|Posted by Joe on June 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM|
Having battery issues? No need to fret. We have you covered.
If you are one of the many people who chose to update early into iOS 7 beta, chances are you are aware of the glitches, lag, crashes, and bugs. Most of all, you have propbably noticed a slight to major difference in battery life. I have decided to put together a guide to help you conserve as much battery as possible while in the beta stages of iOS 7. First, you're going to need to familiarize youself with iOS 7. The "ins & outs", if you will. A lot of ways to conserve the battery life is to know the OS and what seems to eat battery life, whether it's something in the OS or an app itself. So try to target some apps that constantly run in the background or send a lot push notifications to notification ceneter. Either disable the notifications or deleted the app entirely. Below are some more specific steps to help you start on conserving that battery life.
1. Go to the settings app and tap "Notification Center" then find any apps you absolutely don't need to have sending you said notifications. Another thing you can do is disable any undesirable settings or features like "Stocks."
2. Next thing to do is go back and tap "General" then disable things in here you may not use. Don't use Siri? Disable it. If you aren't a fan of "Spotlight Search", or don't use it, then uncheck everything in the list. If you do you use it, disable some things that you may need to search for. If you go back, you'll see an new option called "Background App Refresh" and it does what it says. Any apps capable of using this feature will constantly run in the background, unless disabled. If there are any apps in this field, disable the ones you don't want running contantly or disable it all together. Go back and tap "Restrictions" and disable any features in there you may not use like "Game Center" options, "Multiplayer Games" and "Adding Friends". This will not only save battery, but also RAM as well.
3. Tap all the way back to the main menu in settings and then tap "Brightness & Wallpaper". Enable "Auto-Brightness" if you wish and try to lower the brightness to a comfortable level. Tap "Choose Wallpaper" and try to stay away from the animated images or the "Dynamic" images, as they call them. They will run a lot of battery life as they require constant background process use to keep the animations going.
4. Tap all the way back to the main menu of settings again then tap "Privacy" and "Location Services." Disable any location services you absolutely do not need for each app or disable it all together. A bug that has been found in the OS is that, even when you disable it in "Background App Refresh", is that the stock "Weather" app will contantly turn on the GPS chip to locate where you are and auto-reload every so often. Disable this if you don't care for the weather app or use a different source to find out local weather conditions. Tap "System Services" and disable any system location services you don't need running in the background. If you don't care to use this feature, disable "Frequent Locations" as well. Tap back twice and tap the "Advertising" field at the bottom. Enable "Limit Ad Tracking" as the less GPS usage you can get, the more battery you will save.
5. Tap all the way back to the main menu and tap "iCloud." This is pretty self-explanetory at this point. Disable anything you don't need running, especially Documents and Data. This no longer allows for limiting to WiFi so it will continue to run on the cellular network, if you have an iPhone or iPad on a cellular network.
6. Tap all the way back to the main menu and tap "iTunes & App Store." Disable "iTunes Match" if you don't use this feature. It will not only help with battery life, but also RAM space. Disable anything in "Automatic Downloads" you don't need running, and disable "Use Cellular Data" if you wish to conserve a bit more battery and save yourself from breaking any data limits.
7. Lastly, tap all the way back to the main menu and scroll to the bottom to your installed apps. Disable any features you feel may cause contant background processes, push notifications, etc.
Well, that is all of the basics to conserve battery life in iOS 7 beta. If you are wondering if this is how you'll have to start configuring your device from now on to retain decent battery life, the answer is no. This is in beta. It's called beta for a reason. Apple will work out the kinks and do everything possible to conserve battery life. That's one of their biggst selling points is it's product's battery life. They would not keep things this way in the official release this fall for all of their customers. Also, as app devs continue to upgrade their apps to support iOS 7, that will also help battery life immensley as well. Continue to get familiar with the new OS and siable things you find to cause problems and have the device die much quicker. Once a more stable beta, or even the official release, is out, you won't need to rely on these tweaks any longer and start to enjoy the OS much more. Hope this helps and enjoy iOS 7!
Also, don't forget to close out apps running in the background. Here is clip on how to do that.