Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Does Your IPhone/IPad Battery Run Down Too Fast? Check Out These Easy Fixes

Battery technology improves, a little, each year, but smartphones and tables are power hungry devices. Every year we see a new display pushing a higher resolution than the previous model. In addition, they are frequently larger and it takes more power to light all of those pixels. The lithium batteries found in modern devices are very efficient, on average, but individual usage patterns vary considerably. Rogue Apps can also degrade the performance. So, if your IPhone/Ipad is "dying" too soon, check out these tips.

  1. First check to see if you have an app(s) that is sapping an inordinate amount of juice. You can check which ones are causing the most trouble by going to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage. You’ll see a list of the apps that have used the most battery over the past 24 hours. There is also an option to check which ones have been the top users over a longer period of time.
  2. Turn off Notifications for apps that you don't need.
  3. Turn off Location Services for apps that you don't need.
  4. Check your Screen Brightness setting - Auto may be the best for general use.
  5. Go to General>Background App Refresh and shutdown Background activity for Apps that you don't need.
  6. Turn off WIFI when you are not in range of a hotspot. Constantly attempting to connect to WIfI will run the battery down very quickly. The same is true for poor Cellular connections. If you have a poor LTE connection, switch to 4G.
  7. If you don't care about dynamic backgrounds and parallax, '3D' effects - turn them off. Pick a static image or a favorite photo in Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness, then choose 'Wallpaper' and turn on 'Reduce Motion' in Settings > General > Accessibility.
  8. If you are "Fetching" your email - lower the frequency. Checking 3 email accounts every 5 minutes can use a lot of battery over 8 hours.
  9. Whenever you have a charger available - use it. Lithium batteries are not prone to the "Memory Effect" that was the norm in older Ni-Cad batteries.