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Apple’s claim of better battery life on iOS 9 What's New in iOS 9? What's New in iOS 9? Want to know what features your iPhone will be getting with the release of iOS 9 in September? Curious as to whether your device will be compatible? You're in the right place. Read More looks good on paper, but it might not hold up well in reality. Thankfully, you can conserve your iPhone’s battery with simple changes like the three we’ll see next.

1. Keep your phone face down. When you do this, the phone won’t light up for every incoming notification, which means less strain on the battery.

2. Switch to the Low Power Mode. You can do this via Settings > Battery. This mode cuts down on battery consumption by either reducing or turning off some visual effects and background processes temporarily — quite convenient when you don’t have a charger at hand.

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You’ll automatically get a prompt to turn on the low power mode when the charge drops below 20%, but we recommend turning it on manually without waiting for that prompt.

3. Pinpoint the apps that are choking the battery. iOS 9 gives you an overview of the impact (in percentages) that each app has on your phone’s battery. You can view it under Battery Usage in Settings > Battery and close the guilty, resource-hogging apps based on it. Of course, killing apps often is a bad iPhone habit 5 Bad iPhone Habits You Should Break Today 5 Bad iPhone Habits You Should Break Today Think you're a responsible smartphone user? Reckon you're saving battery by killing all those apps? Think again. Read More , so use this tip sparingly.

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Till the battery drain problems on iOS 9 get fixed at the source, you’ll have to do your bit to tackle them. If you’re ready for a bigger step than the ones listed here, take a deep breath and…uninstall Facebook and other battery-draining apps Avoid These iPhone Apps for Better Battery Life Avoid These iPhone Apps for Better Battery Life Killing background apps won't save your battery — in some cases you'll have to completely avoid an app in order to stop it from draining your smartphone's energy. Read More from your iPhone.

Have you experienced significant battery drain issues since upgrading your phone to iOS 9? Share any fixes that have worked for you.

Image Credit: iPhone lying on a desk by Bloomua via Shutterstock, Low power mode on an iPhone by ymgerman via Shutterstock

  1. Perry Bruns
    March 3, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    The only problem I see with tracking percentages on their own is that if you only use a handful of apps (like, say, a browser and an email app), of COURSE they're going to use the lion's share of the battery power. This tip would work best if combined with a little analysis. F'rinstance, if you have a cool timer app or something that shouldn't even be running in the background at all, and it's sucking up 34 percent, don't just kill it, delete it.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 6, 2016 at 6:19 am

      That is the best way to go about it, Perry — uninstalling apps that are resource hogs in more ways than one and finding replacements for them.

  2. Sandeep Roy
    March 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    1. Facedown only works on iPhone 5s and above.
    2. Facedown ONLY works with Fitness Tracking enabled.

    Who is auditing/checking these Tips ?

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 2, 2016 at 3:24 am

      You're right, Sandeep. That was an oversight on my part.

  3. bkoppenhaver11
    February 29, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I had installed Drippler earlier last year and
    was a great benefit to the same issue I see
    you's are stressing yet again Battery consumtion.I did take the advice of using
    a darker back ground & now I decided to use your lastest info on Removing my case will at home for know..
    ? Tough... When you mentioned leaving
    Bluetooth Speaker on for long periods?
    Did you mean "actually" Listening to
    something !?
    See my Sister has an I 5s an leaves it on all the time so as to connect to CAR when using . So is the battery being cosumed
    by doing this

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 2, 2016 at 3:26 am

      I haven't mentioned Bluetooth speaker or the case thing anywhere in the article. I'm not sure what you're referring to.

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