6 Easy Tips to Help Extend the Battery Life of iPad Air

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    6 Easy Tips to Help Extend the Battery Life of iPad Air

    The iPad Air has a great battery life which is said to last up to 10 hours of continuous use, but like many other devices that are running iOS 7, the battery life of the device can be maximized by adjusting a few settings accordingly. Some of these tricks will reduce eye candy and special effects throughout iOS, but if youíre more concerned about squeezing out the maximum battery life of a device rather than blinding light, zips, zooms, and background updates, youíll find the trade-offs to be well worth it.

    Of course these tips will apply to other iPad devices as well, including the prior generation iPads, iPad Mini, and Retina iPad Mini if you happened to get your hands on one.

    1: Keep Display Brightness Low

    The large display on the iPad requires a lot of power to backlight, so reducing the brightness of that display can help significantly when aiming to prolong or preserve battery life. Fortunately this is really easy to adjust now with iOSís new Control Center feature:

    Swipe up fro the bottom of the iPad to summon Control Center, slide the display brightness setting to as low as usable for maximum battery life

    For nearly everyone, controlling display brightness and managing brightness levels will have the single most significant impact on iPad Air battery life (or any iPad for that matter). If you do nothing else, focus on adjusting the display brightness. For indoors I typically aim for 25%, and reading in dim light going for around 10%-15% can be just fine. Of course if youíre using the iPad Air in direct sunlight youíll need to have it brighter, just be aware that 100% brightness is going to lead to rapid draining.

    2: Disable Background App Refresh

    Background App Refresh causes apps to update even when theyíre not in use. But the iPad (and other iOS devices) are primarily used for a single app at a time, so who cares if an app is updating in the background or not? If you care about battery life, youíll want to disable this feature:

    Settings > General > Background App Refresh > OFF
    Note that even the settings for this one says ďTurning off apps may help preserve battery lifeĒ Ė just turn the whole thing off. If you donít care about battery life, well you can leave it on, but this article is written for those who do. Many users also notice setting this feature off will boost speed a bit, though itís much less noticeable on the newest devices with beefier processing capacities.

    3: Disable Automatic App Updates

    Automatic app updates causes your applications to update themselves automatically when a new version is available on the App Store. Fancy feature, but like anything else that needlessly runs in the background, it can unnecessarily use system resources and impact battery life. Turn it off:

    Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads > Updates > OFF
    Yes, youíll have to manually update your apps from the App Store like some kind of technological dinosaur that we all were pre-iOS 7, but your iPad Air battery life should thank you.

    4: Lose the Motion & Zoom Transitions

    The eye pleasing zooming and motion effects sure look fancy, but like any other eye candy centric feature, it requires resources to use. Thus, turning off the zoom and replacing it with fading transitions can have an impact on battery life, plus it makes the iPad feel faster:

    Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion > ON
    The fading transition effects are still attractive, this is not much of a loss. Note that turning on Motion Reduction also disables the parallax effect, which is the interesting effect of the icons and background moving around as the device itself is physically moved.

    5: Ditch the Fancy Moving Wallpapers

    Just like the zoom transitions require system resources to fly around on a 10″ display, Dynamic wallpaper does too. Does it serve a purpose beyond eye candy? Not really, so if youíre concerned about battery life, donít use the (admittedly fancy) dynamic wallpapers:

    Settings > Wallpaper & Brightness > Choose Wallpaper > Stills > anything that isnít Dynamic
    Beyond batteries, picking the right wallpaper can also make a pretty big difference in the overall usability and appearance of iOS, aim for something without a lot of clashing colors for best results.

    6: Turn Off Unnecessary Location Services

    Location-based services are notoriously battery hungry because they have to periodically check your location for an event or notification to trigger. Turn off as many location services as possible for best results:

    Settings > Privacy > Location Services > set anything unnecessary to OFF
    Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations > OFF
    This is particularly important for LTE enabled devices because location services will use the LTE band and GPS to attempt to locate the device. That can lead to unnecessary battery drain if you primarily use the iPad in a single location, like your couch.

    If you use the iPad almost exclusively at home, consider turning off all location abilities except for apps like TV guides that use location just once, or for things like Siri and weather, which will only use the location when requested.

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