How to Quickly Turn on Low Power Mode on Your iPhone or iPad

Low Battery Mode icon in the iOS Control Center

We all want our iPhone or iPad battery lasts longer. Fortunately, Apple includes a handy feature called Low Power Mode that lets you extract extra life from your device, and you can launch it quickly from the Control Center. Here’s how to set it up.

What is low power mode?

Low power mode saves battery by temporarily disabling system features such as “Hey Siri”, retrieving email, and refreshing background apps that generally run in the background when using other apps or when your device screen is off.

Your iPhone will ask you to activate low power mode when it reaches 20% of the battery. Other than that, the typical way to activate low power mode is via the Settings app, by navigating to Settings> Battery> Low power mode and pressing the switch. But it’s not practical to access it quickly. So let’s add a shortcut to reduced consumption mode in Control Center which you can access quickly, even when using another application.

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A word about the control center and how to launch it

Control Center is a collection of shortcuts to commonly used tasks, such as adjusting screen brightness, volume, playing songs, etc. It also allows you to quickly launch features, such as turning on the flashlight or taking a photo. Here’s how to launch Control Center itself.

iPhone X or later / iPad running iOS 12 or later: Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen.
iPhone 8 or earlier / iPad running iOS 11 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen. (Control Center first appeared on iOS 7.)

How to launch Control Center on iOS

Add a shortcut of low power mode to the control center

Here is how to add an icon to the Control Center which will activate the low power mode.

Open Settings and tap “Control Center” in the list of settings panels.

Tap Control Center in Settings on iOS

On the Control Center screen, press “Customize controls”.

Tap Customize controls in iOS settings

The settings will display a list of buttons that you can add to the Control Center. Slide the list down until you find the “Low power mode” option and press the green plus sign on the left.

Add low power mode to the control center in iOS iPadOS

The entry for low power mode will move to the “Include” list at the top of the screen.

If you want, you can organize the order in which the icons appear in the Control Center by dragging and dropping the items in the “Include” list.

Low power mode added to Control Center

Now exit Settings by returning to your home screen or another application.

Slide the edge of the screen to pull the Control Center up. You should see the Low Power Mode icon (which looks like a battery meter symbol) on the screen.

Tap Low Power Mode in Control Center to activate it

Press the icon and it will highlight, activating the low consumption mode. Press it again if you want to deactivate the low power mode.

When the low power mode is activated, the battery icon in the status bar turns yellow. The low power consumption mode turns off once the battery has reached 80% charge, although you can reactivate it manually to extend the battery life of your device.

How to remove low power mode from the control center

If you want to remove the low power mode from your control center, go to Settings> Control center. Press “Customize controls”. Find the Low Power Mode entry in the list (with a red minus sign in a circle next to it) and tap it. It will be removed from the Control Center.

Remove low power mode from Control Center iOS

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