How to Save Battery Life on Your Apple Device

The battery inside your iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad is one that you can recharge whenever it gets low. Despite this, it’s important to realize that it does not have an infinite amount of energy that it can provide to you and your device. Every time you fully recharge your battery it loses a little bit more of its overall capacity and will eventually need to be replaced. Because of this fact, it’s very important to try to get as much life out of your battery as possible. You can accomplish this by keeping a few of the processes on your iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad that notoriously (and quickly) drain the battery in check.

Turn off location services. Many apps for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad continually use your location to personalize the information they display. What many people don’t realize is that these apps are continually checking for your location, even when you’re not actively using your device. All these apps continually trying to figure out your location are drawing power away from your battery that will be needed later on. Go into the “Settings” application and turn off location services for any application that you don’t absolutely need.

Turn off “Push” notifications. “Push” notifications can be great to stay on top of a particular application or even a breaking news story, but they have a habit of doing more harm than good when it comes to your battery. Even if you aren’t anywhere near your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad, the device will still turn on to display a “Push” notification. When the device powers on the battery will come out of “Standby” and start drawing power as if it were normal use. Turning off “Push” notifications is a great way to take a proactive approach to saving your battery.

Shut down any apps that you aren’t actively using. Many people don’t realize that just because you close out of a particular app doesn’t mean that app has shut down. Double tap on the “Home” button to view a list of all apps that are running. Each of these applications is drawing power away from your battery. Close out of all the apps that you don’t need.

Turn down your screen “brightness” level. Because of the glossy screen on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad it can be difficult to read information displayed on your device in direct sunlight. This can be irritating, but turning your brightness all the way up also drains your battery very quickly. Keep your brightness at around half of its total ability to save more than an hour of your battery’s life with each charge.

 Turn off the “Wi-Fi” capabilities of your device when you’re not using them. This operates similarly in concept to turning off location services on your device. Even if you aren’t using the Internet on your device it is still checking for available Wi-Fi networks as long as it’s powered on. Go into the “Settings” application and turn off Wi-Fi when you don’t need it. Not only will this stop your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad from constantly checking for networks, it will also stop certain applications from constantly trying to use an Internet connection as well.

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