How to Conserve Battery Life on the iPad
As with all electronic devices, the battery life of your iPad may not meet or exceed your expectations. However, there are quite a few tips you can follow to save battery life and extend the amount of time between charges. This is especially helpful with the new iPad, the larger battery developed to power the retina display also takes more time to charge than the previous two versions, so any tips to help save battery life are helpful.
- Keep the amount of open applications to a minimum by closing apps on a regular basis.
- Adjust your brightness settings. The iPad comes with Auto Brightness turned on. This setting adjusts the screen brightness automatically based on the light in your surrounding, however, most times you can lower this setting and save battery life. In your Settings icon, tap on Brightness and Wallpaper to adjust this setting.
- Keep your iPad operating system software up-to-date. Apple makes changes to their iOS to fix issues and many of these fixes have dealt with saving battery life. To make sure your iPad software is up-to-date, you can follow these steps here.
- Turn off WiFi or 3G connectivity when you are not using it. One caveat, if you have a WiFi + 3G (or 4G) iPad, using WiFi if available will help save your battery as well. To disable WiFi or Cellular Data connection, Tap your Settings icon and choose WiFi or Cellular Data. You may also turn on Airplane Mode which will kill all network connections to accomplish this.
- Turn off Bluetooth when you are not using it. Unless you have a bluetooth wireless keyboard or something else using it, keep Bluetooth connectivity off. You can turn Bluetooth on or off by going to Settings, General, Bluetooth.
- Limit the use of Apps using Location Services, services that rely on GPS to find your location. These apps will use more battery life. You can adjust the apps that use Location Services by going to your Setting icon, then tap on Location Services and switch on or off this ability for each app you use.
- Limit the amount of push notifications you receive. For instance, Paypal send me a notification when money is received, this I find important. However, Dictionary send me a notification for their “word of the day”. Personally, I don’t find this as necessary, so I do without it.You can change the notifications for each app by going to Settings, Notifications and then changing the settings for a particular app.
- Make changes to how your Email works. If you have multiple email accounts in your iPad, limit the number of Email accounts you check on a regular basis. Also change your Push notification for email to less frequently. You can change this fetch setting by going to Settings, Mail, Contacts, and Calendars, then tapping Fetch New Data. If the Push Notification is on, you can change how frequently it checks for mail, or tap Advanced to change for each individual Mail account. The less often you check for mail or messages the less battery you will use.
- Don’t keep your iPad connected to an outlet all the time. Just charge it when you need to charge it. As with most electronic components that use a battery, keeping it plugged into an outlet all the time will actually hinder your battery more than help it. Also, at least once a month, allow the iPad to completely drain and then charge it fully to keep the battery working at its optimum performance.
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