Former Apple employee gives tips to improve iPhone battery life on iOS 7

Articles on how to improve the iPhone’s battery are very common and highly sought after by iOS users and as long as they don’t release a better battery, this will always be a problem. But a former employee who worked at the Apple Store’s Genius Bar made a list of a few different tips for avoiding excessive battery consumption on iOS 7.

First of all, it is important to be careful with “what it means to spend a lot of battery”. There are users who complain about it every time the system is updated, even before there is time to carry out concrete tests to reach a definitive conclusion. Therefore, the ideal is to first check if there is any problem by performing a small test.

1. Testing battery consumption

You can quickly see if you have a problem with the battery when doing a small test. Go in Settings> General> Usage and check your time since the last recharge. It is divided into Use and On hold, which is the time the device has been used or left at rest. Logically, time On hold must be much larger than the one in Use, unless you have used the device all the time since you disconnected it from the cable. If after a while without charging the battery, the numbers are very close between Use and In rest, you have a real battery drain problem.

Battery Use

The test consists of the following: reset this data by connecting the USB cable to the device and charging it completely. Then disconnect the cable and let the device rest, with the screen off for exactly 5 minutes. After that, unlock the screen and return to the Settings> General> Usage and check the recorded times. Logically, the correct thing is to set 5 minutes at rest and 0 minutes in use. If the usage time is marking more than that, you are having a problem with battery consumption.

Battery Test

2. Configuring Facebook settings

A lot of people don’t realize it, but a big villain of fast battery consumption is the Facebook app, whose development is not always done with care in optimizing consumption. One tip is to turn off the location service and the Facebook background update. To do this, do the following:

  • Go in Settings> Privacy> Serv. Location and turn off Facebook.
  • Go in Settings> General> Background update and turn off Facebook.

Many already manage to improve battery consumption a lot. In some cases, the battery percentage immediately increases when you turn these settings off.

3. Disable background update for applications you don’t use

Background Update is a pretty cool addition to iOS 7, but it doesn’t have to be active in all applications. You can leave it on those you use and turn off the function on those you don’t want to be updated at all times. Go to the same place you went before, Settings> General> Background update, and turn off those apps that you don’t care about much.

4. Stop closing applications in multitasking

There is a myth of multitasking: the more applications that are open at the same time on the system, the more battery is consumed. This is quite true on other systems, such as Android, but on iOS the management of multitasking is different. Applications are in a “frozen” state when in the background, which greatly reduces energy consumption.

Because of this myth coming from other systems, many people are in the habit of always closing applications that they do not use by pressing the Home button twice and sliding the windows upwards. But iOS multitasking has another advantage thought by Apple engineers: saving application data in RAM, accelerating their resumption when they are used again. If you completely close an application that you are going to use in a short time, this will cause it to have to be completely recharged, which consumes more processing and, consequently, more energy. So, just close the apps that you really won’t be using in that period, so as not to make the processor work folded.

But pay attention: the whole “open” application in the background continues to occupy RAM memory, even if it doesn’t consume so much battery. So, the tip is not to close those applications that you will use again after a little while. In contrast, those that you are not going to use that day (a GPS navigator, for example), can be closed, so as not to be unnecessarily taking up RAM memory, which is used by other applications.

5. Disable notifications that annoy you

Another way to save your battery is to disable notifications for applications that are not so useful. Go in Settings> Notification Center and turn off what you don’t need.

If you are one of those who think that your battery has been draining too fast since the last update, make these adjustments and then tell us if they have resolved. ?

via Overthought