iOS Battery Life Saving Tips

iOS 7 is great, no question there. But no matter what people say, it is certain that iOS 7 affects battery life of your iOS device. These are few tips you can use in order to make battery on your iPhone, iPad or iPod last longer.

Not every tip is super effective and some tips may not even be right for you, but I wanted to put the list here and let you decide what tip can you use for your device.

Some of these settings are set by default, some not. You can check it one by one by following the list below. 

1. Disable Bluetooth

I rarely use bluetooth on my device, so if you are like me, disabling Bluetooth will help you save some battery life. 

Settings > Bluetooth



2. Disable LTE

Turning off LTE when you don't need it can surely save your device some battery life.

Settings > Cellular 


3. Disable Stocks widget in Notification Center

I liked the Weather widget in iOS 6, but Apple decided to replace it with text. On the other hand, they left Stocks widget, which I never used. When I need to check Stocks, I prefer to go directly to Stocks app. If you are like me, Disabling the Stocks widget is a good move.

Settings > Notification Center 

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4. Turn off notifications

Majority of apps for iOS devices provide an option to send the notifications to your device. I recommend enabling it only for apps you think should send you the notifications. The more apps you have in your Notification Center, the more it will drain the battery on your device.

Settings > Notification Center 

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5. Disable Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh is a nice feature brought with iOS 7, that makes some apps update when you don't even use them, but it require more power to do so. If you don't feel like you need it, you can always turn it off. You can also choose to enable it for just some apps. 

Settings > General > Background App Refresh 

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6. Turn off Siri's Raise to Speak

Settings > General > Siri


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7. Set Auto-Lock to 1 minute

The more your devices stays off, the the longer its battery will last. 

Settings > General > Auto-Lock

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8. Enable Reduce Motion

Enabling Reduce Motion setting will turn off the parallax effect of icons and alerts, which will make your iOS 7 device feel less 3D, but it will save you some battery life.  

I also recommend using Stills over Dynamic in Wallpapers section. 

Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion

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9. Turn down Screen Brightness

Also, if it is not on, I recommend you enabling the Auto-Brightness feature. 

Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness 

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10. Disable Location Services

GPS drains the battery as much as anything on your device, so turing it off for apps that you don't want to use your location data will save you your battery.

I usually turn off all the except Camera and Navigation apps.

Settings > Privacy > Location Services

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11. Disable System Services

Inside the location services settings you can also find the 'System Services'. Some of these settings may be needed in certain situations, but in my case, I don't find myself needing any of them. You can decide yourself what you need and what you don't need.

Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services


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12. Disable Frequent Locations

I'm not privacy paranoid, but I prefer to limit my phone tracking my location. Plus, I don't really need useful location-related information provided to me.  

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

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13. Enable Limit Ad Tracking

That's advertising. Enough said. 

Settings > Privacy > Advertising

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14. Disable Push

This feature is pushing the data to your device from the servers when possible, but it drains the battery very much, so if you don't necessary need your emails and data to appear immediately on your device, turning off Push can save you power of your device.

Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data

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15. Set Fetch to Manual

In addition to turning off push, you also can set the fetch schedule to be less frequent or just change it to manual. 

You can alter the fetch schedule as you like for every account you have. 

Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data


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16. Disable Automatic Downloads

Automatic downloads are useful sometimes, but there are not necessary.  Turning them off can save your device a little of battery life.

Settings > iTunes & App Store


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17. Disable Photo Stream

By default Photo Stream is turned on, but if you use some alternative back up services for your photos or just don't want to use it at all, just turn it off.

In my case I use Dropbox for auto-uploading the pictures I take, but I still use Photo Sharing feature to share the pictures with my family. 

Settings > Photos & Camera

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18. Disable AirDrop

AirDrop is a nice little feature that lets you share photos and other content on your device with people around you, but turning it off when you don't use it will help you save some battery life. 

Control Center > AirDrop

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I hope these tips will be useful to you. If you have any other ideas on how to make the battery life better, let me know in the comments below.

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