Home Latest News How to extend iPad battery life by tweaking background app activity –...

How to extend iPad battery life by tweaking background app activity – TechRepublic

Register for your free TechRepublic membership or if you are already a member, sign in using your preferred method below.
We recently updated our Terms and Conditions for TechRepublic Premium. By clicking continue, you agree to these updated terms.
Invalid email/username and password combination supplied.
An email has been sent to you with instructions on how to reset your password.
By registering, you agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices outlined in the Privacy Policy.
You will also receive a complimentary subscription to TechRepublic’s News and Special Offers newsletter and the Top Story of the Day newsletter. You may unsubscribe from these newsletters at any time.
All fields are required. Username must be unique. Password must be a minimum of 6 characters and have any 3 of the 4 items: a number (0 through 9), a special character (such as !, $, #, %), an uppercase character (A through Z) or a lowercase (a through z) character (no spaces).
How to extend iPad battery life by tweaking background app activity
Your email has been sent
Extending an iPad’s battery life comes in handy when on the road or traveling. Here’s how to tweak background activity to extend its use.
The battery on an 8.3-inch iPad mini, 10.2-inch iPad, 10.9-inch iPad Air and 11-inch iPad Pro can provide up to 10 hours of power when browsing the internet or watching videos, according to Apple. When you’re out in the field or traveling, you may find your iPad’s battery doesn’t last as long. But, a few quick adjustments can improve your iPad’s battery life.
In addition to lowering an iPad’s screen brightness and disabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, if you can, another step you can take to improve iPad battery life is to disable as many applications as possible from updating by themselves. Known as Background App Refresh, the process permits installed applications to continually check for new information, refresh themselves and download updates.
The advantage of Background App Refresh is that iPad applications will present current information immediately upon opening when the feature is enabled, whereas a slight delay might result when opening the app without the feature. The disadvantage is the iPad uses energy—battery power when not connected to an electrical outlet—to check for, download and load the corresponding updates.
SEE: Get a refurbished iPad Pro for 17% off (TechRepublic Academy)
It’s natural to install many applications on an iPad over time, so much so that available storage can become problematic. Another disadvantage of installed applications, especially those you don’t use, is that these applications may be continually checking for updates and downloading new information in the background, even though you no longer use that app or need the information it’s working to maintain.
Good maintenance habits prescribe periodically removing unneeded programs, so hopefully that issue is already addressed on your iPad.
Assuming you’re maintaining only needed apps, the next step to preserving battery life is to review the background activity permission setting for each app.
Despite possessing strong preferences for systems, procedures and orderliness, I’ve found myself repeatedly surprised at how apps accumulate. As a result, their corresponding settings—including for notifications, which also consume battery life, and background activity—add up and, subsequently, adversely impact how long I can go before seeking a power outlet or connecting to a portable power bank.
Fortunately, Apple makes it easy to confirm and change background activity settings on an iPad. On the iPad, tap Settings > General > Background App Refresh (Figure A).
Figure A
From the Background App Refresh settings, you can choose to disable such activity altogether. Just slide the Background App Refresh radio button to off from on (Figure B).
Figure B
Alternatively, you can individually disable the option for installed applications. Simply slide the radio button to the left for the corresponding app to disable Background App Refresh. To make it even easier to spot the enabled setting, radio buttons are set to on display as green, whereas the disabled settings display as gray.
When traveling or working from the road, disable the app refresh option for as many installed programs as you can. You should find the iPad’s battery runs longer, especially when minimizing background activities is part of such other steps like disabling Wi-Fi (if possible) and lowering screen brightness.
Whether you want iPhone and Mac tips or the latest enterprise-specific Apple news, we’ve got you covered.
How to extend iPad battery life by tweaking background app activity
Your email has been sent
Your message has been sent
TechRepublic Premium content helps you solve your toughest IT issues and jump-start your career or next project.
The technologies could enable immersive experiences, accelerated AI automation and optimized technologist delivery in the next two to 10 years, according to the firm.
Are you an IT manager or executive trying to make the case for a new ERP vendor? Compare the top ERP software solutions with our list today.
Learn about the new features available with macOS 13 and how to download and install the latest version of Apple’s flagship operating system.
Get great deals on developer and Linux training courses, Microsoft Office licenses and more through these TechRepublic Academy offerings.
This comprehensive guide covers the use of services from multiple cloud vendors, including the benefits businesses gain and the challenges IT teams face when using multicloud.
Recruiting a Scrum Master with the right combination of technical expertise and experience will require a comprehensive screening process. This hiring kit provides a customizable framework your business can use to find, recruit and ultimately hire the right person for the job. This hiring kit from TechRepublic Premium includes a job description, sample interview questions …
Knowing the terminology associated with Web 3.0 is going to be vital to every IT administrator, developer, network engineer, manager and decision maker in business. This quick glossary will introduce and explain concepts and terms vital to understanding Web 3.0 and the technology that drives and supports it.
While the perfect color palette or the most sublime button shading or myriad of other design features play an important role in any product’s success, user interface design is not enough. Customer engagement and retention requires a strategic plan that attempts to measure, quantify and ultimately create a complete satisfying user experience on both an …
IIoT software assists manufacturers and other industrial operations with configuring, managing and monitoring connected devices. A good IoT solution requires capabilities ranging from designing and delivering connected products to collecting and analyzing system data once in the field. Each IIoT use case has its own diverse set of requirements, but there are key capabilities and …


Previous articleThis Apple Watch Series 8 feature is coming to Series 4 and later models – Gadgets Now
Next articleCryptoCurrency News Today – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Shiba Inu Up Today! Know why? – Analytics Insight
She has spent the past eight years playing the role of an infrastructure consultant, and has now joined Inferse.com as a full time blogger. Her current profession is a result of her deep interest in computer gadgets, laptops, gaming accessories and other tech happenings.