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Restoring an iPhone to help with battery life

Could restoring my iPhone 5 to factory default help with iPhone battery life? I was thinking that'd get rid of all apps and widgets and I could start over. But would it actually help?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Dec. 15, 2014 at 13:27

Yes, it probably would help - especially after a big software update. BUT NOTE: a reset or software update will also wipe all battery related data - that means, the battery gauge will have to start from scratch... so, for a couple of days after a reset, it may actually seem as if battery life gets worse... But, once the battery software has figured out your usage etc etc, you should notice an improvement. Especially if you get rid of widgets and other stuff that works in the background.

Consider the Spotlight search: see how fast it finds whatever you're looking for. That is because it constantly indexes your iPhone's content. The less content, the less it works. Removing unnecessary content is always good. Do you need 10,000 photos and 4,000 songs? Syncing an iPhone via iTunes is very fast. Make use of that. Sync what you really need. Not more.

Use your iPhone - or any smartphone, really....use it for a couple of days without any photos, videos, unnecessary contacts from FB or god-knows-where... see how much longer the battery lasts, and how much faster it is...

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 15, 2014 at 13:27

Yes, it probably would help - especially after a big software update. BUT NOTE: a reset or software update will also wipe all battery related data - that means, the battery gauge will have to start from scratch... so, for a couple of days after a reset, it may actually seem as if battery life gets worse... But, once the battery software has figured out your usage etc etc, you should notice an improvement. Especially if you get rid of widgets and other stuff that works in the background.

Consider the Spotlight search: see how fast it finds whatever you're looking for. That is because it constantly indexes your iPhone's content. The less content, the less it works. Removing unnecessary content is always good. Do you need 10,000 photos and 4,000 songs? Syncing an iPhone via iTunes is very fast. Make use of that. Sync what you really need. Not more.

Use your iPhone - or any smartphone, really....use it for a couple of days without any photos, videos, unnecessary contacts from FB or god-knows-where... see how much longer the battery lasts, and how much faster it is...

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