Want to save iPhone and iPad battery life? Start with Notification Center!

As we install more and more apps on our iPhones and iPads, we get more and more notifications. And with notifications comes battery drain. So if you find yourself running out of battery life quicker than you'd like, it may be time to get a better handle on Notification Center. Here's how:

How to tweak Notification Center and get better battery life on your iPhone and iPad

One of the biggest battery drains on both the iPhone and iPad are Lock Screen notifications. These are the notifications we receive that appear on the Lock Screen that wake our phone up and turn the backlight on. If you can afford to disable several of these kinds of notifications, you may be surprised how much battery life you can save. Here's how to do it:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Notification Center.
  3. Scroll down and under the Include section, tap on the app name that you'd like to turn off Lock Screen notifications for.
  4. Now turn Off the Show on Lock Screen option.

That's all there is to it. The apps you chose will still play sounds and filter into Notification Center, they just won't wake up your phone if it's asleep, which should result in better battery life. I personally do this for apps like Twitter and Facebook which are notification hungry. I can always pull down Notification Center from the Lock Screen and see things whenever I'd like, I just don't need them eating my battery life. I've also found it keeps me from staring at my iPhone every two seconds when I should be interacting with the people around me, which is an added bonus in my opinion.

Give it a try and let us know what your results are in the comments!

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  • This sounds like all the things people had to do on android to get decent battery life. If apple wouldn't skimp on battery all these "tweaks" wouldn't and shouldn't need to be done. Sent from the iMore App
  • I don't think even with not doing this battery life is bad. But I save about 20% this way each day. Honestly, anything that lights up your screen like a Christmas tree every 20 seconds will deplete battery life. It has nothing to do with skimping on battery life. Notifications eat battery and when people have tons of apps delivering them constantly, battery drain is significant, on any phone. This is a way to mitigate them without sacrificing disabling notifications. Want thinner phones? You're going to make compromises.
  • I wouldn't mind a high capacity battery option. I'd choose it over "so thin it's hard to hold" any day! Just give me an iPhone with a design based on the 5C with a high-cap battery and I'll be golden.
  • Just give me an iPhone with a high capacity battery I'll buy it. It's time they do something about it.
  • I am of the mind that anything you can do, regardless if needed or not, to conserve is good. This tip prompted me to go through my apps, and so many want to sent notifications. I ended up turning some off completely (I don't really need a notification when my Angry Birds are ready to Go! again, I'll get there when I get the urge to play again). Shut a bunch off from the Lock Screen, and some even from Notification Center all together.
  • When I had my Galaxy Nexus I got about 15 hours on a full charge. My 5s goes all day and barely uses 25%. There are some things I miss about android, but battery life is not one of them.
  • Ally -- maybe I'm misunderstanding your helpful tip. When I disable "Show on Lock Screen", yes my alerts do not wake up my screen. However, I do not have the ability to access the alerts on the lock screen, even by waking the phone and pulling down notification center. For example, I did the same thing you did, disabling "Show on Lock Screen" for Twitter. In order to see the alerts in notification center, I must unlock the phone and then go to notification center. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  • Another very handy tip. I've just disabled about 30 lock screen notifications and whilst I agree battery life is generally pretty good on my iPad I'm always keen to find ways to extend it further.
    Thanks Allyson !
  • Thank you so much Ally.. I always knew about this option but never through in this direction! Thanks again, have a nice weekend!
  • Thanks again. My iPhone 5 battery sucks so hope this helps. Definitely need more tips for better battery life on imore.
  • I just put on Do Not Disturb mode to prevent the screen from lighting up.
  • Thanks for the tip! I will definitely make some changes to my iPhone. Sent from the iMore App
  • Hi
    it is not about this topics but, do you know how can I transfer my SMS from Android to my New Iphone 5s. thanks any way
  • Thank you for this. I hope this saves a little battery juice on my iPhone 5S.
    Dont know why, but ended up buying an iPhone like an idiot after using 8 Android phones and now I have to carry the charger everywhere I go. I never knew that iOS had almost NO settings to customize stuff. I cant disable vibration when I get any messages or other notifications. On Android, no matter how bad the battery life was, I could really DO something to improve it. But here I cant.
  • Vibration can be disabled for any notification or message. You can even make your own personal vibration type if you want. It's all under "Sounds". To turn off vibrations as a whole, make sure that "Vibrate on Ring" and "Vibrate on Silent" are both off. To change the individual type of notification, from sound you go into that notification. The option to change vibration is the very top option under the individual notification types.
  • I tried turning off lock screen notifications on my iPhone 6S running iOS 9.2.1 and it works as expected when the screen is off and I receive notifications. The screen does not light up. However, the moment I unlock my phone with touch ID, my phone vibrates and the ringtone is activated for the second time and the notification banner shows at the top. Can anybody help?