PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Improving Battery Life in iOS 7.1

iPad BatteryBattery power is a source of frustration for many iPad owners, especially those of us who spend a lot of time playing games and watching movies. That whole 10-hour battery life seems like a myth in my household. Since Apple updated to iOS 7.1, I could swear the battery drains even faster than before. While there hasn’t been any official information, I don’t think I’m the only one to notice this problem.

We’ve got a couple of tips and tricks that might help keep your battery a few percent higher than average. We have already shown you how to preserve battery life, but Apple implemented some new features in iOS 7 and 7.1 that may be affecting your power This tutorial is for the new operating system.

After you’ve read our previous how-to guide for improving battery life, you may still be experiencing a drain that seems worse than it should be.  The issue may be directly related to features that are now available in iOS 7 and newer.

Turn off Background App Refresh

How to turn on Background App RefreshYour iPad has always been able to run apps in the background, like the music app. However, Background App Refresh allows some apps to actively search for and update data when running in the background. Depending on what the app does, that could put a drain on your battery. To turn off the feature, go to your Settings app, tap General, and Background App Refresh. You can either turn the feature off entirely, or selectively turn off certain apps.

Turn off AirDrop

Airdrop 4AirDrop is a pretty cool feature, but it isn’t necessary most of the time. If you are sitting around at home playing with your iPad, you might be triggering AirDrop with yours or your husband’s iPhone. You might as well turn it off until you are at a party, or some other event where you might need it. Swipe upward from the bottom of your iPad’s screen to access Control Center. Tap AirDrop, and then “Off.”

Turn Bluetooth Off

BluetoothYou may have already turned off Bluetooth a long time ago, but when Apple pushes an update to its mobile operating system, Bluetooth switches back on by default. Check it to ensure that it is still off. Open your Settings app and tap Bluetooth. Toggle the switch to the “Off” position unless you are using the feature for something.

Reduce Motion

Motion Sickness 1While it is not proven that Apple’s innovative graphics motion has an effect on battery power, it doesn’t hurt to disable the feature. Similar to turning down the brightness of the screen, reducing motion might reduce battery drain. Go to your Settings app. Then tap General. Then tap Accessibility. Under Reduce Motion, toggle the switch to the “On” position.

Although it is a bummer to disable all of these cool features that are now available in iOS 7, sometimes battery conservation trumps technology tricks. Hopefully, Apple is working on a bug fix to improve battery power in an update. I’ll keep my fingers crossed in the meantime.

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  • kelly

    I lost a whole 100% of battery in 5 hours on my iPad Air after the ios 7.1 update