How to improve iPhone 14 battery life: why your battery is draining and 7 tips to boost it

How to improve iPhone 14 battery life: why your battery is draining and 7 tips to boost it

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

The iPhone 14 line comes with what Apple says is about 1 hour more battery for each model and the 14 and 14 Pro have larger mAh capacities (the 14 Pro Max capacity is slightly lower, but the duration battery life is up).

But you may not feel this performance all the time. Let’s take a look at what could be wrong and how to improve the iPhone 14 battery.


What causes spikes in battery usage?

  • Restore a backup of your iPhone
    • Downloading a large library of photos/videos is particularly exhausting
    • iPhone creates more heat when restoring and uses more battery
  • Using apps with constant location tracking
  • High background app activity
  • Using your new iPhone more than usual to check out new features, cameras, and more.

There are many other factors at play, but these four are notable.

Another detail to consider if you just got your iPhone 14. Even after restoring from a backup, it takes time to fully download all your photo library, apps/data, etc. Your iPhone works harder and is hotter than normal so it uses more battery than normal.

In the Photos app, you can pause syncing/downloading with iCloud until evening. If it didn’t automatically, open the Apple Photos app > Library > All Photos > swipe down and hit “Pause”. Continuing when charging in the evening will help save battery life.

How to Improve iPhone 14 Battery Life

7 options instead of using a battery:

1. How do apps use battery?

Head toward Settings > Battery to check your battery usage details. “Last 24 hours” is the default and shows which apps are consuming the most power (including Home and Lock screen and Siri).

  • Tapping the “Last X Days” toggle on the right side gives you a broader view of what’s consuming your energy.
  • Look for “Background Activity” under an app to see if it used power behind the scenes.
  • Also take a look at the battery life suggestions just above the battery usage (near the top). This will give you quick and convenient ways to reduce battery drain.

2. Low power mode

Low Power Mode is a quick way to extend battery life. The feature works by pausing mail fetch, background app refresh, automatic downloads, and more. with just one button. It’s not an everyday use feature, but it’s handy.

You can enable Low Power Mode under Settings > Battery Where ask siri to do it. However, it is useful to have quick access to low power mode in the control center. Move towards Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls, then tap the + icon next to Low power mode if it’s not already there.

  • This is useful for stopping all apps background activity when you recently set up a new iPhone
Low power mode

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

If you notice that “home and lock screen” on your battery usage is higher than expected, it’s good to check these settings.

The 30-second auto-lock will help you preserve battery life as much as possible.

Move towards Settings > Display and Brightness > Auto Lock.

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

With the iPhone 14 Pro’s HDR brightness now reaching 1600 nits and peak outdoor brightness reaching 2000 nits, it’s something to watch out for to help control battery life.

Permanent display

The always-on screen of the iPhone 14 Pro shouldn’t consume much battery as the refresh rate is quite low when the feature is in use. But if you’re looking to stretch your battery as long as possible, turning it off might help.

Head toward Settings > Display & Brightness > Always On basically.

Find out all the details in our comprehensive guide:

Also, in the upcoming iOS 16.2 release, Apple includes an option to turn off your wallpaper and notifications from showing on the always-on display.

4. Hot and cold temperatures

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

Improve iPhone 14 Battery Life
  • In addition to protecting your iPhone from extreme heat, it’s a good idea to remove your iPhone case if you notice it heating up while charging or restoring from a backup.
  • Meanwhile, temperatures below 32°F (0°C) can temporarily reduce battery life. If you live in a cold climate, keeping your iPhone closer to your body in an inside pocket can help extend battery life by keeping it warm.

5. Background App Refresh

Low Power Mode disables background app refresh at all levels, but you can customize which apps use this feature for a more convenient experience as well as better battery life. Head toward Settings > General > Background app refresh.

You can also choose to only use background app refresh on Wi-Fi in addition to Wi-Fi and cellular or disable the feature entirely. However, most users will find Wi-Fi and Cellular enabled while customizing the apps used for background app refresh to be the best fit.

Disabling background app refresh prevents apps that you aren’t actively using (until you open them again) from updating.

background refresh

6. Location Services

Dialing in your location services settings is another way to extend battery life. (It may also reduce cellular data usage). Head toward Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services to update the privileges of your applications.

  • Beware of applications that ask to Still use your location and switch to Using, ask next timeWhere Never.

7. Push and collect

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

Head toward Settings > Mail > Accounts > Fetch new data. One approach is to leave your primary account(s) in push mode to receive new messages as soon as possible, and have lesser accounts retrieved every hour or even set them to manual mode.

Summary on how to improve iPhone 14 battery life

While it’s no fun to have a bad experience with battery life, we hope these tips will reduce your iPhone’s battery drain.

If you’d rather not change most (or none) of the above settings, another option is to just grab a power bank or MagSafe battery.

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