We all get caught short form from time to time with battery levels reaching a panic-inducing low, and charging them up seems to take an age when you’re in a rush. Whether you are driving to work and want to get as much juice from your in-car charger or about to go out, certain things can help to push the percentage to the max before you take it off charge. Some are commonly known whilst others might come as a surprise but whatever you do, don’t risk leaving it in the red.
Switch To Airplane Mode
One of the most commonly used, and for good reason. Airplane mode is an easy and sure way of getting a faster charge so you can move back to the green in double-quick time. Because it isn’t looking for WiFi or trying to connect you can expect your battery to charge twice as fast. Another reason to do it is that you can’t use a lot of the battery draining functions as it charges, so it will increase rather than stay the say as you take a call or scroll.
Turn It Off
Again this is another effective method, and works even better than Airplane mode. Unless you need to keep track of the time as you charge, this is your best bet. This will mean it isn’t using precious energy finding WiFi or running any apps so your phone will get the maximum benefit in terms of battery charge.
Look After The Battery
Even some new versions of the iPhone don’t have such generous battery life, specially the SE which is mad to be more compact. Because of this, it is a good idea to look after the battery from the first use. This might be too late for some, but it’s never too late. As is typical with a Lithium-ion battery, draining it to zero will negatively impact its ability to fully charge, and hold onto what it does have in the long term.
Charge in short sessions, and never let it get blow 20% if you can help it. If you are charging it from empty too often it can reduce the overall battery life.
Remove The Case
By maintaining optimal temperature, an iPhone will find it easier to charge. A case can increase its temperature which will reduce its efficiency for charging. Any to you notice your phone getting hot as it charges, removes the case and lay it on a flat, cool surface such as a kitchen countertop. Some phones may still feel hot when plugged into a charger but if they could be color than if they were in a case.
Replace The Battery
Any iPhone 8 or below might not be expensive when it comes to battery replacements and taking it into an Apple store can be a shrewd idea to help maintain battery life and allow it to charge faster. This can extend the lifespan of your phone, making an upgrade can be put off for a fraction of the price of a new phone.
Activate Optimized Battery Charging
Apple has made it easier for customers to get a more efficient charge with the optimized battery charging feature. With iOS 13 and above you can take advantage of this and it allows it to monitor charging habits to increase the lifespan of the phone. Leaving it on overnight might mean it remembers when you usually charge your phone and take it off charge so it won’t take it up to 100% all night, leaving some of the charge for the morning.
Enable this via settings, battery health, and optimize battery charging.
It’s never a good idea to expose an iPhone to extremes as they like them as little as you and I would. There isn’t a lot of technology that does well in the sun and temperatures of 95 degrees F can cause irreparable battery damage. So, if you’re using your phone to connect to your portable speaker when poolside, make sure it is not in direct sunlight and check it from time to time to make sure it is not overheating. Even Apple themselves warn against exposing an iPhone to high temperatures for the risk of it impacting the phone’s ability to hold onto its charge.
At the other end of the scale, extreme lows are just as bad. This will impact battery life and its ability to charge, but not permanently.
Use An Official Charger
Although they cost more, official accessories such as a charger are definitely worth paying for. A counterfeit product will be unlikely to charge as fast, using lower wattage, and don’t usually last as long anyway. Another tip here is to use an iPad plug-in charger. As long as it is an official Apple product you can take advantage of the additional wattage which means faster charging.
Make Sure A Connecting Laptop Is Plugged In
If you only have a laptop USB port available to plug a charger into, make sure the laptop is on before charging. When idle, they do not expend as much energy which can mean you are only getting partial energy transfer. Also, the laptop might go into sleep mode a few minutes into a charge, make sure it is on, charging your iPhone as best it can.
Close Running Apps
Another drain on a battery is anything working in the background. Some apps are worse than others but when you are desperate for a fast increase in the battery, closing idle apps or anything you are not using is good, and closing everything even better. If you are downloading or uploading and it can wait for later then it is a good idea to make your phone work as little as possible, hopefully not at all, then you want to get more battery.
Some of the above can be done in combination but remember that when you look after the battery properly, it will perform to a much higher standard.