Most of the time, you’d try the conservative approach to saving power that reduces your phone from ‘sexy, feature-filled iPhone’ to ‘plain old simple Nokia handset’ that you’d use for just texts and calls. But here at Setuix – features are what count, so we’ve come up with the following tips and tricks that will save battery on your iOS 7 device without eliminating useful features.
Cutting Down of Spotlight Search
Apple has a neat new internal search engine that lets you access it wherever you want whenever you want. But since it’s constantly storing new data, it drains your iPhone battery by the minute – Of course disabling the whole feature would do no good, but you could disable some of the things so it doesn’t index everything on your phone, such as events or podcasts. These options can be disabled by going to Settings > General > Spotlight Search
Location Based Services
Although we’re all for using location based services and sharing your location information with your close ones via apps and time stamps – there’s a slight privacy issue in it. Head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. Here, you’d want to disable the iAds and Diagnostics and Usage features because this allows Apple to view how you use your phone and display personalized ads on your iPhone. And to further improve on battery conservation, you could also disable Setting Time Zone if you’re not much of an explorer.
Though this might look cool for a week or two, but the parallax effect feature is a major iPhone battery hog when it comes to display. All it does is cause the icons to rotate when you’re tilting your iPhone – some users have also complained that it causes motion sickness and nausea. So a smart thing to do would be to turn it off in normal use – To disable this feature, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and click Reduce Motion to “on”.
Restore from iCloud instead of iTunes
If you ever get tired of battery issues and decide to reset your iPhone – remember to never restore your iPhone via iTunes. iTunes will restore big chunks of data that will probably also restore the bug that was causing battery problems before. So do yourself a favor and restore your phone with iCloud – it’ll only restore useful amount of user data that’s necessary and clean.
To restore via iCloud, unplug your iPhone from the computer when you reach the language screen and turn on Wi-fi from options. Now make the iCloud restore and continue.
Switch from Push Notifications
Usually, you would receive notifications as soon as it reaches the server – that’s your server immediately pushing those notifications when it gets it. But believe it or not, it too will drain battery and if you go from Push notifications to something that has a little interval, you’ll feel that there’s not much difference anyway. Plus, you’re saving up on your iPhone’s battery! To switch from Push notifications, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar and turn off Push, now choose one of the option given below i.e Manually, Hourly, Every 15 minutes, every 30 minutes. We suggest you go for every 15 minutes to get the best of both battery and performance.
Refreshing Background Apps
When you are browsing from app to app, iOS 7 will keep your previous app running and updating so you can start with where you left it – but what if you didn’t want to go back to that app? And the worst part – it will still keep running even when you’re not using it. So you’re actually using your phone, but you’re not using it (mindfuck). This will use up your battery, so go on and disable it by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Here you can either turn off the whole feature, or just specific apps that you don’t want running in the background.
Turning off Automatic Updates
Previously on iOS, you’d have to manually update your apps – but in attempt to make the OS more user-friendly, Apple has now allowed iOS 7 to automatically update the apps whenever connected to the internet. Thought this might come as a comfort point for some, automatic updates will chow down your battery and also – they update without your consent. So even if you’re iPhone is on the brink of dying with 10% of battery – the update will still be made. You can disable this option, by heading to Settings > iTunes and Apple Store and uncheck the Updates option.