How to save battery life on iOS 9

Every update to the operating system brings new line of features and upgrades to the old ones, and with the availability of new features comes news ways to drain your device’s battery much faster. With iOS 9 there are several new features to fully utilise the hardware and several new ways to fully utilise the battery life of your device.

So below are some of the important ways to fully utilise your device’s battery life.

Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode is the newly added feature to iOS and can save up to three hours of your device’s battery life. With Low Power Mode several things like mail fetch, background app refresh, automatic downloads, and motion are turned-off to lessen the consumption of your device’s battery.

iOS Low Power Mode
iOS 9 Low Power Mode
    To enable Low Power Mode:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Battery from the menu list.
  3. Toggle Low Power Mode switch to turn in on.
  4. The battery indicator on top right of your screen will turn yellow in colour to indicate you are using Low Power Mode.

Additionally with iOS 9 you will be prompted automatically to turn Low Power Mode on when your device’s battery goes below 20 percent, the pop–up will automatically turn–on Low Power Mode without you going to settings and turning it on manually.

Know which apps use up more battery life

This feature was originally added to iOS 8 but a big improvement has been made in iOS 9 (Settings > Battery), with iOS 9 now you can see breakdown of apps per minute that use up your device’s battery, by knowing which apps use more battery juice you can try not using those when you are running low on power and need your device for other important tasks.

Turn–off Auto App Updates

Auto app updates were added initially to iOS 7, with auto app updates, apps on your device are automatically downloaded so they are always up–to–date but this feature can really drain your device’s battery, to save that juice up turn–off auto app updates.

iOS Auto App Updates
Auto App Updates
    To disable Auto App Updates:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select App and Itunes Stores.
  3. Under Automatic Downloads, toggle Apps updates to off.

Limit Background App Refresh

With background app refresh, your apps are continuously pulling new data automatically so the content is fresh when you open them, but this feature keeps using lots of your battery juice even if you don’t use the apps very often. So it is always best to allow only selected apps on your device to use background app refresh feature. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh to filter out apps that don’t need background refreshing.

Reduce Motion

The parallax effect introduced in iOS 7 is one of the battery life drainers as well. Simply by tilting the phone you get the effect of tilting apps and background wallpaper, plus the zoom effect when you enter or exit folder of apps. To reduce this effect go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion, then turn–on reduce motion.

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