iOS 6 battery saver tips for the iPhone and iPad

Summary:Have you updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 6? Do you feel that you're not getting the same battery life that you were? Here are ten tips to help you bring battery consumption under control and get more work time between recharges.

6. Selectively turn off/on radios

If you don't need Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or 3G, turn off the radios.

Settings > Wi-Fi

While you're here, disable Ask to Join Networks unless you use this feature often (just turn it on when you need to find a new network). 

Settings > General > Cellular

Settings > Bluetooth

7. Airplane Mode

If you want to disable all the radios on your iPhone, the easiest way to do this is using Airplane Mode:

Settings > Airplane Mode

With Airplane Mode active, you can still selectively enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth if you want.

8. Location, location, location!

iOS 5 bought with is a lot of Locations Services features, and iOS 6 has taken these to a new level. But the problem is that all of these features have a negative effect on battery life.

Settings > Privacy > Location Services

Either disable the whole lot, or selectively enable it for a specific set of apps. The more apps that can use Location Services, the more juice they'll use.

iOS 6 has some hidden tweaks too (hidden because you have to scroll to the bottom of the Locations Services screen and click on System Services to find them):

You can keep Location Based iAds and Setting Time Zone off permanently (your time is set by the local carrier automatically anyway).

9. Notifications

Another revamped feature in iOS 6 is notifications. The new notification Center in iOS 5 gives you a greater overview of what's happening, but that comes at the cost of greater battery consumption.

Settings Notifications

My advice here is two-fold. First, disable notification for any apps that you don't care about by clicking on the individual apps and switching off Notification Center

Second, control which apps are visible on the Lock Screen by switching off View in Lock Screen. The more you have showing, the more often your screen will flick into life, draining precious battery power.

10. Disable diagnostics

Another potential battery-eating culprit in iOS 6 is Diagnostic & Usage data. Set this to Don't Send.

Settings > General > About > Diagnostics & Usage

 

Topics: iOS, Apple, iPad, iPhone, Mobile OS

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