Getting better battery life for iOS 7 devices

Getting better battery life for iOS 7 devices

The release of iOS 7 introduced many interesting features for iPhone and iPad users, such as the Control Centre for quick access to important settings, and AirDrop for sharing of files with other iOS device users.

However, some users have noticed iOS 7 drains their devices' juice at a faster rate. Here are 10 tips to help improve battery life.

1. Quit apps you are not using

Each time you start an app, the app remains running in the background after you exit the app.

To quit apps not currently being used, first press the Home button twice.

This will bring up a panel showing the apps that are open and above the app symbols are the last-viewed pages.

Close the app by flicking the page towards the top of the screen.

2. Turn off parallax effect

Apple design honcho Jony Ive may love the parallax effect on the Lock and Home screen, but it drains battery life and gives some users motion sickness.

To turn it off, go to Settings>General>Accessibility. Next, turn on Reduce Motion to stop the parallax effect.

3. Turn off Spotlight search

You can search anything on your iOS device by swiping down the middle of the iOS 7 Home screen and typing in the search field.

To disable this, go to Settings>General>Spotlight Search, and turn off the data types - such as Podcasts and Videos. Tap on each item that does not need to use search.

4. Turn off Location Services for some apps

You will probably want to use Location Services for navigation apps such as Google Maps or SGBus, as they need to know your location in order to be of use.

But you can save some juice by turning off Location Services for those apps for which pinpointing your location is not vital.

Go to Settings>Privacy>Location Services. Next, scroll through the list of apps and turn off Location Services for such apps.

5. Turn off Frequent Locations

You may not know it, but your iOS device learns about places you frequently visit to give you location-based information, such as estimated time taken to reach these destinations.

This is not a must-have, so turn it off and boost battery life.

Go to Settings>Privacy>Location Services>System Services, and switch off the Frequent Locations option.

6. Disable Background App Refresh

This option allows apps to refresh their content in the background.

To turn it off, go to Settings >General>Background App Refresh. You can choose to turn off Background App Refresh for all apps, or select the apps you want to have data refresh automatically.

7. Disable notifications

You probably do not need to see all your apps' notifications on your Home screen.

Go to Settings>Notification Center, and turn off Notification View and Today View under Access on Lock Screen. Alternatively, you can turn off notifications for individual apps.

8. Turn off Automatic Downloads

One of iOS 7's features is the automatic updates of the apps on your iOS device.

To stop automatic downloads, go to Settings>iTunes & App Store. Next, switch off automatic downloads for Music, Apps, Books and Updates.

9. Turn off AirDrop

AirDrop allows iOS 7 device users to share photos and links easily with nearby fellow users. To turn off AirDrop, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Centre. Next, turn off AirDrop by tapping on its logo.

10. Reduce screen brightness

This may sound painfully simple but the brightness of your screen affects battery life significantly.

To reduce the brightness, go to Settings>Wallpapers & Brightness. Under Brightness, move the slider left to cut the brightness to around 25 per cent or less.

You can also switch off Auto-Brightness to keep the screen from automatically boosting brightness in bright light.


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