iOS 7 introduced plenty of new features and design changes that maintained the excitement level pretty high for the iOS ecosystem. But of course, it won't be a major firmware launch without folks complaining about battery life issues. Unfortunately, those shiny new designs and features do come with a price. But don't fret because we've got you covered. Just follow these tips to fix iOS 7 battery life issues.
How to Fix iOS 7 Battery Life Issues?
Disable Location Services
Location Services is required by some apps so they can pinpoint and tag your location. Obviously, having this enabled is a must for apps like RunKeeper or Google Maps. But not all apps should actively use Location Services, at least if you want to prevent your battery from draining. I won't recommend disabling Location Services altogether but you should definitely disable it for apps you don't or rarely use. Navigate to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services for this one.
Disable Other System Services
While you're at the Location Services settings, you might also consider checking the System Services menu. Here you can disable a couple of services you don't really need. I recommend that you disable these settings:
- Diagnostics & Usage - send error and bug reports to Apple
- Location-based iAds - location-based advertising (yay!)
- Popular Near Me - displays popular events from your Facebook / Twitter notifications
- Setting Time Zone - not really applicable if you don't travel
- Wi-Fi Networking - determines your location via WiFi hotspots when lacking in service
- Frequent Locations - for improving maps, records place you frequently go to
- Status Bar Icon - displays icon in the status bar when a service uses your location
Disable Motion and Parallax
The Parallax effect is surely a joy to behold but unfortunately, it does consume system resources. Once the novelty wears off, you can navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility and toggle Reduce Motion to ON to save battery life.
NOTE: This feature has minimal resource drain with the iPhone 5S due to the separate M7 motion chip.
Disable WiFi & Bluetooth When Not Needed
This one's pretty basic. When you are not using WiFi and Bluetooth, you should just disable them. With the new Control Center, enabling/disabling WiFi & Bluetooth becomes a breeze.
Don't Use Dynamic Wallpapers
Another cool eye-candy that comes with iOS 7. Dynamic Wallpapers are pretty neat but you can bet that they also consume battery life. Again once you are done showing them off to your friends or colleagues or you simply got tire of them, swap these animated wallpapers to something static. Navigate to Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness > Choose Wallpaper > Stills > and pick anything that doesn't move.
Don't Leave AirDrop Permanently On
When you are not sharing sharing pictures, contacts, notes, and more to other iDevices, then there's no point in leaving this feature on as it drains battery life. This is especially true since it requires both WiFi and Bluetooth.
Terminate Apps Running in the Background
Apps that are running in the background may not consume as much resources but the fact remains that they still consume battery life and memory. To terminate apps in iOS 7, simply double tap the home to go into multitasking view and swipe the screenshots upwards to terminate the apps.
Disable Background App Refresh
This enable apps to refresh or update while in the background. As you might guess, disabling this will result in improved battery life. With Background App Refresh disabled, app behavior returns to how it was in previous iOS iterations. To disable this feature: Settings > General > Background App Refresh
Disable Auto App Updates
While this option sure is convenient, this causes the system to check for updates every now and then. Just how often do apps update anyway? It's sure not frequent enough to keep this feature enabled permanently. To disable Auto App Updates, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads > and set Updates to OFF.
Tone Down Brightness Level
Another tested and proven method in preserving battery life. Cranking up your iPhone's brightness may look great but it also uses a lot of power. Tone down the brightness in a level that is not too bright but also not so dark that you won't be able to see anything. Fortunately, the Control Center makes it easy to adjust the brightness.
Disable Some Notifications Options
Apple added plenty of new options for the Notification Center. Here, simply disable all options that you don't really need. Do you really need to see notification for Stocks? Navigate to Settings -> Notification Center and turn off notifications options you don't need, including those for apps.
Other Ways to Fix iOS 7 Battery Life Issues:
- Turn Off Siri - if you are not using Siri, better disable her altogether. Go to Settings -> General -> Siri.
- Reset Your iDevice - hold the Home and Sleep/Wake button together until you see the Apple logo appear.
- Disable keyboard clicks
- Reset Network Settings - navigate to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings.
- Disable LTE and utilize a slower data network
- Do a Full Restore and Set iPhone as New - this is a little extreme but it could potentially solve most battery problems associated with backups. Make sure that you perform a backup via iTunes and iCloud.
So you might ask, why not just turn off your iDevice altogether? Well, it's true that disabling features is the most effective way to fix iOS 7 battery life issues. However, all of these are just suggestions that highlight the features that you can disable without affecting the overall experience. If you need or like a certain feature, then by all means, keep it enabled. Don't disable features that you need just for the sake of improving battery life. Disable / enable features as you see fit. Hopefully this post helped you fix iOS 7 battery life issues.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback