10 tips and tricks to significantly improve battery life on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus


So, you've got yourself an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus? Great choice! These have great battery life; actually, these are Apple's iPhones with the longest battery life. Part of this is due to the ultra-snappy and efficient quad-core A10 Fusion chip and another part is due to the larger batteries inside these. 

While you get around 40 hours of wireless audio playback on the iPhone 7, on the iPhone 7 Plus you get some 60 hours, and 3G talk time is also substantially longer on the iPhone 7 Plus: 21 hours vs 14 hours on the iPhone 7. Our battery tests showed that the iPhone 7 delivers 7 hours and 46 minutes of battery life, while the iPhone 7 Plus unsurprisingly has a battery endurance of 9 hours and 5 minutes.

All fine and dandy, but there's much you can do to further improve the battery life of your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. You likely know and apply many of these already, but we'll anyway give you a handful of tips and tricks to take home and up your battery life game.

Make sure to check out our reviews of the two devices:


Related phones

iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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15 Comments

1. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Here's a battery trick to blow your minds : Step 1: Don't use your phone Step 2:??? Step 3: recharge your phone once in every few days! Step 4:profit

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 882; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

GROUNDBREAKING..... 4 hours charging will give 7 hours of video playback....

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

How to significantly improve battery life on ALL smartphones. 1. Uninstall/Disable Facebook. 2. Uninstall/Disable Messenger. 3. Profit

7. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Best battery saver.

10. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Or just buy a phone with a bigger battery to begin with, so you can enjoy Facebook or whatever app and feature the phone comes with. I don't understand how a phone with limited capabilities, no advanced features, 3 year old hardware, can suck through a battery in just 4 hours, still take 3 hours to charge and cost equal to a phone with 4 times the display resolution, full multi-tasking, has a larger battery, advanced features and more...and last 2 days on a single charge based on my usage.

4. Ultimodrew

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

I have yet to manage getting my 7 plus down past 50% by the time I go to bed at night. This is from taking it off the charger at 6 am. I just charge it overnight. Now if I was to completely burn through a full charge in less than a day, I would def think quick charging would be needed. Was really appreciated when I had the Note 7, that and wireless charging.

17. tezzz

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I am using the iPhone 6, and I thought random standby battery drain was an android only affair, but one night I went to bed with 73% charge and when my alarm went off 8 hours later it was at 15%, Safari browser apparently accounted for 60% of battery usage, not really sure why. I haven't experienced random battery drain of that magnitude since the Galaxy Note 1 and its GPS going crazy and demanding more power than the sun could muster. My general experience with power usage over the month I have been using the iPhone 6 is good, but while its standby power usage is normally great, its active power usage seems to be behind top tier android phones. I was using a Galaxy S6 which I would charge once every 48 hours. I think if I used the phone less frequently the iPhone 6 and the S6 might manage to switch places in terms of battery longevity. The iPhone 6 is nearer 35 hours, but I do a daily charge just to make sure. My wife's iPhone 7 is a daily charger though...

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You will get different usage times depebding on how and what you use your phone for. For example, a 6s plus I used barely lasted 6-8 hours on a single full charge, with continuous heavy 3d gaming (not even a single gap; yes I know it's bad for the health)! But a huawei p9 lite I was using easily lasted 3 days with a full charge, because I barely played any games on it. Used it for surfing the web on wifi, doing other standard stuff, and not overcharging any of these phones overnight. Surprise no?

8. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

If you have to turn things off, on a phone that already doesn't even have any features to begin with, and yet it still has dismal battery-life, then that means it is a worthless piece of garbage to begin with. if the iPhone battery can't last based on your usage of it, then you should look at a phone that has a larger battery vs buying what is popular and useless. I don't understand why the iPhone battery is so small, yet phone of similar size have batteries double the size and last 2 days on a single charge. The iPhone 7 still takes 3 hours to charge and with medium usage, will barely last a work day fo 8 hours on a single charge. For a phone that has no features, no full multi-tasking, crappy cameras, 750p display and a dual-dualcore CPU. yet this phone gets a higher score vs the Galaxy S7? Which has a bigger display, smaller design, better cameras, more features, and a battery that si nearly double the size, has a quad HD display and dual quad core CPU and iot last 2 days on a single charge. I don't understand why people buy such an overrated phone. Its like wasting season tickets on seeing Lebron James.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31632; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have the 7 Plus, and the battery life is fantastic. Off the charger at 3am, by 8pm still has a good amount of juice. 20ish%

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I used a 6s plus and it had the best battery life on any phone I ever used. Well not as good as what you claim to get with the 7 plus, but still excellent, even with heavy 3d gaming.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31632; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, my recently sold 6S Plus got really good battery life too.

16. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Stfu Techie.....stop wasting our time with your horribly written essays.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31632; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

His Techie account is limited.

22. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I left Android for good 6 months ago. I couldn't deal with battery issues. S6 active is what I had last. Also Note 5. You know Android a ok when all you guys do your test OUT IF THE BOX. Load it up with apps, different story. And what's this excuse about iPhone doesn't multi task? Things don't run in the background? I'm running Pandora through my Sonos app while typing this out. Android project Voltron, and project Butter, and project Doze lol...sorry didn't work.

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