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How to quickly enable Low Power mode on your iPhone or iPad

Apple's Low Power Mode is one of my favorite iPhone and iPad features: It automatically offers to turn itself on when your battery hits 20 percent, and disables some of your iPhone's more processor-and-battery-intensive tasks to stretch out the life you'll get from your remaining charge until you can get some power back into that battery. (You'll be able to tell if your iPhone is in Low Power Mode by looking at your battery icon: It turns yellow when enabled.)

But here's the thing: Low Power Mode conserves my iPhone's battery so well, I'm willing to sacrifice some of those intensive tasks even above 20 percent battery life.

If you want to manually turn on Low Power Mode, you can do it the long way — via Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode — or you can do it my way.

How to turn on Low Power Mode on your iPhone or iPad by using Siri

Apple's Siri assistant can fiddle with most any settings on your iPhone or iPad — even Airplane mode, though it won't be able to disable the feature due to lack of network connection. As such, Siri can also summon Low Power Mode for you. Just say:

"Hey Siri, turn [on/off] Low Power Mode"

And your device will enable the battery-saving feature. Alternatively, if you can't remember the name of the feature, you can say:

"Turn [on/off] Low Battery Mode"

Siri's smart enough to figure out what you meant.

How to turn on Low Power Mode on your iPhone by using 3D Touch

If you're on the iOS 9.3 beta and using an Apple device that supports 3D Touch, you can use a 3D Touch shortcut to enable Low Power Mode.

  1. Navigate to your iPhone's home screen.
  2. Firmly press on the Settings icon.
  3. Select Battery from the list.

  1. Enable Low Power Mode.

Questions?

Got another shortcut for enabling Low Power Mode that you've found? Any questions about Low Power Mode? Let us know in the comments.

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

20 Comments
  • Your mentioned iPad in your title?
  • The first one applies to the iPad too, using Siri.
  • no it doesn't
  • Thanks for the tips! However, 3D Touch does not work for me on the Settings icon as you mentioned. Anyone else have this problem? It seems to work fine on other apps. EDIT: Wait--"If you're on iOS 9.3 or later..." According to my settings, I'm on the latest version: 9.2.1 I think the "...or later..." is what tripped me up. I guess it would've helped to word it a little different such as: "If you're on the latest BETA version of iOS, 9.3...."
  • I don't think low-power mode is available on the iPad Air 2. We're still waiting for Apple to implement it.
  • Yeah, I can't find it either. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • It's on 64 bit devices Sent from the iMore App
  • No its only on iPhone
  • Low power mode isn't available at all on the iPad, I checked my sibling's partner's iPad Air (first Gen) and it would normally be found in the battery section in settings. Sent from the iMore App
  • Hey Siri turn on low battery mode. Non 6s SIRI: But I'm already plugged in otherwise you wouldn't be talking to me right now. Good point Siri...
  • What we need is an option that automatically enters Low Power Mode when you are on the move. Apple can easily implement this if they choose to. I'm currently jailbroken so I managed to set up Activator actions that automatically enable/disable Low Power Mode whenever I connect/disconnect from WiFi.
  • I think it should be more explicit that this is a beta feature & not available for regular users (yet).
  • Just created a Launch Center pro widget that launches me straight to battery. A little "old school" but works wonders for my 6+ :-) Sent from the iMore App
  • Hey! Care to share that Launch center action? I can't make mine to exactly that
  • Nope, no IPad Low Power Mode yet, in beta or public release. Sad cause iPad Air 2 battery is not great.
  • Actually iPad Air 2 battery is impressive. And that's a 1.5 year old iPad Air 2 for me. Maybe reinstall iOS via iTunes (restore factory settings) if your iPad's battery life seems bad.
  • It might be worth that. I have to charge it every other day. How good is it for you?
  • I use launcher and have quick action 3D Touch to Instantly take me into battery settings and equalizer and many others Sent from the iMore App
  • Also u can install launcher app and purchase in-app pro option then through widget you get a deep link to battery. Not just that, u also can deep link eight into the storage (16gb iPhone user life-saver) Sent from the iMore App
  • Low power mode is only on iPhones not iPads