How to See What’s Draining Your iPhone or iPad Battery

Want to see what apps are draining the battery on your iPhone? Your iPhone's battery usage is broken down app by app in the Battery Health section of your Settings app. The data lets you see the percentage of battery life used by each app, and also how long you spent on individual apps. You'll be able to save your battery life and save your phone by picking out the apps that use more battery than they should be. 

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  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Battery.

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  3. Below Battery Health, you'll see a chart of your iPhone's battery charge level and activity. 
  4. There are options to view records for the Last 24 Hours or the Previous 10 Days.

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  5. Scroll down, and you'll see how much of your overall battery use was due to each app.
  6. Tap on Show Activity to see how long you used each app.
  7. Tap on Battery Usage By App to go back to see the percentage of battery used by each app.

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  8. Compare battery usage with use time. If an app isn't used much but still demands a lot of battery, consider uninstalling it.
  9. If you use an app a lot but still feel it is taking more battery than it should, then see if there is an alternative that might use less battery.

Now you know how to check which apps are eating up your battery. Hopefully you can keep your phone running a little longer!

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.