How to increase your iPhone/iPad battery timing in iOS 7.1

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The upgraded version of iOS 7.1 came with fixed bugs and lots of nominal improvements in the features but there were some drawbacks which were experienced by the users. The main issue that the user faced was the reduction in the battery, the battery drained faster than the previous version of iOS. The cause of this drainage can vary with the user usage of applications and processes in the device so it is very difficult to identify the exact cause of the battery drainage but you can try the following instructions which might help to increase your battery life

  • Close Apps that are working at the back end
  • Disable Location Services
  • Restoring your iPhone and your network settings
  • Battery Calibration
  • Disable Animated Wallpapers ( Dynamic Wallpapers
  • Turning off Background App Refresh
  • Enabling Reduce Motion settings
  • Stop App Store updates
  • Remove features from notification Center
  • Turning off Spotlight search for selected apps
  • Using Push notification for limited apps
  • Disable LTE/4G when not using
  • Reducing Autolock Interval
  • Disabling Wife Network availability search
  • Reducing brightness of Screen
  • Other features that can turned off when not using
  • Restoring iPhone without backup
  • Visit Apple Store

1.Close Apps that are working at the back end:
iOS manages the applications which are running at the back but normally applications which tend to stop working again starts to work without any reason and they use the content as well. These takes the battery which is an extra burden on the battery but you can force them to close.
Tap your home screen two times and it will open the list of list of working apps, swipe those apps which you want to close. There are numerous apps that use large amount of battery as compared to other apps like Skype, VoIP and audio/video apps. You better close them which might help reducing your battery drainage.

2.Disable Location Services:
You can change the Location services, it can help you with your battery. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and select the location services one by one. From there you can identify which of them is causing the problem. You can also change the settings of various apps, if they can work without the location services it is better to disable them.

3.Restoring your iPhone and your network settings:
Most basic and simplest method is to restart your device, you can do it by holding your Sleep/Wake button along with Home button until the Apple logo is seen on the screen. It will take roughly 10 seconds.

There is another way which you can try, you can reset your network setting by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. It will remove every network setting on your device and put them to default.



4.Battery Calibration :
In order to get the best out of your battery it is advisable to fully charge your battery and drain it till your device turns off. You need to do this once in every month in order to have the best maintenance of your battery. You should start doing it if you never tried it.

5.Disable Animated Wallpapers ( Dynamic Wallpapers):
iOS 7 introduced new features out of them Dynamic wallpaper is one of the features that puts animated background to your home screen but as it has movable wallpapers so defiantly if will take more battery. You can choose a static wallpaper from Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness > Choose Wallpaper which will save your battery consumption but if you are not having any battery issues then you can have fun with the dynamic wallpapers.




6.Turning off Background App Refresh:
Apple made sure that its newly introduced multitasking will not consume battery and will be drawing data from the network in the background. That could have been worked in new iOS devices but for older iOS devices it might have caused trouble in battery. However you can disable it by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. You can also select specific apps if you are sure that they are taking most of the battery. There will be list of apps from where you can specifically disable the selected apps background refresh feature.



7.Enabling Reduce Motion settings:
In order to get the concept of UI layer elements, iOS 7 included number of animations, few of them also accessed gyroscopic data which consumes battery as well. These motion effects can be disabled by turning on Reduce Motion by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion



8.Stop App Store updates :
App Store keeps on updating on the back end which also uses a large amount of battery. You can stop the automatic updates by going to Settings > iTunes and App Store. There you can turn off Updates from the Automatic Download portion if you don’t want to get your apps updated without your permission

9.Remove features from notification Center:
If you don’t want the new features that Apple introduced in the Notification center, you can select from the list of the features which you don’t want and turn them off. The list can be found in Settings > Notification Center from there you can remove Stock widget, Today Summary, Next Destination and many other features.

10.Turning off Spotlight search for selected apps:
Another feature is Spotlight, which looks for the content of your mobile. Contacts, Music, Podcast, events and many more are included in the content which Spotlight searches and you can select from Settings > General > Spotlight Search the type of data you want to search using Spotlight.

11.Using Push notification for limited apps;
Push Notifications also takes a lot of battery if they pop up so many times, apps which you don’t use much, you can turn off their push notification feature by going to Settings > Notification Center. There will be an include setting where there will be a list of apps. You can turn off push notification for selective apps from that list.

12.Disable LTE/4G when not using:
LTE/4G also consumes your battery, if you don’t want it for some time you can turn it off instead of keeping it on by Settings > General > Cellular > Enable LTE/Enable 4.G



13.Reducing Autolock Interval:
You can set the duration of your iPhone’s Autolock to the minimum time which means that after very little time on inactivity phone screen will turn off. You can go to Setting app > General and select Autolock. There you can set the duration of Autolock, the best timing is from 1 to 5 minutes.

14.Disabling Wife Network availability search:
IPhone’ Wi-Fi uses a large amount of battery but within Wi-Fi there is a process which takes most of the battery. That is searching for available networks. You can turn it off by going to Setting App> Wi-Fi, there you disable the Ask to join network. It will still connect your Wi-Fi to the saved networks but not automatically. You will have to manually select the Wi-Fi connection

15.Reducing brightness of Screen:
The screen also takes a prominent amount of battery into use, you can reduce the brightness of the screen or can select Auto-Brightness which will automatically reduce the scree brightness according to the light around you. Dimming the screen will surely reduce battery consumption. You can do it by going to Setting App > Brightness & Wallpaper, there you can turn the Auto-Brightness On.



16.Other features that can turned off when not using: 

Bluetooth: When not in use it is advised to turn it off. It saves battery and can be disabled by going to Settings> General > Bluetooth

Background App refresh: You should check the apps that have background app refresh feature. If you don’t want it for specific or all applications, you can disable them by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

Push notification for email account: If you have number of email accounts and you use them on your iPhone. Enable push notification for only those email accounts which are important for you. Don’t use push notification for those email accounts which have junk emails and useless ads. It is better to disable Push for those accounts.

Siri Feature:  You can turn off the Siri’s Raise to speak feature if you don’t use it that much, it uses battery in large amount. You can disable it by going to Settings > General > Siri > Raise to Speak.

Personal HotSpot: You can disable the personal HotSpot when not in use by going to Settings > Personal HotSpot and disabling the feature. You can use is when you need it otherwise keep it off.

Music Equalizer: When you are not listening to songs you better disable the equalizer by going to Settings > Music > EQ



17.Restoring iPhone without backup:
There are few occasions when user face battery problems after they restored their iPhone from backup. There are sometimes issues in the backup which can cause the problem in the battery. You can again restore your iPhone without using the backup. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All content And Settings and then set your iPhone from the start and don’t use backup. If you have some important data you can make a backup of it by iTunes or iCloud and then use your important data from the backup using Google+ or Dropbox.

18.Visit Apple Store:
If problem still persist then the last advise we can give you is to pay a visit to your nearby Apple Store. They probably will have a solution to counter your battery problems.


If the tips mentioned above don’t help then take it to the Apple Store, it could well be a problem with your iPhone, which may need to be replaced.

These methods are just the ways which you can try to better your battery timing bt it is not compulsory that you need to do it on all costs because disabling these all features will take the fun out of your iOS device and nobody wants that.

At the end, special thanks to iphonehacks which created this guide and tried their best to counter battery life issues. Do let us know if you find any of the above features useful.


Abdullah Akbar

Abdullah Akbar Shafi is currently doing Software Engineering And he writes on Gadgets and Technology as his interest.
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