Although we thought that the iOS 7 update was something that came with good features with improved battery life, or at least the same as iOS 6 – but we’ve never been this wrong. The latest iOS 7 update has escalated in terms of offering a better user experience, but has lagged behind where it matters most in a device – surviving a day without charging. Well, there’s nothing we can do about really – but here are a couple of effective ways that’ll help you last the day without charging your Apple device.
Keep Brightness to its Lowest and Pick a Darker Wallpaper
The most basic way to increase battery life is to decrease or lower the brightness of your screen. In order to do that just swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the control centre. Dim the brightness to as low as you can. Also, choosing a darker wallpaper background can minimize the brightness effect, and remove any dynamic live wallpaper you’re using – bright animated wallpapers will suck the life out of your device. This goes without saying that darker screens make your eyes last longer as well.
Turn off Air Drop
Although Air Drop is a great new feature that Apple released for iOS 7 users to share their photos and files over the air, but it has to go when you’re running low on power. No matter how much you like it, Air Drop is an extra feature that most users don’t even use. Be honest, how many times have you used it so far? So swipe up the control centre, tap on Air Drop and turn it off.
Turn off Location Based Services
Location based services (LBS) is where the secret to user-friendliness lies – iOS Maps and other applications use this feature to find what you’re looking for and make everything easy. But we don’t think you’ll need this option when you’re running on below 20% power, as this again is a battery hog. You can turn this off by heading into Settings > Privacy > Location Services and toggling off the option for apps you don’t need.
We can’t speak for you guys reading this, but we hate having location services turned on. It’s only on when we need to use GPS applications like Waze or Google Maps, any other time, its switched off. We’re paranoid like that cause that’s how the NSA tracks your every move… just saying!
Turn off Background app refresh
No matter how many times you try to close your apps, there’s always going to be some running discreetly in the background refreshing themselves to give you the latest data when you open them – but like other battery suckers, this one will drain your battery. To fix this up, go to Settings > General and switch off all the background refresh services. Or maybe just the ones you don’t want.
Turn off Background App updates
Sometimes your Apps will automatically update themselves without you knowing – this is because you have the background app updates feature enabled. Every time an update is enabled, you’re device will download and install it via the internet. Now you don’t want this to happen when the battery’s low. To turn it off, go to Settings > iTunes and App Store and toggle off the Updates option at the end.
Turn Off Parallax Effect
If you own an iPhone or an iPad, you might be familiar with the motion features it gives you like rotating the screen when you sway the device. Features like this uses inner hardware elements like the Gyroscope, Barometer and Compass which uses a lot of battery juice. To conserve energy you can disable them by going to Settings > General > Accessibility and toggling the Reduce Motion option.
Disable Siri’s ‘Raise to Speak’ Feature
Siri has this amazing new tweak that allows it to activate whenever you raise the device to your face – to bring the face-to-face impact you get by talking to an actual person. But with this feature enabled 24/7 the proximity sensor will keep looking for stuff in front of it (your face in particular), which will drain your battery. So a good solution would be to disable this ‘raise to speak’ feature. Just go to path: settings > General > Siri and disable the ‘raise to speak’ feature toggle.
Go from ‘Push’ to ‘Fetch Mail’
There are two ways of being notified of new mail. ‘Push’ will download mails and notify you as soon as they arrive, but this can be quite the battery enemy as compared to ‘fetching’ mail that will notify you about your mails every couple of minutes – this will only consume the amount of power used to retrieve one set of mails.
To switch from push to fetch, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Fetch New Data and disable the Push option. Next, scroll down and set the Fetch Schedule to ‘every 15 minutes’ so you receive your mail after every 15 minutes and use less battery.
Install Battery Saving Apps
Apart from those simple tweaks, you can further improve battery life by using apps. Using apps like Battery Saver for iOS will help you optimize your battery life and lessen your CPU usage.
Clearing the RAM
Cleaning your RAM by double pressing the home button and swiping off the running apps. Only do this for apps that you are not frequently using as constantly closing and loading the same app would do more bad rather than good.
The above are some simple steps you can take to keep your device on for longer. The other more efficient way of making your battery last longer would be to strap a battery pack to your device. While that would be aesthetically fugly, we would have to deal with it however we can.
So that’s about it for all the ways you can use to conserve power on your iOS 7 – after you’ve worked through all the steps, you should hopefully be running longer on less power.