iOS 6 battery saver tips for the iPhone and iPad

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.

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

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    ranazain
  • Sucks to be a business guy

    I still don't quite understand how it is the people who use it the most (i.e playing with the new features/apps/etc). Business men still use them a hell of a lot and going off this, they may be better off with an android if apple products are such eaters.

    My iTouch has gone considerably worse since the update. I rarely use mine apart from the alarm and checking social media sites on my lunch.

    Before the update, I got the best part of a week before charging. After the update, I'm lucky to get a day out of it until it needs charging again.

    I'm sorry but I'm not gonna buy this article quoting that its the users error if people like me rarely use it at all.
    dannydaman9@...
    • Wild west

      I don't think Android is a solution to problems with power drain. Android is like the wild west and plenty of apps will drain battery severely in the background, especially for people that got no clue.

      Background downloads, checking mail, and the things mentioned in the article is a choice the user can make between function, convenience and battery time. Since we got different preferences, not all user will be happy with the default. I don't mind charging a smart phone each night. I also got a small portable battery that can be used to charge smart phones, iPods etc. It weigh similar as an iPhone and can charge the iPhone 3 times before itself need recharge. I find it handy to have that battery on travels, since then I dare to use my devices more. Very nice to recharge on the table or in the bag without looking for power outlets.
      Oden79
  • the best solution

    If you don't use your phone, just turn it off please. That solves WhatEverYourSmartphoneBrandIs battery issue. /sarcasm
    Ram U
    • re: the best solution

      Yes, it also solves the WifeIsCallingAndWantsYouToBringHomeDinner problem, as well, SheWantsToKnowWhenYouWillBeHomeSoThatYouCanTakeCareOfTheKids. As soon as those problems go away, your life is great again. //sarcasm //youthink?

      if HappyWife == HappyLife;
      then NoBatteryLife == UnhappyWife ==MiserableLifeWhenYouGetHome;
      endif;
      cartermb
  • Battery Life

    Yes the battery life issues are real. No there isn't a resolution, there are work arounds, such as this article but it really isn't and probably won't be fixed. I have just gotten in the habit of keeping a charger at home and a charger at work. It's really the only way I have found to make it through the day. Anyone else?
    Beltannon
  • Battery life

    I am amazed at what the standby battery life is supposed to be. My device is 10 months old and it is a given that it gets charged at bedtime and mid-day, everyday! I don't keep apps running in the background with the exception of Pandora, but Pandora takes forever to get going again if I close it. I work so I only check for messages periodically throughout the day, but that's it! Maybe I got a bad battery or maybe I didn't condition it correctly....but what I would give if I could get through 24 hours without charging! Well........truthfully, I wouldn't give it up for an Android!
    Phatdragonlady
  • Android answer

    I am a brand new iPhone 5 user and just came from the world of Android. I have all Apple products including Apple TV, iMac, iPad. No brainier getting the iPhone. Anyway, to even suggest an Android phone would be a better battery choice makes me laugh. Some days it was fine. Others dead after 4 hours without even using it. All cell phone makers battery life claims are ridiculously optimistic. This one gets me thru the day fine and charge at night.
    Brian Pex
  • battery only problem in iphone

    Yes the battery life issues are real. No there isn't a resolution, there are work arounds, such as this article but it really isn't and probably won't be fixed. I have just gotten in the habit of keeping a charger at home and a charger at work. It's really the only way I have found to make it through the day. you have run behind the battery realy problem only bettery.
    sherwali