5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 1, 2014 9:31 AM by Meg St._Clair
IremBright Level 1 Level 1

Please, as you read add more answers to this on how to prolong and save your ipad battery life. Thank you

 

Saving the battery life of your iPad

1.Keep Your iDevice Out of the Sun

Whatever you do, don’t leave your iPhone or iPod sitting in a hot car—heat kills batteries faster than any other factor, and your device that used to keep a charge for hours will eventually barely hold a charge, and you’ll have to pay Apple to get it replaced. The same thing holds true for any really hot environment: try and store your device in a cool place.


Reduce the Screen Brightness

If you keep the screen at maximum brightness all the time, you’re wasting a lot of battery life—and the screens these days are so bright anyway that you don’t really need to, especially at night. Head into Settings -> Brightness & Wallpaper to adjust the default level of brightness, which you can probably keep as low as 30% most of the time.

 

2. Make Sure the Screen Locks Quickly

Even if you’ve adjusted the screen brightness, there’s still no substitute for having it turn off quickly when you’re not using it. Head into General -> Auto-Lock to set the screen lock to happen as quickly as your device will let you. This makes a big difference if you are always picking up your phone and putting it back into your pocket without turning the display off.

 

3. Use Airplane Mode When You Don’t Need Internet (iPad/iPhone)

If you’re busy spending the next 8 hours playing Angry Birds, there might not be a good reason to have internet access, so you can consider using Airplane Mode, which turns off both Wi-Fi and the regular wireless radio. Of course, this will prevent phone calls if you’re on an iPhone—but if you’re busy with Angry Birds you probably don’t want the interruption anyway.

 

4. The more important reason to use Airplane Mode is when you’re mobile in an area with a really spotty connection—because the iPhone or iPad will try to stay connected at all times, it’s going to be constantly searching for a connection, which can drain your battery. Head into Settings and flip the Airplane Mode switch right up at the top of the screen.


Use Wi-Fi Instead of 3G if Possible

According to Apple, the iPad will get 10 hours of battery life under regular use with Wi-Fi enabled, but will only get 9 hours using 3G—the iPhone gets 6 for 3G and 10 for Wi-Fi. Of course, if you’re heavily using the Wi-Fi, you’ll still be draining the battery—the point is under similar workloads, Wi-Fi is better than 3G for battery life.

You can enable Wi-Fi under Settings -> Wi-Fi, and then pick the network you’d like to connect to.

 

5. Reduce or Eliminate Mail & Calendar Checking

If you’ve got a bunch of email, calendar, or contact accounts configured, and they are all being checked and downloading email on a regular basis, you’ll be draining the battery an awful lot faster than you need to.

Head into Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Fetch New Data and change the setting to the least frequent check possible. If you don’t use it often, you can just turn Push off entirely and then manually check when you need to.

 

6. Reduce or Eliminate Push Notifications

Do you really need notifications from Twitter or whatever other apps you’re running? You can turn these off one-by-one, or turn off Push entirely by heading into Settings -> Notifications, and save a bit of extra battery life since your device won’t be pulling in data for those applications anymore.

 

7. Reduce or Eliminate System Sounds

This one is probably a little silly, but if you really don’t care for the system sounds you can save a small amount of battery life by removing the sounds. A very, very small amount, most likely. Head into Settings -> General -> Sounds to change them.

 

8. Disable Location Services

If you don’t really need the location services, you can disable them to save some battery life. Head into Settings -> General and flip the Location Services setting to off.

 

9. Disable Bluetooth If You Don’t Need It

If you don’t use a Bluetooth headset or keyboard, you should keep the Bluetooth radio disabled to save some extra battery life. Head into Settings -> General -> Bluetooth to flip it on or off.

 

10. Disable Vibrate Feature in Games

If you’ve got a game that uses the vibrate feature, you can turn that off to save some battery life. This mostly matters if the game heavily uses it, and you’ll need to change the setting for the game. As a side note, and it should go without saying, if you’re running really intensive video games, they will kill your battery very quickly.

 

11. Charge and Discharge Your Battery Regularly
Your iDevice needs to be fully discharged and recharged at least once a month to operate at maximum efficiency and keep the battery from dying. You’ll also want to make sure that you don’t store the device with a dead battery, as that can also cause the battery to lose charge capability—when your battery dies, make sure to recharge it quickly.

 

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Irem Bright writes and would love your own addition if you got other helpful tips.

Thank you all.


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  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

     

    11. Charge and Discharge Your Battery Regularly
    Your iDevice needs to be fully discharged and recharged at least once a month to operate at maximum efficiency and keep the battery from dying. You’ll also want to make sure that you don’t store the device with a dead battery, as that can also cause the battery to lose charge capability—when your battery dies, make sure to recharge itquickly

    The reason that Apple suggests you drain and recharge your battery once a month is not because it affects the life ofthe battery. What it actually does is calibrate the battery sensor, giving you a more accurate reading. 

     

    Other than that, you done an admirable job of summarizing the Knowledge Base article:

     

    http://www.apple.com/batteries/ipad.html

     

     

    Best of luck.

  • MargretRose Level 1 Level 1

    I used to have an HP TouchPad, which was destroyed when the battery drained completely and then refused to charge.  This makes me wonder about the safety of draining the battery completely.  Yes, I know they're not the same thing, and HP has some major quality control problems, but under the circumstances I'm feeling very protective of the iPad, so I have to ask about this.

     

    Thanks for all of the other good advice, and thanks in advance on this question.

     

    MargretRose

     

    1st generation iPad with iOS 5.1.1, Windows 7 Professional

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    MargretRose wrote:

     

    I used to have an HP TouchPad, which was destroyed when the battery drained completely and then refused to charge.

    That's why rechargeable devices shut themselves down before they reach 0%. When Apple suggests draining it, they mean until it shuts itself off. If you ever have reason to store something with a LiIon battery, make sure it has some charge on it so that it doesn't drain itself completely and then siting an uncharged state. As you've experienced, it may never take a charge again.

  • MargretRose Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you.  That's what I needed to know.

     

    MargretRose

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    MargretRose wrote:

     

    Thank you.  That's what I needed to know.

     

    MargretRose

    Anything to help another Margaret.