There are many suggestions for ways to conserve iPhone battery life, and many of them revolve around changing settings for certain services on your device. Many of the biggest battery-consumption culprits are services and features that run in the background to check for new information.
One of these features is the Push setting for email. When an email account is configured with the push setting, then it will force email messages through to your device as soon as they are available. However, this means that the device is constantly checking for new email messages, which can wear down your battery life. Luckily this is something that you can turn off, and you can instead configure your iPhone to check for new email messages periodically.
Switch Push Email Setting on an iPhone
These steps were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.1.2. These steps will also be very similar in other versions of iOS.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap the Fetch New Data button.
Step 4: Tap the button next to Push at the top of the screen. You will know that it is turned off when there is not any green shading around the button, as in the image below.
You probably notice that some of the individual email accounts on the screen above still say Push next to them. This is the default setting for some email providers, but will not be used if you have turned off the Push option in the previous step. Instead it will default to the Fetch settings. You can specify the Fetch settings by scrolling to the bottom of this screen, then choosing an option under the Fetch section.
Do you have an email account on your device that you no longer use? Follow these steps to delete an email account from your iPhone.
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