So you’ve been on iOS 7 for almost two weeks now. Everything is lovely; you have speed improvements, a beautiful new user interface and a boatload of new features, but you have seen in a dip in your battery life, as opposed to what you experienced on iOS 6. You’re in luck, we have five tips that will ACTUALLY assist in keeping your phone or tablet alive as long as possible.
With LTE adoption still quite a way to go, most of you are stuck on 3G networks. There is a reason Apple quotes operation time longer on WiFi than on 3G, the old technology is a drag on battery life. Make use of WiFi networks as much as possible, when connected to WiFi, your device will automatically switch mobile data off, increasing battery life by as much as 25%!
Kill The Special Effects
What real reason is there behind using these fancy special effects such as the Parallax effect and Dynamic Wallpapers, besides showing off? Turn off the Parallax effect by going to Settings > General > Accessibility and then switching the ‘Reduce Motion’ option on. Replace that fancy Dynamic Wallpaper with a normal wallpaper, preferably a dark one. Dark backgrounds make use of less energy to display bright images, making it graceful on your precious battery juice.
Keep The Brightness Down
The heading is pretty much self explanatory. You don’t need your screen’s brightness on full, even in direct sunlight. Lower your screen’s brightness to about 33%, or roughly a third on the brightness bar, and you’ll still be able to see what’s going on on your device, even in harsh circumstances. Alternatively you can switch your auto brightness setting on to regulate your brightness for each situation you find yourself in.
Stop Those Auto Downloads
Sure, it’s quite irritating when those App Store update notifications start, especially if it gets to three or more times per day, but battery life is more important, isn’t it? Switch off that lovely new iOS 7 feature that allows it to automatically update all of your apps in the background, even if it means more work for you. Manual updates are a chore, but vastly improved battery life is definitely worth every extra tap.
Close Your Apps!
Every time before you lock your device, just before it goes to your pocket or onto your desk, pick up your multitasking screen and close all of your applications. Open apps use battery life, especially if they have a constant refresh cycle with the web. It also frees up some RAM. Do you really go onto Facebook or Skype that often? Do you open CNN more often than just in the morning for the weather, sports and other headlines? I don’t think so, so don’t let them take away your precious battery life.
- Turn your ‘Background App Refresh’ feature off in the General tab in your Settings.
- Set your emails to either fetch data manually or every half an hour, depending on your usage of course, or so instead of making use of the ‘Push’ feature.
- Ensure that your software is up to date. Software updates usually bring performance enhancements, such as increased battery life. iOS 7.0.2 is currently the latest version of iOS 7 available.
- Ensure that features such as AirDrop and Bluetooth is disabled when not in use and keep your screen lock on so that switching views doesn’t waste valuable resources.
- If Siri isn’t an integral part of your daily life, switch her off. When she’s on, she’s constantly busy; listening, judging.
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