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Tips: How To Maximize Your New iPad’s Battery Life

by on March 21st, 2012

So you’ve got your new iPad and are loving it’s gorgeous Retina Display, right? Well, apart from its ultra-high resolution display, the new iPad also packs a pretty amazing battery. While it takes a little longer to charge than the previous models, it does last longer than the older models too. However, in order to push your device’s average 10-hour battery life to the maximum, we suggest you make these following little adjustments, courtesy of OSX Daily.

P.S: You can follow these tips to improve battery life on your other iOS devices too!

  • Lower the Screen Brightness – We discussed this in a recent iPad tips post, but other than being easier on the eyes this will make the single biggest difference in battery life. With how bright the iPad 2 and Pad 3 displays are, you can usually get away with 60% brightness at all times. At night, going down to 30% or 40% brightness or less is easier on the eyes and will conserve even more battery. Access the setting by double-tapping the home button and swiping to the left.
  • Turn Off Notifications – Is it crucial to get a notification every time it’s your turn in Draw Something? Probably not. Disable Notifications for apps you don’t absolutely have to have notifications posted for and you can recoup some battery life. Find this in Settings > Notifications, and disable them.
  • Disable Bluetooth – If you aren’t using Bluetooth for an external wireless keyboard or otherwise, keep it disabled
  • Use Airplane Mode – When doing something that doesn’t require internet access, turning on AirPlane Mode can save some battery life. Perfect for reading books or doing things on the iPad, and it has the added bonus of preventing internet distractions. Find this in Settings > Airplane Mode
  • Disable Location Services – Most important for 3G/4G iPads, but you will save battery life even if you just have a Wi-Fi model. Turn these off in Settings > Location Services
  • Disable Diagnostic & Usage Reports – Sending out usage and diagnostic reports helps Apple to make a better iOS experience, but it also causes some minor activity in the background. Disable it for maximum battery conservation. Find this in Settings > General > About > Diagnostic & Usage > Don’t Send

Some more tips from ArsTechnica:

  • Turn off iCloud when not in use
  • Download and watch movies from the iPad itself rather than streaming with YouTube or Netflix
  • Disable LTE (3rd gen 4G models only)

Do let us know if the above tips have helped you or if there’s anything else you’d like to add!

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  • Anonymous

    What do you guys think about those battery apps? I have battery doctor and boost magic. Am I just wasting my time or do they actually make a difference?

    By the way, I’m loving my Ipad 1. Finally picked one up used and loving it. I can’t stand the thinner profile if the newer ones. The Ipad 1 is super comfortable and feels like you actually have something in your hand. Best if all its cool to the touch, lol.

  • Ari

    They are a scam. No user land program can do what they suggest. The best you can do is get a monitoring app to see which apps are running and using the most memory and resources in the background and shut them down from the multitasking bar.

  • Dezimieren

    Turning off location services also disables “find my iPad”. Having had my iPad 2 stolen and subsequently recovered thanks to that feature I cannot justify that as a battery saving feature.