, cameras, etc.
- Combining new hardware and software with early bugs (iOS 16 first releases)
- Third-party apps, and even some Apple apps, may not perform optimally yet
Many other factors come into play, but these four are noteworthy.
A few things to consider during the first few days of using iPhone 14. Even after restoring from a backup, it takes some time to fully download your entire photo library, all apps / data, etc. Your iPhone is running harder and hotter than normal, so it uses more battery than normal.
In the Photos app, you can pause iCloud syncing / downloading until the evening. If it didn’t do it automatically, open the Apple Photos app> Library> All Photos> swipe down and tap “Pause”. Continuing to do this when you’re charging in the evening will help save battery power.
In my experience, 17% of all battery consumption in the first four days of my iPhone 14 Pro came from the Photos app.
I’ve also seen much higher background app activity than usual in not only the Photos app, but other Apple and third-party apps as well.
One bug I saw is the optimized battery charging on the iPhone 14 Pro / iOS 16 which has been filling my phone to ~ 70% for the last few nights. This obviously makes a big difference if you don’t start your day with 100% charging.
You can turn this off by going to Settings> Battery> Battery Health> Optimized Battery Charging – but bear in mind that it can age your battery faster to keep it turned off permanently. For a new iPhone, ideally, it will learn your schedule quickly, so it’s 100% charged when you usually pull it out of the charger.
Hopefully some of these issues can be resolved with iOS 16.1 or other future updates. And after the first week, you may not use your iPhone for so many hours each day and the battery lasts longer.
How to improve iPhone battery life 14
7 options instead of using the battery:
1. How are the applications using the battery?
Head to Settings> Battery to check the details of the battery usage. “Last 24 hours” is the default setting and shows which applications are using the most battery power (including home and lock screens, and Siri).
- Clicking the “Last X Days” switch on the right gives you a broader view of what is consuming your power.
- Look for “Background Activity” under the app to see if it is using energy behind the scenes.
- Also see suggestions for battery life just above battery consumption (top). This gives you quick, practical ways to reduce battery consumption.
- And if you want to see the battery percentage on your iPhone – not just an icon – check out our guide:
2. Low power mode
Low Power Mode is a quick way to extend battery life. This feature works by pausing mail downloads, background app refresh, automatic downloads, and more with just one button. It’s not a daily use feature, but it’s useful.
You can turn on Low Power Mode in Settings > Battery or ask Siri do it. However, it makes sense to have quick access to the Low Power Mode in Control Center. Navigate to Settings > Control Center> Customize Controls, then tap the + icon next to it Low power mode if it’s not already there.
- This is useful for stopping all background activity from an app when you recently set up a new iPhone
3. Automatic lock, screen brightness and always-on display
If you find your “Home screen and lock screen” battery usage is higher than you expected, it is a good idea to check these settings.
Auto lock after 30 seconds will help you extend your battery life. Especially for an iPhone 14 Pro that has an always-on display, 30 seconds can be worth it.
Navigate to Settings > Display and brightness> Automatic lock.
Lowering the screen brightness will also help extend battery life, but it will come down to personal preference. You can do this in Control Center (swipe down from the top right corner) or Settings> Display and brightness.
We don’t have detailed data yet on how much battery the always-on display uses with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Ideally, it won’t eat much as the refresh rate drops to 1Hz. But if you want to get as much battery out as possible, turning it off might help the touch.
Go to Settings> Display & Brightness> Always On at the bottom. Read about all the little details in our full guide:
4. Hot and cold temperatures
Apple says the ambient temperature “the comfort zone for the iPhone is 32 ° to 95 ° F (0 ° to 35 ° C). Temperatures above 95 ° F (35 ° C) can “permanently damage the battery capacity”.
- In addition to protecting your iPhone from extreme heat, it’s a good idea to remove your iPhone’s case if you find it getting warm while charging or restoring from a backup.
- Meanwhile, temperatures below 32 ° F (0 ° C) can temporarily reduce battery life. If you live in low-temperature climates, keeping your iPhone closer to your body in an inside pocket can extend your battery life by keeping it warm.
5. Background application refresh
Low Power Mode turns off background app refresh, but you can customize which apps use this feature for a more comfortable experience and longer battery life. Head to Settings > General> Background App Refresh.
You can also choose to only use background app refresh on your Wi-Fi network in addition to Wi-Fi and cellular, or turn it off entirely. However, most users will find keeping Wi-Fi and cellular on while customizing the apps used to refresh apps in the background to best suit them.
Turning off background app refresh prevents apps that you are not actively using (until you reopen them) from updating.
6. Location services
Dialing a number in the location services settings is another way to extend battery life. (It can also reduce your cellular data usage.) Head to Settings> Privacy and Security> Location Services to update the permissions of your apps.
- Pay attention to the apps that are asking for Always use your location and switch to While using, Ask next timeor Never.
7. Press and download
If you choose not to use Low Power Mode, you can manually control Push and Fetch for email / web accounts.
Head to Settings > Mail> Accounts > Download new data. One way is to leave your primary accounts in push mode to receive new mail as quickly as possible, and switch your less important accounts to hourly downloads, or even set them to manual.
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 will reduce your battery consumption.
Until then, keep an eye on which applications are using your battery the fastest, get quick access in Low Power Mode in the Control Center, and use as many of the settings discussed above as possible without the hassle of everyday use.
If you find that you’d rather not change a lot (or any) of your settings, another option is to just jack up your MagSafe power bank or battery.
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