One basic fact of life with an iPhone hasn’t changed in the phone’s 14-year history: If you’re on your phone all day, every day, you run the risk of seeing its power gauge run all the way down to zero.
Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to extend the battery life of your iPhone. Here’s a look at a handful of the most helpful for phones running iOS 14 and above.
Tweak the Background App Refresh setting
Most of the apps on your phone connect to some sort of server somewhere to send and receive data.
But do you really need that crossword app to check for new puzzles every hour? Each of those little pings from each of your apps can affect battery life. The Background App Refresh setting lets you choose which apps can connect when you’re not actively using them and which can’t.
To access it, head into the Settings menu, then General, then Background App Refresh.
Now, from here, you can just go nuclear and turn refreshing off across the board or pick and choose which…