iOS 8 – Battery Life Problems and How to Solve Them

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A large number of consumers that upgraded to iOS 8 recently are complaining that their devices are displaying poor battery performance. The exact causes for this on your device are hard to identify since every user will have a different setup. However, we are going to show you a few tips on how you can improve the battery life for your device running iOS 8.

Battery Usage

The new iOS 8 lets you take a look at what apps are draining your battery. You can go to your Settings and access the Usage > Battery Usage section under General. There, all the apps that use battery power are displayed, and you can toggle between viewing all the recorded apps from the last 24 hours and also the last 7 days.

It is fine for apps to show as a heavy consumer in their stats if you use them a lot, but if you hardly ever use them, then it is best that you delete them.

If you have certain apps that will continue to work in the background, such as apps that need to fetch data from the network, you will have to force stop the apps manually. However, be careful not to force stop apps that you need and anything critical such as system processes.

Location Services

More and more apps tend to want for some reason to pinpoint our location, therefore when you install them, you will be asked if it is ok for them to use location services. Which means the phone will drain even more battery for practically nothing important, so unless these are apps that you want to give your location to, such as Maps, you should disable Location Services for other apps. The option is available within the Privacy section of your Settings.  In iOS 8, there is a new option that lets you have the apps using location services only when you are using that app. ‘While Using the App’ option is a pretty neat feature to have.

Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh is a feature introduced on iOS7. It lets your device fetch data for various apps that use it, in the background. It is a good feature overall but is not necessary for every app. It also eats up a chunk of your phone battery, so you should turn it off, or at least leave it on just for the apps that require it. The feature is managed from the General section of the Settings.

Push Email

From the Mails, Contacts and Calendars section of your Settings, check to see if your email is set for Push or Fetch. If it is the first one, set it to Fetch, as pushing emails will leave a pretty big dent in your phone’s battery life. The Push option will make sure you get a new notification just as soon as it comes in. While using the Fetch option will let you choose an interval at which the system will check for a new notification.

Notification Center

If you swipe from the top edge of the screen towards the bottom, you will bring up your Notification Center which features the Today tab, where your widgets are displayed. Sure, having widgets for calendars, stocks, memos and whatever else you might have added in sound great, but not for your battery, so if you want to increase your phone’s battery life make sure to disable the ones you do not need by tapping the Edit button. The red circle on the left of each app will delete the respective app from the Notification Center when tapped.

No Dynamic Wallpapers

Another feature that debuted with iOS7 which brings some subtle animations to your home screen and also your lock screen. However, they come with a price, as there is an amount of battery drainage involved here. If you want to make the most out of your phone’s battery, you should disable the feature from the Wallpaper section of your Settings. You should instead opt for a still wallpaper.

iTunes Updates

If you do not need all your apps up to date immediately, you should go to the iTunes/Apple Store section of your Settings and look for Automatic Download/Updates. From here, disable the app, and save yourself some precious battery time. Although it might be useful for some, the feature automatically updates all your apps from the App Store, and that takes some battery.

These were the tips that will help your iOS 8 device retain more battery and don’t forget to let us know in the comments below if these tips helped you.

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