We Asked An Expert: This Is How Often You Should Shut Down Your iPhone

October 31, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | Style

Your iPhone is one of the priciest investments you’ll make, but it’s also one that you likely rely on for everything, from keeping up with emails throughout the day to watching a favorite Netflix sitcom at night. Some of us tend to neglect our phones or treat them like they are indestructible, something anyone who has ever watched theirs descend in slow motion from a bookshelf before encasing it with a cover knows all too well isn’t true. If you want your iPhone to be there for you when you need it, you have to get into the habit of showing it lots of love–but does that include shutting it down every so often so it can rest?

As it turns out, there is absolutely no reason to press and hold that sleep/wake button. Unlike televisions or desktop computers, which are considered “energy vampires” and should be shut down at the end of the day, an iPhone requires no such maintenance. There are far more effective things you should be doing to help your battery retain its life.

“Shutting it down? No need,” says Apple Distinguished Educator Patrick Fogarty. “Closing apps? Also no need. Save battery by limiting location service and background apps.”

To limit the location services on your iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Tap “System Services” at the bottom and disable location access for system services like “Setting Time Zone,” “Call Network Search,” and “Location-Based Alerts.” To limit background apps go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh > Toggle main switch on > Toggle individual apps off.

“Some apps are known data hogs,” Fogarty says. “Facebook is the most egregious; in fact, deleting the Facebook app is a very easy way to slow battery drain.”

So, while shutting down your phone won’t hurt it, it isn’t necessary. Instead, simply limit location services and apps running, and consider deleting the Facebook app.

“Doing so may save as much as 15% of your battery’s life over the course of the day,” Fogarty says.

For more iPhone tips, check out 4 genius ways to organize your iPhone apps and 5 things you’re doing that will eventually break your iPhone.

Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter.



Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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