iOS 8 Battery Life Saving Tips for iPhone & iPad

Is your iPhone battery draining so fast after updating to iOS 8? Learn how to tweak your iPhone settings to increase iPhone battery life with these iOS 8 battery life saving tips.

Since its official release a week ago, the Apple iOS 8 update has gotten mix reviews with both praises and criticisms from its loyal users. But one never-ending concern is the short battery life of most iOS devices especially on the iPhone. While others associate this problem as an iOS program flaw, such drastic battery drain can actually be caused by overall device usage and unnecessary settings or configurations on the device.

iOS 8 features a number of modern smartphone capabilities which mostly refreshes on the background or requires constant internet connection thus by manually enabling/disabling these battery hogging features, you can save up some juice from your iPhone’s precious battery. So before asking for an iPhone battery replacement, try first these iOS battery saving tips and observe a significant improvement on your iPhone / iPad battery life.

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10 iOS 8 Battery Life Saving Tips

ios 8 battery life saving tipsNote: Below are the major iOS 8 features which consume a good amount of battery to work. To save up some power, we can disable them individually but also note that by doing so, we a limiting our device’s full potential. Every iPhone users have different preferences in using their phones therefore only disable below mentioned features which you only deemed unnecessary or you’re not going to use for a lot period of time.

1. Disable Location Services

Location Services is an iOS feature responsible for getting your current GPS location needed or used by different apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Google Maps, etc. Turning it off or limiting the service to a select number of applications you actually use will significantly improve your iPhone’s battery life.

To do this, just go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services then set individual apps you don’t use frequently to ‘Never’. The lesser apps listed, the better!

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Still under Location Services, scroll down and select System Services. Turn off the services except ‘Cell Network Search’ and ‘Find My iPhone’ (if you’re using it). The two should be enough for basic iPhone usage.

2. Limit Background App Refresh

This iOS feature allows apps to refresh content when on Wi-Fi or cellular in the background to ensure you get updated data when you re-launch them. I usually turn this feature OFF since I apps contents can be manually refreshed once opened.

To review all apps which refreshes on background, just go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

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3. Manual instead of Automatic App Downloads

Since iOS 7, automatic app download features was already introduced to help users on getting the latest app version in a seamless way. This is a quick useful feature but may be unnecessary at times so to save battery, you can turn it OFF and update your apps manually via App Store.

To turn it OFF, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. (see image in #2)

4. Unwanted App Notifications

Notifications in iOS 8 are very helpful to let you know what going on with your apps. However, not all installed apps need to always prompt you for updates and thus only clutters up your notifications screen.

If you have app notifications which you normally just ignore, turn them OFF by going to Settings > Notifications to save battery.

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To ensure longer battery life, make it a habit to review the list of apps included in App Notifications screen especially when installing new apps.

5. Say No to Parallax Effect

As fancy as it looks, the Parallax effect is just an aesthetic feature which I think you can live without. Apart from making you screen or wallpaper 3D-ish, it does consume a good amount of battery as well. To disable it, go Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion, then turn it ON.

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In addition, use static wallpapers (either using the stock wallpapers in iOS or any customized still photos of yours) and avoid using dynamic wallpapers.

6. Fetch instead of Push Emails

By default, the Mail app frequently accesses the internet in background to get your emails and pushes back to your iPhone in real time. This seamless process consumes battery and thus lessening the frequency of fetching new data will save you more battery life.

Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and turn OFF the ‘Push‘ option and set the Fetch interval to ‘Hourly’ at the bottom of the screen.

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7. Disable Handsoff

Handsoff is a new iOS 8 feature which lets you start a specific task (say creating an email draft on your iPhone) from one device and continue what you where you left off using another device (like on an iPad or a Mac) using an iCloud account.

If you don’t have any spare iDevice with you or simply don’t want to utilize this capability, then navigate to Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps and turn every toggle OFF.

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8. Reduce Screen Brightness

A bulletproof tip for saving battery life is to reduce your iPhone’s screen brightness. The LCD panel is one of the device’s major battery consumer so if you’ve set the screen brightness manually, then put it in the mid-level brightness as much as possible.

You can adjust your screen brightness either on the Control Center or by navigating to Settings > Display & Brightness. I usually turn OFF the ‘Auto-Brightness’ option to give myself some flexibility.

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9. Manage your Connections

Connectivity features in iOS include a wide array of options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, Airdrop, etc. All these features consume a significant chuck of power from the device’s battery. Hence, make it a habit to turn them OFF after or when not in use. You can individually disable them via:

  • Wi-Fi                                    –             Control Center or via Settings > Wi-Fi
  • Airdrop                               –             Control Center
  • Bluetooth                           –             Control Center or via Settings > Bluetooth
  • 4G LTE                                –             Settings > Cellular
  • Personal Hotspot               –             Settings > Personal Hotspot
  • iCloud                                  –             Settings > iCloud

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10. Monitor your Battery Usage

In case you still noticing an unusual drop in battery life, iOS 8 has introduced a dedicated section under through Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage to help users keep track of each application’s battery usage percentage on a daily and weekly basis.

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Use this feature to closely monitor your usage and possibly help you point out any problematic apps currently installed on your device.

Follow the above mentioned iOS 8 battery life saving tips and notice a significant improvement on your iPhone or iPad’s battery life. If you have any additional iPhone battery saving tips, feel free to share them by leaving a comment below.



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