Keeping my iPhone 6 alive without replacing the battery
Published: 2018-08-14 • Last updated: 2019-09-12
If you have an older generation iPhone, you’ve likely felt the effects of a lithium-ion battery nearing the end of its lifespan. If you’ve update to iOS 11.3 or higher, apple enables “performance management”.
According to a support article, in cases that require more extreme forms of performance management (i.e. my iPhone), the user may notice: longer app launch times, lower frame rates while scrolling, backlight dimming, lower speaker volume, gradual frame rate reductions in some apps, and/or apps refreshing in background may require reloading upon launch.
Per another support article, your iPhone battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles. Well I’ve had mine since 2015, so 3 years of charging, at 1 charge per day, brings me to 1,095+ charges. Yep, it’s barely hanging in there.
Because I’m stubborn, I’m doing what I can to prolong the battery life without actually replacing the battery. Eventually I’ll have to give in and visit an apple store, but until then, here’s what’s helped.
# Make UI events less resource intensive
General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion > Reduce Motion (on)
General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion > Auto-Play Message Effects (off)
General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast > Reduce Transparency (on)
# Disable auto-brightness
General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Auto-Brightness (off)
# Turn off bluetooth
Disabling it from Control Center will only disable it temporarily. Disable it from Settings to make it stick.
# Free up storage
Delete unused apps. Then install Google Photos, and once your photos are done backing up, delete them locally.
# Turn off background app refresh
General > Background App Refresh (off)
# Turn off location services
Privacy > Location Services, then set individual apps to Never or While Using