5 Ways to Preserve Your Battery Life on iOS 8

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5 Ways to Preserve Your Battery Life on iOS 8

If you've recently purchased and iPhone or iPad from an online retailer, like eBay, you'll soon be experiencing the power of iOS 8. Unfortunately, it comes with a bit of a learning curve in power management. The operating system's awesome new features are putting extra strain on battery supplies. While users of the iPhone 6 are protected by a beefed up battery, there are plenty of ways for users to save energy while getting the most from their Apple devices.


1. Disable Dynamic Wallpapers

Apple loves to make advancements like the new, moving wallpapers available with iOS 8. Unfortunately those tiny touches come at a big power expense, and they aren't worth it for many users. For those who feel saving energy is worth sacrificing moving background images, dynamic wallpapers can be disabled by clicking Settings > General > Accessibility and turning on Reduce Motion.


2. Forgo Fetch

Staying connected is one of the main reasons people buy tablets and smartphones, but certain features take the concept to an entirely new level, delivering nearly instantaneous email forwarding to devices. However, this requires constant monitoring of email accounts, which places a tremendous drain on battery life, not to mention productivity. Users can turn off the fetching feature, by clicking Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and turning off Fetch New Data.


3. Disable Background Refresh

Depending on how a user most uses mobile devices, this feature introduced with iOS 7 is either extremely convenient or completely unnecessary. Background App Refresh allows people to keep their applications running and updating in the background of their iPhone or iPad while they make calls or manage multiple tasks. It's turned on by default, though most users don't need it as much as they need a long-lasting battery. To disable this feature, users can click Settings > General > Background App Refresh, and set it to off.


4. Customise Widget Notification

Some people get mobile notifications all day, every day. By tapping Edit at the bottom of the Today screen, they can open the Notification Center, where users can adjust widget features from one central location. This makes it relatively easy to cut back on the battery waste that results from needless widget updating, but users can also customise notifications as needed to preserve the full functionality of their essential apps.


5. Monitor Your Battery Use

Developers knew that iOS 8 would place extra power demands on devices, so Apple created a tool for monitoring which applications are using the most power. Users can access this screen by clicking Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage. From here they can see battery use trends throughout the day, allowing them to identify and replace power draining apps with more efficient alternatives.

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