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Customize iOS to Save Battery Power


Does your iOS device drain battery power too quickly? Have you customize iOS to save battery power where possible? Whenever you update iOS or get a new iOS device you should make sure that all the settings, services and apps are customized to save battery power when possible. Following is a complete list, tweaks, tips that can save a lot of battery power. The trick here is to disable all useless or useful iOS features (animations and effects, notifications, locations services etc.) that you do not need on your iPhone or iPad. You can always turn on those features whenever you need.

Disable Background Apps Refresh (iOS 7)

‘Background Apps Refresh’ is by default set to “on” in iOS 7. ‘Background Apps Refresh’ lets apps run in the background while you multitask and continually refreshes content when running on Wi-Fi or a cellular network. To disable this feature:

Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh
Turn it Off

Turn Off Location-Tracking Apps

Many apps use location services to get updates continuously. For example Google Maps, Twitter, Facebook, even the iOS Camera.

Turn off ‘Location Services’ completely by going to
Settings > Privacy > Location Services

or disable location service for selected apps one by one.

Turn Off Other Location Settings (iOS 5 and later)

A number of additional location services introduced in iOS 5 seem to be draining battery too quickly. Turn them off and you should regain some battery life.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Turn off Diagnostics & Usage, Location-Based iAds, and Setting Time Zone

Disable Parallax Effect (Background Animation) (iOS 7)

Parallax animation makes it seem like the wallpaper is moving behind the apps. Turn it off to save power.

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility
Click ‘Reduce Motion’ to “on”.

Disable Dynamic Backgrounds

Another feature introduced in iOS 7 is animated wallpapers that move underneath your app icons. These dynamic backgrounds offer a cool effect, but they also use more battery than a simple static background image. Its not a feature to turn on or off, just don’t select the Dynamic Backgrounds in the Wallpapers & Backgrounds menu and you will save your device power.

Turn Off Automatic Updating (iOS 7)

iOS 7 automatically download new app updates whenever they’re available, without you visiting the App Store to do it yourself. Disable it by going to Settings > iTunes and Apple Store

Uncheck the ‘Updates’ option.

Turn Off AirDrop

AirDrop lets you share files with other users on the same WiFi network. When you’re not using it, turn it off. Slide open the ‘Control Center’ and switch it off from there to save battery power.

Reduce Brightness Level

Let the device decide to chose brightness for your device (auto-brightness mode).
Or keep the brightness low to 70% to 80%, if not 50%.
Visit Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness
Disable Auto-Brightness and decrease the brightness setting manually
Trust me, you do not need 100% brightness anyway.

Customize Spotlight Search

Spotlight (internal search functionality) continuously indexes data to make it available on search. Indexing consumes battery. Turn spotlight search off for selected ‘apps’ or ‘data type’ that you do not need, such as, events, podcasts, etc.

Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search
Disable what you don’t need

Update to the Latest iOS

Try to keep iOS updated and update it as soon as new iOS is available.

Go to Settings > General > Software Update
And check if your iPhone/iPad software is up-to-date or not.

Update Apps as they are Available

Certain apps drain battery more than others. Check apps ratings and reviews before you download them. Make sure it has good rating and positive reviews about the power consumption and other things. Keep apps updated. New iOS automatically updates apps as soon as the update is available.

Limit Music, Video, Games and Internet Browsing

Listen music, watch videos, play games and browse online but when you have enough battery power. These actions consume battery very fast, specially watching HD videos and playing games consumes more battery power.

Fetch Data Manually (on Demand) or Set it to Fetch Hourly

Your phone fetches data periodically to update email and other information. The more often your phone fetches data, the quicker your battery may drain. To adjust iPhone to let you fetch data manually,
go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data > Manually

To adjust iPhone to let you fetch data by the hour,
go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data > Hourly.

Turn WiFi Off

When you do not need it, turn the WiFi Off.

Turn Bluetooth Off

Transmitting data wirelessly takes battery and leaving Bluetooth on to accept incoming data at all times requires even more battery power. Turn off Bluetooth except when you’re using it.

Turn Cellular Data Off

Go to Setting > General > Cellular > Switch Cellular Data

Turn 3G/4G/LTE Off

Go to Setting > General > Cellular > Turn 3G,4G and LTE (iPhone 5 or newer) to Off when you do not need these.

Turn Off Push Notifications

The iPhone’s various apps are sometimes alerted to software updates through push notifications, which can unfortunately drain battery life. In order to turn off push notifications, navigate to Settings > Notifications and disable notifications for any applications you don’t see absolutely necessary.

Control Push Notifications

Not every app needs to push its notifications and not every push notification you necessarily need. Turn off push notifications for apps that you do not need.

Go to Settings > Notification Center
Scroll down to the Include section
Toggle notification settings for selected apps

Use AirPlane Mode

Use AirPlane Mode in case of no coverage or when you do not need your device/phone for a while.

Close Apps Properly

Close background apps properly as soon as you have done working with them.

Lock Phone

Lock your phone (or put it on a short auto-lock). If your phone isn’t set to a quick auto-lock time already, be sure to correct it. There’s a good chance that your phone could waste battery power when you aren’t using it if it isn’t locked.
Go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and set it to 1 minute or less.

Turn off Equalizer

Equalizer can adjust music to increase bass, decrease treble, etc. It require some extra battery. Turn the equalizer off to save battery power.
Go to Settings > Music > EQ > Tap off

Don’t Push, Fetch

Choose to fetch data where possible instead of accepting push notifications. Push notifications are automatic and these will keep coming but fetch mechanism is on demand updating of current data as you need it. This will save a lot of battery as your device do not need to continuously check for updates and it will depend on your command to fetch updates.

Turn off Siri’s ‘Raise to Speak’ Feature

If you want Siri to consume less of your battery power, turn off its ‘Raise to Speak’ feature.

Go to
Settings > General > Siri > Raise to Speak

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