If you’re like the average iPad user, you probably use your iPad every day for hours. With all that usage. you’ve probably thought about how you can increase your iPad’s battery life. When it’s low and you get that dreaded warning sign, finding a place to plug in can become a super stressful situation.
Your iPad’s battery is going to run out sooner or later, but there are some tips you can follow to make it last longer. It’s going to require that you turn off some features, but it’s going to pay off.
Lower the Screen Brightness
Something as simple as lowering your screen brightness can go a long way towards saving your battery. Try to reduce it as much as you can – the lower the better. You can do this by swiping up from the bottom of the display and adjusting the slider. You can also adjust the brightness by going to “Settings -> Display & Brightness” and using the slider.
Turn Off Bluetooth, WiFi, and AirDrop
Wireless technologies are great since they make our lives a whole lot easier, but they do have their battery-draining dark side. Unless it’s necessary to have these options on, it’s best if you turn them off when you don’t need them. The easiest way to do that is by swiping up from the bottom of your display, and they will be on the top left.
Check Your Emails Manually
My primary device for checking my emails is my phone and not my iPad. If you’re in a similar situation, there’s no point in it always checking for new emails. To check for your emails manually, go to “Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Fetch News Data -> Manually.”
Reduce Background App Refresh
Thanks to App Refresh, your apps can get new content even when you’re not using them. It’s very convenient, but it also drains your iPad’s battery. To turn this feature off for certain apps, go to “Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh.”
See What Apps Are Battery Hoggers
By going into your iPad’s settings, you can see what apps are consuming a lot of battery life. Open the Settings app and look for the Battery option. Under Battery Usage you’ll see all the apps that use the most battery and how much they use.
Minimize Motion and Animations
Apple introduced fantastic animations in iOS 7, including a parallax home screen. This is when your iPad’s apps and the wallpaper move on two different planes. It’s a great effect, but it also drains your battery. To turn this off, go to “Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Reduce Motion,” and toggle off the Reduce Motion slider.
Reduce Auto-Lock Time
Reducing the auto-lock time not only helps you to save battery life but also helps protect your privacy. The longer your iPad goes unlocked, the greater risk you run of someone getting ahold of it and the more battery that’s drained. Reduce the auto-lock time by going to “Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Auto-Lock.” The shorter the interval, the more battery you save.
Turn Off Location Services for Certain Apps
Some apps need your location to work correctly, but there are others that are just taking advantage. Look through the apps that are using your position and disable the ones that you think don’t need access to your location.
You can do this by going to “Privacy -> Location Services.” Look through the list, and if you want to make any changes, tap on the arrow and disable it.
Handoff is a useful feature since it allows you to start something on one iOS device and finish on another. If you usually don’t use this feature, the best thing you can do is to turn it off. You can do this by going to “Settings -> General -> Handoff -> Toggle Off.”
There are many features that you probably don’t even use that only drain your iPad’s battery. By applying the above tips, you’ll notice how you don’t have to charge your iPad as much as before. How do you save battery on your iPad? Share your battery-saving tips in the comments.
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