When your iPhone runs out of power, iOS will show a pop-up asking you to turn on “Low Power Mode” to immediately turn off all background activities to extend battery life. When enabled, Power Saving Mode remains on until your iPhone has sufficient battery power. Besides, you can also manually turn on Low Power Mode as needed to improve the battery life of your iOS device. Although it’s a well-thought-out implementation, would you rather automatically activate Low Power Mode on your iPhone when the battery reaches a certain percentage? Thanks to a shortcut, it is possible to automate the energy saving mode on iOS 15. Let me help you configure it!
Automatically enter low power mode on iPhone (2022)
What is Low Power Mode and how does it work on iPhone?
First introduced in iOS 9 (2015), Low Power Mode is designed to increase your iPhone’s battery life. When you enable this power saving mode, it affects the following features:
- Refresh the app in the background
- 5G (except for video streaming)
- Email Recovery
- Some visual effects
- Auto-lock (default at 30 seconds)
- iCloud Photos (temporarily on hiatus)
- Automatic downloads
When power-intensive activities are disabled, your iPhone may last a little longer on limited juice. Perfect for those times when you’re on the go and want your device to work longer than usual. Once you charge your iPhone to 80% power saving mode is automatically turned off to allow background activities to run normally.
However, what if you often forget to invoke this mode when the battery reaches a low percentage and therefore want to trigger it at the desired percentage, such as 30% or 15%? Well, that’s where the iPhone Low Power Mode shortcut comes in. Let’s learn how to set it up:
Automate Low Power Mode on your iPhone
To automate the power saving mode, we will configure a shortcut called “Battery level”. Being a trusted shortcut for iPhone users, it works reliably. Just follow the steps below:
1. First, open the Settings app on your iPhone. After that, select “Battery” and turn on “Low power mode“.
2. Next, launch the Shortcuts app and go to “Automating” in the bottom navigation bar.
To note: If the Apple Shortcuts app is not available on your device, download it from the App Store. It is available for free and supports iPhones running iOS 12 or later.
3. Then press “Create personal automation”. Then scroll down to find Battery level and select it.
4. Next, drag the slider left or right to choose battery percentage when you want Low Power Mode to activate automatically on your iPhone. You can also choose to activate power saving mode when your device reaches this percentage or falls below. For example, I will activate low power mode when the battery reaches 50%. Once you have selected the battery percentage you want, press Following.
5. Here, tap “Add action“. Next, search for “Low Power Mode” in the search bar and select “Set low power mode”.
6. Press Following and be sure to hit Fact in the upper right corner of the screen to confirm the changes made to the shortcut.
To 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.
And that’s all! Your iPhone will automatically enter Low Power Mode to save battery power once it reaches the selected percentage.
Keep Low Power Mode Enabled on iPhone Always
There’s another super handy shortcut that can let you keep Low Power Mode on all the time. If extending your device’s battery life is more important than anything else, you should definitely use this shortcut. Here’s how to set it up:
1. To begin, open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone and go to “Automating” tab in the bottom navigation bar.
2. Now press the “Create personal automation” button to add a new automation. Note that if you have already set up an automation, you will first need to press the “+” button, then the “Create personal automation” button.
3. In the “New Automation” panel, scroll down to find “Low power mode” and select it.
4. Next, we’ll customize the conditions that trigger the automation. Choose the “Is off” option (should show a blue tick underneath) and make sure that the “Is enabled” option is deselected. After that, tap “Next” on the top right corner of the screen.
5. After that, tap “Add action”, find “Low consumption” and choose “Set low power mode”.
6. Now the “Set Low Power Mode” action will default to “Enable Low Power Mode ». Faucet “Following” in the upper right corner of the screen and disable the “Ask before you run” to fall over. If prompted, tap “Don’t Ask” on the pop-up dialog to confirm your selection. We did this to make sure the Shortcuts app doesn’t show a message every time the automation is triggered.
7. At the end, be sure to press “Fact” to save changes. Going forward, whenever Low Power Mode is disabled, the Shortcuts app will enable it.
Disable/Remove Low Power Mode Automation on iPhone
If you no longer need to use the Low Power Mode automation on your iPhone, you can choose to turn it off or even remove it from the Shortcuts app. We have detailed the steps for both methods here:
1. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone and go to “Automating” tab at the bottom of the screen.
3. To turn off any automation, tap it, then turn off the “Enable this automation” to fall over. Be sure to press the “Fact“ button in the upper right corner to confirm the change.
2. If you want to delete the automation, swipe left from the right, then tap the red “Delete” button.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Low Power Mode on iPhone
Well, there it is! This is how you can automate the super useful power saving mode on your iOS device. Considering how essential it is to save battery life when it’s low, take advantage of hotkeys to trigger it automatically at the desired battery percentage or choose to keep it on all the time. Since these are trusted shortcuts, they work without any issues. That said, share your thoughts on these Low Power Mode workarounds in the comments. If you want to explore more such great tips, check out our roundup of the best iPhone shortcuts.