Myth Debunked: Closing Your iPhone Apps Doesn’t Save Battery Life

Just recently, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, debunked the myth of closing background apps on your iPhones and iPads to conserve battery power. Somehow double-clicking the home button and swiping up to close apps has become the go-to strategy for saving battery life. According to The Washington Post, going through the motions of shutting down your apps makes your system open them to close them, which actually drains your battery faster.

Here are a some tips to conserve your iPhone’s battery life that actually work

1. Turn Off WiFi and Bluetooth

When you’re not using WiFi or in most cases, in a place where you do not have access to a network, turn off your WiFi. The same thing goes for Bluetooth. You can shut both of these off by swiping up from the bottom of the lock screen.

2. Turn Off Location Services

Location Services is great tool for your favorite apps to use to pinpoint your location. However, if you don’t use it, you’re wasting battery life that you’ll probably need later. You can turn this off in your privacy settings under location services.

3. Enable Airplane Mode

Enabling Airplane Mode on your iPhone comes in handy when you’re desperate to conserve battery life. You can turn on Airplane Mode from the Control Center. Your phone will not be able to do much except play games and music but your battery will last longer.

4. Low Power Mode

Low power mode comes in handy for business professionals who are on their phones all day. This is a better alternative to Airplane Mode because you can still receive text messages and phone calls.

5. Turn off Push 

For those of you who don’t know what Push is, it refreshes your email and updates your calendar in real time. If you don’t care about the minute-by-minute updates, adjust your settings under Mail, Contacts and Calendars. Turn off Push for your mail account then set your Fetch settings to hourly.