Is your battery always running low, even when you think it should be lasting longer?
Determining the battery usage culprit had previously been somewhat of a mystery, but the iOS 8 update gives you an interesting tool for monitoring app usage on your iPhone 5.
You can now view which apps use the most battery life on your iPhone 5 (for example, your screen could be using a lot of it if you have chosen to keep the iPhone screen on until you lock it manually), allowing you to see if there is something that really hogs the battery and should be deleted, or if you are spending more time texting and calling that you had previously thought.
Our tutorial below will show you how to find the app listing that displays the battery usage percentage of your apps. The apps are listed by their usage percentage, with the apps that consume the most battery percentage listed at the top.
Check Battery Usage by App on the iPhone 5 in iOS 8
This is a feature that was added to the iPhone with the iOS 8 update. Earlier versions of iOS do not have this option. If your iPhone is compatible with iOS 8, you can update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
The steps below will show you the percentage of your battery life used by each app over the last 24 hours. These percentage do not include any app usage that occurs while the phone is charging.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Usage option.
Step 4: Touch the Battery Usage option at the top of the screen.
Your app battery usage will be displayed on this screen, similarly to the screenshot below.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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