Stop iOS 7 From Killing Your Battery

save-battery-life-ios7-iphoneOne of the biggest complaints about the new iOS 7 is how easily it can drain the battery on your iPad. But there are some simple things you can do to tame it. This article offers some tips to disable battery-hungry features that you may not be using. Below is a summary of some of those tips. Click on the screen shots for a larger view.

IMG_2565-300x2091. Perhaps the biggest culprit is the new Background App Refresh feature, which is “On” by default in iOS 7. It allows apps to run in the background while you are doing other things, continually refreshing so the content is up-to-date when you get back to it. To disable this feature, got to the Settings app, then tap on “General” in the left hand column, and “Background App Refresh” on the right. Here you can turn off the feature entirely, or just disable the apps you don’t want to refresh automatically.

IMG_2566-300x1482. Some apps track you location at all times, including Google Maps, Twitter, and the Camera app. In some cases this is useful, but sometimes the apps are only using it to serve you ads. You can selectively turn Location Services off for some apps by going to Settings -> Privacy->Location Services. Don’t turn the feature off entirely, or you’ll disable “Find My iPad”.

IMG_2567-300x723. AirDrop is a new feature that lets you share files with others around you. It’s a great feature, but if you aren’t using it, or Bluetooth in general, your battery will thank you for turning them off. To do so, pull the “Control Panel” up from the bottom of the screen.

4. A long-standing way to save on battery is to turn down the brightness, and this is still true with iOS 7.  Now you can turn it down by pulling  “Control Panel” up from the bottom of the screen and moving the slider on the right.

For additional tips on conserving the battery on your iPad, see the rest of the article here.

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