Following the recent update to iOS 7.1 users have been complaining about battery life problems. Whilst they have not discovered an official fix, we’d recommend these 10 tips to help save battery life:
1. Test your battery
Sometimes the problem is simply the battery itself. To test your battery go to Settings > General > Usage, then write down the standby and usage times, press the lock button and leave the device for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes go back to Settings and recheck the usage stats. Your standby time should have increased by 5 minutes and Usage time decreased by 1 minute. If your usage time rises by more than 1 minute the problem lies in your phone not going into Sleep more properly.
2. Leave Apps Running
There is a common myth that you should close down unused apps when you’re not using them, but in fact manually closing and re-opening them drains more life from your phone. When you are using an app iOS freezes the other apps where you left them, they are not left running in the background unless background data or location services are on, and so you’re better off leaving your apps running.
3. Disable and re-enable push email
Push email can sometimes get stuck in a loop, constantly draining battery until you disable and re-enable it manually. Test your push emails by turning it off and the checking the usage stats from tip 1, and if the battery drain decreases, then you’ve successfully identified the problem.
If push email is causing your battery to drain try changing the fetch times to once an hour, every 30 minutes, or every 15 minutes, to improve the issue.
4. Turn off battery percentage
When you’re running out of battery it’s really hard not to keep checking the percentage every now and again but this can only add to the problem, increasing the rate at which power is being drained. To prevent this avoidable problem, try turning off the indicator.
5. Adjust brightness
Reducing the brightness of your screen can save your battery. To do this go to Settings > Wallpaper & Brightness.
6. Turn off Location services
Location services can seriously drain power from your device, so we’d recommend switching it off if it’s not being used. You can switch it off by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
You can also turn your Bluetooth off from the quick settings menu by flicking up from the home screen.
7. Turn off Background updates
Background updates might be convenient, but they could add to the likelihood of you device running out of juice at the wrong moment.
Save battery life by manually updating your favourite apps when you need to and turn off automatic updates by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
8. Hard reset
No matter what you do, sometimes the old rule of turning it off and on again holds true and in doing so could kill any potentially power-hungry background tasks. To do a hard reset of your device, hold the home and power buttons for ten seconds until it restates.
9. Use to depletion
It’s not ideal, but charge your phone to 100% and then run it down to 0%. This can often be the most effective way of saving battery life in the longer term. Apple recommends doing this once a year to retain maximum battery health.
10. Reset the device
As a last resort, you can always try resetting the phone completely, but this should be the last option as it will also wipe all of your data from the device.
Connect your phone to your computer and restore it in iTunes as a new device, but don’t restore from a backup.