Okay, all I have heard since iOS 7’s debut is complaint after complaint! I agree with you all though, iOS 7 comes with a lot of little extras that can drain away that percentage next to your battery. If you are like me and have the iPhone 5, your battery is roughly a year old and needs a little extra help plodding along.
iOS 7 comes with loads of new advantages, but how do they prove useful with a dead battery?
Luckily for me, I have these 10 handy tips that keep my battery, me and Tap This App happy – tips that I will now be sharing with you.
So read ahead and tell iOS 7 to kiss your batteries ass!
TURN OFF PARALLAX
Yes, parallax is really cool, it’s the one thing I loved to show off when I first got the beta. However, it can be a huge drain on your battery. It’s fun but it doesn’t add any value to your life. Do you need it? No. So you can turn it off by going to Setting > General > Accessbility and setting Reduce Motion to on.
TURN OFF AIRDROP/BLUETOOTH
We’ve already told you what AirDrop is so by now you should know the lowdown. It’s great when you’re AirDropping, but when you’re not, it’s eating your battery whilst looking for another friend. Swipe up your Control Centre and hit the toggle.
CONTROL YOUR WIFI
Find yourself walking around through town or college and you’re constantly being asked to join Wifi networks? It’s annoying. There’s no need for your phone to keep searching for Wifi, especially when there are no safe networks around. You’ll save yourself some battery life by going to Settings > Wi-Fi > and turn Ask to Join Networks to off. Your phone will now join only the networks it knows.
DISABLE LOCATION SERVICES
Deep down in your phone, somewhere, Apple are tracking your location. They are using this information to improve their maps service, a service for the greater good. Does Candy Crush need to know your location? No. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services to get a full list of every app that uses/needs to know where you are. You will probably turn off around 90% of the apps.
TURN OFF BACKGROUND APP UPDATES
Do you really need your apps updating that badly? More important than your battery life? Most likely not, again, it doesn’t add much value to your life. Drag yourself to Settings > iTunes & App Store scroll down a little and you’ll see Updates under the Automatic Downloads. Flick it off and just remember to visit the App Store every so often to update your apps manually, just like you did with iOS 6.
TURN OFF BACKGROUND APP REFRESHING
Real-time multitasking looks beautiful on the new software. However, it does have a downside, it means running things in the background, things you might not need. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and disable background running for the apps you don’t think are important.
Auto-brightness was so useful with iOS 6, but now we have Control Centre. Chances are you won’t even see the benefits of auto-brightness so head over to Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness and flip that switch.
“Allow (Said App) to send you push notification” recognise this? Not all apps need to send you push notifications, they take a lot of power. Go to Settings > Notification Centre and scroll down to the Include section, get rid of the apps you don’t need those pesky notifications from.
DON’T PUSH; FETCH
If your email isn’t that important, or you have a couple of accounts, turn the less important accounts to Fetch instead of Push, which means your phone will go retrieve mail at set intervals instead of having it pushed to you every single time you receive an email. This one is pretty dependent on how often you get emails and how crucial they are, so you’ll have to feel it out, but you can set to fetch in Settings > Mail, Contacts and Calendar > Fetch New Data.
TURN OFF SIRI
Let’s be honest. Unless you’re in an advert, nobody actually uses Siri. Let Siri have a little sleep instead of waiting, tongue out, hoping you’ll hold your home button for a little too long. Head over to Settings > General > Siri and tap that switch.
- Extend your battery life on iOS 7 (sazhadi.wordpress.com)
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- iOS 7 features built for the next Apple iPhone? (mobiles.co.uk)
- Do 4G phones drain battery life faster? Stay charged with these tips. (mobiles.co.uk)
Rain has never looked so good.
Okay, so last week I found a really cool weather app on the App Store. It was simple, straight to the point and mostly brutal. If it was raining, it would tell you with profanity. If you wanted to find out more, it would tell you to look outside, because, lets face it, that’s the best way to find out.
Well, the Weather App given to us by Apple doesn’t tell you that honestly. Instead it tells us through beauty. The whole screen is consumed by what’s happening outside, in real time, if it’s snowing, you will see snow falling on your screen. Everything else is there, like the weekly forecast, your current location and the temperature outside.
It’s not what just meets the eye, if you tap the temperature some additional information appears in it’s place, humidity, chance of rain and wind speed. Knowing which way your fringe will blow is always a good idea. We’ve all been there.
The temperature is now displayed in the Notification Center for your convenience. Nothing else to talk about, the weather is always a good place to start.
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What is AirDrop?
AirDrop is kinda like Apples own Bluetooth. It allows you to share photos, videos, contacts and anything else from any app that has a Share button. The only catch, that other person has to running iOS7 on their iPhone.
It’s a cool feature and I would say it’s arrived pretty late for the iOS ecosystem.
It’s perfect for students, you’re with a few friends working on a project or some other work and you need to show everyone what you’re working with or looking at? AirDrop is all you need (that is if everyone has an iPhone 5 running iOS7) you just press Share and all your friends will appear under your AirPlay and ZOOM, it’s beamed to them. Yes, that quick too! If you’re still unsure about it, try it out for yourself, actually using it is the quickest way to learn about it.
AirDrop has a cousin – AirPlay. They both share a room on Control Center.
- How to stop iOS 7 from destroying your iPhone’s battery life (tuaw.com)
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- What’s New in iOS 7: AirDrop [Video] (iClarified.com)
- iOS 7 now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (theverge.com)
Want to quit more than one app? Use two fingers. It just works.
Those who are accustomed to iOS6 might find themselves lost when it comes to closing their Apps down from the multitasking screen. Like all things to do with Apple, it’s simple. Alls you have to do is swipe the App upwards and it disappears. It will no longer be working in the background.
Just like in the picture, there’s no more need for the little red bubbles above the Apps. Just double tap your Home Button and BOOM!
- How to quit and kill (force quit) apps in iOS 7 (imore.com)
- How to Close Apps and Multitask in iOS 7 (laptopmag.com)
- New lease on life or death sentence? iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 (arstechnica.com)
- iOS 7 Quick Guide: 5 must-know iOS 7 features (tuaw.com)