What Is Low Power Mode, and What Does It Do?
Low Power Mode is a setting on iPhone that helps extend battery life. Think of it as a kind of battery-saving mode.
Once activated, Low Power Mode automatically modifies several settings to conserve battery life, such as turning off automated mail fetching, lowering screen brightness, locking the phone automatically, and turning off the display more rapidly than normal.
Additionally, animated backgrounds and motion effects are disabled. Networking and background processes are also suspended to reduce background power use. Your iPhone even automatically lowers the performance of its GPU and CPU. This causes your iPhone to slow down to around 40%.
Applications can also deactivate animations and other resource-intensive features in compliance with low power mode to conserve battery.
The Low Power Mode also:
- – Disables 5G (except for large downloads and video streaming)
- – Uses less power when displaying the screen
- – Turns off automatic downloads and email fetch
- – Reduces background app refresh and app refresh
Remember, all of this is done to reduce the level of battery usage of your iPhone and extend its battery life. Keep in mind that your battery turns yellow whenever you activate the low power mode, and your low power mode is turned off once your phone charges past 80%.
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Does Your iPhone Charge Faster on Low Power Mode?
The simple answer is Yes. And the logic behind it is straightforward.
We already know your iPhone will charge slower the more you use it. Meaning the battery will charge more quickly the less you use it. This is why it is advisable for you to let your phone be when charging it.
Now, regarding Low Power Mode. Low Power Mode disables a number of things on your iPhone when activated. This means your phone reduces its background processes and your phone does pretty much nothing but charge thus making it charge faster. In this case, the phone will charge more quickly the less it runs processes/less amount of power it uses.
It isn’t that Low Power Mode activates supercharging. All it does is reduce the processes on your phone to let it charge faster. So, your phone will no longer look for emails in the background when you put it in low power mode letting it charge faster.
Note that “faster” in this sense does not mean your iPhone will double its charging speed. Not even close. But nonetheless, it will increase your battery level faster.
However, if you are looking to charge your iPhone faster, we’ll cover that later in the article.
How to Turn on Low Power Mode on Your iPhone / Ipad?
To turn Low Power Mode on
- Go to Settings
- Select Battery. You’ll see the Low Power Mode option.
- Tap on it to turn it on.
Just as a second confirmation, your battery should turn yellow.
To turn Low Power Mode off
Just follow the same process as above and turn it off. To be sure, check your battery, it should be anything but yellow. Keep in mind that your Low Power Mode is also automatically turned off once your iPhone is charged up to 80% and above.
Control Center Shortcut
In case you want to control it more quickly, you can also turn it on or off from the Control Center. But you’ll have to add it first.
To do this:
- Go to Settings.
- Select Control Center.
- Tap Customize Controls.
- Look for Low Power Mode and add it to your Control Center
You can open your Control Center to see Low Power Mode. You can activate it from there now.
What Are the Disadvantages of Low Battery Mode on an iPhone?
I believe it goes without saying that Low Power Mode massively limits the things you can do with your iPhone. After all, something has to give. If this is all there is to it, then you’d have to admit that you are paying a price for longer battery life.
But there might be bigger prices to pay depending on what matters to you. Your iPhone speed would reduce, possibly up to 40%. That is not cool.
Finally, for iPhones running iOS 13 or later, you will not be able to use the Dark Mode feature while in low power mode and if you are anything like me, that is a big deal. But again, something has to give.
There are speculations that Low Power Mode may be bad for your battery. So far, that claim is unsubstantiated. If anything, it’ll help you extend the battery life.
While leaving your phone plugged in for an extended amount of time, Low Power Mode is safe to leave and won’t harm your battery. That being said, LPM may not be something you’d want to run indefinitely considering it might take a toll on the processing capacity of your device.
But regarding your battery, you don’t need to panic, Low Power Mode won’t have any negative effects on it. Instead, you should be worried about your usage, incessant charging, charging routines, and phone temperature as these are the things that take a toll on your battery.
To check your battery health:
- Go to Settings
- Tap Battery
- Select Battery Health and you’ll see how healthy your battery is.
How to charge your iPhone faster
1. Switch to Airplane Mode on your iPhone.
Switching to Airplane mode means you won’t be able to make or take calls, send messages, or receive emails when your phone is in airplane mode. You won’t be able to stream music or use the internet either. This will allow your iPhone to charge more quickly.
To do this, open your control center and tap the airplane symbol.
2. Use a Faster Charger
Not every charger is made equally. Some chargers are made expressly to charge your iPhone more quickly!
While some chargers are objectively fast, the increase in charging you get will depend on the charger you were using previously and how you use your device. So, if you are looking to charge your iPhone faster, then look for the one for you.
3. Turn your iPhone off.
When your phone is on, something is constantly consuming power. Turning off your iPhone will stop it from using any power, allowing you to charge it more quickly.
However, this won’t be the best idea if you are expecting important notifications.
4. Lock the iPhone and Turn the Display Off
If you don’t want to turn off your iPhone, then leave it be. Turn the display off to preserve the battery and accelerate charging.
If you had any doubts, I believe you now know Low Power Mode is completely safe for your battery and helps your phone charge faster. But if you really want your iPhone to charge faster, then you might want to invest in a solid charger. Preferably one that is proven to be faster than the one you are using at the moment.