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10 Tips to Improve Your Battery Life In iOS7

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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!

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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.

DISABLE AUTO-BRIGHTNESS

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.

PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

“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.

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How to close (force quit) apps in iOS7?

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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.

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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!

What happened to the Tweet and Facebook post buttons in Notification Center?

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You searched, found nothing, you searched, you found nothing. It’s a horrible loop. iOS7 takes some getting used to. Don’t worry, Tap This App is here to help you, luckily for you, we have had the pleasure of working with the new OS for several months now.

Throughout today we will be gracing you with the answers you have been searching for. Today we will be your iOS7 God. You’re welcome!

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First thing, I see a lot of searches for the Tweet and Facebook post buttons that were at the top of the Notification Center in iOS6. They allowed you to quickly post what was on your mind with a single swipe down from your iPod, iPad or iPhone. Now, they’re gone, so how can you post or tweet quickly in iOS7? Where did they go?

Harsh truth. They were trashed, thrown into the oblivion never to return. Let’s face it, they didn’t belong in Notification Center, they’re actions. They were out of context.

iOS7 does come with a new control center though, maybe this could be the new home for the quick posting buttons many of us probably never used. Maybe they will be there in the next update, we never know. However, they would fit perfectly, is a way, it’s about control. You control your Facebook, you control your Tweets and what better way to access them then through Control Center.

Need an alternative? Use Siri, simply say “post to Facebook” or “post to Twitter” and then dictate what you want to say. It’s incredibly fast, and if you’re in a situation where you can talk to your iPhone, iPod or iPad you’re sorted! A word of warning, not everyone wants to know what you Tweet though, so for you serial Tweeters, stick to using the App.

There you have it, you now know why Notification Center no longer has quick post updates.

A well deserved update

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Well, it’s a dull, rainy day here today, I have a few spare hours at my disposal, a few hours I thought I’d spend with you. At the beginning, I promised myself that I would fully commit myself to this blog, a way for me to showcase some creativity or skill whilst the holidays surrounded me and London was 300 miles away. It pains me to say that i failed myself, and you guys on that promise. A lot has happened since then, both personally and professionally and I feel right now at this moment, a new wave of determination to make this blog a real life thing for me has taken over, a want, a need, to make it maybe one day, a job.

Writing has always been an interest for me, I am passionate about technology and design and was luckily blessed with good taste for both, so the only natural thing for me to do is this. A blog. For you to take in my opinion, maybe argue with it, challenge it or even influence your own. Whatever it does, just reading it will make my day, the other 3 are all bonuses.

Whilst it may seem that my attention has been focused entirely on everything but this blog and the lack of posts are there to back that up yes, but, you have always been there in the back of my mind, time my friend, it’s what’s been against us. Over the last couple of weeks I have been downloading new apps, paid and free, and some old apps that have been updated with new features and even complete redesigns. With that in mind, I will be bringing to you my reviews and thoughts on all that Tap This App has to say about them. Here are just a few of the apps you will be reading about real soon.

Disney

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Stay tuned, I pinky promise you that you have not been forgotten about. My time is now in your hands.

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