How to Get Better iOS 7 Battery Life

The iOS 7 update brings a lot of new features to the iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad and iPod touch, and unfortunately one of these is bad iOS 7 battery life.

While the iOS 7 battery life is pretty good in our early reviews, some users will experience bad battery life after the upgrade, and others may experience really fast battery draining on iOS 7.

The actual iOS 7 battery life will vary by device, but iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 4 are the most likely to experience bad battery life on iOS 7, or at least the most likely for users to notice as their iPhone doesn’t likely leave their side.

Read: 25 Hidden iOS 7 Features

Use Control Center for fast access to Airplane Mode.

Use Control Center for fast access to Airplane Mode.

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7 iOS 7 Battery Life Tips

When it comes to iOS 7 battery life, users can expect to get between 8-12 hours of usage on the iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 4. iPads, the iPad mini and iPod touch will get varying battery life, but if it seems too short on iOS 7 here are some tips to improve it.

Turn off Background App Refresh

The major new iOS 7 feature that leads to bad iOS 7 battery life is Background App Refresh. This new feature allows apps to refresh in the background so that they can show you new information when you open them, instead of refreshing.

Apps can refresh in the background with iOS 7, so you won't need to wait for updates after opening an app.

Apps can refresh in the background with iOS 7, so you won’t need to wait for updates after opening an app.

The feature is designed to deliver better battery life, but unfortunately there are some users who are seeing bad iOS 7 battery life with this new feature on. It could be that this is something that will improve over time as Apps take advantage of this feature, but for now you should turn off Background App Refresh as a first step for better iOS 7 battery life.

Go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh -> Toggle off all or individual apps. 

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Turn Down Screen Brightness

With Control Center in iOS 7 it is easier to turn screen brightness up, and forget to turn it back down to something reasonable when you don’t need the extra brightness.

In iOS 7 make sure Auto-Brightness is on to get better battery life.

In iOS 7 make sure Auto-Brightness is on to get better battery life.

If you leave the Auto Brightness on, it should bring your screen brightness back to normal pretty quickly, but when battery life absolutely matters you may want to turn this off and set brightness to the lowest level possible.

Turn off 4G LTE

iOS 7 doesn’t change any LTE settings or carrier towers, but if you are on the edge of LTE coverage you may need to turn this off to get better battery life in iOS 7.

If you are in poor coverage, turn off LTE to save battery life in iOS 7.

If you are in poor coverage, turn off LTE to save battery life in iOS 7.

Go to Settings -> Cellular -> Enable LTE -> Off to make the change. This will result in slower downloads, but can lead to better battery life in some areas.

Turn on Airplane Mode

If you need to keep the iPhone or iPad running for long times when connectivity is not an issue, turn on Airplane Mode.

This will cut off most data related activities which can be a hassle, but if you need the iPhone or iPad to last longer, it’s a good temporary solution.

Restart the iPhone or iPad

Sometimes the iPhone or iPad battery life on iOS 7 will get worse seemingly at random. If you haven’t installed any new apps or made usage changes, you should try to restart the device.

Just hold the power button until the slide to turn off option appears, wait for it to complete and start the iPhone back up. Just like rebooting a computer, sometimes this is all you need to get better battery life.

Reset All Settings

If your iOS 7 battery life started out good, but now drops dramatically, you may need to reset the iPhone settings. This is not a restore, so you won’t lose any apps or data, but it will give you a clean slate for WiFi, Bluetooth and any user settings.

Reset your settings for better iOS 7 battery life.

Reset your settings for better iOS 7 battery life.

Go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. If prompted, enter your PIN or pass code.

Restore the iOS 7 Installation

The last ditch option for better iOS 7 battery life is a full restore. This is also the best fix for iOS 7 problems that can’t be fixed any other way. This will wipe the data off the iPhone or iPad and takes a while to complete and to restore from, so plan ahead and save it for last if you can.

Restore to get better iOS 7 battery life.

Restore to get better iOS 7 battery life.

  1. Plug in and backup to the computer or to iCloud
  2. Turn off Find My iPhone – Settings -> iCloud -> Find my iPhone -> Off
  3. in iTunes Click Restore
  4. Follow the prompts and the iPhone will reinstall iOS 7 from scratch.
  5. When it completes click Restore from Backup to put your information back on the iPhone.

Users may also want to skip restoring from Backup as there is a chance it could bring new problems, but this means a longer setup process.