iOS 7 battery tips and tricks: How to improve your battery on your phone

Worried about iOS 7 battery problems? Want to improve your battery for the iPhone now you've downloaded iOS 7. Apple have added a stack of new features, some of which will mean that you might struggle to get through the day. Try some of these tricks to get some of that battery life back.

Kill AirDrop to save battery

If you don't plan on using the new AirDrop feature in iOS 7 then turn it off. It will save you battery life looking for interested parties (other iPhones) all the time. To turn it off, pull up the Control Centre and double tap on AirDrop logo. Here turn it off.

Background App Refresh

If you are trying to save battery life visit this pane in Settings. It determines what apps can refresh their content when on Wi-Fi or a mobile network, or use Location Services. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and select whether you want apps to work in the background or not. You can turn it off completely or limit it by app. 

Reduce Motion

Apple spent months adding new features and you just want to turn them off to save power so you can play Candy Crush on the last train home. That lovely Parallax effect whereby you move your phone and the wallpaper shifts slightly to give you a 3D effect, well it might drain your battery and you can turn it off. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.

Set Mail to 15 minutes

Do you really need emails pushed to you the moment you get them? Chances are every 15 minutes will be enough - you can always request them when you open the Mail app. To change your phone's scheduled email pick up times go to Settings > Mail, Contacts & Calendars > Fetch New Data and then scroll down to Fetch. Here you can change it to every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, hourly, or manually (which means never). You'll be amazed at what a difference it makes.

Brightness settings

It's an oldie, but a goodie. Go to Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness and nudge the Brightness setting down to somewhere in the middle. It will make a big difference on your power consumption. For added benefit you opt for Auto-Brightness setting too.

Turn off notifications for all unnecessary apps

It's time to play your favourite game again, We've got a special treat for you. Why haven't you been on a run recently Notifications from games and apps can not only be annoying but also a battery drain. Go to Settings > Notification Centre and then see what Apps are giving what notifications. Turn the off and your battery life will go up.

Turn off Stock notifications

Do you really need stock updates every time you check the Notification Centre If the answer is no, then good news, more battery saving potentials. To turn Stocks off go to Settings > Notification Centre > Stocks and say no.

Turn off location for all unnecessary apps

Location is a big power user and that means you should make sure you turn off location services for the apps that you don't really need it for. To do this go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. You can go over the top and turn it off for everything or you can individually set what apps get access and what apps don't. Does Shazam really need to know where you are when you try to tag a song?

Turn off Diagnostics & Usage, Location-Based iAds, and Popular near me in App Store

Your iPhone, whether you realise it or not, also does a lot of checking of your location in the background for other stuff. Some really useful for making your phone "awesome", others not so much. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > scroll to the bottom and find System Services then tick what you don't want. If you don't feel you need Location-Based iAds turn it off. It will save you battery. Not much, but every little bit helps.

Stop iOS 7 tracking where you hangout

iOS 7 keeps a track on where you hang out most, allowing it to cache relevant nearby data. Once you’ve used iOS 7 for a while, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services to view a list of where you've been most. If you are worried you can turn this feature off in the same place.

Shut down unwanted apps

Apple's new Multitasking feature is really easy to use and makes it a lot easier to shut down apps. Apple says that when you aren't using an app it sits there doing nothing. If you don't believe that every so often double tap the Home button and then swipe those app cards to the top of the screen to close what you aren't using.

Limit Siri

To turn off Siri's Raise to Speak feature go to Settings > General > Siri.

Turn off Bluetooth

If you've found that iOS 7 has turned on Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad you can turn it off very quickly. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Control Centre and then press the Bluetooth icon at the top. It's a lot easier to turn on and off now so you'll be able to save battery when you don't need it. 

Battery percentage

It won't save you battery power, but it will help you worrying about it every two seconds. To get rid of the battery per cent symbol on the top bar on your phone go to Settings > General > Usage and then disable Battery Percentage.

Airplane Mode

Silly, we know, and you won't be able to do anything online or take calls, but your phone's battery will last for what seems an eternity. To turn Airplane Mode on and off  swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Centre. Press the button with the airplane on it. Enjoy the silence while it lasts. 

More tips

Want more tips on how to get the most out of iOS 7 on the iPhone and iPad? Check out our iOS 7 Tips and Tricks feature.  

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