If you aren’t one of the lucky ones to have the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you might have noticed that iOS 8 is draining your device’s battery life. This is because the new update has come with many great features and the older iPhone and iPad devices are feeling a bit drained. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are less likely to feel the effects because of the stronger batteries that last longer.
Here are 5 tips to improve battery life on all your devices running iOS 8:
1. Check Your Usage
Your first step should be to check which apps are battery vampires, with this cool iOS 8 trick. Once you know which apps are killing your battery life, you can close them or delete them if they have become redundant.
Here’s how: Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage.
2. Stop Tracking
Location-tracking apps like Google Maps or Nike+ are great but it is completely unnecessary to track your movement all the time across all apps. The location-tracking feature is one of the worst battery draining features for iOS 8 so it would be a good idea to turn the feature off across your device completely or customised on an app-by-app basis.
Here’s how: Settings > Privacy > Location Services
3. Turn off Background App Refresh
Background App Refresh is a feature which allows you to multi-task, while content updates in the background. While it is a great feature, it is hectic on your device’s battery-life. The default setting for Background App Refresh is “on”, so you might want to switch it to “off” across all apps on your device or you can manage it on each app specifically.
Here’s how: Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
4. Manage Notification Widgets
With iOS 8 you can access widget from the Notification Centre. Now you can customise your Today view by swiping down on your screen from the top. These widget can pull data about weather, sports, etc which is great if you want to stay on top of everything, but they also wear out your device’s battery life. Luckily you can enable certain widgets so that they continuously pull new data, while others are kept at bay.
Here’s how: Swipe down from the top your > Today > Edit
5. Turn Wifi Auto Search Off
Not only is it unnecessary for your device to constantly be searching for a Wifi network to join, it is also extremely draining your device’s battery life.
Here’s how: Settings > Wi-Fi > Ask to Join Networks