iOS 7 Battery Saving Tips

If you’ve already updated to iOS 7, you may thoroughly be enjoying all the new features packed into the Apple operating system. But, let’s be honest for a second, between some of the new features like Control Center, AirDrop and iTunes Radio, as well as some of the updates to things like Notification Centre, Multitasking, Photos, Siri and the awesome Parallax effect,you might not be using all of them. There are probably some features you could turn off that are adding unnecessary strain on your iDevice battery. If this sounds like you, here are some iOS 7 Battery Saving Tips to prevent your battery from dying too quickly.

 

 

iOS 7 Battery Saving Tips

 

1. Disable Background App Refresh

Settings > General > Background App Refresh

A nice-to-have feature that isn’t so nice to the battery life. Leaving this feature on updates certain apps, even if you aren’t using them.

If you think you need this on, disable Background App Refresh for the apps you know you won’t need it on.

Disable Background App Refresh

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2. Disable Parallax Effect

Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion

The 3D effect created using the built-in gyroscope is a really awesome feature, but when it’s battery life you’re after set “Reduce Motion” to On.

This will make your iDevice feel less 3D, but will give you a longer battery life.

An additional tip is to use stills as images and not the dynamic wallpapers that are available in iOS 7.

Reduce Motion

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3. Disable Frequent Locations

Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations

Disabling “Frequent Locations” would not only help save some battery life.

For those who might be paranoid about their personal data and security this would also be a good feature to turn off.

Turn Off Frequent Locations

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4. Disable Automatic Downloads

Settings > iTunes & App Store

Useful, maybe. Especially with the summary of updated apps in the App Store. For the most part, turning this off might save a little on the battery life of your iDevice.

Turn Off Automatic Updates

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5. Disable AirDrop

Control Center > AirDrop (Drag up from the bottom edge of your screen to reveal Control Center)

An awesome feature to share some content with people near you on their iPhone 5 or newer or to your Mac. The need to have this permanently set to on is not necessary though.

When needed, simply drag up from the bottom edge of your screen to reveal Control Center and turn it on again.

AirDrop

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6. Disable Stocks Widget

Settings > Notification Center

Unless you’re someone who watches the trading prices of certain stocks daily, disable the Stocks widget from showing in the Notification Center.

Doing this will not only de-clutter the Notification Center slightly, it will also slightly improve battery life.

Turn Off Stocks

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7. Turn off Siri “Raise to Speak”

Settings > General > Siri

Be honest now, do you ever put your phone to your ear as if you’re on a phone call to tell Siri to do something? No? Didn’t think so.

Switch this off. Although a nice-to-have, I don’t see the point to allocating extra battery power to the monitoring the angle of the device, just in case you decided to speak to Siri like you’re phoning her.

Turn Off Siri Raise To Speak

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8. Set Auto-Lock to 1 minute

Settings > General > Auto-Lock

It makes sense to think that the longer your phone is on, the more battery life is being consumed. The opposite is also true.

Decreasing your Auto-Lock time to 1 minute will help.

Set Auto-Lock

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9. Disable Photo Stream

Settings > Photos & Camera

Photo Stream is set to on by default. Although useful to save those cherished moments, there are alternatives that won’t necessarily use your battery life.

I backup all my photos to my PC while backing up with a quick copy and paste while plugged in.

Other alternatives are apps like Google Drive and Dropbox… The choice is yours.

Turn Off Photo Stream

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10. Disable Email Push

Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data

Pushing the data to your iDevice is great, but so unnecessary because it drains your battery.

So, if you don’t necessarily need your emails to appear immediately on your device, turning off Push can save you power.

Turn Off Email Push

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11. Use Manual “Fetch”

Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data

Set your email to only check for new email when you open the app, or increase the time intervals between checking for new email.

You will have to set the interval individuality for each email account.

Set Email To Manual

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12. Reduce Screen Brightness

Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness

The brighter the screen display, the more battery power is used to maintain the brightness.

Decrease the display brightness to help increase battery life.

Reduce Brightness

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13. Disable Auto-Brightness

Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness

Similar to the screen brightness, Auto-Brightness is a feature that can add to the drain of the battery, adjusting the brightness of the screen to accommodate the brightness of your surroundings.

I recommend you disable this.

Turn Off Auto Brightness

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14. Disable Location Services

Settings > Privacy > Location Services

Not all apps really need to know where you are and their using the GPS as and when they please seriously adds to the drain of your battery.

Disable the Location Services for apps you don’t want using your GPS to save battery.

While you’re there, also head to the “System Services” for the next one…

Disable Location Services

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15. Disable System Services

Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services

These system location services are great, but because they are System Services, they will switch themselves on whenever they feel necessary, which drains battery life.

I don’t make use of any of these services, but choose for yourself which ones you think are necessary and which ones aren’t

Disable System Location Services

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16. Limit Ad Tracking

Settings > Privacy > Advertising

Why wouldn’t you want to limit ad tracking?

Turn On Limit Ad Tracking

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17. Update to the Latest iOS Version

Settings > General > Software Update

Since the release of iOS &, Apple has released iOS 7.0.2, which is aimed at fixing some security issues and bugs.

Updating to the latest version of iOS always has its benefits. Before updating, always remember to backup your device… Just to be safe.

Download Latest Update

Chances are, you may have already done some of these, but it’s never a bad idea to re-evaluate the options that are either on or off on your iDevice and set the respective settings to options that bes suit your needs.

Hopefully this will help save you battery a little.

‘Till then…

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

Signing out.

G™

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