11 Tips To Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

While your iPhone's new operating system comes with plenty of advantages, iOS 7's not without its drawbacks. Battery life just ain't quite what you'd want it to be, but we've got some tips to squeeze the most out of that sucker and stay juiced all day long.

Many of iOS 7's fancy new features are handy if you need/want them. If you don't, they're just eating away at that precious battery life behind the scenes, and give you exactly zero help for your trouble. So shut 'em down.

Turn Off Parallax

Parallax is fun, but it's the definition of "extra". And maybe it even makes you dizzy. Who needs it? Not you. You can turn it off in accessibility settings, by going to Settings>>General>>Accessibility and setting Reduce Motion to on.

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

Turn Off Airdrop/Bluetooth If You're Not Going To Use It

AirDrop is great when you are AirDropping. The rest of the time it's just fidgeting in its seat, looking for another device to play with. Turning it off is easy, just swipe up your Control Center, and hit the toggle.

Stop Searching For Wi-Fi

There's no need to have your phone searching for Wi-Fi when there's no trusted network in sight. You'll save yourself some trouble if you get in the habit of turning of Wi-Fi from the Control Center when you leave the house. Alternatively, you can go to Settings>>Wi-Fi and turn Ask to Join Networks to off. This way your phone will hop on Wi-Fi networks it knows, but won't look around for more without direct orders.

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

Disable Location Services (For Apps That Don't Need It)

Google Maps needs to know where you are, yes. But Facebook? Hop over to Settings>>Privacy>>Location Services to get a full list of the apps that are asking about where you are. You can probably turn off about half, and cut down on a lot of GPS polling.

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

Turn Off Background App Updates

Immediate app updates are rarely a huge deal, but having enough battery always is. Go to Settings>>iTunes & App Store and then scroll down. You'll see Updates under Automatic Downloads. Turn it off. Just don't forget to stop by the App Store and update manually now and then.

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

Turn Off Background App Refreshing

The brutal downside of good multitasking is running things in the background (duh). But if you go to Settings>>General>>Background App Refresh, you can disable background-runnin' for the apps that aren't important. Or all of them if you want to go all the way.

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

Disable Auto-Brightness

Chances are, auto-brightness keeps you more well-lit than you need to be. You can shut it off and get your mood-lighting on by going to Settings>>Wallpapers & Brightness and flipping the toggle. While you're there, crank that backlight alllll the way down, or as far down as you can handle. If you step outside, that's what the Control Center is for.

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

Go On A Push Notification Diet

Not every app needs to push its notifications; that stuff takes power. Go to Settings>>Notification Center and scroll down to the Include section. Then go on a toggling spree.

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

Don't Push; Fetch

If your email isn't that important, or you have a couple of accounts, go turn the low-priority ones to Fetch instead of Push, which means your phone will go retrieve mail at set intervals instead of having it pushed to you every single time Uncle Harry or a spambot blasts you. This one is pretty dependent on how often you get emails and how crucial they are, so you'll have to feel it out, but you can set to fetch in Settings>>Mail, Contacts and Calendar>>Fetch New Data

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

Turn Off Siri's "Raise To Speak" Feature

If you want Siri to eat less of your precious battery, turn off his or her Raise to Speak feature in Settings>>General>>Siri>>Raise to Speak. Or, if you're really not fond of the dude/lady turn him/her off to go dream of electric sheep.

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

Turn Off 4G (If Times Are Tough)

Disabling 4G is going to hurt a little but, but desperate times can call for desperate measures and LTE is a battery-burner. You can choke off the data-hose by going to Settings>>Cellular>>Enable LTE/Enable 4G

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

And Treat Your Battery Right In General

But even without all these tweaks, it pays to treat your lithium-ion battery right from the start, especially if you have a new gadget. Just keep on scrolling down for our tips and tricks that'll work for any phone.



    With iOS7 on my iPhone 4 with only background app refreshing and the silly background tilting thing turned off i get easily 3-4 hour more from a charge than i use to.

    You said ' Just keep on scrolling down for our tips and tricks that’ll work for any phone.' Where do I keep scrolling to? I've hit the bottom of the page......

      Scroll through the comments - people will post their own tips.

      Go to us.gizmodo.com the COMPLETE article, epic fail GIZ AUS

    You forgot to mention to turn off the other location settings in the system folder that just sends data to Apple about things you do. That has doubled some peoples charge time, also turn off the send diagnostics to apple feature that apparently sends data to them every couple of minutes.

    Best tip, buy a phone with a decent battery life :)

      Nothing to do with the Phone. Apple just needs to tweak optimization on battery life. My device on iOS 6 has no issues with the way the battery is decreasing with iOS 7. Waiting for the fixes is something I don't mind waiting for.

    How about this idea to save your battery. Turn the phone off. The only way to get decent battery life with an iPhone

    So the best way to run iO7 is to turn off all the things that make the phone worth carrying. Good work Apple, that's real innovation. Can't wait for your next update, "Please only turn phone on when you need to make a call"

      I wonder if Apple will try to sue Samsung when their next OS update causes battery life to be reduced.

    I've actually been able to turn push and icloud safari tabs and a whole bunch of other things back on with iOS 7, and get the same/ better battery life as before. iOS7 has something going on under the hood thats quite good at learning your usage habits to get the most out of your battery life. It was incredibly annoying at first to see the battery life drop, but now it's much better than it was in iOS6

    On a side note: Just opened the box of my new gold 64gb and it already has a noticeable dent on the bevel straight out of the box! I mean wtf. DOes IOS7 automatically fix dents?

    Last edited 30/09/13 10:33 am

      Before I go into my reply, please understand that I'm on your side, it sucks to be in your position.

      With items in short supply and high demand, such as the gold iPhone at the moment, manufacturers will rush production to try and meet the demand. This does increase the rate of defects, but from their point of view, it's easier and cheaper to deal with 1 angry customer with damaged goods rather than 10 angry customers waiting for their order. It's a "for the greater good" (read:profit) approach. You unfortunately got to be the unlucky one.

      Wish you better luck with your replacement though.

        Who said anything about replacement? I don't care, just saying that this is my first iphone (5th one) that has had any manufacturing defect at all. The others were flawless. Just commenting on how something can be sent out the door with an obvious defect.

        But yes, you make a good point.

        I'll just give it to my 3yr old tonight and it will have several more dents, that should make me feel better!

      no, but it does make your phone waterproof.....apparently...:D

    I love the new parallax.. I can suffer a little extra battery for this feature.. dizzy? hardly.. extra? totally.. but that's the point isn't it?

    Am I the only one that has all the features turned on, listen to music all day, have bluetooth on and still get home after a full day with 60-70% battery?
    What the hell are you all using your phone's for to continually be complaining it doesn't have enough battery?!?

      I'm the same as you, I constantly see posts about iPhone's having terrible battery life but I frequently have my iPhone 5 off charge for a weekend and have no trouble whatsoever. I use push notifications, auto-brightness, animated wallpaper, bluetooth etc. Lasts longer than any Android phone I've owned.

        Try 2 to 4 hours of phone calls, reading PDF manuals for an hour or 2, gps use, download some files, surf a bit, send and recieve 20-40 emails, bluetooth and wifi on permanently.
        Any phone should be able to get at least a full day say from 7.00 am to 10.00pm with a decent safety margin.

      I don't know... I have an iPhone 3G, and I already had to replace the battery twice. The last time it happened, I would get about 7-8h of absolute stand-by (no texts, no calls, no 3G, no wi-fi, no location services, no cellular data, NOTHING). At the end it would get so bad that I'd disconnect it from the charger, immediately make a call, talk for 15 minutes, and I'd have 35% battery remaining at that point. So to answer Your question, informedgamer, sir - some of us really have crappy battery life. I assure You I'm not running quantum computations on idle cycles, which I "conveniently" 'forgot to mention'...

      Things were better before I upgraded to iOS 3.2.1 though, and the phone wasn't as sluggish. I have a feeling that this is Apple's way of coaxing me to buy a new phone. Still, I think I can still replace the battery a few more times before I REALLY need a new phone. Even with cheap chinese knock-offs it should still be pretty decent for about 6 months or so, which is really fine, considering that they cost about $20 apiece incl. S&H where I live, and the replacement process isn't too hard or too complicated.

      And yeah, hard-resetting it also helps, as the battery manager does indeed like to 'forget' its thresholds. Just don't go overboard - it's basically a small computer running a *nix clone, and computers don't generally appreciate using the reset button...

    Has nothing to do with the phone. Apple may need to be adjusted to optimize battery life. IOS 6, IOS 7 reduce the battery in the device in the way that there is no problem. Modifications to wait is something I do not mind waiting.

    Not even a mention of setting your device up as new, and not from backup. Works every time, old user data can conflict with new system processes. Another tip, reset your battery control chip by draining the battery 'til it shuts down, and do a full recharge. Even though the battery may be fully charged, the control chip can display a false charge percentage as it forgets what a fully charged and fully discharged battery actually is.

    My iPhone 5 had a drastically reduced battery life. It was only a few months old and on iOS 6 it gave me about 12 hours stand by and about 2-3 hours usage during the day and it would end up on the charger with 40-50% battery at the end of the day (Off charge at about 7am in the morning and back on charge between 8-10 pm at night).

    With iOS 7, that immediately dropped and I was on 30% charge by lunchtime, and had to reach for the charger. What I also experienced was that my phone was getting much hotter with usage and WiFi signal strength was poor and would often not re-connect on many occasions.

    I turned off all background processes, killed all apps running, turned of location, WiFi, Bluetooth and all the other tweaks, erased content and settings etc. and it made no noticeable difference.

    I spoke with Apple support and booked an appointment with a "Genius". They offered me new replacement handset and I took it.

    I now get around 14 hours stand by with 3-4 hours usage and the phone usually has about 50% charge left at the end of the day before it ends up on the charger with ALL settings turned back on and no WiFi or heat issues.

    Researching he issues, I found that it could be due to a faulty WiFi chip on the iPhone 5 remaining "on" and not sleeping. iOS 7 may have exacerbated the issue thus draining the battery.

    Maybe some of you should consider that there may be a problem with the hardware and see if a replacement will help.

    Good luck.

    So basically turn off all the new features that make iOS7 better then iOS6?

    I don't know what everyone else does with their phones, but I listen to music to and from work, go on the web constantly throughout the day and I have all of these settings on. I get home with 30 - 40 % battery and it's down to maybe 20% when I plug it in at night.

    I have bought an iPhone 5S, but I find ios7 drain battery rapidly. It's pretty not convenient because of its irremovable battery, especially when I go out. I recently bought a portable charger from Kinkoo: http://www.ikinkoo.com/shop/portable-charger/kinkoo-infinite-one-8000mah.html
    I have found it to be great. With real 8,000mAh can charge iPhone 5S for 4 times, with juice still to spare. Works so good to keep my phone alive.

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