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Four ways to increase battery life on iPhone iOS 7

Four ways to increase battery life on iPhone iOS 7

Now that you've installed iOS 7 with all of its new bells and whistles, you realize that new features come at a price: battery life. There is an extremely noticeable decrease in battery life based on consistent running of background processes. 

To help you with having the newest software, and still having good battery life - we've put together 4 things you can do to help increase your battery life.

1) Disable Background Motion

The dynamic wallpapers and 3D parallax in iOS 7 are extremely visual effects, but also are very big battery killers. If you are willing to give us these two new effects, you will be on your way to a more efficient battery life. 

Disable this by going into Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion



2) Stop Location Based Services

Almost every app you install will request access to your location. This along side location tracking, the compass, along with iAds for local advertisement placement all use the GPS to determine your location. They all also cause a decrease in battery life. Turning these features off, will make sure your phone isn't always trying to determine your location.

This is how you stop location based services: Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services

Make sure Location-Based iAds, Popular Near Me, Compass Calibration, Diagnostics & Usage, and Traffic is turned off.



3) Background Application Refresh

In iOS 7 comes the addition of background application refresh, this allows some of your apps to automatically update themselves with you are not using them. It's a great feature if you hate updating your apps, but also causes your phone to always be pinging the app store to search for new updates. If you are willing to give up this feature you will increase your battery life.  

Turn off this feature here: Settings > General > Background App Refresh



4) Disable AirDrop

AirDrop is the new file sharing option for iOS 7. It allows you to instantly drop files between any other iPhone 5, 5C, or 5S running iOS 7. While it is a handy feature, it is consistently looking for other devices that could be around you. This causes a much higher usage of your phone and battery. 

Disable this feature open up the control center by swiping up from the bottom of your screen, click AirDrop, and then Off.

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