How to Improve Battery Life on iOS 8

Written by Tech84 on October 2, 2014

The iOS 8 launch was not exactly as smooth as Apple would have hoped, its was marred with a load of problems. From the buggy iOS 8.0.1 update that rendered the TouchID useless, and another update that was supposed to fix the bugs but inadvertently introduced new problems such as the Bluetooth connectivity issues on iOS 8.0.2.

How to Improve Battery Life on iOS 8

But still, the iOS 8 update is still a great step forward for the OS. And any bugs or issues will be addressed and fixed eventually as Apple releases future updates. So anyway, now lets talk about battery saving tips for iOS 8 users.

Due to the iPhone 6 and 6 plus having bigger batteries, users of the 6 and 6 plus wont really feel much difference with regards to battery, bu those with older iPhone models will find these iOS 8 battery saving tips helpful. But regardless, these tips are quick and easy ways to save battery life regardless of the model.

Below are some tips on how to improve your devices battery life on iOS 8.

1. Adjust The Brightness
The first and the most obvious one, is to turn down the brightness. There’s no need for for your iPhone display to be so unnecessarily bright that it can light up the whole room. You can decrease the brightness settings manually by going to Settings > Wallpapers. You can also turn on Auto-Brightness so your iPhone will automatically adjust to the lighting conditions around you.

2. Turn Off Parallax Effect
Sure the Parallax effect looks nice, it gives your iPhone’s background a 3d effect, moving when you tilt your device. A lot of people like it, we like it, but there are others that think the effect makes them dizzy. But either way, it eats up a lot of your battery, so you might want to turn it off to save precious battery life. You can turn it off by going to Settings > General > Accessibility and set the Reduce Motion to “ON“.

3. Turn Off Background App Refresh
Some Apps continue to run in the background even after you have closed them. These apps (well, depending on the function of the app) will continue to run and refresh automatically, and this also eats up a lot of your device’s battery and turning it off will greatly improve your battery life. You can turn off Background App Refresh by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. You can also manually choose to let individual apps refresh automatically by selecting the app and turning the toggle ON.

4. Disable Fetch
Basically when Fetch is enabled, it constantly refreshes and tries to update your email accounts looking for new mail. And then send a Push Notification when a new email is received, this obviously eats up a lot of battery, so you might want to disable this by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data.

5. Turn Off 4G And LTE, Or 3G For Older Models
When this is enabled, your device will be constantly searching for 3G, 4G and LTE signals. And constantly searching for these signals will eat up a big chunk of your battery. So it is advised that you turn off 4G and LTE, or 3G whenever you are not using data. You can do this by going to Settings > Cellular and disable 3G or 4g /LTE depending on your device.

6. Turn Off Location Tracking Apps
Sure having location apps is great, especially for GPS locations, maps, geo-tagging your photos and others. But in doing so also eats up your battery in the background constantly. So certainly it would help save battery life. We recommend not turning off Location Services completely but rather only disable certain apps individually, especially as we recommend to have Find My iPhone always enabled in case your device gets lost. You can select which Apps to disable by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services

7. Turn Off Automatic Downloads
Sure having your apps automatically updated is a nice thing as your Apps will be always have the latest updates. But this also means that your device is constantly connecting to the internet, be it WiFi or 3G/4G/LTE and is eating up your precious battery life when doing so. So if you want to save Battery Life, you should disable this feature, and besides, sometimes not all updates are great, sometimes app developers would release an update only to find out there was a bug in the release that would render the app pretty much useless. So being updated is not always an advantage. You can turn off automatic downloads by going to Settings > iTunes & App Store and turn off Automatic Downloads.

There you have it, if you have any tips or tricks that you think could also help save battery life on the iPhone, feel free to share it in the comments below.

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