Liking your new iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro but not happy with its battery life? The new iPhones don’t offer the same kind of battery life as the iPhone 11 lineup but they should still last you about a day. However, if that is not the case with your iPhone 12 then something is wrong. Check out some tips, tricks, and possible solutions to improve the battery life of your iPhone 12.
We have provided some tips below on how to fix the battery drain issues that users are facing on their iPhone 12. These tips have helped our readers in the past to fix battery issues on the brand-new iPhone.
How to Check iPhone Battery Life
Before we proceed further and give you tips on how to fix iPhone 12 battery life problems, we think it is important to know how much battery life your iPhone is expected to deliver, so you can gauge for yourself if you should be concerned about battery life. You can check the estimated iPhone 12 battery life from the tech specs page on Apple’s website.
It is important to understand that your battery life will vary as per your usage, so if you listen to your music locally from the Music app and not stream off LTE/3G/Wi-Fi, your iPhone’s battery life would be much better.
You can check the battery life or usage and standby time since the last full charge via the Settings app under Activity and the Battery Usage By App section (Settings > Battery).
Usage is the amount of time the iPhone has been awake and in use since the last full charge. The phone is awake when you’re on a call, using email, listening to music, browsing the web, or sending and receiving text messages, or even during certain background tasks such as auto-checking email.
On iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro, there is no way to enable battery percentage in the device status bar. You need to swipe down from the top-right part of the screen – the right ear next to the notch. This will bring the Control Center. But the way Control Center animates, you see the top items first and fairly quickly. At the top, you’ll find status bar icons that couldn’t fit next to the notch. The first of which is the battery percentage.
Now that you know how much battery life you should expect and you can track it with the battery percentage indicator, let us see how you can extend your iPhone 12’s battery life and fix battery drain issues.
1. Insights and Suggestions
Starting with iOS 12, Apple introduced a feature that provided insights and recommendations to improve device battery life. You can access them by navigating to Settings > Battery.
You can tap on each suggestion to jump directly to the setting that you need to change. If you don’t see any suggestions, then check our tips to help you manage and fix battery life problems on your iPhone 12.
2. Install the Latest iOS Update
The battery issues on your iPhone might be due to a buggy build released by Apple. The assuring news is, the company is quick to release bug fixes via a firmware update. Go to the Settings menu and open General > Software Update and download the latest iOS firmware.
3. Identify iPhone Apps Draining Battery Life
iOS makes it much easier to identify apps that are draining iPhone battery life. You can check our step-by-step guide on how to identify apps draining iPhone battery life. For example, on iPhone 12, the battery drain issues might be due to a constant background activity by the music app.
If you’ve identified an app that is draining battery life on your iPhone 12, here are some of the things you can do to improve battery life, especially if it is a third-party app:
- If you can live without the app then the best thing to do is delete the app.
- While iOS takes care of suspending apps in the background, it’s likely that some apps wake up in the background to fetch content off the network. You may want to force close apps like VoIP, navigation, and streaming audio apps if you’re not using them as they’re known to drain battery life. It is important to note here that you should only close apps that you don’t want to use. It is not a good practice to force close all apps, as that could have an adverse impact on battery life.
- If you want to use the app, then you should seriously consider disabling Location Services (Settings > Privacy > Location Services) and Background app refresh (Settings > General > Background App Refresh) features for the app as they can end up consuming battery life. We will cover it in more detail next.
4. Disable Location Services
When we install apps, they prompt us to give them access to various things such as location, etc., and we tend to blindly say yes. However, apps using location services can have a major impact on battery life. So you may want to review which apps should have access to your device’s precise location all the time.
The best way to approach this is to first tweak location services for all the apps. Open the Settings app on the iPhone and navigate to Privacy > Location Services. You can either completely disable location services or even better, you can set While using the App so that an app will only use your device location when you open the app. This can be useful for apps like the App Store, which don’t need to be using location services all the time.
You should also disable the Precise Location option that some apps may ask for. If you’ve accidentally disabled location services for an app that needs to use it, don’t worry, it will prompt you to give access to Location Services when you launch it.
5. Disable Background App Refresh
iOS includes smarter multi-tasking that lets apps fetch content in the background. Although Apple has a lot of optimizations in place to ensure that battery consumption is minimal, it’s possible that a poorly developed app could be using this feature incorrectly which could end up draining your iPhone’s battery life.
To disable Background App Refresh go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn it off for apps like Facebook or other apps that don’t absolutely need to be updated all the time. Background App Refresh is a great feature for apps like OneDrive or Google Photos where you need to upload media in the background, but you don’t need it for every app.
I would strongly recommend turning it off for the Facebook app as it is known to drain battery life.
You have the option to enable Background App Refresh only when you’re on a Wi-Fi network. You could see if selecting just Wi-Fi reduces the battery drain on your iPhone or you may want to turn off completely. It will also help in saving mobile data on your iPhone.
6. Use Dark Mode
Last year, Apple integrated a system-wide dark mode with the iOS 13 update. It stretches from the dynamic wallpaper to the widgets screen to the Settings screen and apps that have added support for Dark mode. It should help in improving battery life on iPhone 12 with an OLED display.
Simply go to the Control Center, press on the Brightness slider, and then tap on the Appearance button to switch between the Light and the Dark mode.
You can set the dark mode on a schedule as well. Go to Settings -> Display and Brightness and turn on the Automatic option. Then tap on Settings to switch to a custom schedule. By default, the dark mode will turn on automatically after sunset. You can check our article to learn how to enable Dark mode on your iPhone or iPad.
7. Use Low Power Mode
If your device is running low on battery, and you still have some time to get to a power source, then you could enable the all-new Low Power mode by going to Settings > Battery and tapping on the toggle. Low Power Mode temporarily reduces power consumption by turning off or reducing mail fetch, background app refresh, automatic downloads, and some visual effects. Apple states that the Low Power Mode mode can improve battery life by an additional 3 hours.
You will also get a prompt to enable Low Power Mode when you hit 20% battery remaining, and will automatically disable it when battery remaining crosses 80%.
8. Place iPhone Facedown
iOS includes a facedown detection feature, which makes use of the ambient light sensor to ensure the display doesn’t light up when you receive a Notification when you place the iPhone facedown. The feature along with other refinements helps in increasing battery life by an additional hour as it turns off the display when not in use. So when you place your iPhone on the table, you should place it facedown to conserve battery life. Please note the Facedown Detection feature is available only on iPhone 5s or later devices.
9. Turn Off Raise to Wake
The Raise to Wake feature automatically turns on the screen of your iPhone 12 every time you pick it up and it’s facing towards you. This is very useful if you want to wake your iPhone just to check the received notification or the time. Rather than using the Home button, you can simply pick up your device to turn on the display.
It is useful, but it also can drain battery life if you have the iPhone in your hand while walking, jogging, dancing, or otherwise moving around while the feature is activating itself frequently. Turn it off to save some battery life by navigating to Settings > Display & Brightness > Raise to Wake > Toggle Off.
Once Raise to Wake is disabled, the iPhone 12 will no longer turn the screen on itself just by an upward motion alone.
10. General Tips
Please note that the tips under section are to highlight areas where you could disable things that are not applicable to you so you can extend battery life. We are not recommending or advising you to disable features just for battery life, as then there would be no point in using smartphones like the iPhone 12.
11. Enable 5G Auto
The iPhone 12 series is 5G capable. The default settings for 5G on iPhone are optimized for battery life. However, if you are experiencing a battery drain then make sure that your device is set at 5G auto.
You can go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data and choose the number whose options you want to change. Switch to 5G Auto which enables smart data mode. When 5G speeds don’t provide a noticeably better experience, your iPhone automatically switches to LTE, saving battery life.
Widgets get a major makeover with the iOS 14 update. You can finally add resizable widgets on the home screen as well. However, you shouldn’t go overboard with them on the iPhone. You should review the widget list and remove the widgets that you don’t want to ensure they don’t consume battery life unnecessarily as some of them could be using Location services.
ii. Turn off Dynamic Wallpapers
Dynamic wallpapers bring subtle animations to the home and the lock screen. Unfortunately, the animations take up CPU cycles and consume more battery. So if you have set a dynamic wallpaper, and you’re having battery issues, go to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose Wallpaper where you can go to either Stills or your set an image from your photo library as your wallpaper.
iii. Disable Motion effects, parallax
iOS comes with a number of animations and physics-based effects to the interface to help users understand the layered elements in the UI. Some of these effects even access gyroscopic data, which contributes further to the battery drain. You can disable these motion effects by going to Settings > Accessibility > Motion > Reduce Motion and turn on the switch. However, please note that enabling Reduce Motion will disable the effects in the Messages app.
12. Troubleshooting Tips
i. Hard Reset Your iPhone 12
Like all tech problems, there is no harm in force restarting or hard resetting your iPhone 12 to see if it helps with battery life.
- On your iPhone 12, press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo.
ii. Resetting Network Settings
Reset network settings by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will reset all network settings, including passwords, VPN, and APN settings.
iii. Optimised Battery Charging
All iPhone models come with a lithium-ion battery. Due to its nature, the lifespan of lithium-ion chemicals is limited over time. Meaning, your iPhone battery comes with fixed charge cycles.
The iPhone battery capacity degrades over time. You should keep track of your device battery capacity percentage periodically. If it goes down to 60%-50% percentage, then it’s time to replace the battery on your iPhone to improve the general navigation of iOS. Open Settings > Battery > Battery Health > Enable Optimised Battery Charging.
13. Restore iPhone as New
Try to restore your iPhone (Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content And Settings) and set it up as a new iPhone (not from the backup).
Before you erase all the contents and settings, take a backup of your iPhone using iTunes or iCloud, or selectively take a backup of your photos and videos using Dropbox or Google Photos.
We’ve seen quite a few comments from readers who have found that the battery life is better after setting up the device as a new iPhone.
How’s your iPhone 12 battery life? Let us know in the comments section below.