You’re about to head out of your house for the day when you notice your iPhone battery meter nearly dead. You know there is no way it will last you the rest of the day, and you absolutely need your phone to stay on while you’re away from your house. What can you do to get more battery life as fast as possible?
Here are five tips you can follow to ensure your iPhone will charge faster to give you some extra juice when you’re out and about.
1. Put Your iPhone in Airplane Mode
When airplane mode is enabled on your smartphone, your wireless signal transmissions are disabled. This means the cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functions will automatically be turned off when you toggle this option on.
The less your phone can do, the more ability it has to charge fast. Switching your phone to airplane mode will disable calls, texts and data, but I’m sure people can wait the additional time you need to charge your phone fast.
To toggle on airplane mode on an iPhone, swipe down from the top right of your screen and click the icon that looks like an airplane. You can also switch on airplane mode on the first page of settings.
2. Turn Your iPhone Off
By turning off your phone entirely, you’re ensuring that it isn’t using any energy at all and the entire charge is going right to your battery. Even when your phone is in airplane mode, it can be using power in the background.
3. Use a Wall Charger Instead of Your MacBook
Using the wall charger that comes packaged with your iPhone when you purchase it is the optimal choice for a stronger and faster charge. If you also own an iPad, it is safe and effective to use that charger on your iPhone for a quicker charge, since iPad chargers have more than double the watts; 5W compared to 12W. You can also purchase an iPad charger for faster charging times.
While it isn’t recommended to purchase knock-off wall charges from your local supermarket, if you own any ensure you’re using the branded charger that came with your iPhone in dire times such as these. They typically have a stronger amp and watt output from imitation chargers.
Charging your iPhone from the wall socket will give a much greater power output than the USB port from your Mac, speeding up your charge time.
4. Purchase a Fast Battery Charger with More Watts or Portable Charger
The higher the wattage, the faster the charge. Remember that when you’re looking to purchase a rapid battery charger. Typical wall chargers that come with an iPhone use five watts of power.
To get the fastest possible charge that is safest for your device, look for a rapid charger that produces 18 watts. The Anker PowerPort III Nano is our favorite. You can also purchase portable chargers that can go with you anywhere, such as the Mophie Powerstation Plus. This will give you the extra boost you need when you’re out and about and your battery is low.
5. Identify Which Apps are Using the Most Battery
Since you didn’t have much time to charge your iPhone, you won’t be at 100% even by following the tips above. What you can do is scour your settings to see which apps are using the most battery and try not to use them until you can charge your phone again.
How to identify on iPhone: Open your settings. Scroll down to “Battery” and select it. View the list of apps that are draining your phone’s battery over the last 24 hours or the last 10 days.
While you’re in the iPhone battery settings, you can also toggle on “Low Power Mode”. Low Power Mode temporarily reduces background activity like downloads and mail fetch until you can fully charge your iPhone.
10-20 minutes will certainly not charge your iPhone to 100% battery life, you will still get an added boost if you follow the tips above, compared to just plugging it in the standard way.