Apple’s latest OS, the iOS 8 which made its debut on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus duo and also comes pre-installed on the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 is now available for othet iPhones too. That said, there are e lot of devices out there running the iOS 8 and with every OS, be it iOS or Android or Windows are associated some minor problems. One such small problem with the iOS 8 seems to be battery drain issues but worry not. Here is a guide with very simple steps to help you get more time out of the battery of your device running the iOS 8.
1. Check Battery On Standby
The first reasonable thing to do would be to check if there’s actually some problem with your device or is it just the apps and processes running on your phone that are consuming the battery. To do this, kill all the apps, note the battery remaining on your iPhone and keep the phone down for about 10-20 minutes. Then pick it up and note the battery left again. If there’s not a big change in the battery levels, you’re probably doing fine and the apps on your iPhone are using up too much battery. To see the percentage of battery that the apps running on your smartphone are using go into Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage. You can then find out which apps are using way too much energy and get rid of them.
If your iPhone’s battery levels dropped by significant amounts in those 10-20 minutes its not the apps that are causing the battery to drain and you might have a problem.
2. Software Problems
If the method number 1 does not work, you might be having some firmware related problem which is probably causing the battery drain. Here are some options that you might want to consider:
- Your iPhone might be on the edge of a network, causing your radio in your device consuming of more power than ever to keep you connected and on the network. If you’re at the edge of an LTE network, switching down to 3G might be the best solution for you. if you’re on the edge of a 3G network, turn off the device’s radio might save on the battery, The same goes for Wi-Fi.
- There might be some unnecessary processes running on the phone that you are unaware of causing the device to lose power. Rebooting your phone will cause all the unnecessary processes to terminate and might save on the battery life.
- A process known as power cycle which involves draining your device of all the battery life and then charging it back to full power might also work for you. This is done in order to recalibrate the battery level indicator and this in turn will give you the exact levels of battery on your device if it was not doing it earlier.
3. New Device Restoration
Another factor that is found to be the main battery draining reason in many cases in not restoring the device as a new one when you restore all the data from the backup. This might sound like a not-so-pleasing way but then, you have got to save on that battery life. So even though restoring your phone as a new device will cause will erase all your saved data, it might save on that precious battery level.
4. Turning Off Push Notifications And Location Services
Processes like push notifications, GPS and background app refresh that keep running continuously in the background also add upto a great amount of battery usage. Turning them off might save on the battery life. Also, follow the following guidelines:
- Turn off the extra sounds like screen unlocking sound and others
- Keep the screen brightness to the minimum possible. Do not stress your eyes though.
- Turn off the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not using it.
5. Auto Lock Time
Auto-lock is the feature which automatically locks your device’s screen after a set period of time. This could be very important for saving on that battery life. Set the auto-lock timer to 1 minute so that when you are not using the screen, it automatically turns off and saves on the battery. To do this, go to Settings > General > Usage > Auto Lock.
6. Notification Widgets
To access the notification center, slide down from the top of the screen on your device and what you see under ‘Today’ are the notification widgets, Some of them are Weather, Sports, Stocks etc. Since these widgets require all-time internet connecitivity which can cause significant battery losses, turn them off by going into Settings > Notifications and turn off the desired notifications there.
7. Turn Off Handoff
Handoff is a feature that allows you to complete a work you left on your iPhone by continuing it on your iPad. For example, an email that was left incomplete on your iPhone can be completed on your iPad, thanks to Handoff. But like most features, this one too consumes some battery. So if you don’t plan to switch devices while working, we suggest you turn Handoff off by going into Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps.
8. Reset The Settings
Unknowingly, one turns on many features of their devices while exploring them and then forget to turn them off or can’t find them. If you too fall into this category, we suggest you restore all the settings to the default. To do this, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
9. Airplane Mode
If none of the above mentioned methods work, you might want to reach out to your nearest Apple dealer and get the battery or the device replaced if its still under warranty period. Till then, turning on the Airplane mode might get you to your destination with some battery.
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