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How to Tweak iOS to Improve the Battery Life of Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

These are some tips on how to improve the battery life of your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS.  Some of these tips apply to just iOS 7 but many can be applied to older versions of iOS as well.

Let us know how much your battery life improves in the comments!

Disable Background Application Refresh
iOS 7 brings the ability for apps to refresh their content when on Wi-Fi or cellular and even use location services. To preserve battery life, we recommend disabling Background App Refresh completely.  Note that doing this will kill location services for your applications, so you won’t be able to use Navigation in the background – therefore you may want to fine-tune this setting based on your preferences. In addition, you may want to close applications you aren’t using via the Multitasking Switcher (Double press the Home button and swipe an app preview up and out of the list).
● Settings > General > Background App Refresh

Turn Off AirDrop when you’re not using it
You should turn off AirDrop when you do not need it. This prevents you from using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not in use when the device is in “discoverable” mode. Simply swipe up on control center to turn it off.
● Control Center

Turn Off Automatic Downloads and Updates
iOS 7 brings the ability to automatically update apps, however that works in the background and can take a toll on your battery life.  Tap the settings icon, scroll down to iTunes & App Store and turn off all automatic downloads. If you still want automatic app updates, try enabling them while turning off cellular data.
● Settings > iTunes & App Store

Brightness
Brightness is the most obvious battery-draining cause on the iPhone. Obviously, try to limit and reduce your brightness at all times. Going a step further, you can disable automatic brightness to improve battery life since the phone will no longer check the ambient light and determine the “best” brightness.
● Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness

Control your Push Notifications
Apple’s iOS is designed to in a way preserve battery life when using push notification. That is, the number of push notifications you receive have a minimal effect on battery life.  However, when receiving notifications that cause your screen to light up and phone to vibrate, your battery life will be affected. We recommending setting some notifications to not show any alerts. You can set alerts to ‘None’ on a per app basis.
● Settings > Notification Center

Disable Email Push
Push emails immediately send an email or ‘push’ from a server to your phone, rather than requiring you to manually refresh the mail app. You can set the mail application to fetch instead of push, or even better, set to manual for best battery life. You can fine tune this setting for each email account, but for best battery life performance, set all accounts to “Fetch Manually.”
● Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data > Push

Frequent Locations
iOS 7 brings a new “Frequent Locations” feature. While this new addition can be great for your “Today” tab in Notification Center by giving you an estimated time of arrival to your most visited locations , it can affect battery life. To turn this off, visit
● Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services, then toggle the Frequent Locations to the off position.

Location Services
iOS has many system location services that check your location to improve compass calibration, cell network search, and more. We recommend turning off most of these system services to improve battery. However, if you use the compass often, or travel often, some settings should be left on such as “Compass Calibration” or “Setting Time Zone.”  We leave “Cell Network Search” on as well.

Apps must request approval from you as well. If you really need location services for an app, obviously leave them on.  However, you might not want some applications to fetch your locations, so feel free to toggle them off here as well. For instance, if you don’t care for Twitter tweeting your location, turn it off!

Disable Wi-Fi & Bluetooth when not in range, Turn on Wi-Fi when in range
Be sure to always turn off Wi-Fi when you’re out of range of a known network. This prevents the iOS device from constantly checking for known networks in range. Whenever you can use Wi-Fi, use it! Wi-Fi is much more efficient than cellular data so you can save battery this way. Be sure to set Ask to Join Networks off to stay connected to that network. Similarly, be sure to turn off Bluetooth at all times that you can.
● Settings > Wi-Fi
● Settings > Bluetooth

Disable Cellular Data
If you don’t care for using cellular data for some apps and services, turn them off.  iOS has many different toggles for cellular data use and some are hidden, so be sure to check all of them listed below!

● Settings > Cellular
● Settings > Safari > Reading List
● Settings > iTunes & App Store

Reduce Motion
iOS 7 brings a nice parallax effect on icons and alerts, but this constantly tracks your motion to provide the effect. Reduce motion to prevent this and improve battery life.
● Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion

Don’t use Dynamic Moving Wallpapers
iOS 7 comes with dynamic wallpapers that move around based on the movement of your device. These moving backgrounds consume much more battery power than regular wallpapers so we recommend that you stay away from them and use Still wallpapers.
● Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness > Choose Wallpaper

Disable Siri Raise to Speak
Disable Siri’s raise to speak function to prevent the iPhone from constantly checking the proximity sensor to see if the device has been raised to your ear.
● Settings > General > Siri

Turn Off Spotlight Search to prevent file indexing
Spotlight indexes your entire device’s filesystem to provide instant search results of your most used contacts, apps and more. Indexing can cause a strain on the battery life, so try to turn OFF any items on the list that you don’t use to prevent the OS from indexing that type of data.
● Settings > General > Spotlight Search

Vibrations
Having your phone constantly vibrate can affect battery life as well, but having a vibrate feature is extremely useful. Try to disable vibrate for some contacts/notifications/text messages.
● Settings > Sounds

Cellular Data
If you’re in a 4G Area only, we recommend turning off LTE connectivity.  Leaving LTE on actually drains the battery by constantly checking for an LTE signal (and if your carrier does not have LTE in your area, this is a waste). Similarly, if you’re in a 2G area only, disable 4G/LTE connectivity as well.

However, if you are in an LTE area, we recommend leaving LTE on since Apple actually cites better browsing (in hours) on LTE versus 4G connectivity.

● Settings > Cellular > Enable LTE

Auto-Lock
Set Auto-Lock to 1 Minute to reduce the amount of time it takes for the iPhone’s display to shut off. Better yet, always lock the device immediately after use to prevent the ~1 minute your display would be on.
● Settings > General > Auto-Lock

Use Airplane Mode when in an area without cellular service
If you’re in a known dead zone that has no cellular service, turn on Airplane mode until your reach an area with cellular service. This prevents the phone from constantly checking for a signal, and can be a main cause of battery drain.

Turn off iTunes Wi-Fi Sync in iTunes
If you don’t use Wi-Fi Sync, and often leave your iTunes open on the same network as your iPhone, turn off Wi-Fi sync.

Turn off Home Sharing
Streaming a movie or song from a computer to your iOS device can cause a huge battery drain. We recommend not using home sharing at all unless it is a feature you really like.
● Settings > Music
● Settings > Video

Set up as new iPhone
If you previously had a jailbreak, and no longer have one, try setting up an iPhone as new instead of restoring form backup. This way you don’t restore unnecessary files.

Equalizer
Some users claim that turning off iPod equalizer will improve battery life, but in our tests (and others across the web) this does not seem to be the case. But if you really want to, turn off equalizer.
● Settings > Music > EQ

Limit Ad Tracking
There are some reports that limiting ad tracking might improve your battery life.  You may want to experiment with this setting to determine if it makes a difference on your device.
● Settings > Privacy > Advertising > Limit Ad Tracking

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Lock Screen Weather: Display Local Weather On iPhone Lock Screen Without Jailbreaking

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the level of creativity that developers seem to muster up in order to bypass the restrictions imposed upon them by the Apple developer guidelines. In the past month alone we have seen a number of popular applications accepted into the App Store and then subsequently be pulled from sale by Apple due to a breach of the guidelines.

Lock Screen Weather

The developer App Store and human interface guidelines that are given to iOS developers offer an intriguing insight into the world of Apple, and are regularly criticized by developers on other platforms for the strict restrictions they place. However, if you take the time to read through them, the first thing you notice is they are generally common sense, designed to give the best user experience for the customer. Secondly, they are written in an extremely casual manner with one part saying:

We will reject any apps for any content or behaviour that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice one said, “I’ll know it when I see it”. And we think you will also know it when you come across it.

The new Lock Screen Weather application by Pavel Kozarek adopts an interesting approach to produce an app which would otherwise be rejected by Apple for a breach of the guidelines. Lock Screen Weather allows us to display local weather information and graphics directly on the devices lock screen. This doesn’t seem too revolutionary, considering weather widgets tools have existed within Cydia for a number of years. However, the interesting thing about this application is that it is available directly within the App Store and does not require a jailbreak.

If having the weather on your lock screen is important to you, then you can expect the following features from Lock Screen Weather:

    • Current weather conditions on your lock screen (location configured through settingspanel).
    • An optional five day weather forecast.
    • Support for tens of thousands of cities around the world.
    • Current weather and future forecasts updated regularly.
    • Both Fahrenheit and Celsius units supported.
    • An original set of weather graphics for every conceivable weather condition.

Perhaps the most interesting and unorthodox thing about this application is the way in which the developer has gotten around the developer guidelines. The weather application works by playing a silent track via the devices iPod app and taking advantage of the lock screen album art display. Due to the way the iPod app dynamically handles the album artwork of a playing track, the screen is updated whenever the device is locked.

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Lock Screen Weather is clearly a very clever application, and from a technical mindset it is a very clever implementation. However, to work effectively it requires a constant playing track through the iPod which in turn would stop the user from playing their own music. If the feedback on the App Store is to be believed, the application also bypasses all sound notifications other than the ringtone meaning alerts such as text messages will no longer work.

Download Lock Screen Weather for iPhone and iPod touch [iTunes link]

Check out our iPhone Apps Gallery and iPad Apps Gallery to explore more apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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The Always Up-to-Date Guide to Jailbreaking Your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad [iOS 5.0.1]

Jailbreaking is a process that changes little by little with each iOS upgrade. Rather than always publishing new guides, we’re simply going to keep this one up to date. If you want to jailbreak your iOS device, you’ve come to the right page.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: This jailbreak is only available for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches that do not have an A5 chip. That means if you own an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S you cannot jailbreak at this time. Please do not attempt to use this jailbreak on your device as it will not work and could cause serious problems. A jailbreak for your device is underway and hopefully we’ll see it soon. For now, those of you with older devices are good to go.

Current Untethered Version: iOS 5.0.1 For additional jailbreak options for older versions of iOS, please see the list at the bottom of this page. As this guide is updated, previous versions of the guide will be archived there as well.

Current Tethered Version: iOS 5.0.1 We do not recommend tethered jailbreaking, as it requires you to connect your iDevice to your computer to boot it every time. This is especially bad with new operating system releases, as they tend to freeze up a bit more. You probably don’t want your device freezing up and becoming unusable while you’re out and about, so you really should wait until an untethered jailbreak is available for iOS 5. That said, if you’re jailbreaking for development purposes or carry a laptop with you everywhere, this post will show you can do it.

Not sure if you should jailbreak? We love jailbreaking our iDevices, but it’s not for everybody. If you’re not sure, you should read both our reasons not to jailbreak and why jailbreaking is awesome.

 

How to Jailbreak: The Step by Step Process

The video above will show you how the whole process works, both on your computer and your iOS device. The video depicts the jailbreak process for iOS 4.3.1 but it is identical to the process for iOS 4.3.3 (and 4.3.2, for that matter). Here are the individual steps:

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Before getting started, make sure you are running iOS 5.0.1, as this jailbreak will only work on iOS 5.0.1 and not 5.0.0. If you’re still running 5.0.0, update to 5.0.1. Also, be sure your iDevice does not run on an A5 chip. (This means iPad 2s and iPhone 4S’.) Any earlier device that can run iOS 5.0.1 should work just fine. (This means the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 GSM, iPhone 4 CDMA, iPad 1, iPod touch 3G, and iPod touch 4G.)


2

Download redsn03 0.9.10b1 for Mac OS X or Windows.


3

Turn off your iDevice, connect it to your computer, and open up the redsn0w application.


4

On the redsn0w application window you’ll see a Jailbreak button. Click it. You’ll be told you’ll need to put your iDevice into DFU mode and to click the Next button when ready. When you are ready, go ahead and click it.


5

Hold down the power button at the top of your iDevice for three (3) seconds. Next, continue holding down the power button but also hold down the home button for a total of 10 seconds. Finally, let go of the power button but continue holding down the home button for another 15 seconds, or until redsn0w changes screens and tells you it’s exploiting your device for the jailbreak.


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Once redsn0w has finished doing its business, it’ll ask you what you want to do for this jailbreak. By default, only Cydia will be checked. Most of the other options are irrelevant, but you might want to check Enable multitouch gestures if you want additional multitouch gestures on your iPhone or iPod touch.


7

Wait a few minutes for the jailbreak to finish and for your iDevice to reboot. Once it has booted, you’ll see the Cydia icon on your home screen (although it may not be on the first page, so look around). Open it up and you’ll have access to a bunch of jailbreak hacks.

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