When your iPhone’s battery is low, iOS displays a pop-up asking you to switch on the Low Power Mode right away to stop all background processes and increase battery life. Once enabled, the power-saving mode stays active until your iPhone has enough battery life. In addition, depending on your requirements, you can manually activate the low power mode to extend the battery life of your iOS device. Although this is a well-thought-out implementation, wouldn’t you rather have your iPhone automatically enter Low Power Mode when the battery reaches a certain point? On iOS 15, the power-saving mode can be automated thanks to a shortcut. Let me put it up for you.
Enter Low Power Mode Automatically on iPhone (2022)
What is Low Power Mode and How It Works on iPhone?
The Low Power Mode, which was first made available in iOS 9 (2015), extends the battery life of your iPhone. The following features are impacted when you engage this power-saving mode:
- Background app refresh
- 5G (except for video streaming)
- Email fetch
- Some visual effects
- Auto-Lock (defaults to 30 seconds)
- iCloud Photos (temporarily paused)
- Automatic downloads
Your iPhone can run a little longer on less juice if power-hungry functions are turned off. Perfect for situations where you need your device to run longer than usual while you’re on the go. The power-saving mode is automatically turned off once your iPhone is charged to 80%, allowing background processes to function normally.
What if you frequently forget to activate this mode when the battery is at a low percentage and instead want to do so at a higher percentage, say 30% or 15%? The iPhone’s Low Power Mode shortcut is useful in this situation. Let’s look at setting things up:
Automate Low Power Mode on Your iPhone
We’re going to configure a shortcut called Battery Level to automate the power-saving mode. It consistently functions as a trusted shortcut for iPhone users. The steps are as follows:
Open the Settings app on your iPhone first. Next, choose Battery and activate Low Power Mode.
2. After that, open the Shortcuts application and navigate to the Automation tab using the bottom navigation bar.
Remember to download the Apple Shortcuts app from the App Store if it isn’t already on your device. It is free and compatible with iPhones running iOS 12 or later.
Tap Create Personal Automation next. Then, pick Battery Level by scrolling down and finding it.
4. Select the battery percentage by dragging the slider to the left or right when you want your iPhone to automatically enter low power mode. When your device reaches or falls below this percentage, you can decide whether to turn on the power saving mode. For instance, I’ll turn on low power mode when the battery reaches 50%. Tap Next after choosing the appropriate battery percentage.
5. Select Add Action here. Then, choose Set Low Power Mode after searching for Low Power Mode in the search bar.
6. TapNextand make sure to hitDoneat the top right corner of the screen to confirm the changes to the shortcut.
Note:If you don t want the Shortcuts app to show an alert when the automation is triggered, turn off the Ask Before Running toggle.
That’s it, then! Your iPhone will automatically enter the low power mode to save battery charge once it hits the selected percentage.
Keep Low Power Mode Enabled Permanently on iPhone
There is another super handy shortcut that can let you keep the low power mode enabled permanently. If extending the battery life of your device matters more than anything else, you should certainly use this shortcut. Here s how to set it up:
1. To get going, open theShortcuts appon your iPhone and move to theAutomationtab from the bottom navigation bar.
2. Now, tap theCreate Personal Automation buttonto add new automation. Do note that if you already have an automation set up, you will first need to tap the + button and then hit the Create Personal Automation button.
3. In the New Automation panel, scroll down to findLow Power Modeand select it.
4. Next, we will customize the conditions that trigger the automation. Choose theIs Turned Offoption (should show a blue checkmark underneath) and ensure thatthe Is Turned On option is deselected. After that, tap Next at the top right corner of the screen.
5. After that, tap Add Action , search for Low Power , andchoose Set Low Power Mode .
6. Now, the Set Low Power Mode action will default toTurn Low Power Mode On. TapNextat the top right corner of the screen and turn off theAsk Before Runningtoggle. If prompted, tap Don t Ask in the pop up dialog box to confirm your selection. We have done this to ensure that the Shortcuts app doesn t pop up a message every time the automation is triggered.
7. In the end, make sure to tapDoneto save the changes. Going forward, every time the Low Power Mode is disabled, the Shortcuts app will turn it on.
Disable/ Delete Low Power Mode Automation on iPhone
If you don t need to use the Low Power Mode automation on your iPhone anymore, you can choose to disable or even delete the same from the Shortcuts app. We have detailed the steps for both methods right here:
1. Open theShortcuts appon your iPhone and move to theAutomationtab at the bottom of the screen.
3. To disable any automation, tap it and then turn off theEnable This Automationtoggle. Be sure to tap theDonebuttonat the top right corner to confirm the change.
2. If you want to delete the automation, swipe left on it from the right and then hit the red Delete button.
Tips to Get the Most Out of Low Power Mode on iPhone
Well, there you go! That s how you can automate the super useful power-saving mode on your iOS device. Considering how pivotal it is for saving battery life when it s running low, make the most of the shortcuts to either automatically trigger it at the desired battery percentage or choose to keep it enabled permanently. Since these are trusted shortcuts, they work without any issue. That said, do share your thoughts about these low power mode workarounds in the comments. If you would like to explore more such cool tips, check our roundup of thebest iPhone shortcuts.