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10 Tips & Tricks to Improve Battery Life in iOS 9

Battery life is almost always a major concern whenever there’s a major iOS update. Although installing iOS 9 has been a smooth experience for most people, there are still some users who are experiencing some battery problems. If you are one of the latter, here are some tips and tricks that will improve battery life in iOS 9.

Monitor battery usage to find out problem apps

Monitor battery iOS 9
In the Battery preferences within the Settings app, it’s possible to monitor which apps are consuming most of your battery life. From here, you can choose to uninstall battery intensive apps or simply terminate them via App Switcher. If your Home & Lock Screen drains the most battery, set your device to Auto-Lock after 30 seconds or 1 minute.

Disable Background App Refresh

Disable Background App Refresh iOS 9
Go to Settings > General and disable Background App Refresh. You can disable it entirely or with specific apps only. This will prevent apps from constantly refreshing content in the background which of course, drains battery. Take note that some apps do require Background App Refresh to be enabled.

Disable Auto-Brightness

Disable Auto Brightness iOS 9
Enabling Auto-Brightness can do a number on your battery life. In most cases, Auto-Brightness displays a higher than needed brightness so it’s not really necessary. Just adjust it yourself and preferably keep it down to save on battery life.

Disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & AirDrop when not used

Disable Wi-Fi iOS 9
If you are not using the internet or require a Bluetooth, then make sure that you disable them. In general, I just disable AirDrop to prevent cyberflashing. Fortunately, disabling and enabling these options are fairly painless through the Control Center.

Disable Notifications for some apps

Disable Notifications iOS 9
Not every notification from apps is useful or important. So it’s recommended that you disable notifications from apps that you don’t use or need. Navigate to Settings > Notifications and disable the notifications individually.

Set your iDevice to fetch less data frequently

Push Toggle iOS 9
You can actually set how frequently your iPhone or iPad fetches new data within the Mail, Contacts, Calendars preferences. Select Fetch New Data, disable the Push toggle, and set the Fetch frequency based on your preference (15 min, 30 min, 1 hour or manually).

Disable Auto App Updates

Disable Auto App Updates iOS 9
It’s safe to say that you don’t want all of your apps to be updated, especially the ones that you don’t use. Just disable automatic App Store Updates and update your apps manually to save on battery life. Turn off Automatic Updates within the App and iTunes Store preferences.

Disable Fitness Tracking

Disable Fitness Tracking iOS 9
The Health app tracks motion and fitness by acquiring information like step count and body movement. If you are not using it, just turn it off. Navigate to Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness and disable the Fitness Tracking toggle.

Disable Location Services for some apps

Location Services iOS 9
You can disable Location Services completely but it’s not recommended. Many important apps will not work properly without this feature. What I like to do is to set this option on a per-app basis.

Enable Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode iOS 9
If you are on-the-go or have no access to a charger, enable Low Power Mode for an extra bit of juice. Sure, your device will be slowed down and you won’t be able to access some features but you’ll about three more hours of battery life. Enable this one when needed.

Any more tips on how to improve battery life in iOS 9? Share them in the comments!

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