How to Improve Battery Life in iOS7 for iPhone & iPad

This guide will show you how to get the best battery life out your iOS device running iOS 7.x.

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How to Improve Battery Life in iOS7 for iPhone & iPad
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With iOS 7 Apple added some new features that are on by default and not battery friendly. But if your iOS device is set up correctly - it should only loose about 2 to 3% of battery life at night.

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And a brand new iPhone 5S should easily make it through a whole work day even with active use.  Again that is if it is set up correctly for Battery life.

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For both new and older iOS devices - here are a bakers dozen of tips to help with battery life - and mind you some don't apply to all iOS devices running iOS 7 - like this first one.

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1 - Turn Off Parallax - there are some that say this feature makes them motion sick - but really I just think they are looking at the battery % indicator and that is what is getting them sick.

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To turn off Parallax go to the Settings App --> General --> Accessibility --> Reduce Motion - and turn it to ON - Yes turn it on.  Turning ON Reduce Motion - turns OFF Parallax.

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Turn reduce motion ON

Turn reduce motion ON

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2 - Turn off Airdrop - Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to get to control center - and just tap on Airdrop near the bottom left - to turn it off. Best to keep it off until you need it.

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Turn off Airdrop

Turn off Airdrop

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3 - Turn off Bluetooth. and while you have control center open - tap to turn off bluetooth.  Again unless you plan on using it right now - no need to have it on.

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4 - Turn down your screen brightness. This is also in the control center - I find if you set it about a 1/3 of the full setting all will still look great.

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5 - Turn off background app refresh except for those apps you want that info for.  Settings --> General -->Background App Refresh - then turn off all those apps you don't need to update in background

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Turn off apps like Yelp or Speed tests or games - no need for games updating in the background - I don't suggest shutting this down completely - But the more you turn off the better for battery life.

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Turn off Background App Refresh

Turn off Background App Refresh

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6 -  Turn off Auto App Updates.  Go to Settings --> iTunes & App Store --> then under Automatic Downloads - Turn them all off.  Do you really need to have an update to an iBook happen automatically.

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Turn off Automatic Downloads.

Turn off Automatic Downloads.

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Note ALL these choices are meant for those that want improved battery life - there will be tradeoffs with your experience - if something does not happen automatically you will need to do it manually

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7 - Do not use Dynamic Wallpaper - Really - Why would you do that?   Settings --> Wallpaper & Brightness - and select a static wallpaper not one of the dynamic wallpapers and not a panoramic Wallpaper

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Only Static wallpaper - do not use dynamic or Panoramic wallpapers.

Only Static wallpaper - do not use dynamic or Panoramic wallpapers.

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8 - Turn off Push mail and auto fetching of mail.  Settings --> Mail, Contacts, Calendars - and go to Fetch New Data - Then Turn off Push - and set iCloud and your mail accounts to Fetch

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And finally set Fetch to Manually. This just means the next time you check your email - you need to pull down to refresh - i.e. fetch new mail. You could also set that to hourly. But Manually is best

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Turn off Push mail and auto fetching of mail

Turn off Push mail and auto fetching of mail

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Turn off Push mail and auto fetching of mail

Turn off Push mail and auto fetching of mail

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9 - Turn off notifications for most apps.  Settings --> Notifications Center. Go through your list of apps and only select the ones you want to see info from on the lock screen. And deselect the rest

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Turn off notifications for most apps

Turn off notifications for most apps

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Turn off notifications for most apps

Turn off notifications for most apps

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10 - Change Auto lock to 5 mins or less. For iPad's this one can be a pain when you are reading it can lock on you too quickly So don't set for 1 minute on an iPad But 1 Min may be fine for an iPhone

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To make changes on this one go to Settings --> General --> Auto-lock - and select 5 minutes or 1 Minute or something in between.

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Turn on auto lock

Turn on auto lock

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11 - Quit Open apps in the background on a regular basis.  If you have 183 apps on your iOS device - there is no reason to have 182 of those apps open in the background.

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To force quit an app - double tap on the home button - and then swipe up on the preview of the app - to close it.

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Swipe up on open app Preview to force quit.

Swipe up on open app Preview to force quit.

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12 - Don't set Alarms or Reminders based on Location. If you set up a reminder for when you get home at 8:30 AM it will constantly check your location all day. Well until your battery dies that is.

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13 - Location services - The ultimate battery killer. Only allow it for those apps you absolutely need it for. Games - NO - Maps - Yes. A purple triangle top right means locations services are on.

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You can not turn off location services completely - well ok - you can - but you should not - because if you did it kinda sorta kills most features of find my iPhone like for simple location search.

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Note - even if off you can still reactivate by enabling lost mode - but still you want to have locations services on and you want to limit it to apps that benefit you.

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Go to Settings --> Privacy --> location services. Look at what apps have locations toggled on. You might be surprised. Like Tunein Radio or Shazam or a bunch of games - Yeah turn it off for them.

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Turn off location services for non essential apps

Turn off location services for non essential apps

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I know there are other tips about turning off LTE and even disabling keyboard clicks.  But come on whats the point of having an LTE iPhone if you can't use LTE.

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f you do all the things mentioned in this guide - and your battery life still sucks - you may have a corrupted app or backup you set up from or you may have a defective battery.

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What you need to do in this case to find out if it is software or hardware issue is to go to Settings --> iCloud --> Find My iPhone - and disable It and then backup your iOS device to your computer.

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Then Select Restore iPhone - this will delete out everything - and you should set it up as a brand new iPhone.  Not from a backup.

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Note - this does suck to do - as it means getting emails and everything else set back up correctly.  But you made a back up so you can restore from it later on.

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Just do this and then see if after a few hours if your battery life is better then it was or the same. If it is the same - take said device to your local apple store and see about getting a new device

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If it is better - then you have to decide if you want to restore from the last back up - or just stay as you are and start the manual process of setting up the device.

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Again I will say this - there is no reason not to see as good of or better battery life from iOS 7 then you did with iOS 6. I hope this guide helped.

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Please check out my podcast. Today in iOS At todayinios.com Or just search for it in iTunes.

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