How to stop iOS 7 from destroying your iphone's battery life
How to stop iOS 7 from destroying
your iPhone's battery life
iOS 7 is all kinds of sexy, but with a slew of fancy
new features comes more strain on the ever-
important statistic of battery life. iOS 7 is
compatible with iPhone 4 or later (though not all
features are supported on older devices), so if
you're upgrading your current device to the new
operating system, there's a good chance you
could see a noticeable decrease in battery life.
If you're looking to avoid any pitfalls in the battery
department, here are a few settings you can
tweak to keep iOS 7 from sucking your iPhone's
life like an evil, software vampire.
Disable background refresh
● iOS 7 lets certain apps refresh even when you're not using them,
which is both super convenient and a big problem for users who
want the most out of their batteries. Disabling Background Refresh
entirely would be your best bet, but even disabling the feature on just
a few apps should help your device remain lively for a bit longer
Alter your location services
● It seems like just about every app wants to track your location these days. For some apps,
like Maps, this makes a lot of sense, but if you've authorized other apps (Twitter, Facebook)
to track your location without actually using the in-app features that go along with it, you
should turn it off. In addition to apps, iOS 7 has a whole host of system-level options for
location tracking, including local advertising and even the compass.
● If you don't use the apps to begin with,
turning off the GPS tracking won't do
much, but if you can disable tracking for a
few of your most-used apps, you could
see a decent boost in battery life.
Not using AirDrop? Kill it
iOS 7 introduces AirDrop to the iPhone for the first time, but even if you find yourself using
the handy Dropbox-style feature from time to time, you should be turning it off when you
don't need it. This is made easy by the new Control Center in iOS 7, which can be brought
up by swiping upwards on the home screen. From here, it's just two taps to either enable
or disable AirDrop, and while you're here, you can also disable Bluetooth and/or WiFi to
help save additional battery life when you're not using them. Note: AirDrop is not available
on the iPhone 4 or 4S.