iPhone notifications are designed to be helpful to the user (really — even if they seem like a total nuisance). But the fact of the matter is that receiving so many notifications at any time of the day can be a real drain on your device’s battery.
“One of the best ways to save your iPhone’s battery is to turn off notifications,” says Abdul Rahim, an IT pro and the founder and CEO of Software Testing Tips. “Notifications are constantly triggered, even if you don’t have any new messages or updates, which can quickly drain your battery. If you only need certain notifications (like calls and texts), you can selectively turn them off by going to Settings > Notifications & privacy > Allowed notifications. However, it’s usually a better idea to completely disable all notifications this way, so they don’t bother you at all. By disabling alerts for specific apps, you can also save power on your phone.”
With that in mind, you might want to be kept up to date on certain important apps. In that case, Rahim recommends turning off at least those two notifications to save battery.
Social Media Notifications
Social media notifications are a big drain on your battery, and if you’re not careful, they can quickly drain your phone’s battery, Rahim warned. “By default, iPhone notifications notify you every time someone posts or likes something on social media,” Rahim said. “If this is not relevant to you, you can turn off these notifications entirely by going to Settings → Messages → Notifications → Show notifications from these apps.”
According to Rahim, you should also consider disabling push notifications for specific apps if they are not critical to receiving updates from that app. “Push notifications are typically sent when new content is available in an app, and as such they can drain your battery pretty quickly,” Rahim said. “To do this: Go to the App Store icon on the home screen and tap on “Updates”. Select the app whose notification settings you want to change (if applicable), then turn it OFF ‘Enable prompt for updates.’ Finally, save your changes by tapping “Settings.”
“There are a few reasons you might want to turn off iPhone location notifications,” Rahim said. “One reason is that these notifications can drain the battery pretty quickly. Disabling these alerts will stop your phone from constantly sending updates about where you are and how much juice is left. This saves your battery life in the long run.”
Another reason Rahim recommends turning off iPhone location notifications is that they often contain unnecessary data. “By disabling them, you don’t have to constantly download large files that could eat up valuable storage space on your device or slow down your phone’s overall performance,” Rahim said. “You can also do this by going to ‘Settings’ and selecting ‘Privacy’ from the menu.”
If your phone is experiencing faster battery drain than usual, try limiting those notifications to get it going again.