which stock apple apps/settings are battery drainers?

radiohead14

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the last iphone i had was a 4S, but now have an SE. coming from android for a few years, i'm now unfamiliar with ios and what settings to limit/turn off. could you guys list apps or settings that are notorious battery drainers? this is from a fresh ios install by the way on a new SE. i can't decide if i should completely disable icloud and location settings, or just limit those to certain apps. thanks
 

C.O.T

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I used to turn off location services and turn them on when I needed to use maps or something but in my opinion you are just limiting the phone and taking away a big plus of having a smart phone. In saying that though I do turn off a lot of location system services as most of these are just sending Apple reports and statistics. I don't feel like using my battery to send that
 

Abhishek23

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Turning off background app refresh for unnecessary apps, using auto brightness and enabling low power mode in dire situations will go a long way in preserving battery life!
 
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radiohead14

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Sorry I should've been more specific. Of course every app drains battery, but what I meant was, would turning off background refresh on an app like News be fine than say Whatsapp? If I turn off refresh on Whatsapp, would I stop getting messages? I guess what I'm trying to get at, is which app doesn't really need to be active all the time. Does iCloud really need to sync apps like Safari.. things that are fine to turn off. I assume I keep them on for apps that send out notices?
 

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Sorry I should've been more specific. Of course every app drains battery, but what I meant was, would turning off background refresh on an app like News be fine than say Whatsapp? If I turn off refresh on Whatsapp, would I stop getting messages? I guess what I'm trying to get at, is which app doesn't really need to be active all the time. Does iCloud really need to sync apps like Safari.. things that are fine to turn off. I assume I keep them on for apps that send out notices?
Background refresh can be turned off completely an everything will still function just fine (and various apps will still be able to run in the background if needed).
 

GrumpyMom

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Lock down the Facebook App like a rabid dog. Don't let it access or talk to anything except your photo album so you can post pics. I don't let it push notifications to me or let it track where I am. It treat it like a necessary evil to be endured, and set it to the bare minimum interaction with my iPhone necessary for me to communicate with my friends and family thorough it. I let it access my PhotoAlbum when I choose to upload a photo, but I do not accept this new feature they have which puts my PhotoAlbum presumptuously into the App itself.

And when I am not using it I swipe it off. That thing will drain your battery very fast. Same with FB messenger. I do think it's gotten better than it was, but sometimes something in it goes off and becomes a battery vampire.
 
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Lock down the Facebook App like a rabid dog. Don't let it access or talk to anything except your photo album so you can post pics. I don't let it push notifications to me or let it track where I am. It treat it like a necessary evil to be endured, and set it to the bare minimum interaction with my iPhone necessary for me to communicate with my friends and family thorough it. I let it access my PhotoAlbum when I choose to upload a photo, but I do not accept this new feature they have which puts my PhotoAlbum presumptuously into the App itself.

And when I am not using it I swipe it off. That thing will drain your battery very fast. Same with FB messenger. I do think it's gotten better than it was, but sometimes something in it goes off and becomes a battery vampire.
Just delete the Facebook app altogether and you'll save 10%-15% battery per day. Use the web version, add it to your Home screen and you'll no difference (apart from better battery life).
 
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GrumpyMom

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Just delete the Facebook app altogether and you'll save 10%-15% battery per day. Use the web version, add it to your Home screen and you'll no difference (apart from better battery life).
I forget why exactly but there was something about the web version I didn't like. But I'll give it another try. Thanks.
 

C.O.T

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Wow I uninstalled the Facebook and messenger app last night and I'm already noticing a significant difference in battery life.. That's crazy! How have they not fixed these issues by now?! I'm using safari now and added it to my home screen. It doesn't look as pretty but the battery life has definitely improved