The holidays can be a treacherous time! This iPad mini was unable to escape the dangers of Thanksgiving family gatherings and became the victim of the rivalry between Uncle Dan and Uncle Mike in the pre-dinner-football-game-turned-wrestling-match. If only they had seen the iPad mini laying on the floor when their good natured smack talk turned to a contest of physical strength! Fortunately for them (and the owner) we were able to replace the front screen and get it working again…and with a little protective gear for the next family rumble!
There are a few basic things you might be doing to make precious hours of running time slip away. Here are a few quick fixes to keep iOS 7 devices powered for much longer.
1. Background App Refresh
The battery-draining culprit that perhaps bears the most responsibility is a new feature called Background App Refresh, whose default is set to “on” in iOS 7. It lets apps run in the background while you multitask and continually refreshes content when running on Wi-Fi or a cellular network. To disable this feature, visit Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Here, you can turn off the entire function or just disable that apps you don’t need to refresh on an automatic basis.
2. Location-Tracking Apps
Many apps — from Google Maps to Twitter and even the iOS camera — are tracking your location at all times. You can turn off Location Services completely (Settings > Privacy > Location Services) or disable certain apps one by one. We recommend the latter option, so you can still leave on key location-based functions such as Find My Phone if it’s ever lost.
There’s more, too. Selecting the System Services option under Location Services will reveal a collection of other app features that are stealing away battery life, including “Popular Near Me” and “Frequent Locations.”
Apple has added a bunch of new animations and a parallax feature — which makes it seem like the wallpaper can move behind the apps — but they eat away at your power slightly faster. Some people have complained the movements are dizzying anyway, so there’s no harm in turning it off. To do so, visit Settings > General > Accessibility and click Reduce Motion to “on.”
4. Automatic Updating
iOS 7 lets you automatically download new app updates whenever they’re ready without visiting the App Store to do it yourself. It’s a smart function, but the last thing you want to do is run app updates when your battery is down to fumes. To disable this, visit Settings > iTunes and Apple Store and uncheck the Updates option.
5. Turn Off AirDrop
AirDrop lets you share files with other users on the same network, but when you’re not using it (or Bluetooth, for that matter), do your battery a favor and shut it off. Slide open the Control Center and switch it off there.
6. Turn Down the Brightness
This has long been a helpful way to save battery life on any device and iOS 7 is no exception. Use the Control Center or visit Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness and disable Auto-Brightness and decrease the setting manually.
Apple’s internal search functionality (called Spotlight) can now be accessed from any screen, but because it’s continually indexing new data, it’s killing your battery. Check out Settings > General > Spotlight Search and disable what you don’t need, such as events and podcasts.
Know of any other power-saving tips for iOS 7? Share yours in the comments.
Written by – Samantha Murphy Kelly at Mashable
If you have hundreds of contacts in your iPhone, thousands of songs, podcasts and videos, tons of apps, reminders, notes, and millions of text messages it takes a while to find what your looking for at times!
Example 1: I know I texted one of my friends about going with me to the upcoming Jonas Brothers concert, but since ALL of my friends are probably already going, I can’t remember who I texted about going with…It will take me FOREVER to look thru all my messages!
Example 2: If I need to find an email address for my friend Bubba Peashooter, I have to swipe to find the contacts App (that is buried in a folder), click it, wait for it to open, scroll thru my massive list, click on his name…sometimes this takes 10-15 seconds….especially if I’m in another app to start!
Spotlight Search in iOS7 dramatically reduces the amount of time searching and finding. As a matter of fact when you type ANY word, it searches across your contacts, apps, notes, reminders, and even your text messages! I just looked for Bubba with my Spotlight Search and I found him in 3 seconds….big time saver. And I just typed in “Jonas” and found out it was Timmy Twerpdorf that I texted…in 4 seconds (the extra second was because I had to scroll past the 124 Jonas Brothers songs I had in my iPhone!)
In iOS 7, you can access it from any page of your Home screen…here’s how: From any Home screen page of your iPhone or iPad, drag your finger down anywhere on the Home screen.
In iOS 7, have you taken a beautiful snapshot of your family that won’t fit in your background now? It seems as if your iPhone automatically zooms your picture in so every face can’t fit in the frame and even when trying the ‘move and scale’ option the picture just pops right back out again to the same size? What’s the point of the move and scale???!!!
Here’s a quick way to make your perfect picture fit your background:
- Go to your camera roll and find the picture you want
- Tap your screen once so it removes the title bar and edit bar at the top and bottom of the screen.
- Zoom and move the photo to how you want it to look for your background
- Take a screenshot of the picture (it will be saved as your most recent photo in your camera roll)
- Now go to your background/wallpaper settings and select the new “screenshot” photo you just took.
There you go, the picture fits! Thanks to my 12-year old daughter who figured this one out all on her own!
Having sold several hundred OtterBoxes, we frequently get the question on how to remove the “bubbles” and “oily spots” on their OtterBox Defender protective cases. Bubbles on your iPhone, iPad or iPod screen are annoying, and they detract from the aesthetics of your device. These bubbles resemble splotches of water or oil underneath the screen. If your case looks like the pictures below, then try these steps:
- Lint Free Cloth
- Talcum or cornstarch baby powder
- Remove your iPhone from the OtterBox covers.
- Wipe the iPhone screen and the inside and outside of the clear screen on your OtterBox cover with the lint-free cloth.
- Twist the lid on the baby powder so it is in the closed position.
- Shake the baby powder container vigorously for 20-30 seconds. (This creates a dust cloud in the container.)
- Tap the baby powder container on the top with your finger. (This allows any excess powder underneath the lid to fall onto the container.)
- While holding the OtterBox case so the INSIDE part of the screen is over the top of the baby powder lid, twist open the baby powder lid.
- Squeeze the container of powder gently so a little mushroom cloud of dust hits the underside of it.
- Replace the OtterBox cover on your iPhone. Touch the screen to ensure any bubbles are gone. If not, remove the cover, wipe off the screens on both the OtterBox cover and the iPhone and begin again.
- It may take a few attempts to get the correct amount of powder coating on the screen. If the white powder coating shows once the phone and cover are back together, simply wipe off both screens and try again.
- Use a plain baby powder; avoid those with aloe or other additives for the best results.
Kinda like the old ‘salt-on-the-napkin’ trick so your frosty beverage doesn’t stick to the napkin! Good Luck!
I’m surprised how many people don’t know about this handy feature in iOS7 yet…
Walking up to your house door late at night and can’t find the keyhole? Trying to find the lost TV remote under the couch?
iOS7 now has a flashlight built into it…no need for another app.
1) Simply go to your control center by sliding your finger up from the bottom of the screen.
2) Select the flashlight icon.
Go therefore now and share the light!
Do you constantly text or email the same message over and over again? Do you wish you could type just a few letters or a short phrase and the entire message would automatically populate?
Save time with the shortcut feature in your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
1) In iOS 7, go to Settings –> General –> Keyboard –> Shortcuts
2) Click the ‘+’ in the top right corner
3) Type in the long phrase that you want have populated.
Example: I always get asked where my office is…and I always type: “We are located at 3415 South Broad Street, between Rite Aid and Pizza Hut. We are on the side of the Calvary Chapel Plaza building that faces Broad Street. We have a sign on the door that says “OopsRepair”.
4) Type in a shortcut that you will remember for this. (Hint: don’t type a normal word…otherwise you will accidentally at times type this word in another message and this whole phrase pops up every time you type it)
Example: I will type three letters: loc
5) Click ‘Save’ in the top right corner.
6) Now every time I type loc ANYWHERE in my iPhone, be it a text, email or note, this long phrase will populate.
Good Luck, and save some time with shortcuts!
Wow! What a concept…reminders based on where I am at, or where I am going/leaving and not based on time!
This has to be one of the COOLEST features in iOS7! I don’t know about you, but having the ability to set a reminder based on where I am or where I’m going is really helpful.
Now, don’t get me wrong….reminders for things that have to happen at a certain time is important. But you have to admit, sometimes it would be nice to be reminded about things when it actually happens or is needed…not at a pre-set time.
And it is a simple change of thinking (and a easy setting) when you set your reminders in your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:
1) My kids ran out of their favorite food: Mac & Cheese. Surely, I won’t remember to get this the next time I’m at the store because it’s not my favorite food, but if I set it up like this….
Reminder: “Get more macaroni and cheese”
Setting: When I am arriving at the grocery store.
My iPhone will notify me when I am pulling into the parking lot of my grocery store!
2) I happened to leave the office later today than anticipated. My “typical” reminder to pick up my dry cleaning went off an hour ago, when I was supposed to leave the office. I got all the way home and my wife asked where her newly cleaned dress and my freshly pressed suit were for our date at the Royal Ball tomorrow. If I would have changed my thinking from when to where like this:
Reminder: “Pickup dry-cleaning”
Setting: When I am leaving OopsRepair Offices
My iPhone will notify me as I leave my parking lot to get the dry cleaning independent of when I leave! What a time saver!
The possibilities are limitless! Never let your “to-do’s” get off schedule again!
I don’t know about all the rest of ya’ll….but here in the south, I got too many friends named Bubba and Cleetus in my iPhone! And with iOS7, I keep gettin’ ’em all mixed up and stuff when I’m textin’ away ‘cuz only their first name shows up in my text window! (It ain’t cool when I text Bubba Overalls about borrowing a shotgun when I meant to text Bubba Peashooter to get rid of that pesky coon in my backyard!) Don’t you pretend like you don’t know what I’m talkin’ about!
Maybe all you teenagers with a bazillion contacts in your iPhones or all you fancy business folks are running into that same problem too.
I need their last names too!
Fortunately, there is a way:
1) Go to Settings –> Mail, Contacts, Calendars –> Short Name
2) Turn Short Name to “OFF”
Never mix-up your Bubba’s again!
Did you upgrade to iOS7 and wish you could just have a static background like you used to in iOS6? In the words of Rob Schneider in the movie Waterboy…”You can do it!”
How to make the screen background stop moving
1) Go to Settings –> General –> Accessibility and turn Reduce Motion to “ON”
Plant your feet on solid ground once again and enjoy your static background without the ‘wobble-wobble’.