For most, if not all, iOS users, the first thing they look forward to whenever they perform a major firmware update on their device is the performance — not to mention all the new features and enhancements that go along with it.

In case you have just made the upgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 9, and you don’t have the slightest clue on how to make the most out of your device’s battery, check some great tips below that would help improve or solve the ongoing issue of your gadget’s battery life.

Disable Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh is a useful feature that helps applications to refresh themselves constantly for new information. But users should also be informed that even though it’s a great asset to your mobile device, Background App Refresh consumes a lot of your battery and reduces the device’s performance in the process.

If you have decided to turn it off so that you can save some battery juice, simply go to Settings, then General, and then go to Background App Refresh. Tap the Background App Refresh virtual slider to turn it off (the feature is enabled by default). So that’s all you need to do to turn off the Background App Refresh feature. However, since you’ve done that, you now have to manually launch individual apps and reload them for the latest updates.

Enable Reduce Motion

Apple added more enhancements to the background wallpaper along with other visual effects in iOS 7. Surely it’s nice to see live visual effects such as floating background wallpaper on your gadget, however, this feature can also contribute to the device’s decrease in performance. Enabling the Reduce Motion feature in iOS 9 lets you turn off these unnecessary visual effects and reduce the motion of the user interface, including the parallax effect of icons.

To do this, go to Settings then Accessibility. Scroll toward the middle of the screen then look for Reduce Motion. Once you’ve located it, tap on it, then move the slider to turn it on (slider must be green to indicate that it’s on).

Once you’ve done that, Reduce Motion will instantly take effect, which means you don’t need to restart your iOS device anymore.

Enable Battery Usage Breakdown

iOS also enables you to view the percentage that each app consumes. It can be further broke down to help view each app’s usage over the past day or week. Other than that, it also shows the amount of on-screen, and background usage the app had. For example, Facebook may still be running in the background even if you are done using the app a few minutes back. Tap the clock, present just over the list of apps, to analyze the amount of time you have spent on each app.

You can access this feature from the Battery Usage page, located in the General menu of Settings.

Disable App Store’s Automatic Downloads

This is another useful feature for iOS users, but they can also reduce your device’s battery power and sometimes waste your mobile data at the same time. Automatic downloads from App Store will automatically push an app to its latest version whenever a new update comes out. The process takes place on your gadget’s background, which means you’re already using up your mobile data without knowing that App Store automatic downloads is doing its job.

To disable App Store’s automatic downloads, go to Settings then App and iTunes Stores. Next, look under Automatic Downloads and then toggle the slider that corresponds to Updates to its off setting. Another option that you can do is to keep this feature on but not while the device is using mobile data. If you don’t want Automatic Downloads to consume any of your 3G/4G, you can turn offUse Cellular Data, which can also be found on the same page.

Turn on Low Power Mode

Introduced for the first time in iOS 9 only, the Low Power Mode feature is, by far, the simplest method to save battery. Every time your battery hits the 20% and 10% mark, you will be prompted to go into Low Power Mode. The feature limits power consumption by restricting features such as background app refresh, automatic updates, mail fetching, and animations. Your device will continue to operate this way until you connect a charger to it. When enabled, it can help provide up to three hours additional battery life. Low Power Mode comes in handy when you are in desperate need of saving power.

To enable Low Power Mode, go to Settings, then select Battery. Tap on the Low Power Mode toggle switch to turn it on. Just a reminder — enabling Low Power Mode will not improve your iOS device’s performance, instead it will reduce it in order to extend the battery life.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 6:22:54 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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