Save Your iPhone’s Battery by Turning Off “Push” for Mail

Want to make your iPhone’s battery last longer? Here’s the single most important thing to do– turn OFF “Push” mail. Try it and see.

Do you want your iPhone’s battery to last longer? Of course you do. The single most important thing to do is to set your iPhone to check for new mail only when you open the app and ask for it. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Go to Settings and then Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  2. Tap Fetch New Data and turn Pushoff
  3. Scroll down to Fetch and set Fetch to Manually.
iPhone Mail settings with Push set to Off
Set Push to Off
Checking Mail Manually

This is going to save your battery. A lot. But, you are not going to know that you have new email until you open the Mail app and check for yourself. This means you will have to pull down and release in Mail to get it to check for new messages.. That’s a tradeoff I’m happy to make.

BONUS: you will finally be able to get something done because you won’t be interrupted every couple of minutes with an email notification. Trust me, those emails can wait. Check the mail when you have time to do it rather than letting it barge in around the clock.

Yes, I know that’s not the way most people do it. But most people’s iPhone batteries don’t make it through the day. Try it “my way” and see how it goes. You can always switch back.

Author: Christian Boyce

Christian Boyce is a Mac and iPhone expert specializing in teaching people how to use Apple devices better, to get more done with them, and to have more fun doing it. He bought his first Mac (a Mac Plus) in 1986 and his first iPhone in 2007. He's written books and magazine articles, and given seminars at Macworld Expo, MacFair/LA, and the California Computer Expo. Over 30 years in the business.

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