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How to extend battery life on iOS 7 iOS 7 is compatible with iPhone 4 or later (though not all features are supported on older devices), so if you upgraded your device to iOS 7, you could notice a quickly draining battery. Some new iOS 7's features might be destroying your iPhone's battery life.Here are a few settings you can apply to keep iOS 7 from killing your phone's battery life.
Disable background refresh
iOS 7 lets apps refresh even when you're not using them. And by default all apps are set to refresh, so it’s stealing precious battery life.
To fix that, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Here, you can choose to disable the setting altogether or just turn it off for the apps that don't need refreshing.
Alter your location services
It seems like just about every app wants to track your location these days. For some apps, like Maps, this makes a lot of sense, but if you've authorized other apps (Twitter, Facebook) to track your location without actually using the in-app features that go along with it, you should turn it off. In addition to apps, iOS 7 has a whole host of system-level options for location tracking, including local advertising and even the compass. If you don't use the apps to begin with, turning off the GPS tracking won't do much, but if you can disable tracking for a few of your most-used apps, you could see a decent boost in battery life.
Not using AirDrop? Kill it
iOS 7 introduces AirDrop to the iPhone for the first time, but even if you find yourself using the handy Dropbox-style feature from time to time, you should be turning it off when you don't need it. This is made easy by the new Control Center in iOS 7, which can be brought up by swiping upwards on the home screen. From here, it's just two taps to either enable or disable AirDrop, and while you're here, you can also disable Bluetooth and/or WiFi to help save additional battery life when you're not using them. Note: AirDrop is not available on the iPhone 4 or 4S.
3D goes bye-bye
OK, this one is going to hurt: You know that fancy 3D parallax wallpaper effect that iOS 7 introduces? Unfortunately for users who want the most out of their battery, it's a luxury that does nothing but burn power to make your home screen look cool. You can disable this feature by toggling on the "Reduce Motion" option in the Accessibility menu.
A time-saver no doubt, iOS's automatic updates keep your apps up-to-date so you don't have to. According to Apple, it's designed to be power-conscious, but if you know you'll be without a charger for a long time, it's best to disable it.
To do so, head to Settings > iTunes and Apple Store, and disable the Updates option. Just don't forget to check the App Store for new app versions.
Being able to search for almost anything in your device is a big productivity-booster, but that means Spotlight is constantly crawling for new data, then indexing it. You guessed it: it's a battery drain.
Those who rely heavily on Spotlight should skip this option, but if you can live with only a partially indexed phone, un-index some items.
Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search, and uncheck the items you don't absolutely need indexed.
(This post was last modified: 09-30-2013 11:00 PM by messivj.)