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TMCNet:  The Best 15 Ways to Save Battery on the iOS8

[September 29, 2014]

The Best 15 Ways to Save Battery on the iOS8

By TMCnet Special Guest

By the time of writing, iOS 8 software would have reached well over 47 percent of users. That said, iOS 8.1 caused issues with some users, although they were resolved shortly after in iOS 8.0.2. While the iPhone 6 will likely alleviate some of the battery issues that have plagued Apple's (News - Alert) smartphones, here are some tips for you to get more out of your device.

  • Turn off Wi-Fi search. Prevent your device from searching for networks all the time, which is both unnecessary and draining on the battery. Toggle it off in the Control Center and turn it on only when you want to connect to a network.
  • See which apps use the most battery. Go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage and see the breakdown of apps - here you can easily find out what apps use the most battery and either use them less or delete them all together. 
  • Turn off Parallax. Parallax first came out in iOS7 and gave some users literal headaches, apart from the battery drain. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and turn it on. 
  • Disable background app updates. Apps updating automatically is pretty handy, but if you're out and worried about keeping your device alive, go to your settings > iTunes & App Store and go to the bottom of the list under Automatic Downloads to toggle updates off.
  • Stop background apps from refreshing. One great thing about turning off background app refresh is that it's not all or nothing; you can simply go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and choose which ones you want to kill off and which ones you keep on.
  • Location services. Many apps ask for your location which can not only be invasive, it of course also dips into your battery life. A navigation app would naturally ask for your location, but otherwise you can go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and remove apps you feel don't need to know where you are.
  • Turn off 4G LTE (News - Alert). 4G LTE may give a quick connection but if you don't need to use it, remember to turn it off through Settings > Cellular > Enable LTE.
  • Disable auto-brightness and dim your display. Auto-brightness is self-explanatory - it automatically lights up your screen, but as with other useful iOS8 features, it also takes up more battery than necessary. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness to disable auto-brightness. If you dim it as much as you can without affecting your experience, you can save even more battery.
  • Disable push notifications for apps. Sure there's those apps you want to be notified of, but if there's also those that you tend to ignore. Go to Settings > Notifications and under Include, choose the ones you want.
  • Use Airplane mode more. It's probably really important that your Apple device be kept online for obvious reasons; you probably don't need it when it comes to times like watching a movie already on your device or reading a book. Airplane mode is easy enough to set up and you could be surprised at how much longer your device lives.
  • Disable system services for location. There are background location services that will drain your battery if you aren't aware of it. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location services and off Location-based Alerts, Location-based iAds, Spotlight Suggestions, Wi-Fi networking and Frequent Locations. You can also turn off other services but could in turn disable things like Share My Location for Messages.
  • Disable automatic time update. iOS constantly has the device's clock updated at all times, which uses your location and uses up the battery a lot. Disable it by going to Settings > General > Date & Time and off Set Automatically.
  • Turn off Bluetooth. Bluetooth is automatically on iOS8 and can certainly eat up battery life when left on with no good reason. Slide up the Control Center to turn it off.
  • Disable Handoff and Suggested Apps. A useful feature for sure, but also a battery draining one. Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps is the place to go, and turn off everything in the page.
  • Disable Airdrop. Another very useful iOS feature to easily share files between iOS users but is extremely draining when left in the background. Bring up the Control Center for this to find Airdrop; tap on it and turn it off.

(Mobile 88 Online (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) 

  (c) 88 Mobile.com 2014. All rights reserved. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (Syndigate.info).

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